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How Musharraf survived US delete button
It's not just Osama who has frustrated Uncle Sam's plans. The world's most powerful democracy failed the popular test in Pakistan, thanks to its trusted ally, General Pervez Musharraf.


The global cop had drawn up a very detailed roadmap to restore democracy in Pakistan, but terror priorities prevented it, show documents available with Timesofindia.com .

Musharraf has backtracked on his promises and Washington can do little to enforce them.

The US has almost given up on its original agenda of ensuring the Pakistani Parliament "function without interference or dissolution from outside sources", as outlined in the Mission Performance Plan for 2004 ( see table on page 2 ).

The plan prepared by the chief of American Mission in 2002 envisioned "long-term projects to address the structural weaknesses of Pakistan's democratic institutions, including for the National Assembly and helping it play a vigorous and positive role in governance" after the October 2002 polls.

Washington clearly did not intend Musharraf to rule the roost, or in this case Pakistan. "On the political side, the most pressing problem is a return to civilian rule under constitutional means viewed as legitimate by the Pakistani people," the mission chief said in its note to the State Department, a copy of which is with Timesofindia.com .

The Americans did their bit. "We have taken a leading role both publicly and privately in encouraging a return to such rule by October 2002." That is when the country voted its first government under Musharraf's and Army's tutelage.

Democracy in Islamabad is good both for the war on terror as well as US-Pak relations, US believes. "Achieving political stability through sustainable and effective democracy is critical to promoting economic development, regional stability and continuing GOP (Government of Pakistan) partnership in counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics and law enforcement cooperation."

More importantly "years of unstable elected governments and a military regime have scared external and domestic investors from Pakistan, and created a dearth of resources."

And finally, the Mission Paper points out, "A peaceful transition to a democratically elected government will restore confidence in Pakistan as commercial and diplomatic partner."
Washington clearly did not intend Musharraf to rule the roost, or in this case Pakistan. "On the political side, the most pressing problem is a return to civilian rule under constitutional means viewed as legitimate by the Pakistani people," the mission chief said in its note to the State Department, a copy of which is with Timesofindia.com .

The Americans did their bit. "We have taken a leading role both publicly and privately in encouraging a return to such rule by October 2002." That is when the country voted its first government under Musharraf's and Army's tutelage.

Democracy in Islamabad is good both for the war on terror as well as US-Pak relations, US believes. "Achieving political stability through sustainable and effective democracy is critical to promoting economic development, regional stability and continuing GOP (Government of Pakistan) partnership in counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics and law enforcement cooperation." More importantly "years of unstable elected governments and a military regime have scared external and domestic investors from Pakistan, and created a dearth of resources."

And finally, the Mission Paper points out, "A peaceful transition to a democratically elected government will restore confidence in Pakistan as commercial and diplomatic partner."

All this was the plan in 2002. The situation, however, changed as the war against terror got stuck in the tribal lands of the North-Western Frontier Province and Musharraf became indispensable for the US.

So Washington is now forced to look the other way as Musharraf flouts all norms of democracy. He went back on his promise to give up his uniform, staged a mock referendum and shuffles prime ministers at will and the global cop keeps quiet.

Washington, however, realised other targets far more crucial to its concerns. Foremost among these is nuclear proliferation. The US managed to rein in Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Father of the Islamic bomb, even if it failed to control Musharraf.


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