But why isn’t the U.S. standing up for Pakistan when we need it most? Is America even listening to us? We are calling them Busharraf now. They are the same man. ~Parveen Aslam
Having Musharraf step down would be the appropriate move. The fact that this plays into the hands of the cynical Bhutto is unfortunate in some ways. Even though she is self-serving, she also happens to be right that Musharraf will continue to destabilise and worsen the situation in Pakistan. The most dangerous thing about Musharraf right now is that he genuinely seems to think that emergency rule is helping combat the forces in western Pakistan, when this is not the case. As the article says, emergency rule is apparently distracting the government from real security threats by focusing so much attention on domestic political opposition. That would make this emergency rule doubly foolish, making Pakistan both more vulnerable to internal attacks and less politically stable at the same time.
I have more to say about Pakistan in an upcoming TAC column, so I will leave it there.