For some he was a liberal dictator with a strong resolve to make a progressive Pakistan while others labelled him as the ‘root of all evils’ since the day Pakistan became the front ally of the US in the so-called ‘war on terror’. Despite all odds, he is back!
After much furore over his arrest warrants and his legitimacy to come back, the former president and military dictator of Pakistan, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf landed on Karachi airport on March 24, 2013.
He has defied judicial probes through his arrival and seems unmoved by the threats of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has threatened to send him to hell. The TTP might hate him, but surprisingly he still has supporters back home. The voices chanting slogans in his favour are not vibrant or amplified, nonetheless they can’t be ignored. Every such voice favours his dictatorship being translated into a newly knitted democratic net. Mr Musharraf will be heading APML (All Pakistan Muslim League) in the upcoming elections and these are some of the Tweets that I came across on Twitter. People want him due to his blunt and daring opposition to fundamentalism and bigotry. However, the question arises that is the democratic apparatus non-functional or disinterested in eliminating extremism?