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Civil Society’s struggle is sending across the right message, however

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Pakistani Civil society’s efforts to send across the message to US regarding Musharaf seem to be working.  The News reported:

“The United States’ second-ranking diplomat on Thursday signalled that the Bush administration was distancing itself from President Pervez Musharraf after opposition victories in last week’s elections.

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte told senators that the United States was supporting Pakistan’s people as they choose their leaders after the parliamentary elections. But he made scant mention of President Musharraf during his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senior Bush administration officials, including Negroponte, have previously underlined their view that Musharraf has been “indispensable” to the US-led fight against extremists along Pakistan’s rugged border with Afghanistan.

Negroponte testified that “Pakistan has been indispensable” to that fight and said the US looked “forward to working with the leaders who emerge” from the formation of a new government.

When pressed by a lawmaker about whether the US would continue to back Musharraf, Negroponte acknowledged that “Musharraf is still the president of his country, and we look for to continuing to work with him.”

Republican Sen Dick Lugar said the United States should make it clear to Pakistan’s people that US interests “lay not in supporting a particular leader or party, but in democracy, pluralism, stability and the fight against violence.”

Negroponte said Pakistan’s recent elections were a “big step” toward civilian democracy and reflected the will of the voters, despite the deaths of more than 70 people on the election day. “The violence could have been worse,’’ Negroponte said, adding “The Pakistani people refused to be intimidated by a wave of murderous terrorist attacks prior to the election day.”

Democratic Sen Joe Biden also urged the administration to move from “a policy focused on a personality, Musharraf, to one based on an entire country.” Biden proposed that the United States triple non-military aid for schools, roads and clinics and demand accountability in the military aid the US was giving to Pakistan.”

              Nevertheless,  we also need to realize that US is not the only country involved in “negotiations.” Recently, it was also pointed out that a group of Arab diplomats have also been trying to broker deal between Musharaf and Zardari. We need to realize that it would considerably easier to lobby in US because of democracy; however, regarding Arab Countries, where democracy is non-existent and where democracy doesnt seem to impress any one, it would hard to avert Arab from Musharaf.

              Therefore, we should continue to press the political parties for pursing the judiciary agenda. Our relax attitude might tax us because of our “Arab brothers.”

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Written by SAC-USA

1 March 2008 at 1:59 pm

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