Election results confused the West – Why?

Well well, a high-margin defeat for MMA and its ‘first degree lota’ mullahs might have come as a relief to the West which had concerns about the so called ‘islamists’ taking control over Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal in addition to the apprehensions about law-and-order situation in north-western Pakistan. However, this happiness was at least equally if not overwhelmingly marred by President Musharraf’s defeat in elections who by all standards was being considered an ‘indispensable ally’ in the war on terror.

In a very comprehensive analysis of President Bush’s Pakistan policy in the current scenario, n+1 magazine opines:

Yet as the situation in Pakistan makes clear, our born-again realism hasn’t produced much change on the ground. Our backing of “friendly” authoritarian regimes has remained consistent and generous throughout, governed by the misapplication of rationalist models and fueled by antiquated cold-war assumptions.

Which has brought none but little progress in security, ideological wins and has totally failed in generating people’s support in the much trumpted ‘global war on terror’.

Conflict of interest, that of the Americans and the Pakistanis in this case is explained by Nicholas Schmidle who gives an interesting insight of a foreigner on the electoral process and its results in a recent post on Slate. He writes:

Heading into Monday’s parliamentary elections, Pakistan desperately needed good news. Bombs, protests, and President Pervez Musharraf’s authoritarian impulses have made almost daily headlines and created the impression of a country spiraling toward chaos. Last year, Islamic militants detonated, on average, one suicide bomb per week in Pakistan, including the attack that killed more than 140 people at Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming in October and the one that assassinated her in December. As the pro-Taliban insurgency gathered strength this winter, a bloody Election Day seemed inevitable. But Monday’s poll results, while consistent with Pakistan’s recent history in their pure unpredictability, finally gave people a taste of good news. Besides being largely free of violence (two dozen died in isolated skirmishes, but suicide bombers stayed away), voters rejected the two players in Pakistani politics that scare–and confuse–Americans most: Musharraf and the Islamists.

This confusion was reflected in President Bush’s speech on the matter in which he congratulated the newly elected parties and expressed his hope that ‘the new fellows are friends of the US’ in a tone that sounded more like a threat if they are not.

It again brings to focus the point whether our new government acts on a democratic agenda of policies, be it against the western interests but in favor of Pakistan’s own security and national reconciliation, or it bows out to continue being an agent in safeguarding other nations’ national security interests while undermining its own stability and integrity of the Pakistani people.

Special credits to iblees and n plus one magazine.

5 Comments so far

  1. Ghazala Khan (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

    Well, Bush is West for us right now, and he is obsessed with Musharraf, and routing of Musharraf’s political army is as shocking for him as it was for Musharraf as well.

    Already Zardari is being pressurized by the US to play buddy-buddy with Musharraf, and Musharraf’s activists have formed a tiny forward bloc in PPP, who is even ready to strike a ceasefire with PML-Q and have a friendly opposition with Musharraf at the top and PML-N out altogether.

  2. KAMI (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 1:12 am

    Eight years back Mush set about fixing this country from the doom / gloom of 80’s & 90’s. Since then as promised he has given us four elections, two municipal and two parliamentary, he has re-built our crumbling institutions and built new ones from nothing. He has done in eight years what was not done in 50. That said, it doesn’t mean that he hasn’t done blunders or mistakes, but he never gave me any reason to doubt his sincerity, plus he is not a thief.

    Luckily, for the first time in this country’s history ours and US interests are in perfect sync. Together we created a mess in Afghanistan and together we have to fix it. Recent strong showing by ANP will make the task a little bit easier. After Lal Masjid media raised hue and cry over an issue on which the government had no options. It had already tried Ejaz-ul-Haque and Co.but the radicals were in no mood to listen. While APDM choosed to hide behind the APC in London somebody had to take action. Since, then all hell has been let loose by the so called civil society and lawyers, which has achieved nothing but strengthen the hands of the radicals who had exhausted all available means to send Mush underground. So now its upto others to do their bidding.

    However, if the Judge has listened after re-instatement, kept a low profile, elections would have happened much earlier, there would have been a new PM, uniform would have been gone and more people would have been put to work, instead of the catch 22 we have today. After the current elections my feeling was that Mush will be forced to resign, but now I think it will not happen. He will not deviate from the course that he has laid out for this country and I don’t blame him. Yes the Chor’s can have their PM but at least for two years that person should perform under a watch dog, who doesn’t interfere unless absolutely necessary. For instance, there shouldn’t be any new appointments of heads of major financial regulators, like State Bank and CBR, that’s very crucial.

    After two years if we are ok with what we see than we can wait another 3 years for an election. At this time giving these leaders an option of having PM and President of their choice is unthinkable and not in the interest of the country. We have a vibrant media and a parliament for now that’s enough. We need to ensure that we regain stability and calm so the country keeps moving ahead.

  3. Audible (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 9:41 am


  4. KAMI (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

    AUDIBLE who made this democratic process possible in the first place? Yes he might resign, but I would prefer that we wait and let him finish his job. He has set the country on the right course and deserves our gratitude.

  5. TRUTH ALWAYS BITES (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    The punjabis attacked the supreme court in 1997 when there father nawaz shariff was the prime minister , the same punjabis now talk for the supreamcy of judiciary , why did the punjabi terrorists attacked supreme court ??? the punjabi pando prime minister nawaz shariff build the huge and mighty rivand mahal from the money of tax payers , the same punjabi nawaz sharif attacked and ban the media and attacked Jang news paper , arrested journalists and now this nawaz sharif talks about the freedom of press , shame shame PUNJABIS , it were u punjabis who laid the foundation of attacking the judiciary it were you punjabi who laid down the foundation of attacking media and today these hypocrates punjabis are crying and shouting , if you view the history of religious terrorism and extresim in pakistan than all major Sunni and Shia millitant organizations were born and founded in the province of punjab like Sepha-e-Sahaba of sunnis and Sepha-e-Muhammad of Shais , this shows the extrimisim and millitancy which these punjabis have in there mentality.

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