Musharraf’s end game The first one has gone and it was about time. Pakistan’s dictator Pervez Musharraf resigned under the pressure of facing charges. Obviously he proved to have a bit of brain and just like Pinochet a few years ago he chose to leave power graciously.
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Photography By Mari Hokkanen
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One of the main parties in Pakistan has announced it is pulling out of the government, just three months after landmark general elections.
Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif says his PML-N is quitting because of differences over the reinstatement of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf. Mr. Sharif wants the judges, who became a focus of opposition to Mr. Musharraf, to get all their old powers back. But the biggest party, the PPP, wants limitations on their powers.
Musharraf’s democratic face didn’t really work and the dictator is again facing Pakistan’s reality!
Afghanistan‘s intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh blamed militants from Pakistan for Sunday’s incident, saying it was unclear if Pakistan’s special agencies gave the “go ahead” for attack, which killed three people but left Karzai unscathed.
“The evidence once again shows that the soil of Pakistan has been used against us,” Saleh told CNN. “Clearly there (is) very, very strong evidence suggesting that Pakistan soil once again has been used to inflict pain upon our nation.”
Afghan security forces searching for militants tied to the attack raided several homes early Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of seven people — including a woman and child with ties to militants — according to Saleh.
Something must change on Musharraf’s lads if we want peace in the area. Do you remember Musharraf? George W. Bush’s best friend and ally in the war against terror!!!
A top Taleban commander in Pakistan has ordered his followers to stop all attacks in the country.
Baitullah Mehsud is the man the Pakistani authorities say ordered the killing of Benazir Bhutto. Pamphlets containing his order appeared in tribal areas along the Afghan border. Mehsud said anyone found violating the order would be punished.
Pakistan’s new government has said it will deal with Islamic militancy through dialogue and development. On Monday night the authorities set free Maulana Sufi Mohammad, the founder of an outlawed Islamist group that has fought in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He was released under an agreement to renounce violence and help restore peace in the north-west valley of Swat. The release has been welcomed by Pakistani Taleban.
What’s next? Bin Laden apologizing for the 9-11!
Pakistan‘s ambassador to Afghanistan, who went missing in February, has appeared in a video saying he is being held by Taleban militants.
Armed men surrounded Tariq Azizuddin in the footage, shown on Dubai-based al-Arabiya television. He urged the Pakistani government to meet their demands. It is the first public statement by the envoy since he disappeared in the border area between the two countries, on his way to the Afghan capital Kabul.
In comments translated into Arabic by the channel, Mr. Azizuddin said he, along with his driver and his bodyguard, had been kidnapped by “mujahedeen from the Taleban”. He added that they were being held “in comfortable conditions” and “looked after”. “We have no problems, but I suffer health problems such as high blood pressure and heart pains,” he said.
Remember that Pakistan was the place they found sanctuary and often support including from the national security forces! That reminds the story with the scorpion and the turtle …it is their nature!
Pakistan‘s new Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gillani, has told parliament in Islamabad that his top priority will be the fight against terrorism.
Setting out plans for the first 100 days of his coalition government, he told MPs that “terrorism and extremism” were the country’s “greatest problems”. The National Assembly endorsed him without a vote of confidence.
Mr. Gillani is a member of the Pakistan People’s Party, whose leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December. He was sworn in as prime minister on Tuesday at the head of a coalition between the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The parties’ success in the 18 February general election was seen as a blow to President Pervez Musharraf.
That’s what we were missing, another …Pakistani fighter against terror!!!
At a military parade to mark Pakistan’s national day, the Pakistani dictator Mr. Musharraf said a new era of …democracy was beginning. The remarks came a day after his political opponents nominated Yusuf Raza Gillani as candidate for PM. The man has humor!