Pervez Musharraf expelled three Telegraph reporters after “sonofabitch” editorial.
Posted by QB on November 12, 2007
Pervez Musharraf government expelled three Telegraph reporters in retaliation to news paper editorial. The editorial, which was titled Bankrupt Relationship, described Gen Musharraf’s rule as a “combination of incompetence and brutality”.
Despite George W Bush’s rhetoric about freedom, the struggle against terrorism is provoking a reaction familiar from the Cold War and nowhere is that clearer than over Pakistan.
In the old parlance, General Pervez Musharraf is “our sonofabitch”. He has failed to stamp out extremist groups and close the madrassas that inspire them. He has allowed the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan to fall into the hands of assorted jihadis. And he has sacked independent-minded judges for fear that the Supreme Court declare illegal his re-election as president last month.
Yet, despite this combination of incompetence and brutality, America and Britain continue to back him as head of what has a strong claim to be the most dangerous country in the world. In order to broaden the government’s political base, their plan is for the general to doff his army uniform later this month and enter into a power-sharing arrangement with Benazir Bhutto, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, after general elections in February.
If that ever comes to pass, it will bring together a soldier whose popularity has plummeted and a politician whose standing has been undermined by her willingness to cut a deal with him. And the prospects for its lasting are slim: Miss Bhutto and the military are like oil and water.
In short, the relationship between Gen Musharraf and the West is bankrupt. Valued as an ally after 9/11, he is now part of the problem. Under his dictatorship, Pakistan has become an increasingly ungovernable country in which moderate, secular forces have been sidelined to the advantage of the Islamists.
An alternative – an alliance between General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, the army chief designate, and Miss Bhutto’s secular rival, Nawaz Sharif – seems neither imminent nor especially enticing. But that should not blind Britain and America to the fact that their “sonofabitch” in Pakistan is a spent force.
# Pakistan’s High Commission sent the following response to this article:
“The language used for the President of Pakistan in your leading article (“Bankrupt relationship”, November 9) is offensive and flouts the norms of decent journalism.
“For a newspaper of The Daily Telegraph’s reputation to resort to such derogatory language is highly regrettable. This deserves an apology.”
The Telegraph has ignored the facts used biased hatred in this editorial. This is true that Pervez Musharraf rule is “combination of incompetence and brutality”, the incompetence was to blindly start the military operations in his own country after 9/11 to fight Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar killing hundreds of innocent civilians including children in Madrassas which backfired strongly against US occupation military in Afghanistan and Pakistan military incursion into NWFP. The brutality is too obvious to ignore, bombing civilian compounds, killing civilians women children. The most incompetent and brutal operation was Lal Masjid Operation Silence where he used unnecessary force killing over 100 male female students with the head of that mosque. Pervez Musharraf if had the intelligence and courage would have given better advise to Bush not to invade Afghanistan and accept the Taliban deal for handing over Osama Bin Laden to international custody for trial. This would have completely finished Al Qaida but Bush decided to go in wrong direction with all the world leaders following this idiot SOB including Musharraf.
The bottom line, yes Pervez Musharraf is incompetent brutal Bush “sonofabitch” as Telegraph called him but the forget to mention the biggest “sonofabitch” Tony Blair, John Howard, Azner, Amirs and Kings of Middle East.