How right was Musharraf, when he said that he will never shed his uniform, for we now see the real man, minus the uniform. He is a man whose lawyers are pleading that his  aged mother who is unwell in Dubai wants to see her son. This is a former military dictator who brought into disrepute the sacred institution of our armed forces, whose officers and men today are insecure because of threats of terrorism, a consequence of a war the ‘General’ hastily lead this nation into, without any planning or discourse to analyze the consequences of such an act.
His obsession with an ill-planned Kargil operation cost this country lives of over a thousand sons of soil and diplomatic shame. Here is a man who felt no remorse in accepting that he handed over the citizens of this country to foreign forces, instead of trying them within this sovereign country, where there existed laws, a constitution and a functioning judiciary. He has no regrets for his mistreatment of a daughter of Pakistan, Dr Shazia Khalid allegedly raped in Balochistan or Dr Aafia Siddiqui. This is a man who unlike a gentleman and an officer broke the oath of office that he took to uphold constitution and never take part in politics. He played to the international galleries to perpetuate his illegitimate dictatorship. He created another shameful feat when he sacked the judiciary, confined them with their families to their homes. His crimes are innumerable and unpardonable, yet like a bad penny he turned up.
MALIK TARIQ ALI,
Lahore, April 24.