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Musharraf's Two-Faced Rule

By Alizeh Haider

Musharraf’s decision to impose martial law, disguised as “emergency rule,” on Pakistan’s people comes as a slap in our faces after the years we’ve spent listening to his sweet lullabies heralding the advent of democracy. The move is desperate and baffling, and his justification for it is shoddy, at best.

In his November 3rd address to the nation, General Musharraf warned of militant extremists who pose “a direct challenge [to] Pakistan’s sovereignty.” He also blamed Pakistan’s judiciary and the media for their “interference” in government affairs, which has “enhanced [an] atmosphere of uncertainty.” Pakistan, he said, is now “at the brink of a very dangerous situation.”

But consider the real circumstances. For eight years, Musharraf has simultaneously held Pakistan’s two most powerful offices, President and Chief of Army Staff. The country’s entire military and paramilitary power was at his command. He had hand picked his Prime Minister, and his major political opponents were in exile abroad. The West had offered overwhelming and unconditional support for action against these extremists.

My humble question to General Musharraf is this: With this kind of power, why has he not been able to contain these terrorists and curb this rise in militancy? Why are we, the people of Pakistan, being made to pay for his strategic failures in dealing with the Taliban?

Taliban attacks along the border increased 300% after one of those failures: a controversial agreement in early September between Musharraf’s government and pro-Taliban militants in North Waziristan. The pact backfired and turned Pakistan into a safe haven for the Taliban to regroup and to launch offenses into Pakistan’s settled areas. U.S. military officials say that Pakistani military personnel stationed at border outposts often turn a blind eye to Taliban fighters.

The Taliban have used this to their advantage. In some areas of Pakistan, they have implemented their own system of governance and justice; they levy taxes and fines and openly flaunt the writ of the State. In most cases the government has continued to look the other way; in some cases, it has actually supported them.

On Musharraf’s watch, Talibanization has continued, unchallenged, while he remains preoccupied with battling his political opponents and members of civil society, in particular the judiciary and the media. Since he declared emergency rule, Musharraf has ordered mass arrests of judges and lawyers. Meanwhile, he is scrambling to put together a puppet judiciary that will happily dance to his tune.

Interestingly, the main allegation that Musharraf has leveled against the judiciary was that it ordered the release of terrorists, thereby negating government efforts to fight the Taliban. But since declaring emergency rule, the General has wasted no time in ordering the release of 25 Taliban terrorists who had been arrested, and some convicted, by the anti-terrorism court on charges of kidnapping, killing and beheading Pakistani soldiers. The North-West Frontier Province government has also withdrawn seven pending terrorism cases against some of the arrested militants.

Eight years of Musharraf’s rule have allowed Pakistanis to forget that under his clever disguise of democratic aspirations lies a thoroughbred military man, who once stated proudly that asking him to shed his uniform was akin to asking him to shed his skin. In retrospect, that was probably a naive hope in the first place. Call his power seizure “emergency-plus rule”, martial law, or what you will; I choose to call it a tragedy.


Alizeh Haider is a Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist currently based in the United Arab Emirates.

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Hamaad Haider:

Lets be very clear about it, this is not an emergency, this is martial law. The constitution is suspended and in spirit, no institution of the state is functioning, except ofcourse the unique office of President Musharaf.

This martial law was launched solely to protect Musharaf's dictatorship. There was a petition in the apex court of Pakistan which was on the verge of declaring Musharaf's candidature null and void. Musharaf had no other choice but to concoct grounds to merit an emergency (which he has failed to do miserably) for instance that the judiciary was siding with the terrorist by releasing them. If this had any merit, then why have four of those judges who passed the order for this release today been invited by Musharaf to sign the PCO (oath of allegience to the President). Why are they sitting on Musharaf's puppet judiciary if they were the root cause of the emergency? The answer is, there was no emregency, Musharaf just needed a reason, any reason to perpetuate his dictatorship.

