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Who Runs Iran? It Sure Isn’t Ahmadinejad

President Ahmadinejad ran for office on a campaign in which he promised to end corruption in government. His inept handling of various issues has undoubtedly played a role in his increasing lack of power in government. The Iranian judiciary detained six people and is pursuing several others who are connected to Abbas Palizdr, who claims to be a supporter of Ahmadinejad and recently claimed Iran’s judiciary was riddled with corruption. He claimed, “the government(Ahmadinejad) is on its own in the fight against corruption and nobody is supporting the government.” He charged important clerics as being corrupt. Mr. Palizdr was arrested on grounds he is “insulting officials, spreading biased rumors as well as misuse of responsibility.”

Mr. Palizdr was hired by a parliamentary committee that was investigating government corruption. He undoubtedly stumbled onto evidence that some clerics had misused their power which led to his comments. In modern Iran, the clerics run the government and individuals such as Ahmadinejad do as they are told or face being transformed into ineffectual leaders.

Musharraf Says Things Are OK In Pakistan

Despite being rebuffed by the people of Pakistan in recent parliamentay elections, Pesident Musharraf insists his nation’s economy is booming and the fight to end terrorism is succeeding. He urged opposition parties to cease their political games and focus on governing the country. “A country where there is only politicking for the next five years cannot move forward.” The president was particularly angry at those who insisted Pakistan would not have a fair election, and they should be held accountable for allegations against his desire for democratic processes to be followed. Musharraf expressed scorn for those who seek to create a sense of despondency by talking on television or writing articles in newspapers which attack him. “Such people must be excommunicated from society. The media too must show responsibility as it is their duty not to let the nation get demoralized.”

President Musharraf still does not grasp that making statements to “excommuncate” those who oppose him is what got him in trouble in the first place. He has yet to completely restore the judiciary who were removed from office. Until he accepts the rule of law, things will not be OK in Pakistan.

Musharraf Packs Supreme Court To Enforce Will

President Musharraf is going to great lengths to present his recent action as legal. He got rid of most of the 17 members of the Supreme Court and replaced them with a nine member court that will do his bidding. The new Supreme Court Chief Justice, Abdul Hameed Dagar, joined with his colleagues in striking down lower court decisions which stated Musharraf had acted illegally in the imposition of martial law. I.A. Rhamin of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission said, “it is not good to curtail the powers of the judiciary and thrash the lawyers for raising their voices in favor of the supremacy off the judiciary and the rule of law.” In he meantime in northwest Pakistan, militants captures several towns without a fight. Maydan and Matta surrendered as their police and troops held up their arms in surrender and turned over their weapons to the Islamic militants.

The real question is whether or not Musharraf has sufficient power in the nation to bring to an end the insurgency in northwest regions and whether he is capable of working with political leaders in order to resolve the current crisis. If he can’t, where does that leave American foreign policy makers?