Lahore, Aug 26: Is there any connection between the number '9' and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's fate? Yes, if the science of numerology is to be believed, Musharraf has been a victim of the digit '9', as on a number of occasions the number proved to be gravely against the ex-General's interests.
To begin with, his worst days began on March 9, 2007 when he asked the deposed the chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to resign. The development entirely changed the political atmosphere of the country, and ultimately led to his own resignation on August 18, 2008.
Former premier Benazir Bhutto arrived in Pakistan after around ten years on October 18, 2007, and more than 100 people were killed in an attack on her convoy. Though she survived the attack, the fact of a large number of killings went against Musharraf. Benazir was eventually assassinated on December 27, a fact which against proved in Musharraf losing popularity both inside and outside the country.
The elections of February 18 proved to be a good omen for the Zardari-led Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), but against Musharraf marking the beginning of the end of his rule.
The two major parties, which formed an alliance in the Centre and in Punjab, signed on March 9 the famous 'Murree Declaration' on the restoration of the judiciary sacked by Musharraf. But, the two parties could not restore the judiciary within the mutually agreed 30-day deadline, and the bickering that resulted finally led the PML-N to announce that it will pull out of the coalition.