As your guest voice has accurately identified, Musharaf is playing yo-yo with the constituion and the institutions it protects solely to ensure another many years in the president's chair. Another many years of absolute power for a leader who would go to any extremes for his office.

If there was an iota of democracy in this country or support behind this dictator, he would doff his uniform and be elected on the basis of the ballot, not the bullet.

Kelly Yip:

As Kissinger once said, "States don't have friends, they have interests." Case in point would be Kuwait. Our goal was to liberate Kuwait and protect Saudi Arabia - not because they're our friends and we love them -- because it was in our interests. At the time we figured our vanquished rival would be defanged by UN weapons inspectors, we had never truly been touched on American soil by terrorism and Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were "free" and secure. Back then, Iran (Hafsanjani was much less a fan of ours than the chummy old Khatami) would have stepped in to fill the power vacuum. Now, Iran is in Pakistan's backyard.
Best,
Kelly Yip
Nov. 9, 2007

hankomatic:

The General Public is Taught That History Happens BY Accident. However The UPPER ECHELONS Know That HISTORY IS PLANNED!!!

A Khokar:

Implanting yet another proxy
Once a blue eyed US man; Musharraf is being declared as a spent cartridge and supposed to be ditched by implanting yet another state of the art proxy duly rebuilt in US; Benazir Bhutto.

Pervaz Musharraf was under instruction from US to prepare the grounds to receive Miss Bhutto and smooth out the process for her take over and also to find an exit for himself. As a first step; he tried to terminate the blatant and defiant Supreme Court Chief Judge, Iftikhar Muhammad Choudry and replace him with a judge of his own choice; but somehow this move became too obvious and whole plan went awry. It stirred all the Bar Councils of the country and amid a country wide bloody protest of advocates; the Supreme Court Chief Judge was reinstated.

Now Musharraf, a man pressed for time; that the present parliaments as well as his presidency tenure were to end by 15th of November; above had severely disturbed the planned time scale of the events and all the actions following from here are the actions of a desperate man. May it be the ‘reconciliation order’ to wipe off Miss Bhutto corruption charges and to facilitate a ‘all safe’ return for her to Pakistan or Musharraf own election debacle as president for next five years which has been challenged in (defiant) Supreme Court. The very validity of his candidacy as a serving military man was at stake. This culminated into promulgation of Emergency Order (primarily to terminate the Judges of Supreme Court.) He had been a good fighter but may not survive this time as ‘nobody runs for ever’.

Bhuttoo after having spent many years in the west may find the realities here on ground different. Her previous record of corruption and plundering of government funds has not yet been forgotten. People know that she has come with a heavy baggage of American agenda and is not likely to win a 2/3 majority in the elections.

While Musharraf is striving very hard to fulfil his promise and hand over smoothly; Bhuttoo with a help of ‘magic hands’… may be made to form a new government. But with no Army backing at hand she will be vulnerable. Her tenure may not last even for a year.
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Love for all, Hatred for none

thishowiseeit:

History is the best teacher, but the media in now asleep . In the 30' the nazi party came to power at first through a democratic process and the word media never realized until it was too late. Now the media does not realize
that the Taliban, AlQueda and other islamists are
trying to get into power in Pakistan through
a democratic process. Shame to the media.

Hewitt:

If not Musharraf, then what?

Can there be another leader chosen in a democratic election? If so who would that be and how long will they last before the military takes over once again?

Will there be civil war and rule by the most ruthless? In that case, there will be a bloodbath, the Taliban will win, and Pakistan's nuclear weapons will disappear.

Pakistani:

Pervez Musharraf has been the centre of a lot of criticism lately.

We understand some actions by the current government in Pakistan are drastic and some may argue against them, but it is up to us to realize the ground realities and act responsibly in deciding who to support. Opposition parties are exploiting the mass public by using democracy as an excuse to regain power and destabilize a government that has achieved a lot in the last eight years. Religion is also being used by some in the media to incite the public, which has gone about its daily routine with no interest to come out on the streets. Objectivity amongst reporters on international broadcasts of Pakistani news is rare. This is an attempt to show that there is a large movement that supports the President. Outlined below are highlights of Musharraf's achievements, there is a section on reasons for imposition of emergency rule as well.


