I hope Musharraf is about to be a part of history, it feels like his days are numbered. Thousands have been protesting against him in the rallies that are the biggest in Pakistan in decades.
Following is a short update of what has been going on in Pakistan recently;
For those in the west who obviously don't know what's going on in Pakistan because the media wouldn't report one of their own men in trouble, he fired the Chief Justice of Pakistan who had recently taken notice of what most probably is the Pakistan arm of the US extraordinary rendition program, many arrests etc must have been by Pakistani forces though. The relatives of those who had their loved ones disappeared had eventually, after exhausting every government outlet, turned to the UN when the Chief Justice took up the case and started holding hearings.
The govt side of the story is that the Chief Justice has been caught trying to use his contacts to get his son get a lucrative job. The case was filed against him a while back and IIRC no proof has been presented so far. Not to mention no one is apparently believing in the govt story except the govt itself.
On top of all this, more than a week ago the Chief Justice arrived in the city of Karachi for some reason (mind you he was being greeted as a hero by huge crowds everywhere he went). Sindh province currently has a Musharraf ally govt headed by Altaf Hussain, the decades old wanted terrorist leader in exile in the UK. He had his thugs in place to start shooting into the crowds as they gathered, killing dozens of people. BTW this Altaf Hussain, after being in UK on political asylum for a long time was recently given British citizenship by Blair Government.
And so Imran Khan decided to go to the UK to formally file a case against him there. Imran Khan heads the Justice Movement and since the creation of his party advocated for a free judiciary and a welfare state. So I was not surprised when everyone in the country seemed to be rallying behind him. He has a small party but he is the cleanest and most uncontroversial politician in Pakistan. Think of him as the Pakistani Ralph Nader, whom despite having no disagreement with, like many I too did not initially support him. But again like many I too feel, now the time has come!
Here is his only interview I could find in English. This is with George Galloway, who was requested by him to raise the issue of Altaf Hussain in the British Parliament.
And here is Galloway's speech to the Parliament. I especially recommend watching the 2nd and 3rd part of it, it includes part of Galloway's question posed to the govt, and then the minister's response. A response very telling in all that it did not say making clear what British intentions are. But like I said, I hope Musharraf's days come to an end soon and if there is a popular vote, Imran Khan really should beat all the corrupt crooks.