Benazir is no Aung Suu Kyi: Jemima KhanNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:39 am ICT by admin
“This (Benazir) is the woman who was twice dismissed on corruption charges. She went into self-imposed exile while investigations continued into millions she had allegedly stashed away into Swiss bank accounts (1.5 billion dollars by the reckoning of President Pervez Musharraf’s own “National Accountability Bureau”), Jemima wrote in The Telegraph.
Jemima further says that Benazir was able to return to Pakistan because Musharraf’s future depends on the grassroots die-hard supporters inherited from her father’s (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
As a result, Musharraf, who in his first months in power declared it that his express intention was to wipe out corruption, has dropped all charges against Benazir and granted her immunity, she added.
Commenting on another former premier Nawaz Sharif, Jemima said that notably, the President did not give the same treatment to him who was recently deported after attempting his own spectacular return to Pakistan.
“But the difference is that Benazir is a pro at playing to the West. And that’s what counts. She talks about women and extremism and the West applauds. And then conspires,” Jemima opined.
She further says that the Americans and the British are acutely aware that their strategy in the region is failing, and that Musharraf’s grip on power is getting weak, adding, keeping this in view they have pressed hard for Benazir and the General to cut a deal that would allow them to share power for the next five years in a “liberal forces government”.
“Benazir may speak the language of liberalism and look good on Larry King’s sofa, but both her terms in office were marked by incompetence, extra-judicial killings and brazen looting of the treasury, with the help of her husband - famously known in Pakistan as Mr 10 Per Cent,” ex wife of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) president Imran Khan said.
Jemima also says that Benazir has always used her gender to manipulate situation.
“I loved her answer to David Frost when he asked her how many millions she had in her Swiss bank accounts. ‘David, I think that’s a very sexist question’,” she recalled.
Jemima accused Benazir of not doing enough for the cause of Pakistani women.
For example, she never repealed the Hudood Ordinances, Pakistan’s controversial laws that made no distinction between rape and adultery, Jemima said.
In fact, Benazir preferred to surrender to the mullahs in order to cling to power, forming an expedient alliance with Pakistan’s Religious Coalition Party and leaving Pakistan’s women as powerless as she found them, Jemima opined.
“Imposing Benazir on Pakistan is the opposite of democratic and doubtless will cause more chaos in an already unstable country,” she said.
Make no mistake, Benazir may look the part, but she’s as ruthless and conniving as they come - a kleptocrat in a Hermes headscarf, Jemima concludes. (ANI)
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