Musharraf could become a powerful fulcrum in the system: Pak daily

November 14th, 2007 - 1:50 am ICT by admin  
“With Article 58-2(B) clutched in its right hand and a friendly army chief at his side for the foreseeable future” the President could become powerful, the Daily Times said in its editorial.

“But the troika will be lopsided because of the old pattern of two-against-one to the detriment of the elected Prime Minister. What will be different this time will be the fact that it will no longer be the president alone who will have to guard some of the foreign and domestic policy items on behalf of the army,” it added.

The daily further argues that the “five things” that General Aslam Beg told then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto not to touch in 1988 will this not be the root cause of tension within the troika this time.

“Now it will be an ideologically neutral army with a president with a liberal outlook,” the paper said.

It further said that the quarrels over the spoils of power inside the various coalitions will also attract the media into highlighting the problems.

“The PPP’s “memories” of the MQM may prove to be stronger and more resistant than the expected mutual comprehension between the two. However, one factor that may keep the system sputtering along is that each party will know that it needs the other and cannot manage on its own,” it said.

It concluded that there would be ups and downs ahead. The alternative is a reversion to the 1990s in which the president was a key player continuously harnessed by the ruling party to undermine its opponents, a sure recipe for instability.

Worse, civilian presidents were all afflicted with civilian ambitions of their own which turned them against their own original benefactors half the time, it added. (ANI)

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