Perhaps the greatest disservice General Pervez Musharraf did to the worldwide commando community was getting his medical report issued. Commandos are definitely a mixed bag. Did you know that King Abdullah of Jordan is a commando? Imagine how he must feel to know that Pervez Musharraf has not just got a bad heart, not just aches in his back and knees, toothache too? And imagine what his Queen must feel to know that Musharraf is 70 years old. She must sympathise with Mrs Musharraf. After all, a woman has not only to handle her own aging, but also her husband’s. Somehow, that Chak Shahzad farmhouse does not seem so idyllic, not with the idea of General Musharraf wandering about it, creaking and groaning loudly, until he is brought a mug of bread soaked in warm tea, which is all he can take because of the teeth. Is this what happens to commandos in the end? Bad teeth? And look at King Abdullah. Overweight. That means heart disease, sooner or later. And look at General Musharraf. Slim as a rail. But a smoker. Not only is it a nasty habit, but all those cigars seem to have led to heart disease.

But the admission that he is now 70 must have hurt Musharraf more than anything else. But he shouldn’t worry. If Imran Khan can still attract the youth vote at 60 by being one of them, Pervez Musharraf shouldn’t look on himself as being very old.

One advantage of all this illness is that Musharraf has evaded the Special Court for a week. One person who cannot be in hospital is Muhammad Aslam Khan, known best as Chaudhry Aslam, the Karachi cop, the chief of the Sindh Police CID’s Anti-Terrorist Cell. He was blown up last week, killed in a fight that Musharraf started in 2000, and which goes on even though almost a decade and a half have passed.

Ch Aslam was said by all to have been a brave policeman. I don’t mean at all to speak poorly of the dead, but I would not like to have him interrogate me. I can think of people I wouldn’t have minded having him ask hard questions, though clearly those are people I don’t like very much. Incidentally, I think he was the sort of policeman who should have been questioning General Musharraf. He would have got him to admit an old enmity with the Constitution, dating back to the time the Constitution stole his buffalo. Or maybe he would have got him to admit being a terrorist.

A terrorist he is not. Even his lawyer only put him in the same category as Kala Gujjar, though not the same class, saying that he was no Kala Gujjar. Kala Gujjar has been accused of many things, including being nominated in numerous murder FIRs, but no one has ever called him a terrorist. Kala Gujjar has nothing against either Shias or Christians. Heck, he’s not very much against Hindus, there being a lot of Hindu Gujjars over in India. As a matter of fact, the Gujjars of Lahore were converted to Islam by Data Sahib, which is why his tomb is washed in milk at every urs, and why the Gujjars of Lahore do not sell milk that day. And Ahmad Reza Kasuri, who must have defended quite a few Gujjars in his time, would know about that, because his native town of Kasur was part of Lahore district in his lifetime.

Tariq Malik was another person who might be aware that the state is powerful, and even if you get relief from the courts, you never know. He got reinstated by the Islamabad High Court after he was sacked as NADRA chairman, but has now resigned. There seems to be a question of Canadian nationality that will not be examined now that he has resigned. His claim might or might not be true that the government was pressing him to verify the thumb impressions of the Lahore constituency where the PTI is claiming that they won’t stand up to scrutiny, but it is definitely true that he has dual citizenship. Does being a dual national prevent one holding down a government job? Particularly one issuing ID cards?

Well, if that half citizen (dual nationals being only half committed to any one country) goes out of service, there was a full citizen giving his only life to defend his school. Aitzaz Hassan, the Hangu schoolboy who foiled a suicide bomber by being blown up himself, has been recommended for the Hilal-i-Shujaat. That wouldn’t bring him back, and like Ch Aslam, he is a symbol of the price Pakistan is paying for the War on Terror. No number of cardiac bypasses (as General Musharraf should have, according to senior doctors commenting on the AFIC report) would equal being killed, and while no one would deny that the military has given lives in large numbers (I don’t want to join Jamaat Islami Amir Munawwar Hasan who declared Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr, and servicemen not), civilians are also being killed.

Speaking of Syed Munawwar Hassan, he must be as angered by what is happening in Turkey, where sons of Erdogan ministers are being arrested for corruption. Munawwar has not promised a candlelight vigil, as he held for ousted Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi, while Asif Zardari has also found reason to support Erdogan.

But Erdogan is still alive, in office and likely to be re-elected. That cannot be said about Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli PM, who died after seven years on a life-support machine. I was surprised to see him being portrayed as a harbinger of peace, after all the Sabra-Chatila massacre in 1982 which he presided over as Defence Minister, and in which 3000 Palestinians died, his landmark attempt to solve the Palestinian problem by not having any Palestinians. One must not forget how he rose to fame by massacring Palestinians in 1948 when Israel was created. And he was a commando.