President Musharraf long reported deal with former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was finally announced. He issued a “reconciliation ordinance” which dropped corruption charges against anyone whose case was in a court before 1999. It states that all corruption cases registered prior to 1999 “stand withdrawn and terminated with immediate effect.” It is apparent Musharraf and Bhutto have come to some form of agreement about sharing power. It is expected Musharraf will shortly declare some law which allows Bhutto to become prime minister for a third term even though Pakistan’s constitution says only two terms are allowed.
The only fly in the ointment is a decision by Musharraf[s opponent — the Pakistan Supreme Court — which ruled it will hold in abeyance authorizing an election result until legal issues regarding Musharraf’s candidacy are resolved. The tragedy is having two politicians manipulate conditions in order to benefit one another in circumventing Pakistani law. Perhaps, this type of “democracy” is what Bush is advocating for the world.