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    Musharraf is fux0red

    by Sunny on 8th June, 2007 at 2:53 pm    

    As thousands of people demonstrated in four cities - some in defiance of a ban - the government overturned a decree signed by Mr Musharraf on Monday empowering the government to close television stations, revoke licences and impose large fines. The decree brought international protests. Human Rights Watch said it would “muzzle” the free press and European ambassadors issued a rare statement of concern. The prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, responded by suspending the decree yesterday.

    Mr Musharraf appears increasingly isolated as he battles through the greatest political challenge of his career. Lawyers, journalists and opposition parties were already openly hostile when, two days ago, he rounded on his Pakistan Muslim League party for failing to support him. “You always leave me alone in time of trial and tribulation,” he berated followers at a party meeting, according to the News newspaper. [Guardian]

    President Musharraf has survived and flourished since his coup for various reasons: keeping the secular elite and army on his side, being able to manipulate and control the religious nuts, and getting financial/logistics support from USA (and a bit of peace with India). But it is now all unraveling.

    The support from the secular political and media elite went out of the window since he tried to fire the Chief Justice and then crack down on television stations that reported the ensuing riots. His latest attempts at censorship have again backfired in his face. So what did he try and do? He let the nuts from Lal Masjid grow out of control just so he could demonstrate to the elites in Pakistan and internationally what could happen if they got rid of him.

    Of course, the religious nuts in Pakistan have been used by the intelligence services (ISI) and military for decades. Don’t be under the misapprehension that jihadis in Pakistan can act without tacit support from the ISI. But the Lal Masjid crew are growing out of control and the media/lawyers hate him. Plus, Afghanistan is getting out of control and there is no indication that Musharraf can bring all this under his control. If he carries on the whole region will continue to be destabilised. It’s time for him to go.
    *definition of fuxored

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    1. sid — on 8th June, 2007 at 3:03 pm  

      Musharraf is probably the most capable and far-sighted leaders Pakistan has had in decades. He didn’t have any of that foul dynastic baggage of Benazir, or the need to pay lipservice to the Jamaatis that Nawaz Sharif was bound to. He even brought in some good technocrats and the got the economy into shape.

      His mistake was he didn’t reform democratic institutions widely or deeply enough. And he didn’t change out of that goddamn military uniform.

    2. shakay — on 8th June, 2007 at 3:29 pm  

      musharraf SEEMED to be the most capable. he made a fool out of all pakistani’s who believed in him. but he proved to be a liar…breaker of all promises.

      and he does have dynastic baggage, i beg to differ from you sid…he is the 4th in line of a military dynasty starting from ayub, yahya, zia.

      and all of them are responsible for stunning the growth of pakistani politics.

      if u ask me, pakistan should be celebrating its 28th independence anniversary and not the 60th because 32 of those dark years were under military rule with the constutution set aside.

      so such illegitimate rulers should not be given credit for bringing in technocrats…as they should not be running the show in any case. a userper is a userper and his/her subsequent actions do not absolve him/her of the original crime.

    3. sonia — on 8th June, 2007 at 4:43 pm  

      breaker of all promises - ha you could have seen that coming a mile off, what dictators go around keeping promises?

    4. http://modernityblog.wordpress.com/ — on 8th June, 2007 at 6:53 pm  

      what happens next?

      1. do the military simply replace him, with another General?

      2. is there a transition to some civilian government?

      3. or will a largely nonsecular bloc take over government?

      4. if neither side has sufficient strength to win over the other side, could it result in a civil war?

      whatever happens it looks decidedly messy

      and how will it affect regional politics?

    5. raz — on 8th June, 2007 at 7:27 pm  

      People have been constantly predicting the demise of Musharraf for the last 8 years and he is still going strong. People who are thinking he is on his way out may have a nasty surprise.

    6. ZinZin — on 8th June, 2007 at 7:48 pm  

      Fictional colonial entities are always ‘messy’ places.

      Rewriting History are we? Pakistan was not a British colony it was part of India a former colony of the British Empire.

      Pakistan is a non-issue.

      It has a nuclear capability. When you decide to exercise your intellectual capabilities you may have something to add to this thread.

    7. sid — on 8th June, 2007 at 7:59 pm  

      and he does have dynastic baggage, i beg to differ from you sid…he is the 4th in line of a military dynasty starting from ayub, yahya, zia.

      true, true. And nothing the US like in power in Pakistan better than a military dictator. Muzumdar is right you know.

    8. ZinZin — on 8th June, 2007 at 8:07 pm  

      Political instability in a nuclear state and thats a non-issue?

    9. Zak — on 8th June, 2007 at 8:49 pm  

      On a side note Imran Khan has made a huge splash this time with his involvement in the lawyers campaign.

    10. Eremos — on 8th June, 2007 at 9:21 pm  

      Brownie points to Sunny for openly talking about how the religious nuts can’t do anything without the ISI. Not enough is written about how the intelligence service and military effectively have the assets of an entire country at their disposal.

      This goes back to each of the military dictators who have managed to wrestle control. Each time they made changes to the country which made it that much harder to have an ordinary non-military democracy. I’m still hoping that General M can pull a rabbit out of his arse and fix this mess.

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