Saturday, June 11, 2005

Is military rule reversible in Pakistan?

General Pervez Musharraf, the military ruler of Pakistan who seized power in October 1999, has declared that the peace process with India is irreversible. This welcome news was issued in a joint declaration between Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. India and Pakistan have fought three major wars and several minor wars since the two countries gained independence from Great Britain in 1947.

However, there has been no declaration in Islamabad that military rule in Pakistan is reversible. Musharraf is Pakistan's fourth military ruler. Must one sadly conclude that the trend in Pakistan toward military rule is also irreversible?

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