Pakistanis demand trial for dictator Musharraf

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From British daily News Line:

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

MUSHARRAF MUST STAND TRIAL!’ – demand Pakistan workers and youth

Jubilant Pakistanis danced in the streets, waved flags and fired shots in the air, and called for President Pervez Musharraf to be put on trial, after he announced his resignation yesterday.

The former army chief, who seized power in a military coup in 1999, had been under huge pressure to quit before the current coalition government launched the first impeachment proceedings in Pakistan’s 61-year history.

Impoverished Pakistanis are hoping his departure will bring improvement to their lives.

Lawyers, who have spearheaded an anti-Musharraf campaign since he tried to sack the chief justice last year, shouted ‘Down with the American stooge!’ as they stormed out of courts in Multan.

In Peshawar, Jaffar Shah, a retired soldier, said: ‘The root cause of all problems has gone.

‘I wish I could fire shots to show my joy but unfortunately I can’t do that.’

In Karachi, people handed out sweets and danced in celebration. ‘Thank God he’s resigned. The country will do much better now. It’s a victory for the people,’ said one small businessman.

In Lahore, the sound of drums and cheers of joy echoed throughout this ancient walled city.

See also here. And here. And here.

Tariq Ali: Musharraf was rambling and impervious to tormented cries from his people: here.

Diplomats: Bush was Musharraf’s ‘last holdout’ in Washington: here.

Bush Covered up Musharraf Ties with al-Qaeda: here.

Many refugees in Pakistan: here.

5 thoughts on “Pakistanis demand trial for dictator Musharraf

  1. Pakistan: The dictator has gone but not his policies

    By Farooq Tariq

    Lahore, August 19, 2008 — Thousands of people across Pakistan
    celebrated the humiliating departure of dictator Pervez Musharraf on
    August 18, 2008. As he announced his resignation — in an unscheduled
    nationally televised speech of one hour — private television channels
    showed the instant response of jubilation welcoming the decision in all
    four provinces. General (retired) Musharraf resigned as president of
    Pakistan as he was facing an impeachment move by the Pakistan Peoples
    Party-led four-party ruling alliance.


  2. Pakistan: Musharraf has gone!

    By Farooq Tariq

    Lahore, August 19, 2008 — Musharraf has resigned! Congratulations to
    everyone on the humiliating departure of a dictator. But he must not be
    unaccountable. He must be arrested and tried. The top judges he removed
    should be restored immediately and let justice be done. The Pakistan
    Peoples Party-led ruling alliance must abandon the economic policies
    that have been promoted by Musharraf. The neoliberal agenda must not go
    ahead. Musharraf survived after December 27, 2007, thanks to the
    leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party. After Benazir Bhutto’s murder on
    that day, Musharraf was at his weakest. The masses had taken over
    Pakistan for five days. It was a mass reaction of an unprecedented
    level. A demand for Musharraf’s resignation by the Pakistan Peoples
    Party (PPP) leaders would have been sufficient to force him out of
    power. However, the PPP went for general elections instead, giving
    Musharraf relief.


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