General Musharraf has quite a few famous supporters
So, by now we all know about the special court’s verdict regarding Mr Pervez Musharraf, right? In case you don’t know, then here’s a little summary. Basically, the former army chief and ex-President has been accused of high treason and has been sentenced to capital punishment.
Former President and military dictator General Pervez Musharraf was recently sentenced by the courts of Pakistan
It being the first time a military dictator has been sentenced in South Asia, let alone Pakistan, this ruling is being considered a landmark ruling, one that will have longterm consequences on the constitutional history of Pakistan.
Right after the announcement of the verdict about General Musharraf, the DG ISPR shared the Army’s statement which stood by its former Chief
Statement on decision by Special court about General Pervez Musharraf, Retired. pic.twitter.com/C9UAMT1E4W
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) December 17, 2019
Apart from the army, there are quite a few famous personalities who have stood by the side of ex-President General Musharraf after the verdict.
Shan Shahid talked about how a patriot is wrongly labelled as a traitor by the court. The actor further said that Mr Musharraf was a brave soldier and a son of the soil does not deserve this.
A sad day indeed .. when a patriot is called a traitor. #PervezMusharraf you sir will always be our patriot . A true Pakistani a brave soldier and son of the soil. #pakarmyZindabad .
— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) December 17, 2019
Mehwish Hayat quoted a famous Irish soldier and voiced solidarity with General Musharraf sahib
A very famous Irish Soldier, Thomas Francis Meagher said…
"The treason of which I stand convicted loses all its guilt, has been sanctified as a duty, and will be ennobled as a sacrifice."#Musharraf #MusharrafVerdict
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) December 17, 2019
Waqar Zaka was also among the ones who voiced their opinion in favor of the former military dictator
I stand with #Musharraf , @P_Musharraf pic.twitter.com/ACCnKBsQ8F
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) December 17, 2019
Veena Malik drew a comparison between the Sharif case and Musharraf case
She asserted that one can have political differences with ex-army chief but it’s extremely demeaning to label him as a traitor. She further mentioned that a person who in past had fought wars for Pakistan does not deserve a death sentence.
We live in a country where a man convicted for looting billions is given a safe passage to London while a former COAS who fought for Pakistan is given death sentence. You may have political differences with him but he can be anything but traitor. #Musharraf sahab we are with u.
— VEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) December 17, 2019
Aamir Liaquat Husain tweeted out a heartfelt note for the ex-army chief
He mentioned that he cannot even imagine the pain Mr. Musharraf must have felt upon being labelled as a traitor. Dr.sahib argued that a person who has fought wars for the country cannot be a traitor.
کسی محب وطن کو آپ غدار کہہ دیں !
جنگیں لڑنے والے کو آپ غدار کہہ دیں!
موت کی آنکھوں میں آنکھیں ڈال کر ملک بچانے والے کو آپ غدار کہہ دیں
تو اس وقت وہ صرف بیمار نہیں کہلائے گا
وہ ٹوٹ چکاہوگا
بکھر گیا ہوگا
مجھےمشرف صاحب کے جذبات کا اندازہ نہیں
لیکن جانتا ہوں غدار لفظ کا کیااثرہوتا ہے
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) December 17, 2019
Politician Marvi Memon also jumped on the bandwagon to support General Musharraf
President Musharaf was NEVER and can never be a traitor. Many others have hurt the country in HUGE way. NOT HIM. https://t.co/e8HB9CrF2g
— Marvi Memon (@marvi_memon) December 17, 2019
Khadija Shah, the creative director of luxury fashion brand Elan, also stood with the ones supporting the ex-army chief
This isnt a fight between the military & the people of pakistan. This is between the military and the corrupt political mafias and their appendages. I stand by the institution that has fought wars and protected our sovereignty, not for the looters and their beneficiaries
— khadijah shah (@khadijah_shah) December 17, 2019
The country has definitely been left divided after the military and the PTI government have expressed their desire to challenge the court’s verdict. People think this is the start of a new tussle between the military and the judiciary of Pakistan. At a time like this, famous people picking sides on a matter like this definitely do add to the public discourse on the subject.
Are these people wrongly siding with former military dictator general or the ones not supporting Mr. Musharraf are wrongly justifying the court verdict? let us know in the comments below.
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