…is beyond Musharraf writes Hussain Haqqani.
Pakistan has become a dysfunctional state, a tinderbox that may not light up for years, but could also go up in flames in an instant. The military’s ability to keep a lid on dissent has diminished with the emergence of well-armed militias, both Islamist and secular, in various parts of Pakistan.
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New York Times agrees. May 23rd’s editorial states:
Washington’s uncritical support has also reinforced the general’s arrogance and insularity, which are at the heart of his current political problems. In March, he arbitrarily suspended Pakistan’s independent-minded chief justice, setting off protest demonstrations which have continued ever since. The suspension came as the court was preparing to hear challenges to the general’s schemes to keep himself in power — as both army commander and president — with his presidential candidacy ratified by the current, submissive Parliament, not the new one due to be elected later this year.
A succession of uniformed dictators has misruled Pakistan for more than half of its 60-year history. All have advertised themselves as great friends of Washington, but all have fanned extremism while discrediting America’s reputation among ordinary Pakistanis. There is no security with General Musharraf. The United States belongs on the side of Pakistani democracy.
Its hard to believe that its been eight years since I watched TV anxiously, to see the first images of the Pakistan Army seizing control of state run television, and hoping that things would change. I can never come to terms with the fact that we all believed that the worst was over. And now, in these critical times, we hope again, that things will become better.
I wonder what true freedom feels like.