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Musharraf: Bhutto Doesn’t Want Elections

From those champions of open and free elections at Reuters:


Musharraf says army will keep control of nukes

LONDON (Reuters) – President Pervez Musharraf, defending his decision to declare emergency rule, has said Pakistan’s nuclear weapons will not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands while the military is in control of them…

Musharraf said that if elections were held in a “disturbed environment,” it could bring in dangerous elements who might endanger Pakistan’s “strategic assets.”

“They cannot fall into the wrong hands, if we manage ourselves politically. The military is there — as long as the military is there, nothing happens to the strategic assets, we are in charge and nobody does anything with them,” he said…

In the interview conducted on Friday, Musharraf dismissed opposition leader Bhutto’s chances of winning elections.

He blamed Bhutto, who has called for him to relinquish power, for ruining chances of a deal which would see her serving as prime minister under his presidency.

“She disturbed the entire environment. She comes on a total confrontationalist approach,” Musharraf said of Bhutto, who returned from eight years of self exile last month to lead her Pakistan People’s Party in elections.

Bhutto, who was freed after three days of house arrest shortly before Negroponte’s arrival, has said she does not trust Musharraf to allow her party a clear run and wants the Election Commissioner replaced.

But Musharraf, who referred to Bhutto as “the darling of the West,” said it was the opposition and judges who had been interfering with the democratic process.

“It is she actually who may not be wanting elections in Pakistan and it is she who may want to go on to the agitational mode because her party is not in a state to win at all,” he said.

“Therefore I will certainly go for the election despite of any agitation by her.” …

Mr. Musharraf is right on every point, of course.

Especially, when he points out how Ms. Bhutto is the darling of the West and that she doesn’t really want elections.

“The West,” meaning the Western media, doesn’t want elections either. They know Ms. Bhutto would never win.

They believe she should be given power by acclamation. Mostly theirs.

And goodness knows Ms. Bhutto’s history of supporting the Taliban and robbing the country blind show what she would make a tremendous leader if given the chance for a third time.

And speaking of our unbiased media, note how Reuters included a photo montage of Musharraf “sweating under the pressure, in a typical editorializing ploy.

Ms. Bhutto, you can be sure, only perspires.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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