Electoral Winner Will Assume Power, Promises Musharraf

President Pervez Musharraf during his trip to Europe promised next month’s elecltion s in Pakistan will be free of any government control. “We muast have fair and transparent elections. Whoever wins, obviously power will be handed to them” he told reporters. Although, he is a strong supporter of human rights, the Pakistan president complained people in Europe and the United States appeared to have an “obsessive” interest in this topic. He blamed the death of Benazir Bhutto on militant leader, Baitullah Mehsud, and lamented that his political opponents were trying to link him to the assassination.

Musharraf has every right to complain about other nations seeking to influence the course of events in Pakistan, but he ignores how his own actions have led this to happen. The imposition of a state of emergency, the sacking of Pakistan Supreme Court judges, and restrictions on how media reports events only provided fuel for those who believe the people of Pakistan have a right to live in a nation governed by the rule of law.