POSITION ON OPPOSITION PARTIES

Nawaz Sharif's incompetent government and Benazir's corruption (wife of Mr.
Zardari who is popularly known in Pakistan as 'Mr. 10%') left Pakistan in a dismal state. Thus prior to Musharraf's debut on the stage of Pakistani politics in 1999,

* The country was almost bankrupt;
* Pakistan was on the verge of being declared a "failed" and "terrorist"
nation;
* It was listed as being the second most corrupt nation in the world (the first being Nigeria)
* During the time of Benazir and Sharif, the KSE 100 index was less than 1300. Now it is over 12000.
* Atrocities such as judicial killings of opponents took place shamelessly throughout Pakistan, particularly in Karachi, for which Benazir and Sharif were both primarily responsible.

MUSHARAF'S ACHIEVEMENTS

Under Musharraf's regime since 1999, Pakistan has experienced tremendous growth and seen record improvement in its overall condition.

* From being #2 on the list of corrupt nations, Pakistan is now #138 - a remarkable improvement.
* Compared to being nearly bankrupt less than a decade ago, Pakistan now has reserves of close to $16 billion, and is still growing.
* Corruption has been virtually eliminated from the upper levels and significantly reduced in the lower levels.
* Musharraf actively confronted terrorism in Pakistan and employed several schemes to eradicate it from our country.
* Large-scale development is taking place all over Pakistan, with a significant amount of construction going on in Karachi and areas of Baluchistan. Previously, these areas were largely neglected, with Baluchistan left to the mercy of warlords for much of the history of Pakistan.
* Tax recovery is at an all time high.
* Pakistan's media has flourished with Musharraf's permittance and encouragement.
* Devolution of power- Musharraf brought the Nazim System and gave powers to the local representatives at the lowest level.
* Women's representation used to be 3.2%. Musharraf made a landmark decision and appointed 33% seats to be reserved for women in all three tiers of the local government and 17% in the national and provincial legislatures. (This also resulted in Pakistan being recognized as the country with the greatest progress in women's representation within parliament in a comparison study of South Asian politics.)
* President Musharraf was awarded the White Ribbon Man of the Year Award 2006, in recognition of the tremendous support to the cause of women's rights in Pakistan.
* Pakistan's relations with India have also significantly improved.
Previously, India refused to acknowledge the territory of Kashmir as a 'dispute'. As a result of Musharraf's diplomacy, Kashmir is today acknowledged as a disputed territory and both sides are working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict.


These are remarkable achievements in an 8 year timeframe. This is not to say that things are perfect; much work still needs to be done. But, Pakistan, under Musharraf, has been heading towards the right direction and this momentum should continue. He has addressed the root cause of problems in the country thus building a foundation for democracy to prosper. The measures taken under this regime are an attempt to reform Pakistani society with a high emphasis on education. One cannot educate a nation overnight; it takes time and honest commitment. We cannot let corrupt politicians ruin 8 years of hard work.

POSITION ON EMERGENCY DECLARATION:

The emergency is unfortunate, as Musharraf acknowledged in his address to the nation. However, it becomes understandable and perhaps necessary given the circumstances it was imposed under:

* The judiciary was openly challenging the writ of the government on every front, playing the role of a legislative arm. The parliament is the legislative arm - not the Judiciary.
* Extremism was growing by the day. Consider the Lal-Masjid saga and the recent conflict in Sawat, where Taliban and other extremist terrorists attacked the army, beheaded a number of soldiers, and replaced the Pakistani flag with their own.
* Individuals who were caught red-handed from the lal-masjid were immediately released by the CJ (Chief Justice) without looking at the submitted proof and evidence against them.
* Despite allowing Musharraf to take part in the Presidential elections, which he subsequently won, a petition against Musharraf's candidacy was still accepted and decision upon it delayed unnecessarily.
*The freedom granted to the media was being highly misused. Turn on any channel and you will find endless propaganda against Musharraf and the government. They are as "fair" and "balanced" as Fox news, openly calling the public to come out on the streets and spreading disinformation.

