April 23, 2004

WHERE THE WAR ENDS:

Musharraf whipping Pakistan into (US) line (Syed Saleem Shahzad, 4/22/04, Asia Times)

[M]usharraf will retain his grip at the helm, and will continue in reshaping Pakistan-Afghanistan and Pakistan-Indian relations in line with US interests.

To achieve this, Musharraf will have to win over large sections of the grass-root electorate. Already, the powerful rural base of Punjab (the largest province) , which used to be the source of power of the ruling PML - Nawaz group, has been won over to the PML - Quaid-i-Azam group, a pro-Musharraf party. The remaining power pillars of Punjab and North West Frontier Province are dominated by the Pakistan People's Party led by former premier Benazir Bhutto, now organized under the Patroit group and the Sherpao group, both pro-Musharraf parties. All independent "feudal lords" who once dominated national politics, like former president Farooq Laghari and former interim prime minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, have been united under the National Alliance, a pro-Musharraf group. And all these will be gathered under the umbrella of the PML, whose leadership will eventually go to Musharraf. [...]

Analysts also believe that in the coming months there will be more army reshuffles to flush out those who cling to traditional beliefs - such as anti-India and pro-Taliban.

If all of these changes are effected, Pakistan could be in a position to strongly continue on its present course of appeasement with India, and a serious clampdown on radicals, even if Musharraf is not at the helm.


The funny thing is how many in the West are in denial about the General.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2004 2:19 PM
Comments

oj, do you really think he's on our side? Relatively speaking that is. I mean, what are the percs for him to appease us?

Posted by: Bartman at April 23, 2004 8:24 PM

Addenda: Besides the fact that if he doesn't we'll overrun his country?

Posted by: Bartman at April 23, 2004 8:25 PM

Bartman:

The better question is to consider what he risks by even appearing to side with us. Military men tend to make the best democratic reformers.

Posted by: oj at April 23, 2004 8:45 PM

He's temporary.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 25, 2004 12:32 AM
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