Earlier this month, Asif Ali Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, said relations between India and Pakistan should not be held hostage to Kashmir. The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the author’s alone.
Pakistan: Now or Never?
As the premiere of the long-awaited Koran film by far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders nears, it's not uncommon to hear Muslims call for some way to censor what they expect to be a blistering condemnation of their faith.
With NATO saying it is nearing a deal to use Russian land and airspace to supply its security forces in Afghanistan, I’ve been trying to work out what this could mean for Pakistan.
I just came across a feature on Salon.com headlined Killing ourselves in Afghanistan which I’d recommend to anyone interested in U.S. policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party has delayed naming its prime ministerial candidate, setting off Internet chatter about a power struggle in the party with backroom machinations stretching from Washington to Islamabad. And not far behind is the fear that a prolonged political vaccum at the top will embolden even more lethal militant strikes than the ones witnessed over the past week or so. PPP vice chairman Makhdoom Amin Fahim remains the frontrunner as he has from the time Bhutto was assassinated, the Pakistani Spectator says, but her husband and successor Asif Zardari had other ideas and wanted the issue to be debated further and that had opened the way for more pulls and pressures. One comment on its blog complained: ”Will the voices of the people count or will the American and Saudis control this nation’s future ?”
Asif Ali Zardari has raised hackles in Kashmir and Pakistan by telling Indian news network CNN-IBN that relations between India and Pakistan should no longer be held hostage to the Kashmir dispute. The leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and widower of Benazir Bhutto said in an interview that the two countries should focus instead on building trade and economic ties.