A new image for Pakistan ?

President Musharraf declared a state of emergency in November 2007We started to discuss the results of Pakistan’s election at the end of yesterday’s programme – Pakistanis are wondering how long President Musharraf can last.

The former army chief is defiant in the face of opposition calls to step down, but is Nawaz Sharif right to argue that the election result shows Pakistanis want him to step down?

Hassan Abbas argues in today’s Guardian that voters have sent a clear message to “Musharraf and the mullahs” and urges the west to show patience.

So, things are turning, slowly. But what of this article from Peshawar¬†in today’s International Herald Tribune ? David Rohde talks about women being too frightened to vote.

In the last few hours we’re told President Musharraf has no plans to step down – so has anything really changed ?¬†

9 Responses to “A new image for Pakistan ?”

  1. 1 A.R.Shams
    February 20, 2008 at 10:51

    It doesn’t seem relevant for Mr. Pervez Musharraf to continue as the President because the newly formed government by the major two democratic political parties of the country have been found quite against dictatorship ruling as that of his and so ultimately they may not manage for a confidence vote for him in their newly formed democratic government, as per their claim and people’s desire.

    As a result, there is a very little chance for Mr. Pervez Musharraf to survive his presidency anymore.

  2. February 20, 2008 at 12:24

    i am very glad that the pakistani elections went on peacefully against expectations and the people have spoken loud and clear that they are tired of musharraf and his antics. i beleive that if mrs butho had not taken a careless gamble with her life she would have been the prime minister now. musharraf should accept defeat, resign and let the new leader who will emerge put pakistan on a better part to peace, stability and economic growth.

  3. 3 VictorK
    February 20, 2008 at 12:31

    Re women not being allowed to vote: if that’s the local culture it ought to be respected. We cannot judge other societies by the standards of the West. They have their own values and traditions and are as entitled to live by them as we are by ours.

    Disenfranchising women is, to me, bigoted and primitive. The only thing worst would be forcing my view on people who have a view of their own about how their society ought to be ordered. That’s the lesson of Afghanistan and Iraq: there are no ‘universals’..

  4. February 20, 2008 at 13:30

    Post election scenario,
    two parties have appeared with majority,
    Pkistan Muslim League(N) and Pakistan People Party.

    Both the parties,have been underfire,
    on behalf of president Musharraf
    and his ally Choudher Brothern.

    abovementioned the circumstances,Musharraf would remained in power no impossible,he will have to go at any cost.

    There are options,
    he can get himself out of arena wih respect,
    that is the resign
    otherwise both the parties may produce impeachment motion aginst him in the newly elected parliment.

    as for as 58/B of the constitution is concerned
    president is not,this time, in position to use it as a defence weapon.

    Proclaimation of emergency,judges of the apex court were fired and their houses declared subjails they were also deprived everything still going through unavoidable circumstances,PML has ,during the election campaign promised to the people they would reinstate them.

    No doubt, it is uphill task,and also tough and complicated matter that is extremly disputed matter between president and Nawaz Sharif.
    This matter may ignite other serious subject which ended at a crucial point.

  5. February 20, 2008 at 14:15

    nothing new as far as pakisthan is concerned .does a wolf becomes a goat by putting the goats cloak on it . its whats happening in pakistahn .see who is to assume powers nawazsherriff and asifzardari both known for their utter corrupt ways . for money they will do anything .
    and on the sidelines is mushraff just doing fancy dress whenever he thinks fit to apprise americans just to show the world its democratic.
    paradox is that america still believes this crookes to deliver democratic justice in pakisthan for the common people .its here were dawood ibrahim who finances international terrorism lives with isi patronage,its here were taliban and alqueda leaders like mullaomar and laden still holes in .
    and if the price is right they will have a comfortable stay in pakisthan with change of government under nawaz sheriff and asif zardari.
    is this the new image of pakisthan are all talking about?


  6. 6 Michelle
    February 20, 2008 at 18:12

    Extremism must end all over the world. Pakistan have made a move in the right direction. More power to the people.


  7. 7 A.R.Shams
    February 22, 2008 at 12:44

    What Pakistan needs forthwith is getting rid of poverty although its chief priority
    now is to restore democracy in real sense.

  8. 8 A.R.Shams, Pakistan
    July 5, 2008 at 15:14

    Muslim League (N) should be taken as the upper hand in running the present government replacing that of PPP to rescue the country out of ensuing danger.

  9. 9 khudaija
    November 15, 2009 at 11:49

    pakistan is again in critical position it is just because of miss conception of musharaf i suggest you to check wikipedia in which it is openly writen that musharaf take pakistan in the best place ever
    i think zardari dont deserve to be a president his real place is in jail

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