Musharraf’s Death Sentence: A Question Mark

On Tuesday, Pakistan's ex COAS General Pervez Musharraf was given death sentence over a treason case. Is it justifiable?

On Tuesday, General Pervez Musharraf was sentenced to death. The history of the case is nothing unknown to us. General Musharraf served as the President of Pakistan from June 2001 – August 2008. In between this, there had been many incidents that resulted in his death sentence. But it is not actually worth a decision. Pakistan has gone through much more and has seen much worse cases.

General Musharraf’s Era:

During Pervez Musharraf’s tenure, Pakistan had seen one of it’s flourishing time. Bills like women protection bill and honor killing bills were passed. It portrayed Pakistan’s development in terms to basic human rights. Economic reforms were made as well as media was given the liberty to do their work freely. Youth was empowered by bringing down the voting age from 21 to 18 years. Poverty reduced from 34.4% in 2001 to 23.9% in 2005. Moreover, 165,609 jobs were produced in several department in different provinces. Electricity was provided in different villages all across the country. In addition to it, the relations with other countries too, were in a stable position. Musharraf no only developed the political side of Pakistan but socio-economic departments were looked after too.

General Pervez Musharraf has been involved in several cases. The Lal Masjid incident in 2007 is still a question mark to many. However resulted in cleansing of terrorists from the Capital. Moreover, he was declared as an absconder for Shaheed Benazir’s Murder. And the treason case on him was a cherry on the top. And now Musharraf has been awarded death sentence over the treason case that was filed on him in 2013.

Musharraf’s Death Sentence:

Nevertheless, a question arises. Why Musharraf only? And was the case strong enough over which one should be awarded with death sentence? Well, the same day Faryal Talpur was granted bail by IHC. To boot, Khursheed Shah was also granted bail by the Accountability court.

Rao Anwar, who killed many, roams around free today. Ahsan Ullah Ahsan, who was the mastermind of APS attack is living under police protection. Uzair Baloch has not been brought to justice. Kulbushan Jhadav’s case was not taken seriously. Those who killed Mashal Khan have not been hanged yet. Today, Mian Nawaz Shareef is roaming around in London freely.

Has the democracy failed to bring justice in the country? Seems like it is too hard for them to distinguish between right and wrong. Though it shouldn’t have been this way for a developing country.

Regardless, almost whole of the nation is against the given decision. For them, Musharraf should have not been given death sentence and should be awarded instead. However, Musharraf is not in good health at the moment, but we think the case is to go further to the higher courts in Pakistan. It is yet to see what happens to Musharraf and the treason case.

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