I don’t have a lot of time to make a proper analysis of the situation in Pakistan today but I wanted to take some space here to reflect on Democracy. How is it that our President claims to have invaded Iraq to unseat a military dictator who does not believe in Democracy AND YET will support Musharraf in his bid to overrun democracy in Pakistan.
Now the unpopular Pakistani strongman has imposed a state of emergency, disbanding the Supreme Court, shutting down the media and basic freedoms, and imprisoning democratic opposition leaders and activists. The ‘Emergency” is a cover to buy the time for backroom deals to ensure Musharraf’s political survival. All the while the populist former PM, Benazir Bhutto is blockaded into her home by the military and prevented from attending the opposition rally.
Peace Action is asking you to join with other peace activists:
Call the Pakistan Embassy (202.243.6500) and tell them the international community is watching and expects the rule of law to be restored;
Contact the State Department and say “Stop sending military and security funding to Pakistan until the constitution is restored and free, fair elections are ensured.” Call 202.647.6575 and press 1 to leave your comment.