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For Musharraf, Abuse of Power Speaks Louder Than Words

Posted on Nov 8, 2007

The Pakistani president, general and “Daily Show” cutup has promised to hold elections a mere month after the constitutional deadline, but, as the Musharraf regime continues to arrest political rivals, whether anyone will be left to run against him is a different question altogether.

Los Angeles Times:

LAHORE, Pakistan—Under enormous pressure at home and abroad, President Pervez Musharraf pledged today to hold elections by mid-February, even as his security forces continued to throw his political opponents in jail.

Musharraf told Pakistani state media that national and provincial polls would take place by Feb. 15, a one-month extension of the constitutionally mandated deadline of Jan. 15. But he gave no date for when he would remove his uniform as army chief and become a civilian leader, a key demand of pro-democracy activists.

“I have been saying for the last few months that elections will be held on schedule,” Musharraf said after meeting with his National Security Council. “It was my commitment, and I am fulfilling it.”

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By jatihoon, November 9, 2007 at 9:33 am Link to this comment

Who let the dogs out…...who who who.

Barking dogs seldom bite but mad dogs do

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By thomas billis, November 9, 2007 at 7:18 am Link to this comment
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Bush and the neo cons were right again Democracy is just bursting out all over the muslim world.The good news is that Pakistan already has nuclear weapons.Under Musharaff Pakistan has been caught trying to sell nuclear technology to other rogue nations.Well Pakistani people do not thank us for your freedom yet.When we are done in Iraq we will bring all of our freedom giving to you.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 9, 2007 at 3:17 am Link to this comment

Musharraf, at least isn’t as UGLY as Bush - and he isn’t as stupid, either.

This is not “an abuse of power” so much as ‘use of power’ in the traditional sense of the post-tribal kingdom state. Musharraf is ruler the same as the Gulf states have rulers and as Zia ul Haq was before him.

The entire episode is only of interest to the USA in so much as Pakistan can be used or manipulated one way or another. At the moment, what have we got? Bush ‘dictating’ democracy to stage a show for the “politics is local” reality TV audiences at home, uhh.

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By PARAMASVARAN Kandiah, November 9, 2007 at 2:49 am Link to this comment
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Let us have some sympathy for President Musharraf. He unwittingly became a ‘stooge’ -  of course a very willing stooge - in the hope of bringing Pakistan into the 21st century. As a man trained for military services his thinking was or may have obviously been towards loyalty to his nation. He apparently did not understand the reality of ‘politics’. God forbid that he does not become a victim of the grand plans of the US like Noreiga; Saddam Hussein; the Shah of Persia etc.

That would not in all sincereity be a fitting end to this General caught in the turbulence of religious and ethnic conflicts added on by the GREED for power.

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By A Khokar, November 9, 2007 at 1:37 am Link to this comment

Face change

Musharraf is only doing what he has been told to do…To arrange a hand over of rein of Pakistan to another US proxy …Miss Benazir Bhutto… and find himself a way out.

In the words of Habib Jalib; (translation) The killers never change, they only change their faces.

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By waxman, November 8, 2007 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment


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By DennisD, November 8, 2007 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment
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Attention Repubniks - here’s your write in candidate in 08.

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