LAHORE- The iron man of Pakistan who enjoyed carte blanche for more than eight years, himself invited his nemesis on March 9, 2007 when he sacked Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as Chief Justice of Pakistan, overreaching his authority under the Constitution without assessing the consequences. General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, throughout his stay in office, exuded such a high confidence in his individual decisions and actions which, as says an observer, proved his Achilles' heel to keep him blind to the realities and the facts. After Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was restored to the office by a 13-member Bench of the Supreme Court on July 20,2007, President Musharraf remained undaunted to the judiciary under Justice Chaudhry and took the November 3 action and clamped down the state of emergency in the country and sacked over 60 judges of the superior judiciary only to ensure his candidature in the Presidential election and to get an easy sailing in the same. From the inception in power under a seven-point agenda, he laid down the foundations of a structure of system where all institutions and persons were to inescapably look at him for power and guidance to follow his decisions. Even in the last speech to the nation, he did strongly defended his decisions and actions and blamed the govt for failing to deliver the good to the people. In his address, he pointed out a number of achievements he made to build the country and blamed just a six-month old govt for all ills and problems right now facing the country. Even under a sombre posture in his address, his confidence to plead his case against impeachment was profuse although he skipped a number of vital points therein. Observers say on the speech that he did mention about improved economy but not the stock exchange scandal, the favour which the runaway former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz gave to the persons especially on banking sides, the selling out of the profit earning banks, tele-department and others and near sell-out of a highly valuable national asset, Pakistan Steel Mills, which however, was saved by the Supreme Court. The benefits of swollen foreign reserves failed to trickle down to the poor. Observers say on law and order situation, he talked about better training and facilities to police and security agencies but fact is, bomb blasts remained order of the day during his tenure and every citizen was concerned about his security. He did not touch upon the war on terror and why it was not debated in the Parliament as well as decisions he took after 9/11 though he said, he consulted all stake-holders before taking any decision. But the question why not the Parliament, which represented the whole people? He said about twice holding the elections but nothing about the fairness of his own referendum and relegation of promises and what was done after elections 2002 to enable his favourite party, Kings Party, find way in the govt and what role the NAB played in this whole episode. Though the Parliament competed its tenure under a political system he was the architect of but he made no mention of the reason, why three Prime Ministers were replaced when he was calling the shots on every side, observers say. It was evident that during the last years, ethnicity, polarisation, division and intolerance increased at every level of society at a time when the nation needed greater unity to counter internal and external challenges. The nation also did not hear from him any word about the citizens handed over to US and the others still missing and neither about the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, which gave a horrible political dimension in the country, killings in Jamia Hafza, in tribal areas and in NWFP. His speech also left out the November 3 PCO and removal of judges and that what had motivated him to make the judges second time take oath of the office. Also nothing on the detention of deposed judges and action on the lawyers by the law enforcing agencies under his command when they were exercising their Constitutional right. Musharraf said much about improving the agriculture sector but what about the protracted wheat crisis made up by illegal import of wheat to other countries and purchase from the international market at a higher price, and the other sugar crisis and the extraordinary raise in other agri-products which led the nation to buy from India even petty vegetables. Musharraf highly praised the Local Govt system, but how much it was infested with corruption is being revealed through the recent audit of the towns. Observers believe that in a controlled democratic system, the LG system suited to provide him a platform for his support in the office and that is why LG men looked more at him than doing sufficient service to the citizens. The respect of Pakistan abroad was seen at the lowest ebb during his tenure while media, about whose freedom he speaks loudly, remained under tremendous strains particularly after November 3. Observers say had the country been ruled by the people instead of an individual, the new govt its nascent could not come across such gigantic problems. Despite all that they say, the confidence level of the outgoing President was at a high pitch, which they view, is not new to Pakistan where every powerful ruler from Dhaka fall to to-date has never demonstrated any regret over his actions nor they every admitted the guilt. For we have a system which always protects the powerful and take to task the powerless, they added. But General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf with and without uniform, was so over confident which failed to grab at the consequences of laying hand on judiciary which was supported by over one lakh lawyers in the country. So judiciary proved his blind spot and ultimately forced him to step down despite ruling the roost everywhere, they view.