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Musharraf’s legacy

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NOV 3 will always be remembered as the day that Gen Pervez Musharraf signed his own death warrant. It was on this day 10 years ago that Musharraf imposed emergency rule, a desperate last attempt to keep his tottering regime afloat. The emergency triggered the closest thing Pakistan has seen to a popular movement in recent times. Nine months later, Musharraf was history.

As talk of a coup — creeping or otherwise — continues to make the rounds, it is time to consider Musharraf’s legacy, to put the record straight for those who continue to believe, as the men in khaki would like, that the military solution is always the best.

Let us start with what Musharraf and his sycophants trump as their ‘achievements’. First, Musharraf presided over the cable TV ‘revolution’, which has undoubtedly affected public culture in general, and the political field in particular. For a long time, there was a perception that this was ultimately a move that democratised the polity — and ironically helped precipitate Musharraf’s own downfall.

It is time to put the record straight.

However, the euphoria of the TV media’s role in the anti-emergency movement proved to be somewhat misguided; 10 years later, it is painfully obvious that the round-the-clock........

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