Friday, June 15, 2007

"Musharraf good for Pakistan"

That's according to the Wall Street Journal, the paper of the establishment. From the Associated Press of Pakistan:

ISLAMABAD, Jun 15 (APP): President General Pervez Musharraf has been good for Pakistan as among other things tension with India over Kashmir eased during his tenure and the per-capita income advanced significantly, Wall Street Journal reports.

In an article by Arthur Herman in the leading American magazine, the author described President Musharraf as "good for Pakistan" in response to Benazir Bhutto's commentary 'Democracy for Pakistan' recently published in the same paper.

Herman, who is completing a full-length study on Gandhi and Churchill termed the record of Musharraf government as "impressive" especially in fostering a safe and relatively open Pakistan.

"At considerable risk to himself, General Musharraf has tried to rein in the forces of jihadism and end foreign support for fundamentalist madrassahs," the author opined.

Herman said Ms Bhutto's column was not only an exercise in hypocrisy, but a display of short-sightedness "on a massive and tragic scale."

He stated; Ms. Bhutto as prime minister of Pakistan proved to be one of the most incompetent leaders in the history of South Asia and was dismissed in November 1996 by Pakistan's president for what he called her regime's "nepotism, corruption" and "mismanagement".

And not a mention of his attacks on Geo TV. At least we know what the establishment really thinks of President Musharraf, a dictator in all but name.