It seems indisputable that Musharraf's reputation and legacy has been tarnished. No ruler has ever managed to stage a comeback in our chequered political history. He had three lifelines; Emergency, the Quaid league and PPP. He has already used two of them and it is highly unlikely that the PPP would go against the popular current to dig him out of the hole in which the people of Pakistan have pushed him. He still has some supporters who do not begrudge his political sins but the majority of Pakistani people are tired of this long overstayed guest who ignores every hint to depart. He seems intent upon fighting until the last dog dies. As a (former) commando, the idea of losing clearly burns his soul. He has done some good to Pakistan, but unfortunately the bad outweighed the good. I'm afraid that for every good thing Musharraf did - like giving unprecedented freedom to media during his early years - there were always two bad things. To be fair to him, he does not deserve to be remembered as the longest serving ruler in our history, only the last one that ruled this unfortunate country. -NIZAMUDDIN DEHLIVI, Jaranwala, via e-mail, May 26.