Pre-Musharraf Trial Reaction

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(printed in The News)

I come to bury, not praise
(Adapted from Julius Caesar – Shakespeare)

Saturday, July 25, 2009
I come to bury Musharraf, not to praise him. /The evil that men do lives after them,

The good is oft interred with their bones/ So let it be with Musharraf/ The noble CJ Chaudhry will tell you Musharraf was ambitious/ If it were so, it was a grievous fault/ And grievously hath Musharraf answer’d it/ Here, under leave of the media and the rest — For the media is honourable/ So are they all, all honourable men/ Come I to speak before Musharraf’s funeral/ He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But the CJ says he was ambitious/ And CJ Chaudhry is an honourable man.

But yesterday the word of Musharraf might have stood against the world/ now lies he there/ And none so poor to do him reverence/ O masters, if I were disposed to stir

Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage/ I should do the media wrong, and Nawaz Sharif wrong/ Who, you all know, are honourable men…

Jahanzaib Haque



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