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Musharraf is not a Lincoln

This is the story of General Pervez Musharraf (dictator) and Abraham Lincoln (greatest President in U.S. history). I am a simple guy who does not know a lot about history, but even I can figure out the difference between truth and injustice. I do not believe in his military-civilian option. I remember his first speech and it was not different from other dictators in Pakistan or around the world. But again I listened to his speech and told myself maybe this dictator is different and he really wants Pakistan to change for good. He made a lot of promises and the people of Pakistan gave him a chance to fulfill them. Now, I have some questions for General Musharraf. I will ask these directly to him.

After 9/11 happened, I saw you on the television again. You said that it is a time to make tough decisions after 9/11. This time Western pro-democratic nations somehow did not see your army uniform and they made you a partner in the war on terrorism. At the time I felt the people of Pakistan were not very happy with the decision that Western nations had made for Pakistan. But I stayed quiet and did not raise my voice against you. I thought maybe I am unable to see that you are a good person and unable to realize that you were needed in the war on terrorism. General Musharraf, you criticized corrupt politicians so to that extent I started to believe in you. But soon all those corrupt politicians were with you. If you want, I can start naming them and believe me the list grows long.

Then I saw you on television again and you were declaring martial law. You took away basic rights from the people of Pakistan and started putting journalists, lawyers, opposition leaders, students, judges and even ex-army personnel in jail. Human rights activists were arrested, and last but not least independent media was shut down because they were spreading the light of freedom against your tyranny while extremist elements in Wazirstan and the frontier are out on the streets.

Above all, this time you used Abraham Lincoln to support your dictatorship. You defended your decision with a quote from Lincoln: “By general law life and limb must be protected; yet often a limb must be amputated to save a life.” After General Musharraf used all the local elements, then cashed 9/11 to prolong your dictatorship, the only thing left to prolong your tyrannical rule was reach into history and get a quote from Abraham Lincoln. But the problem with this quote is you do not have the prestige of Abraham Lincoln. Who gave you a right to exploit him to support your dictatorship? This time I am very angry and I do not want to give you the benefit of doubt. You are a dictator, murderer, and opportunist willing to use any figure and any reason to prolong your rule over Pakistan.

Let me just educate you on Abraham Lincoln. If you have any shame you will apologize to the people of America for using their great figure. Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States. As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year. During his term, he helped preserve the United States by leading the defeat of the secessionist Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. He introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865.

If you still do not see any other words, remember that he was an elected President. On the other hand, you overthrew the elected government and became the sole ruler of Pakistan. There is no doubt that Abraham Lincoln took some steps that are still considered controversial. He recognized and accepted the fact the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court would have to eventually pass judgment on his actions. Moreover, he did not call off the 1864 election which he expected to lose. To use Abraham Lincoln actions does not justify what you are doing in the current situation. There is no way you can compare the two historical events and conclude that if Abraham Lincoln justified his actions then I should be allowed to do it as well. How come no other American President ever invoked the phrase of Abraham Lincoln to put the United States under military rule? Just to remind you General Musharraf the American president is also the commander-in-chief of the army. You cannot tell me that after the independence of America, there was never a difficult time when martial law was necessary. Sir, with due respect, you have crossed all the lines of being a civilized man and a leader. You are no more than a third world dictator who will do anything and say anything to stay in power. You use your friends and you use your enemies to create fear in the heart of the Western world. The only choice that remains for you is to declare yourself a pharaoh because they were considered the ultimate rulers and Gods even after their deaths. So the best thing for you is to change your title and declare yourself God.

M. Fahimuddinm