For these reasons, Pakistan was put in a state of emergency.

Subhashis Nag:

If we are to rewind our minds, all the perpetrators of Sep 11 were Arabs, rather Saudis, Emaratis and Egyptians.George Bush did not harm any of these three countries, although it is well known that Saudi Arabia is the global epicenter of Jehadi terror whose main aim is to obliterate the nonMuslim world and usher in a global Islamic caliphate.On the other hand, the innocent Afghans and Iraqis were made to pay the price.The net result is the present mess.Saudi money is pumped to Pakistan from where Islamic terror is fanning out to the whole world.Bush is pumping billions in to Pakistan and Musharraf keeps him pleased by catching the petty Jehadis.He also extends full co-operation to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda who in turn are launching vicious attacks on US forces. When will US realize its mistake ? When will Saudi and Pakistan be taken to task for the havoc they are creating ?Pakistan is a nuclear proliferator.I have no doubt that very soon AlQaeda will get hold of doomsday bombs.Has the US kept this situation in mind ? To the best of my estimate the answer is NO.If it did, the it ought to have done something to Saudi and Pakistan.The backyards of Pakistan continue to serve as safe havens for Taliban.Saudi continues to fund terror.
Yours truly,
Subhashis Nag

RK:

Pakistan is in utter chaos. The nation of Pakistan right from its inception in 1947 has been unstable. There have been no good political leaders, with power hungry and corrupt politicians / military generals taking the country to ruins.

The current crisis comes as no surprise to those familiar with its politics. The point is when would Pakistan reach a breaking point? The day is not far when it would split into tiny nations like USSR ( Punjab, Sindh, Waziristan, Balochistan etc). The concern is for the nuclear weapons that pakistan has.

Thanks to Bush and his idiotic policies the world is in a turmoil.

A.Lincoln:

Where is George Bush now when Lawyers and Judges are being beaten in the streets in Pakistan, protesting martial law and the suspension of their constitution? Where are you George, Why are you so silent? Your great speeches about the march of Democracy in the world and the United States moral obligation to support the masses crying for freedom. Mr. Bush, as Pakistan descends into tyranny and anarchy, why are you still supporting the Tyrant, Mr. Musharraf? Why are you looking the other way as warlords in Afghanistan reinstate cruel 13th century Islamic rule in the outer provinces? Why do you not support Democracy in Saudia Arabia, where women still cannot vote or even drive a car? Why don't you support freedom and liberty in Burma, in the Sudan, in Somolia? As we all suspected all along, the "Democracy thing" in Iraq was just a sham, an 11th hour excuse for invading a country we had not right to invade. Shame.

maddymappo:

Israel is the only middle eastern country that has a democracy. Turkey is about the only majority Moslem country that has a democracy. Why is there such outrage at Musharraf? He is a man who was educated in the west and shares our values, but he is a leader of a country that has a complex culture which clearly makes the notion of a democracy, as we know it, impossible. Pakistan is country where the majority share strict religious values and ideas and where people who express themselves "out of the box" of Islam are stoned to death. The freedoms we enjoy in the USA, and the honor and respect we hold for the rights of the individual, are an anathema to the majority religion of the country. Musharraf is not the one who is blocking democracy. He is a friend of the US and he has done a remarkable juggling act under the circumstances. We cannot judge his actions in black and white terms.

maddymappo:

Israel is the only middle eastern country that has a democracy. Turkey is about the only majority Moslem country that has a democracy. Why is there such outrage at Musharraf? He is a man who was educated in the west and shares our values, but he is a leader of a country that has a complex culture which clearly makes the notion of a democracy, as we know it, impossible. Pakistan is country where the majority share strict religious values and ideas and where people who express themselves "out of the box" of Islam are stoned to death. The freedoms we enjoy in the USA, and the honor and respect we hold for the rights of the individual, are an anathema to the majority religion of the country. Musharraf is not the one who is blocking democracy. He is a friend of the US and he has done a remarkable juggling act under the circumstances. We cannot judge his actions in black and white terms.

