Pakistan’s Elections: The Nonsense of Musharraf’s Indispensability

By Wasiq Ali
February 16, 2008

I was annoyed by a post on the msnbc blog on Pakistan’s elections.
Someone called Mike Matthias said, “It would be ironic for the Pakistanis to elect those who were removed from power beacause of Billions of dollars corruption , proven in the court of law in Switzerland. With the exception of corrupt media , corrupt judiciary , I wonder who else would vote yet again for the two time losers (Bhutto/Sharif). This talk of rigging is only because the oppostion parties would lose in these elections which would be fair for sure. It is time people start looking into the corruption matrices for all involved in this matter. Paki people are politically mature and know all their choices , contrary to media perceptions. Regards, Mike”

My irate response: The notion that Musharraf is Pakistan’s best bet and is indispensable has brought Pakistan to where it stands today. Musharraf is now just a desperate usurper who took power in a military coup, now universally hated and suspected of crimes most foul (including the murder of Benazir Bhutto). If the world had refused to the indispensability and best bet nonsense five years ago and insisted on free and fair elections when terrorists had not yet spread out all over the country and the army was still strong, things might have been better today.

Wasiq Ali, Worcester MA (Sent Saturday, February 16, 2008


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