While the Arab Spring has started the process of removing unelected Muslim leaders, Pakistan's former Dictator General Musharraf thinks now is an opportune moment for him to return to front line politics.
In an interview with Jemima Khan whose ex husband Imran Khan is ironically set to sweep into power Mushy outlines how he is plotting a political comeback while puffing on his cigar in Edgware Road.
This is the man who once said after the shocking gang rape of Mukhtar Mai that rape had become a "money spinning concern .. if you want to go abroad and get a visa get yourself raped". Having taken his country to the brink of war with India and allowed crooks like Zardari to assume power rather than face Justice he seems to be positioning himself as a man the West can do business with. Pakistanis should me mindful of a man who Thatcher once said she could do business with, his name was Gorbachov and he managed to destroy the Soviet Union.
Generally, and no pun intended LM tends to have a difficulty with soldiers who seem to think they can run a country. The problem of soldiers who divide their time between barracks and Presidential Palaces is they end up leading Armed Forces that are focused on making a quick buck from commissions and kick backs rather than defending their territorial sovereignty. Pakistan has lost virtually every war its fought had half of it's country divided with Bangladesh going their own way and have no answer to Drones or the American's casually flying into their airspace to nab Bin Laden from under their noses.
Pakistan should do away with Generals and Nuclear Weapons by concentrating on educating their people in order to alleviate the poverty which permeates that rather desperate nation. Education is the ultimate force that will emancipate the people from feudal landlords who bond them still like Serfs to the land. Through education and Social justice a new enlightened Pakistan may be able to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of its ironically Gin swinging founder Jinnah who after drinking his way through becoming a barrister in London decided to establish a nation for Muslims called hilariously THE ISLAMIC Republic of Pakistan. At least Mushy and Jin have one thing in common Alcohol.