Sunday, January 6, 2008

Pakistan’s 10% Solution

Husband — and teenaged son — of slain leader hope to gain power in troubled nation

by Eric Margolis
The Toronto Sun

"Benazir Bhutto’s murder increasingly resembles an Agatha Christie whodunit in which all the potential suspects look guilty as hell.

Pakistan’s now civilian dictator, President Pervez Musharraf, pleads innocent. But his henchmen ordered the crime scene hosed down, destroyed evidence, and forced doctors who examined Benazir’s body to make the preposterous claim a fall, not bullets, killed her.......


The Bhuttos are believed to have amassed a large fortune stashed away in Europe. This great feudal landowning family of southern Pakistan considers the Peoples Party as their own family business, a legacy to be passed from one generation to the next.

Musharraf’s popular support is down to 10%. So to win February elections, he must rig them. The U.S. appears ready to assist.

The best solution for Pakistan is a coalition between the Peoples Party, Nawaz Sharif’s Muslim League, the incorruptible Imran Khan’s small party, and Muslim parties. If they do not hang together, Musharraf will surely hang them separately."

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