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Pakistan Update: Power Sharing Deal in Islamabad? And First Ever Muslim 20 Yr. Malt Whiskey

Posted by K.E. White on August 17, 2007

Summary: A quick update on Pakistan and the potential for a Musharraf-Bhutto power-sharing deal. Proliferation Press offers a recap and  some past commentary. Added Bonus: This exciting news for whiskey aficionados.

If you haven’t heard, America would like a ‘moderate’ Pakistani regime. But is it possible?

From WaPo:

The United States wants to see Pakistan’s moderate and democratic politicians unite to fight Islamic extremism, but has no interest in picking sides ahead of upcoming elections, a top U.S. envoy said Thursday.

The danger for both is that Pakistanis will see any deal as a cynical ploy.

“It would be seen as coming to a deal not because there is a convergence of policies,” said Masood. “The leaders would both be seen as compromising for their own interest, not for the interest of the country.”

The danger for both is that Pakistanis will see any deal as a cynical ploy.

“It would be seen as coming to a deal not because there is a convergence of policies,” said Masood. “The leaders would both be seen as compromising for their own interest, not for the interest of the country.”

Musharraf’s response:

President Gen Pervez Musharraf has ruled out any deal or power-sharing with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), saying it (PPP) will be the rival of the ruling PML in the general elections.

President Musharraf met ruling party MNAs and MPAs from six districts-Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Sargodha, Mianwali and Khushab – at the Faisalabad airport on Thursday.

The president said he would be re-elected president in uniform as the constitution allowed him.

So it all comes down to the elections: which in Pakistan will be a two-pronged process.

First Muharraf will seek reappointment as President by the parliament in September or October, with general parliamentary elections to be held within the following three months.

The aim of the United States—a stable Pakistan—is understandable. (The Boston Herald reports on US worry over Pakistan in the wake of 9-11.) But should the White House be sending such advice before the results are in?

In any case, the next few months will prove critical for Pakistan—a nuclear weapons state plagued by Islamic extremism.

Here are two previous posts on the Pakistan dilemma.

And, for any whiskey drinkers, take heart: The first ever Muslim 20-year aged malt whiskey is set for roll out.

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