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Pakistan opposition parties organize to oust Musharraf
IndiaDaily ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | Sayad Yavar Immam

Posted on 02/11/2005 11:08:48 AM PST by nickcarraway

Pakistan’s opposition spearheads former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Shariff took the first concrete step to oust Musharraf and bring democracy back to Pakistan.

They sighed a three-point agreement Feb. 10 on working together to restore democracy in Pakistan. The deal, which was inked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after a three-hour meeting between the two former rivals, calls for their parties -- the Pakistan People's Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) -- to establish working groups to chalk up a wide-ranging charter to oppose the rule of Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

The meeting between the two leaders was strategic. They discussed ways they can oppose the military ruler. In recent days Musharraf has tried to deal with bhutto and Shariff separately though negotiations and “give and take” policies. Musharraf tried to arrest and indict Bhuttos husband with some strange allegations. But that did not work; the opposition part PPP became even more vocal and active. Benazir Bhutto’s husband today works for PPP and campaigns against Musharraf.

According to sources in Islamabad, the political parties of Pakistan are very critical about Musharraf’s holding on to the Army Chief position. That signifies heavy-handed attitude against democracy and civil rights of Pakistanis.

There are other major reasons creating problem for Musharraf. People of Pakistan want economic prosperity like that of India. They perceive that all musharraf could do is to stir up Kashmir issue. While fights against terrorism (Al-Queda and similar factions) are remarkable achievement for Musharraf, Pakistan under him is lagging behind very heavily in terms of economy and prosperity when compared with India.

The common perception in the public is to being in good relation between Pakistan and India. This will result in South Asian prosperity from which Pakistan will have her own share.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: musharraf; pakistan; southasia

1 posted on 02/11/2005 11:08:49 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Good luck....

This may be some wishful thinking on India's part...


2 posted on 02/11/2005 11:09:45 AM PST by MikefromOhio (Ohio State: The 2005 NCAA Football champions....assuming they arent on probation!!!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Democracy in Pakistan would result in nothing less than a nuclear-tipped fundamentalist Islamic regime.


3 posted on 02/11/2005 11:11:40 AM PST by lugsoul (Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin on the mountainside.)
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To: AdmSmith

pong


4 posted on 02/11/2005 11:11:56 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: nickcarraway

Imran Khan for president!


5 posted on 02/11/2005 11:13:02 AM PST by William of Orange (I'm a DU troll pretending to be a FReeper, how am I doing?)
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To: nickcarraway

There won't be any democracy when the islamists get ahold of the country with nukes.


6 posted on 02/11/2005 11:15:18 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: nickcarraway
Pakistan?s opposition spearheads former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Shariff took the first concrete step to oust Musharraf and bring democracy theocracy back to Pakistan.
7 posted on 02/11/2005 11:17:27 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Andrew Heyward's got to go!)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

The Islamists don't control Pakistan's nukes - we do.


8 posted on 02/11/2005 11:17:47 AM PST by jdege
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To: nickcarraway

What does this mean for the war on terror ? Bhutto was more secular but not exactly pro USA. There would be a coup if she got elected.


9 posted on 02/11/2005 11:17:58 AM PST by Marano NYC
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To: Marano NYC
There would be a coup if she got elected

While it wasn't Bhutto who was overthrown, that's how Musharraf got where he is today.

10 posted on 02/11/2005 11:21:14 AM PST by gdani
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To: Marano NYC

i think the gov would be more secular..islamic fundies don't like women, they'd despise a female prez.


11 posted on 02/11/2005 11:22:38 AM PST by ny demimonde
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To: nickcarraway
The deal, which was inked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia...

You've got to love that irony.
12 posted on 02/11/2005 11:45:46 AM PST by Akira (Experience is a hard teacher, but fools will have no other.)
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To: Gucho; TexKat; MEG33; blackie

News Information ping Thank you


13 posted on 02/11/2005 11:51:53 AM PST by anonymoussierra (Quo Vadis Domine? Quo Vadis? Thank you)
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To: nuconvert; Saberwielder; Snapple
No, I do not think that this is a good idea. Both of them have long hands in the jar. Besides Nawaz Sharif seems to be diving into the Wahhabi theology during his exile in Saudi. Take a look at this

http://www.asianoutlook.com/nawaz.htm

And to Nawaz Sharif even though this was an exile but he seemed to be making the most of it by learning Arabic, and reciting holy Quran more often and spending a lot of time with his family and particularly his Father.

I put my money into Mushaffaraf for the time being, but he has to stop the Madrassa, introduce an education reform and go out for a real hunt of the fundamentalists.

Build the institutions and then introduce democracy. We should get something for the 20 % increase of the Pakistani budget.
14 posted on 02/11/2005 11:57:55 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: gdani
This would complicate the war on terror. Bhutto is not a USA fan but not liked by the Islamisist. She could crack down on the militants and be an asset. However, she would also force a larger contingent underground.
She would likely improve relations with India. This would complicate our efforts in Afghanistan
15 posted on 02/11/2005 11:58:11 AM PST by Marano NYC
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To: ny demimonde

It would be more complicated than that. Pakistan is a mix of tribes, shifting loyalties and there are no clear answers. Bhutto is not pro USA but survival makes strange bedfellows.


16 posted on 02/11/2005 12:01:03 PM PST by Marano NYC
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To: jdege

I sure hope we've got all of them, j.


17 posted on 02/11/2005 12:01:29 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: anonymoussierra
News Information ping


Bump
18 posted on 02/11/2005 12:04:30 PM PST by Gucho
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To: AdmSmith

Mushaffaraf=>Musharraf

LOL


19 posted on 02/11/2005 12:05:13 PM PST by AdmSmith
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To: 7.62 x 51mm
There won't be any democracy when the islamists get ahold of the country with nukes.


BUMP
20 posted on 02/11/2005 12:06:31 PM PST by Gucho
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To: lugsoul; 7.62 x 51mm; Paleo Conservative

Democracy has never worked in Pakistan because it has never got a bloody chance to establish itself & the military & folks like Ayub Khan,Yahya,Zia & Mushy should take all the blame for that.


21 posted on 02/11/2005 7:55:00 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: William of Orange

ARe you really Goldie Hawn????


22 posted on 02/12/2005 11:58:28 PM PST by Cronos (Never forget 9/11)
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