Wednesday, February 20, 2008

End Of Road For Musharaff ??

The way things are going on, I dont think this is the end of Pakistan President, Mr. Parvez Musharaff.

While every newspaper and media channel is shouting from the roof tops that Musharaff is given a drubbing defeat, the reality is that he is "almost" in the same position with a verdict divided among parties and giving no one a clear majority.

The assassinated Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) got the highest number of seats - 90 out of 270, surprisingly Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)under former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif did well and settled for 70 seats.

The Kings Party, PML-Q got around 40 seats while Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) of the self-exiled leader, Altaf Hussain got around 20 seats. North West Frontier Province based Awami National Party (ANP) got around 10 seats. Surprisingly, along with PML-Q, the major losers are the Islamic parties like MMA.
Pakistanis gave a splintered verdict because of which Musharaff cannot be impeached as it requires a 2/3 votes in the National Assembly to impeach him. And, no party is in a position to put it into practice. But, chances of the powers of Musharaff been curtailed are there.

Even though not a politician himself, wily Musharaff knows ways to stay in power as he has been proving for the past 5 years. He had sent delegations to PPP Vice-Chariman, Asif Ali Zardari (Benazir's son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is formally made as Chariman of the PPP) not to team up with Nawaz Sharif. Zardari has not given any commitment but it has to be noted that Benazir Bhutto and Zardari have come back to Pakistan after a commitment from Musharaff that their cases would not be re-opened.

Zardari is meeting Nawaz Sharif tomorrow to sort out the modalities of formation of a coalition government.
The next one week would change the face of politics in Pakistan.
It would be for the good of everyone that Pakistan would be back to normalcy and grab the democratic opportunity it has got.

Inshallah !!

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