Pakistani dictator, and strong Bush ally, General Pervez Musharraf has suspended the constitution of Pakistan, curbed media reporting, arrested political opposition leaders and replaced the head of Supreme Court in his attempt to hang on to power in Pakistan and avoid any court decision that would certainly have forced him to step down as a result of elections in that state. Claiming "terrorism" fears as an excuse, Dictator Musharraf's actions are far in excess to any real current threats in that nation, although opposition to his leadership is extensive in the country and probably only growing stronger.
Neighbors of Pakistan such as China and India no doubt hope for stability and a quick return to order as soon as possible. But larger world community concerns remain that the political problems that Musharraf has created could lead to a nationwide rebellion and even give elements supportive of the Taliban control in Pakistan. It is thought that many with pro-Taliban sympathy are currently in the Musharraf regime government. And with a growing force of nuclear weapons, world community fears are that these weapons could eventually end up in the wrong hands.
On one hand, both Bush and Musharraf are very similar in that both have overblown the terrorism issue to hang on to power when facing election concerns. And civil liberties in both nations have directly suffered as a result of the terrorism issue being overblown to impose undue restrictions on liberty and privacy rights of citizens. But both strong-armed rulers have also created a large portion of their opposition as a direct result of their power grabbing politics as well, and actually worsened their political position in their own respective states.
In Pakistan, the political crackdown and state of emergency in the absence of any real threat only could help to alienate the public and only serve the recruitment goals of radicals or even terrorist elements.
Musharraf may have hoped to avoid losing power in the elections set for January. But Musharraf has only helped to put his nation in shaky condition and raise new world concerns as nuclear weapons proliferate to more and more irresponsible states such as Pakistan, North Korea or possibly Iran.
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