Pakistanis must stand up and tell Musharraf that dictatorship will not work: Benazir

November 14th, 2007 - 10:14 am ICT by admin  
In an article for the New York Times, Bhutto said that the overwhelming majority of Pakistanis are moderate; and she hoped they would unite in a coalition of moderation to marginalize both dictators and extremists, as that was the only route open for the restoration of civilian rule.

“It is dangerous to stand up to a military dictatorship, but more dangerous not to. The moment has come for the Western democracies to show us in their actions, and not just in their rhetoric, which side they are on,” she said.

Pakistan is a military dictatorship and President General Pervez Musharraf has endangered the viability of Pakistan as an independent state, she added.

She asked the countries of the West whether they would back up their democratic rhetoric with concrete action, or will they once again back down in the face of Musharraf’s bluff?

The emergency, she said, has been imposed because the ruling PML (Q) has realised that it will be trounced in any free elections.

“The United States, Britain and much of the West have always said the right things about democracy in Pakistan and around the world,” she said, but now it was time to deliver.

“The United States can promote democracy - which is the only way to truly contain extremism and terrorism - by telling General Musharraf that it does not accept martial law, and that it expects him to conduct free, fair, impartial and internationally monitored elections within 60 days under a reconstituted election commission. He should be given that choice: democracy or dictatorship with isolation,” she concluded. (ANI)

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