Manipulated transition to democracy in Pakistan could be bloody: UK paper

November 14th, 2007 - 2:35 am ICT by admin  
According to the Financial Times, the loss of over 130 lives during a reception for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto places Pakistan in a sort of political penumbra cloaked by a fig leaf of legitimacy through Bhutto.

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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