Pak extremists threatened by Benazir-Musharraf deal: WSJ

November 14th, 2007 - 2:42 am ICT by admin  
According to the editorial, religious extremists would feel threatened if a democratic government, reflecting the wishes of Pakistan’s mostly moderate population, comes into power.

The WSJ also says that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz’s declaration that the upcoming general elections would not be “hindered” despite the threat of terrorism is very encouraging.

However, on the Bhutto-Musharraf power-sharing plan, the editorial notes the problems inherent in it.

It says Musharraf must mollify critics within the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Q), while Bhutto must persuade the PPP that Musharraf can be trusted to follow through on his promises.

The WSJ states that thus far, Musharraf has stuck to his word. He has signed an ordinance clearing Bhutto of corruption charges and has also pledged to step down as Army Chief before being sworn in as President.

The journal states that if everything goes according to plan and the Supreme Court verifies Musharraf’s victory in the presidential election and the Constitution is revised to allow Bhutto to legally run for a third term as Prime Minister, both leaders look ready to take the country toward democracy. (ANI)

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