What’s happening with Gen. Pervez Musharraf lately? Obviously, almost everyone knows that General Pervez Musharraf is president of Pakistan and he’s also the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army.
Since he came to power by way of a bloodless military coup d’état in 1999, prior to 9/11, Pakistan was the only country that had supported and recognized the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime in Afghanistan as legitimate government and was the only country that had diplomatic relationship with the Taliban led government.
After 9/11, General Pervez Musharraf reversed Pakistan’s position and became the pro-supporter for the US move to remove the Taliban from power and has since been the chief ally for the U.S. fight and struggle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the region.
And, so far because of his commitment to helping the US fight against terrorism in the region, the US has given over $10 billion in aid to Pakistan. However his decision to suspend the constitution and declare a state of emergency has made the US possible think twice against his leadership and is talking about reviewing its financial aid to Pakistan.
As reported in Boston,com, Rice, who was traveling in Jerusalem yesterday, spoke as Musharraf pursued a second day of arrests of hundreds of opposition leaders, lawyers, and Supreme Court judges in what Pakistani newspapers described as a “coup” against his own government.
Rice told reporters that the crackdown might trigger legal statutes that would make Pakistan ineligible for some of the aid that has flowed into the country over the past five years. But she also suggested that President Bush would be very reluctant to cut off military support for Musharraf, a military ruler who has become a crucial partner in the war on terror.
“We have to be very cognizant of the fact that some of the assistance that has been going to Pakistan is directly related to the counterterrorism mission,” Rice said.
But President Bush has also suggested that Gen. Musharraf should give up his role as chief of the Pakistani Army. “You can’t serve as President of a country and head of the military the same time,” said President Bush in the CBS Evening News of November 8, 2007.
Is Benazir Bhutto currently more likely to finding favor with Bush?
Wasn’t Saddam Hussein once a close ally of the US in the early 1980’s, as well as the likewise of Osama bin Laden and Jonas Savimbi?
If this is the case that General Musharraf falls out with the US, what will happen of him? If so, will history repeat itself?