Beleaguered Pakistan needs peace: Expert

November 24th, 2007 - 2:55 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Nov 24 (ANI): Regime changes have their appeal in Washington. But what beleaguered Pakistan needs now is tranquillity, a state of mind that must be restored before another Islamic revolution breaks new ground, an analysis published in the Washington Times has said.
Abandoning General Pervez Musharraf, who is in need of support because he dared to be loyal to the US, would not necessarily unlock democracy but would nourish prospects of Islamists making the rules, it further said.
Viola Herms Drath of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy writes in the Washington Times that Musharraf has done much to stabilise Pakistan.
“Corruption of a feudal regime that had been wrecking the economy was uprooted by structural reforms. And a positive approach to the volatile Kashmir issue became the hallmark of the Musharraf regime,” Drath writes.
Drath points out that Benazir Bhuttos demand for a voluntary transfer of power by the establishment of an interim government without Musharraf found few backers.
“Preparing for the elections with a media blitz, the stylish Bhutto, an unabashed self-promoter and media charmer who enjoys high life in London, is portraying herself as the defender of democracy,” the writer maintains.
Bhutto remains a rather polarising figure, who may not be as popular as her obliging State Department friends think.
It is difficult to tell what Bhutto may bring to the table of her disunited country. Like Musharraf, she will be accused of being Washingtons puppet, Drath says.
But unlike Musharraf, Bhutto is unloved by an army that keeps the nuclear arsenal under control in a country that harbours an illicit network of nuclear scientists,” the writer notes. (ANI)

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