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Musharraf arrested

posted at 5:46 pm on April 19, 2013 by

This is also a big deal, at least in Pakistan, which has never held military dictators to account before now.  Of course, until Pervez Musharraf, none have returned while at risk of it happening, either:

Pakistani police arrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Friday to face allegations he overstepped his powers while in office, marking a dramatic break with a political culture in which military rulers have remained untouchable.

The one-time army chief had hoped to rekindle a degree of influence by standing in a general election in May, but has instead become ensnared in a showdown with judges who fought bruising battles with him while he was still in office.

A magistrate had raised the stakes earlier on Friday when he ordered Musharraf be placed under house arrest for two days before he is due to appear in court on allegations of illegally detaining judges during a crackdown on the judiciary in 2007.

His lawyers are still hoping to get the arrest warrants and charges overturned, but given Musharraf’s battles with the judiciary, I doubt the courts will be in any rush to show mercy.

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I don’t really feel sorry for him. He knew the risks. He could have remained abroad and never had to worry.

Logus on April 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I don’t really feel sorry for him. He knew the risks. He could have remained abroad and never had to worry.

Logus on April 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Somebody tried to make a political comeback? Really?

Who, Weiner or Sanford?

itsnotaboutme on April 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

He who lived by the arrest of the opposition is about to die by it.

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Will Hillary be there to video the execution?

virgo on April 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Those who know not Musharraf will forever limp him in with the likes of “Baby Doc” Duvalier, or Pol Pot…

Musharraf may have been the last best hope for Pakistan.

The amred forces are drawing farther and farther away from the populace; the populace is being inflamed by the jihadists and the mullahs and seem to want, no, demand, shariah; and the lawyers, the professional classes, still believe that if only the right laws are enacted, then everything will be just swell.

In the meantime, Pakistani law has become a joke.

And the Mohammedans are winning.

But…Musharraf apparently (if you believe the leftist tripe) personally killed Benazir Bhutto, best pal with both Mugabe and the late Kim Chong-il, and Bhutto made possible A.Q. Khan’s endeavors to privatize the world nuke market…but, she was a progressive, went to Wellesley College, you know, and was the darling of the East Coast elites.

Maybe, just maybe, Musharraf is the last of the Pathan patriots just trying to find a way to hold his Nation together before it descends into the abyss of Islamofascism?

coldwarrior on April 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Maybe, just maybe, Musharraf is the last of the Pathan patriots just trying to find a way to hold his Nation together before it descends into the abyss of Islamofascism?

coldwarrior on April 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Americans helping to get rid of the Shah, Mubarak, Gaddafi and now Assad with the alternative seeming to just about always turn out worse would seem to be a lesson easily learned.

VorDaj on April 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Maybe, just maybe, Musharraf is the last of the Pathan patriots just trying to find a way to hold his Nation together before it descends into the abyss of Islamofascism?

coldwarrior on April 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I’ve been arguing something similar.

The legal complaints against Mr Musharraf are rather mild when considered in a global context; not genocide, not mass-murder, not large-scale corruption, but merely the unlawful house arrest of some judges.

And since the barbarian Jihadis want to kill him, it seems likely he was doing something right.

If he can’t manage to get his country back on the path to civilisation then I hope he at least makes it into a quiet retirement.

YiZhangZhe on April 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM