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Musharraf Sets Elections, Bhutto Wants More

From a visibly smirking Reuters:


Musharraf makes poll date he must keep

By Zeeshan Haider

Pakistani national elections will take place before February 15, President Pervez Musharraf said on Thursday, after Western allies and opponents had demanded polls be held on time and emergency rule scrapped.

“There is no doubt in my mind that elections should be held on time, as soon as possible,” Musharraf told official media after chairing a meeting of the National Security Council.

“It was my commitment and I am fulfilling it.”

General Musharraf, who took power in a bloodless 1999 coup, added he would quit the military and be sworn in as a civilian president once the Supreme Court rules whether he was eligible to stand for re-election last month while still army chief…

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who has thrown down the gauntlet by threatening to lead mass protests, said Musharraf needed to do more.

We don’t want vague and generalized statements. We want upfront answers,” she told a news conference, responding to Musharraf’s comments…

Bhutto said her Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would hold a public meeting in Rawalpindi, adjoining the capital Islamabad, on Friday, a national holiday. Plans were still on for a mass motor procession from Lahore on November 13 unless Musharraf gives in

What a funny way of putting things Reuters has.

Musharraf makes poll date he must keep

If you look back on Mr. Musharraf’s past statements, he has regularly said that he would hold elections around that time.

But all of this is about one thing. Trying to overthrow Musharraf.

Since Bin Laden pronounced that as the number one priority of Al Qaeda his allies in our watchdog media have been relentless.

And so has the self-sainted Ms. Bhutto:

Plans were still on for a mass motor procession from Lahore on November 13 unless Musharraf gives in.

This is so different from a coup, right?

But because a woman (and former backer of the Taliban) is doing it, it’s okay by our media’s lights.

They are so protective of representative democracies, after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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