Faisal Iqbal:

This what we term as "Democracy" in our part of the world. It is such a shame that, we have no respect for our nation and people. Our stance has ridiculed us, in front of the whole world, I feel ashamed each time, these stunts are pulled by our so called leaders. How are we suppose to counter act such humiliation, especially, when we are questioned; what's up with your two face leaders? To tell you honesty; I have no answer, but to say, I reserve my comments ! As the saga unfolds, we die every moment hoping; This will end once in for all, but in vain. Ladies and Gentlemen, our worst enemy is illiteracy, we have to fight this battle with vengence, if not comabtted timely, we will die our own miserbale death. I am sick and tired of hiding my identity, in front of the whole world, time to redefine ourselves.

tropicalfolk:

Poor western fools (myself included). We are told by western media that Musharraf is either a thug or a puppet, that martial law is aimed at cracking down on the democratic opposition.

Reality is quite different. For the last six years, Musharraf did what the U.S. paid him for: fight Al-Qaeda and the Taliban inside Pakistan. But this "war on terror" had the effect of alienating Pakistani people: contempt for this war has grown steadily among Pakistanis, and so did support for muslim militants. In a recent poll, Osama bin Laden's popularity (46%) clearly surpasses Musharaff's (38%) and Bush's (9%). In the northen provinces, Osama bin Laden's popularity topped 70%!!

Musharraf is no fool. He realized he will never be able to defeat muslim militants inside Pakistan: the stronger he pushes against them, the stronger the people support them (and the stronger they hate Musharraf and the U.S.).

So he decided to get on the same boat with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, so he will be part of the winning team. In the last few days, as hundreds of protestors have been thrown into jail, Musharraf released dozens of muslim militants from prison.

That's the best for him. By aligning himslef with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Musharraf aims at keeping control of the army, the nuclear weapons, and regain some popularity.

All this at the expense of the real fools: the naive lawyers who have been protesting the martial law, hoping democracy would ever come to Pakistan; U.S.-backed opposition leaders who were waiting for Musharraf to sink; and, of course, the U.S.

Tanvir:

I was born in South America, where corruption seems to be an ‘acceptable’ part governments. Unfortunately the people are the ones who suffer, in such countries conflict sometime seems inevitable…..I recently came across a website about Estonia’s Singing Revolution – http://singingrevolution.com. Estonia was under Russian control as recently as 1991, and now that they are free, there is still tension between the Russians living in Estonia and the native Estonians.

Hindukush:


Pakistan South Asia foreign policy is to blame all this. Using terrorists as main tool of diplomacy.

They need Taliban to check Afghanistan. They need Lakshar e toiba for India.

And China has been supporting Pakistan on this bloody behavior.

For China, nothing has lost .. it is becoming super power.

Pakistan Leaders have to realize it cannot continue holding Partition time grudge against India & Afghanistan.

MZBH:

Antiterror:

Thank you for letting us know how little clue you have about Pakistan and its affairs.
Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan were both Pashtun Generals. If you cannot even get that correct, the rest is nonsense.

gberke:

We have a stupid president. He just BEGS to be taken advantage of. And he makes stupid demands on his "allies"... remember France? Putin?
Bush is an oaf. Save your venom for Bush.
And you thought getting rid of Saddam was important...
egads, the man should have been impeached years ago. Instead, he will actually finish his term.

Antiterror:

Pakistan is a mess. Musharraf is the successor to a long line of duffers. Ayub Khan, Yayah Khan, Zia Ul Haq - all punjabi generals, steeped in megalomaniac thoughts of grand illusions backed by petty thinking. The country is literally in the stone age with a tinpot dictator making his uniform a major issue in the lives of its people, dismissing the judiciary, and destroying the basics of a democratic government. There is nothing in Pakistan but virulent form of Jihadi Islam and the Army and a bunch of traditional tribal neanderthals. Its a country that should not have existed, its once again an artificial entilty created by the British, whose existence has no rationale.

