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Pervez Musharraf to Launch Political Career in December

30 October 2009 No Comment

According to Pakistan Daily: “Former president Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf is to launch his political career in earnest in December this year, confirmed sources close to him.”

In another report harshly critical of President Asif Ali Zardari’s administration entitled: A Confused Pakistani Government says, “A traumatized nation watches its confused leaders make contradictory statements on the university attack and the Kerry-Lugar bill.”

WITH an ongoing military operation and rampant terrorism across the country, the first priority for the government should have been to establish clarity of purpose and strategy. Unfortunately, that is still missing and this weakness stands exposed today as never before. A mere glance at the babble of statements coming forth from government personnel, shows the confusion and panic gripping those who should be allaying people’s fears and providing credible leadership.

After the Islamic University (IIU) blast, the Interior Minister declared that it was a security lapse. However, by evening he had altered his mind and declared that there had been no security lapse at the IIU because it was out of the “security zone”. Was he implying that only certain elite areas, “the security zone”, was meant to get extra security, while the rest of the country remains a soft target for terrorists?

The confusion was also apparent when the Foreign Office spokesperson declared that the Jundulluh leader was not in Pakistan and he did not know where he was, while the Interior Minister declared categorically that he was in Afghanistan. This disconnect goes to the top. The PM told the nation that Pakistan had voiced its concerns over the KL Act to Senator Kerry; but the Foreign Minister declared his unqualified praise for the Bill as enacted into law. Interestingly, he also declared the US responsible for terrorism in the region, which while truthful, has not been his government’s policy line.

As Pakistan continues its offensive against the Taliban, it appears a political war is on the horizon.

Meanwhile Hillary continues her smart policy Pakistan tour: We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move, and that’s not what we see in Pakistan,” she said.