LAHORE - After invalidation of the November 3 PCO by the Supreme Court, the political and public focus has been shifted to Musharrafs trial for high treason under Article 6 for abrogating the Constitution for personal gains. The law requires such a trial to be initiated by the federal government as a private person is barred from entering the arena where actions carry far-reaching repercussions. The atmosphere developed after the July 31 verdict, is being reckoned most conducive to punish him for subverting the Constitution, which may set a good example to check dictatorships inroads in the civil affairs in future. But, a lack of political will is visible on the part of the politicians as neither the ruling party nor the opposition is ready to kick off the case against the former general. Some are talking about a parliament resolution, which under the law is not a necessity. Former president LHCBA Anwar Kamal, senior constitutional lawyer AK Dogar, Secretary SCBA Shaukat Umar Pirzada and Zulqurnain Raja, among others have consensus that no parliamentary resolution but a political will is required for the exercise to keep the democracy on track and protect it from any unconstitutional erosions. But the question is: Who is to bell the cat? PML-N MNA Ch Naseer Ahmad Bhutta in a chat looks upbeat that his party is firm on trying Musharraf and is bringing in a resolution before the National Assembly in next session due in the mid-Ramazan, saying he and others have been assigned the task of drafting the resolution, while the party leaders are in touch with all other parties, including MQM, to get them on board on high treason trial of Musharraf. He says jurists share the same point of view that a parliamentary resolution carries no legal significance, but it will represent unified view of the whole lot of political parties on the floor of the House. For Raja Zulqurnain, given the circumstances, a positive decision on Musharrafs trial would be an achievement at the political level, as the rest is for the court of law, which has to follow the procedure to carry on the proceedings after ascertaining whether or not the trial of Musharraf can be held in absentia. Therefore, the politicians should at least come out with a judgment for this purpose, he adds. Law requires the federal government to name a person, which may be the attorney General of Pakistan, to initiate prosecution of high treason against Musharraf on the basis of an FIR carrying the whole gambit of charges. In case of a resolution by any party, the mover would be under moral obligation to pinpoint what wrongs and unconstitutionalities the former dictator has committed. Moreover, sub-clause 3 of Article 6 of the Constitution also prescribes the same punishment for those who abetted or were the accessories to his alleged bad acts and how many such auxiliary hands may be on the hook, is anybodys guess. There are also parties in the parliament, which had supported Musharraf and his acts through out his tenure and are privy to his vital decision-making. And for them supporting the resolution for his trial would be very difficult, they add. PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif had feared that the Army would help Musharraf in case of his trial but the impression was dispelled by the prime minister. The rulers bade farewell to Musharraf with guard of honour and the protocol repeating the tradition by virtue of which Yahya Khan was buried with full military honour as commanded by Gen Zia-ul-Haq despite strong reservations for his role in dismemberment of Pakistan. In observers view, the same fear still looms on the political side about Musharraf given the politicians are also not without skeletons in their own cupboard. The observers are taking Ch Shujaat Hussains statement lightly about the 'two trucks and a jeep that have remained unchecked in this country. According to Raja Zulqurnain, Musharraf stayed in power under the US patronage. As such America would not like him to be in the docks due to the agreements and concessions it received in the war on terror, which will naturally come into limelight. In a way, Musharrafs trial is a challenge for the political parties and acceptance of which requires a lot of courage and spirit. Both the leading parties, the PPP and the PML-N after signing the Charter of Democracy have been advocating for strengthening the democratic institutions, which begins with a strong and vibrant parliament independent in its decision-making. After revitalisation of judiciary following restoration of judges, the need of such a parliament has become more urgent to stop the way of the third force. But both the parties are on the same wavelength so far as the main issues are concerned and they find favour with America for this purpose. Now a number of politicians are losing the hope that Musharraf would be brought to justice as a parliament strong enough to command its supremacy, the government and politicians independent of others instructions and saturated with national spirit to sacrifice everything instead of cherishing expediencies for their individual interests, are the requisites hardly existing at the moment. It will certainly be a great feat if the parties turn their rhetoric into a reality defeating the impression that their call for Musharrafs trial did not aim winning political mileage.