Athesh:


Shame on Nasir Naeem who stated "Thanks to Russian invasion in Afghanistan it gave enough time to Pakistan for completing nuclear bomb" throughout the history Afghan shown whoever invades afghanistan will be driven out. Musharaf under estimated the power of the people. Its military will collaps soon and there will be a civil war.
As you know througout the history if a superpower wants to use a country they bring civil war.

I hope everyone use their logic and cretical thinking so we as a whole benefit each other.
Athesh

DFC:

Bush and Musharraf...birds of a feather.

Shabana:

There is no groundswell opposition to Islamic militancy in Pakistan. Pakistanis, and Muslims in general, believe that Islamic militancy will not affect them. Musharraf has managed to keep the west beholden to him by coming through in a very small way, when he catches or kills a few terrorists. As long as Muslims think that the extremists will be benign to them, there is no solution to this problem. I have heard Imran Khan talk proudly about "freedom fighters" were bleeding the Indian army. India is now on its way to becoming a first world nation, while the same "freedom fighters" are bleeding Pakistan into a failed state. And, the side effect of all this: sadlled by a nincompoop like Musharraf.

VICTORIA:

sorry that was victoria again

Anonymous:


the relative silence by bush on the suspension of the pakistani constitution by musharraf may be
because bush quietly enacted his won directive last may which gives him the unprecedented power to do the same thing-

JEROME CORSI
Bush makes power grab

Posted: May 23, 2007

President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president.

The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a new National Continuity Coordinator.

That job, as the document describes, is to make plans for "National Essential Functions" of all federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president's directives in the event of a national emergency.

The directive loosely defines "catastrophic emergency" as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions."

When the president determines a catastrophic emergency has occurred, the president can take over all government functions and direct all private sector activities to ensure we will emerge from the emergency with an "enduring constitutional government."

Translated into layman's terms, when the president determines a national emergency has occurred, the president can declare to the office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over.

Ironically, the directive sees no contradiction in the assumption of dictatorial powers by the president with the goal of MAINTAINING constitutional continuity through an emergency.

The directive issued May 9 makes no attempt to reconcile the powers created there for the National Continuity Coordinator with the National Emergency Act. As specified by U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter 34, Subchapter II, Section 1621, the National Emergency Act allows that the president may declare a national emergency but requires that such proclamation "shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register."

A Congressional Research Service study notes that under the National Emergency Act, the president "may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens."

The CRS study notes that the National Emergency Act sets up congress as a balance empowered to "modify, rescind, or render dormant such delegated emergency authority," if Congress believes the president has acted inappropriately.

NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 appears to supersede the National Emergency Act by creating the new position of National Continuity Coordinator without any specific act of Congress authorizing the position.

NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 also makes no reference whatsoever to Congress. The language of the May 9 directive appears to negate any a requirement that the president submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists, suggesting instead that the powers of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight.

The White House had no comment.

jerome corsi's article
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55824


the acutal directive
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html

Nasir Naeem Lahore Pakistan:

DO MORE ?

