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Pakistan: Muhammad Reports on February 21, 2008

February 21, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I hope you may be in the best spirit of life.

You are the hope of millions of people living in the rugged mountains on Pak-Afghan border. You have given your time to them. I think the tribesmen of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas will never forget your cooperation and kindness.

The situation in Pakistan is still uncertain as the politicians are not ready to accept each others. They forget one thing that the country is at war with terrorists. Most of the people think that some of the political parties are being financed by the terrorists and this is the reason they want ouster of President Musharraf at all cost.

I want to inform you ouster of Musharraf will strengthen the position of terrorists. It is ironic that terrorists have diverted the attention of world from the real issue. The real issue of Pakistan and world is the elimination of terrorism. Elimination of terrorism is must for democracy and civilisation in Pakistan and tribal areas.

In the presence of terrorists a civilised society cannot be created. Women cannot walk in Pakistan freely. They are being harassad or raped by the terrorists. In the present elections the women were barred from casting their votes. I think the politicians have no right to ask Musharraf to quit.

These corrupt politicians are responsible for the choas and anarchy in the country. The News running a campaign against Musharraf in its editorial discussed the situation. Both the main political heavyweights, Mian Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, did not wait for a day before making the demand that President Pervez Musharraf should quit as the people of Pakistan have given their overwhelming mandate against him.

An equally belligerent presidency firmly rejected this demand within hours stating that the president had been elected for five years, and that was here to stay and would work with whoever formed the government. In this some may see the sowing of a potentially (mutually) destructive confrontation in future.

As for the demand that the president step down, there is immense weight in it for the simple reason that the election was in fact a referendum on the president and his policies.

However, fulfilling the demand may be easier said than done. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the president will go down, so to speak, without a fight, though in most democratic and/or civilized countries by now this would have happened. A key factor in this whole situation will be the extent of the backing that the president receives both from the military and Washington.

The PPP and the PML-N have won against heavy odds and after a bitter struggle in which they have offered huge sacrifices — of life, freedoms, prestige, finances, comfort and all. The people of Pakistan have recognized these sacrifices and repaid them with their support and confidence. The parties now have to move on very cautiously to consolidate their gains and ensure that a smooth transition of power takes place in the shortest possible time so that focus can return to the real issues waiting to be addressed.

A premature and unnecessary confrontation with the president would therefore not be in order.The first task of the winners should be to see that the president immediately summons parliament and that the issue of the formation of the government and the leader of the house is decided in a timely fashion.

The PPP and the PML-N have to work together not to rock the boat before it starts sailing. They should set all the contentious issues aside, including, for the moment, that of the restoration of the judges, to get to the next step of the political process.

There should now be no hesitation and embarrassment for Mr Zardari and Mr Sharif to meet the president and discuss with him the next step — of course this will be from a position of great strength and as the voice of the people of Pakistan. The mindset of the leadership must change from that of a persecuted band of unwanted non-entities to genuine claimants of power asking their due share of power.

The issue of Mr Musharraf resigning should be left for a time when he tries to block the people’s mandate and acts in the old ways of a commando not ready to listen to anyone in his bunker.

Mr Musharraf should accept the reality and realize that if he fights it out and stays, it could be as a lame duck president. He should undo all that he has done in the past and this means freeing all political prisoners, deposed judges and lawyers and undoing the curbs imposed on the media including unwarranted bans on certain television anchors.

The managements themselves should have acted since PEMRA has no authority or reason not to listen to the voice of the two main party leaders, one of whom said on Feb 19 that he would even consider disbanding it altogether. By not listening to these popular demands Mr Musharraf is not making the transition to democracy smooth.

If there is any sinister design in following such a course, it will be highly regrettable. People remember the 1970 election as free and fair and give credit to General Yahya Khan but they also remember that he refused to accept the mandate and the consequences were disastrous for the country. The president should now change course and accept the people’s verdict.

Egos should not play any role at this time of national reconciliation.

I have several questions from the politicians and some of the journalists. They are corrupt people, therefore, they will not anwser my questions.

Dear Sir, situation in our areas is very very critical as the terrorists have still been ruling the areas. The US must tell Musharraf and army leadership to take practical steps for elimination of terrorists. They must be directed to at least to abandon the idea of making deal with terrorists or Taliban in tribal areas as they are criminals and there is no justification for making deal with terrorists. Terrorists should be dealt as criminals.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

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Pakistan opposition meets amid anti-Musharraf protests

February 21, 2008

By Danny Kemp 

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The widower of Pakistan‘s slain ex-premier Benazir Bhutto met political leaders to discuss forming a coalition on Thursday as police clashed with protesters opposed to President Pervez Musharraf.
Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf speaks to reporters at ... 
President Musharraf

Asif Ali Zardari was set to hold talks with ex-premier Nawaz Sharif on an alliance that could lead to the impeachment of Musharraf following the defeat of the president’s allies in parliamentary elections on Monday.

With other smaller parties on their side, they are close to the two-thirds majority they would need to seek Musharraf’s impeachment, leaving him in the most precarious position since he seized power in a 1999 coup.

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United Pakistan (May) Stand

February 18, 2008

By Haider Ali Hussein Mullick
The Washington Post

While most Americans are closely watching their state primaries, Pakistanis are getting ready to vote in a parliamentary election on Monday. On the ballot are Pakistan’s stability, President Pervez Musharraf’s political fate, and the future of the U.S-Pakistan strategic relationship. An environment of rising domestic terrorism, economic uncertainty, and political polarization has made Pakistan a top national security priority for all leading American presidential candidates. The question of the day is, Who will win?
Pakistan's Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) party leader Maulana ... 
Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) party leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman casts his vote at a polling station in Dera Ismael Khan February 18, 2008. Fears of violence overshadowed Pakistan’s general election on Monday with 80,000 troops backing up police to watch over a vote that could return a parliament set on driving President Pervez Musharraf from office.
REUTERS/Mustansar Baloch (PAKISTAN)

But don’t expect a blowout victory on Monday. Indeed, a national consensus government looks increasingly likely – and that may just be what Pakistan needs. Here is why:

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toknow/2008/02/pakistans_elections_united_we.html

Pakistan People Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, second ...
Pakistan People Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, second from right, casts his vote at Ghulam Haider School polling station in his hometown of Nawabshah, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008. Voters will choose 272 members of the National Assembly, or lower house of parliament, for a five-year term.(AP Photo/Shakil Adil)