Emergency could end up weakening Musharraf’s ability to rein in al Qaeda

November 14th, 2007 - 8:38 am ICT by admin  
In an article in the International Herald Tribune, Western diplomats here have said, each step that Musharraf takes to strengthen his hold on power in the name of stability could generate an instability of its own.

Western diplomats and Pakistani political analysts have said that Musharraf’s moves may sap his public support, though they that some of Musharraf’s arguments have merit.

They, however, also argue that his attempts to hold on to power could compromise his own political future.

“It may be a short-term Band-Aid for his own survival,” said a Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Musharraf has effectively dodged the question of how he will deal with the extremists.

As one Western diplomat said: “There was serious concern that terrorism and security was not front and centre. What was really amazing was him going on and on and on about how bad the judiciary was.”

To most diplomats at the meeting, Musharraf was more concerned that the ambassadors from developed countries did not “understand Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, Pakistani analysts are increasingly questioning Musharraf’s contention that emergency rule was needed to help him fight terrorism. They argue that the extraordinary steps Musharraf has taken against Pakistan’s courts and its news media will in any case have little effect in Pakistan’s tribal areas, where Al Qaeda and other groups are thriving.

Federal judges have limited jurisdiction in the tribal areas and journalists are barred from travelling alone there. (ANI)

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