What will Pakistan do with Musharraf now?


by Fe'reeha
19th December, 2009 at 1:19 pm    

Fe’reeha works out in Pakistan

The much anticipated verdict on NRO was announced this week in Pakistan. The NRO is the national reconciliation order formed by Pervez Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto’s party to give her and her husband amnesty from the corruption charges against her put forward by Nawaz Sharif’s government.

The news that country’s top court recognized the controversial amnesty as a menace to democratic and lawful set up is being embraced with happiness all over. For Pakistanis, it is time of happy news. Which does not come much often in the often tragedy struck region.

In a brief order issued shortly after 10 PM, the bench all cases withdrawn under the NRO would be reopened and convictions quashed under the law would stand restored. The apex court also declared as unconstitutional letters written to Swiss authorities during the regime of former military Pervez Musharraf to close corruption cases against Zardari and his slain wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto. It directed authorities to reopen these cases.

At present, it does not look as a direct threat to the President’s house with Farhatullah Baber reminding the media that amnesty that the President holds under article 248 of Pakistan’s constitution.

The positive sign is that the court has directed authorities to reopen a slew of corruption cases. For the general public of Pakistan, the word accountability is music to ears. For years, they have heard stories of corrupt politicians and details of whopping amount of Pakistani money sitting in foreign banks.

But the challenge grows bigger now on. There is an astonishingly large number of bureaucrats and businessmen included in the list of the people who got themselves cleansed with the unholy water of NRO. How exactly will these people see justice.

The names also include some serious business holders in the government including the ambassadors in the UK and US, the interior minister and other parliamentarians.

The President and several close aides are among the over 8,000 people who benefited from the law, which expired last month after the government was unable to get it endorsed by parliament within a deadline set by the court.

The names on the list are only a powerful reminder that the battle against corruption in Pakistan has only just begun


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  1. lfc4life — on 20th December, 2009 at 10:27 am  

    Why has the corruption cases been reopened now? it seems the current crooked prime minister of pakistan has run his use for the americans time for another chess move out with the old and in with the new, err well kind of new nawaz sharif i guess will fill the void again and the same old game carries on in developing nations politics.

  2. Rumbold — on 20th December, 2009 at 1:29 pm  

    Long term, this can only be a good thing, as Pakistan's civil institutions need to assert themselves.

  3. avius — on 21st December, 2009 at 12:41 am  

    It is a good thing this NRO has been repealed. The people of Pakistan deserve justice, no matter how long it takes. My only concern is that there are no current cases against Nawaz and Shabaz Sharif, brothers known for running punjab and being involved in everything, including extra-judicial murders. A lot of the big dogs in Punjabi politics don't have cases against them.

  4. falcao — on 21st December, 2009 at 6:39 am  

    If the people of pakistan can get there money back from these corrupt officials that is fantastic, because they have been taken for a ride by politicians for too long.On the down side is that the same system is in place and that means more nepotism and more corruption.

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