Emergency in Pak reveals Faustian nature of Bush-Mush bargain: NYT

November 14th, 2007 - 8:35 am ICT by admin  
According to a New York Times editorial, returning Pakistan to civilian government rule has been a declared goal of the United States since General Musharraf seized power in October 1999, but the events and comprises that have taken place since then, not only show Musharraf’s ability to break promises repeatedly, but also his move to abandon any pretence of moving toward democracy.

By imposing martial law, Musharraf has underscored the failure of President Bush’s policy toward a key ally in the war on terrorism.

“This is what you get when policy is centered slavishly on a single, autocratic ruler rather than more broadly on his country,” says the NYT editorial.

The paper further goes on to say that Bush seems to have gained little leverage from the more than 10 billion dollars in American aid that has fattened Pakistan’s coffers since September 11, 2001, much of it unaccounted for.

While it says that it is encouraging to see Pakistani lawyers openly challenge the legitimacy of Musharraf’s emergency degree, the NYT says the fact remains that Washington is increasingly left with bad options.

“Cutting off aid would only make it harder to enlist Pakistan’s military in the anti-extremist fight and renew doubts about America’s reliability as an ally. The United States should at least condition that money on Pakistan’s performance in the anti-terrorism fight, on some form of accountability and on shifting more of it toward building political parties, courts and schools. It should also consider discussions with India, Iran, China and Saudi Arabia on how to prevent further instability in Pakistan,” the editorial opines.

Ultimately, democracy, not dictatorship, is the best hope for a stable Pakistan, it concludes. (ANI)

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