Benazir’s return cannot be termed a victory for democracy in Pak: NYT

November 14th, 2007 - 2:32 am ICT by admin  
The editorial further says that her return to Karachi should not be seen as a “great triumph for the rule of law”, but more as a convenient amnesty being handed out to her by the Musharraf regime, without whose benevolence she faced the risk of imprisonment on various corruption charges.

Benazir Bhutto’s return to Pakistan, the editorial says has been painstakingly choreographed, and on Thursday, she was given a “swift and horrifying reminder of how close Pakistan is to the brink, and of what she’s up against.”

Letting her back into Pakistan is an important step forward for a country that has been subjected to eight years of essentially one-man rule and has grown ever more polarized.

The NYT says that Bhutto’s greatest challenge will be to redeem this tawdry trade-off by using her popularity and skills to leverage this modest political opening into something resembling genuine democracy.

The editorial says that Washington’s help will be crucial in this effort. (ANI)

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