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Shocker: Extremists Lost In Pakistan Election

From the Wall Street Journal:

An armed soldier sits outside a polling station in Pakistan’s dangerous northwest in Charsada, 45 kilometers from Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008.

Islam at the Ballot Box

By AMIR TAHERI
February 21, 2008; Page A17

Pakistan’s election has been portrayed by the Western media as a defeat for President Pervez Musharraf. The real losers were the Islamist parties.

The latest analysis of the results shows that the parties linked, or at least sympathetic, to the Taliban and al Qaeda saw their share of the votes slashed to about 3% from almost 11% in the last general election a few years ago. The largest coalition of the Islamist parties, the United Assembly for Action (MMA), lost control of the Northwest Frontier Province — the only one of Pakistan’s four provinces it governed. The winner in the province is the avowedly secularist National Awami Party.

Despite vast sums of money spent by the Islamic Republic in Tehran and wealthy Arabs from the Persian Gulf states, the MMA failed to achieve the “approaching victory” (fatah al-qarib) that Islamist candidates, both Shiite and Sunni, had boasted was coming.

The Islamist defeat in Pakistani confirms a trend that’s been under way for years…

So far, no Islamist party has managed to win a majority of the popular vote in any of the Muslim countries where reasonably clean elections are held. If anything, the Islamist share of the vote has been declining across the board…

But of course most will never hear these inconvenient (to the media) truths.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 21st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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