Could the events in Pakistan be a testing ground for what Bushco might be planning in the US to avoid the consequences of fair and democratic elections here in 2008?
Does any thinking person really believe that the President of Pakistan is able to make ANY political or military decision without the approval, if not the actual direction of the US Government?
In fact, the financial ties between the US and Pakistan create a cooperative, albeit symbiotic relationship between the two nations. In the two years after 2001, US aid to Pakistan increased by a whopping $ 224 million! Aid of this sort is guaranteed so long as the leadership plays ball with the US and supports its foreign policy to the letter. That is standard foreign policy operation, and is no different for all the countries that formed the coalition of the ‘willing’ in Bush’s war against Iraq.
According to the AP, Musharraf’s restrictions covered:
· Protection of life and liberty.
· The right to free movement.
· The right of detainees to be informed of their offense and given access to lawyers.
· Protection of property rights.
· The right to assemble in public.
· The right to free speech.
· Equal rights for all citizens before law and equal legal protection.
· Media coverage of suicide bombings and militant activity is curtailed by new rules.
Broadcasters also face a three-year jail term if they “ridicule” members of the government or armed forces.
To top it off, Musharraf announced plans to postpone new elections for a full year!