In my humble opinion, Gen Musharraf's ENLIGHTENED MODERATION was not mere slogan. It was, and is, the need of the hour.
Who can deny the validity, timing and momentum of Quaid-e-Azam's "Unity, Faith, Discipline"? So was Musharraf's Enlightened Moderation.
The most destructive man in the history of Pakistan was undoubtedly the Mullah Gen M. Ziaul Haque. He had, by implementing the FAMILY LAW and "Shari'ah" in Pakistan, taken the country back 1,000 years. There is too much detail on that to write. Suffice it is to state that Zia had given a hard blow to women rights which are so generously ordained in the Qur'an. So, Musharraf was quite right in repealing the barbaric "Shari'ah" Laws.
LAL MASJID: was a Mullah hide-out in the heart of Islamabad. It was indeed a rebellion by the bearded and Hijabi Brigade. Musharraf gave them more than a month to drop the arms and make a safe exit before the govt conducted the necessary military operation. Yet, the Mullahs and Mullanis adamantly wanted to return to the Stone Age leaving the govt with no other option.
CHIEF JUSTICE: Attorney Naeem Bukhari, according to the constitution, filed references to the then President Musharraf against the CJ for multiple irregularities. The CJ was given the two options that he had: 1. Resign or 2. Let the references go to the Legal Council. The CJ, backed by a sentimental public, made a big stormy issue of a constitutional action taken by the then president.
NAWAB AKBAR BUGTI: A famous and senior SARDAR of Balochistan was running a local insurgency with the help of India's RAW and was shot dead in the process.
Oh, I sound like a defense counsel for Musharraf which I never intended to do.
Conclusion: Musharraf was a lot better than today's pygmy leaders of Pakistan politics barring Imran Khan.
I have sailed in uncharted waters. My fault :-)