Manipulated transition to democracy in Pakistan could be bloody: UK paperNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:35 am ICT by admin
The editorial is categorical in saying that should a re-energised Supreme Court undermine the Musharraf-Bhutto deal, the President General may well declare martial law.
Musharraf marginalisation of mainstream parties has greatly enhanced the influence of radical Islam and jihadism, as well as unpicking the threads holding together Pakistan’s fraying federation.
The Musharraf-Bhutto stitch-up will not prevent Pakistan’s disintegration.
Its rulers and institutions need restored popular legitimacy that can now only emerge from an open and fair electoral process. It must, of course, include Sharif.
Pakistan risks failure as a state. (ANI)
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