The officially proclaimed 3 days of mourning is really looking like a week or month or eternity of violence. The Nation's Mansoor Khan confides The Land of the Pure is ripping her own living guts out purely by herself
"Stick-wielding gangs roamed the deserted highways of Karachi, the country’sThis popular uprising is blazing out of control - curious since 'control' and her hand maiden 'stability' are the raison de existence' for concepts like martial law, presidents for life and faux elections.
normally teeming economic hub of 12 million people, trying to stop anyone who
ventured out of the house.The government imposed a ban on public meetings and
rallies. the army have orders to shoot at sight any miscreant."
Mourners of the slain policial Bhutto dynasty's fave daughter has nearly everyone blaming a government that doesn't want infidel experts looking into the assassination. And the list of suspects range from Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and Pakistan's terrorist sympathising spooks in the ISI. This nebulus and nefarious militant club spyguy would have much to lose influence and prestige wise. The BBC leaks
"Indirectly through the ISI, Pakistan has been supporting terrorism andReinforcing President for Life Musharrif pleaful reminder to a fragmented nation that the Internat'l view of the Land of the Pure ain't so pure:
extremism—whether in London on 7/7, or in Afghanistan, or Iraq."
"All the terrorist activity in Afghanistan had its base in Pakistan, All theAside from accusations that the "killer General" and "Dog Musharrif" is the brainianc behind Bhutto's murder, the unhappy truth is that the successful hit on Benazir is as much an attempt to overthrow Pervez Musharrif and the Deathly Hallows as it is a trainwreck to concensual representative politics.
freedom struggle in Indian Held Kashmir was Cross Border Terrorism from
Pakistan, All nuclear proliferation in the world had its source in Pakistan,
Pakistan is an intolerant militant extremist society."
Just like in Iraq - chefs of 'Hot Pocket Caliphates' use suicide bombings, terror and assassinations to create chaos and to make Pakistan ungovernable - allowing the Red Mosque guys and friends the chance to impose their authority ala Taliban, the HAMAS, Hiz'B'Allah or Mahdi Army.
Threatened the most by a likely electoral victory of the PPP in January that most likely would have hooked up an informal alliance with Musharrif would be the kiss of death to intolerant mohammedists and given new life to embattled (and entrenched) pro west and Anti Taliban alliances in secular sections of Pakistan. Such a legitimate powerbase would in theory be free to launch military force against insurrectionists in urban enclaves and Federal No Go zones, without much concern.
And now? Musharrif's assassination would be the last straw. He must act and act now. Today. Presidents for Life traditionally beat critics with the nerf baseball bat of 'leadership'. Musharrif had best add substance to that word - allowing the Great Satan's and Great Britain's experts in to ascertain exactly what the heck happened.
Pres Pervez will have to demonstrate decisiveness and impartial tri partisanship that has been non existent recently - to regain control and attempt to regain respect - not only from rightfully disillusioned Pakistanis but the entire world.
Musharrif still has the backing of the Great Satan and Great Britain (though his one man 'Deathly Hallows' act is about to totally PO his only buds in the world). Time to repay that investment that legitmate democratic veto powered UN members have provided. First off - Speed is essential. Recent announcement of postponing the election must be honored. The political parties must be on board with this.
Musharrif will have to blitz enemies of democracy to prevent civil war. This means deploying real troops and cops to halt riots, provide real and impartial protection of all Pakistan's political leaders and rallies and a real military response to threats by Al Qaeda and intolerants like the Taliban Fan Club in the Federal Tribal No Go Zones.
The precarious Pres of the Land of the Pure will have to impose force with a much better success rate then he has so far and reneg on deals cut withdrawing troops from hot pocket caliphates. After all, democracy restoration often requires destruction of democracy's enemies.