PRIME Minister Gilani tried to dispel the impression that the PPP was disinclined to put Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf on trial as well as the general feeling that the Army would not countenance its former COAS being brought before a court of law. He told journalists after inaugurating the Atlas Rental Power Plant at Sheikhupura on Saturday that the PPP-led government had no love lost for him and that to meet the demand of PML(N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, the matter of taking him to court would be taken up for consideration as soon as it was decided to initiate action. As far as the Army is concerned, he maintained that it was no hindrance either. Notwithstanding Mr Gilani's assurance, the trend at Islamabad points to an attitude of prevarication creating an unmistakable impression that the PPP leadership is under pressure from outside powers, particularly the US, not to pursue the issue. Besides, the impression remains that the PPP might also have had a covert understanding with the General to let him go scot-free. An interesting development in this context is that press reports, quoting anonymous Defence Ministry sources, reveal that the former President never took the corps commanders into confidence that he wanted to impose Emergency, which the Supreme Court has ruled was unconstitutional. Thus, the view that the Army's opposition to trial stemmed from the fact that senior serving officers could be implicated in the case is no longer valid, if the story was true. However, since the minutes of corps commanders meetings are classified, except for what is released to the press, it would be difficult to verify the point. But the Army high command needs to understand that since the military intervention has been a recurring theme in Pakistan the nation finds it hard to believe that the Army is not a dissuading factor in the trial. It is time to resist the temptation to dismantle the democratic process.