That said, I was very excited to read about a panel discussion this week at GW on Pakistan. Unfortunately I did not attend the event, though I wish I had.
One thing that surprised me was the President of Pakistani Student Association comment to The Hatchet on how students living in the US feel about Musharraf. She said,
Pakistani students who attend GW are usually not anti-Musharraf. I think mostSo immersed in the situation? If by immersed she means martial law, house arrest, assassination, and sham elections? Yeah, I can understand why people may feel a little anger towards Musharraf. If those things happened here, I suspect you'd would see a little bit more than "mild anger". Oh wait...
people in Pakistan at the moment are so immersed in the situation that they
direct their anger toward Musharraf, so back home there are more people against
him than overseas.
Pakistan recently had Parliamentary Elections. The party of former Prime Minister Sharif and the party of deceased former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto came in first and second respectively, and are now working to form a government. The big question is whether or not (A) they will move to impeach Musharraf or (B) whether or not Musharraf will stay in a government where his power is marginal. Sharif has vowed not to move to impeach Musharraf, but many believe that Musharraf would not stay in power without real power.
Pakistan deserves a future of their own choosing. They deserve to have free and fair elections. With Musharraf in power, that will never happens. The US needs to move from a "Musharraf policy" to a "Pakistan policy". The hopes and dreams of millions of Pakistanis should out weigh the ego and political interests of one many.