PRESIDENT Musharraf seems determined to stay in the ring and fight on. For that he is cobbling up fallacious arguments. Replying to the charges levelled against him by PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari on Thursday, he said that he had not abrogated the Constitution and that whatever he had done was in the best interest of the country. What was rather ominous was his contention that he would not sit back as a passive viewer and would therefore chalk out a counter-strategy to neutralize the emerging threat to his power. To begin with, he has the unenviable distinction of having broken the Constitution twice. On the first occasion, he toppled a popularly elected government and derailed democracy. The Constitution describes such acts as high treason. In the second instance, he imposed Emergency and suspended fundamental rights of the citizenry in what was described by many as a mini-martial law. However, what really stands out as a blot on his rule were his extra-constitutional measures that destroyed the independence of the judiciary. Acting on his whims and to stifle the voices against his arbitrary rule, he dismissed 30 superior-court judges, including the Chief Justice of Pakistan, something that fails to find a precedent in the country's entire history. As if this was not enough, he orchestrated a crackdown on the media and placed severe curbs on freedom of expression. Likewise, his handling of the Lal Masjid issue raised many an eyebrow. Another medal on his shining armour, so to speak, is the case of the missing persons. Hundreds of persons were picked up by intelligence outfits countrywide, and detained at unknown locations without any cases registered against them. Their loved ones are still wondering whether they are dead or alive. Little wonder human rights organizations the world over have reprimanded Mr Musharraf for taking such authoritarian measures. In the same vein the establishment of NAB and subsequent harassment of political opponents gives one another cause to indict him. None of the abovementioned measures did any favour to Pakistan. On the contrary they harmed the country immensely and damaged our image abroad. Up until now, he has not addressed Parliament and has failed to take the people's representatives into confidence despite his promise to do so. It is visible enough that the President's arguments to justify his past actions only make a feeble defence. His political career seems to be at its fag end. The President should better call it quits and save the country from another turmoil.