The inevitable finally happened, a special court has charged Pakistan’s former dictator General Pervez Musharraf on five counts, including treason on Nov 3, 2007. He must have been shocked especially when the court also rejected his request to leave for Dubai to meet his ailing mother. Interestingly the state prosecutor, Ahram Sheikh had told the court that the government had no objections if the accused wanted to go abroad to see his mother.

If Musharraf somehow leaves the country, it will probably come as relief to the present government, which seems to be in an impasse. I personally believe that Musharraf’s disappearance from the national scene would not only relieve the government but also remove this distraction from other pressing issues, such as the tenacious Taliban insurgency and the struggle to revive a declining economy.

SANAM TAJJAMUL,

Karachi, March 31.