Looking at the recent propaganda campaign launched by US media against President Musharraf it appears that USA is getting frustrated and wants to get rid of him. USA has long been pushing President Musharraf to “Do More” but President Musharraf’s response that “You Do More” has forced US think tank to act on plan B, that’s why all of sudden dead horse Benazir Bhutto has come into light and she has assured USA to “Do More” by giving advance statements that if she comes to power, God Forbid, then she will allow IAEA to investigate Dr. Qadir Khan and will allow USA forces to strike in Pakistan.
After 9/11 United States committed blunder by invading Afghanistan without securing Pakistan-Afghanistan border. When United States started bombing Afghanistan Taliban instead of waiting for bombs started slipping into Pakistan. It’s unbelievable that USA being an expert of Afghanistan committed such blunder while they knew in advance that Afghans are masters of guerilla war. While USA was bombing Tora Bora and claiming all out victory Taliban were laughing sitting at Pakistan Afghanistan border. Now with Mr. Karazi’s reliable intelligence that Taliban are operating from Pakistan United States is pushing President Musharraf to DO More against the Taliban who slipped into Pakistan. Though USA strongly wish that President Musharraf allows their forces to strike them in Pakistan but being a true soldier and loyal Pakistani he will never allow USA forces to strike in Pakistan. Pakistan Army is already trying it’s best to find out these Taliban and strike against them but we must understand the situation that the Taliban who slipped into Pakistan . Taliban apparently look same as Pakistanis, they speak same language, wear same cloths and have friendship and personal relations with Pakistanis. It’s easy to identify foreign Talibans and I believe very few of them have escaped the hands of Pakistan Army. At the moment Taliban are confined to Northern Areas of Pakistan and if Pakistan Army commits same blunder which USA Army committed by bombing Afghanistan without planning then there is every possibility that these Taliban will spread into whole Pakistan. USA claims that Pakistan is a safe heaven for Taliban but who gave them way to safe heaven. We are paying for United States blunder. President Pervez Musharraf is already doing little more by deploying 100,000 Pakistani troops in tribal areas. The result of this slight doing more is wide spread suicide bombing all over Pakistan . Instead of pushing President Pervez Musharraf to Do More
United States should concentrate on

1- Securing Pakistan Afghanistan border by putting the fence and patrol personals.
2- Open modern Islamic schools in tribal areas where education , food , boarding should be free of cost
3- Launch a wide spread campaign that fighting against Muslims in not Jihad
4- Restricting Pakistan Army to certain areas and stop military operations.
5- Creating jobs for local people in Government Departments
6- Establishing “Peace Force” and only local tribal youth should be employed

After 9/11 Richard Armitage threatened Pakistan to send them back in stone age but I am sure while saying so he might be thinking that, Pakistan being nuclear power, it’s not possible for them to do so. President Pervez Musharraf was clever enough to immediately accept the demands put forward by United States and release the immediate pressure. He accepted the demands so quickly that United States assumed that when ever they will say he will Do More but now the immediate pressure gone President Musharraf will only Do More for Pakistan.
Pakistan’s nuclear programme has been painful to USA, India and Israel and Thinks Tanks are always thinking how to get rid of it. When Pakistan started nuclear programmee Mr. Henry Kissinger threatened Bhutto that “We will make a horrible example of you” and they did so. Thanks to Russian invasion in Afghanistan it gave enough time to Pakistan for completing nuclear bomb. United States was forced to keep their eyes closed and kept training taliban for Afghan war. According to details revealed by investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine “In February 1983 , with the strike plan at an advanced stage , Indian military officials had traveled secretly to Israel, which had a common interest in eliminating A.Q. Khan , to buy electronic warfare equipment to neutralize Kahuta’s air defenses” however , the author said , India and Israel backed off from the plan after CIA tipped off President Zia ul Haq , and the US State department warned India that “the US will be responsive if India persists” Now its time for USA to admit that Pakistan’s nuclear bomb is a reality and they have to live with it. There is no Plan B or C going to succeed as Pakistan’s bomb is being protected by 160 million people less a few numbers who may be assuring USA that they can help them to destroy nuclear bomb. President Pervez Musharraf is as popular as he was few years back but I do not know how long he is going to avoid USA STRIKE.

Nasir Naeem
Lahore
Pakistan

VICTORIA:

even more interesting is the fact that george w told him to remove his uniform the other day, and a musharraf in civilian dress made a quick statement on american tv-

from the new york times- an op-ed piece by bhutto

"I recall the words of President Bush in his second inaugural address when he said: “All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not IGNORE your oppression, or EXCUSEyour oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, WE WILL STAND WITH YOU.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/opinion/07bhutto.html

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