Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Benazir Bhutto and Critics

The price of dictatorship

by Benazir Bhutto

The new Pakistani dictator, General Pervez Musharraf, has played the west like a fiddle, dispensing occasional support in the war on terror to keep America and Britain off his back as he proceeded to arrest and exile opposition leaders, decimate political parties, pressure the press and set back human and women's rights by a generation. His regime, claiming sections of the frontier are ungovernable, has relinquished responsibility to the Taliban and al-Qaida. During both of my tenures as prime minister, my government enforced the writ of the state there through the civil administration and paramilitary troops.

Comments

brex

August 23, 2006 08:17 AM

Ms. Bhutto, you grew up as a member of Pakistan's wealthy elite and were swept to power on the back of your hereditary connections.

While aspects of General Musharaff's rule could certainly be criticised--it is disingenous in the extreme coming from you. It is open knowledge that you and your husband profitted handsomely at your country's expense. Ostensibly, a Pakistani President's salary make it difficult to afford lavish estates in the French and English countrysides.

To the degree you still hold sway with your country's people, you need to ween them of the tribalism, prejudice, envy and hatred that fuels their blood lust.

Redemption doesn't come easy and certainly not by living large in a Dubai mansion.

Brex

criticaldanger

August 23, 2006 08:43 AM

Ms Bhutto I hope you read this.

You failed to mention your corrupt husband who looted the public funds under the supervision of your government. It is a known fact that your feudal family is the cancer of Pakistan. While in government you did nothing for the masses but looted and maimed civil order causing strife. It is your failed policies that have resulted in extreme poverty which breeds terrorism.

Isaa

August 23, 2006 10:00 AM

This woman had a chance to change Pakistan for the better but what did she do? Conspired with her husband and financially raped the country. There was a reason why your ‘homeland’ rejected you Ms Bhutto and rest-assured Busharraf will go the same way as all Pakistani leaders: assassinated or exiled.

gurujee

August 23, 2006 11:37 AM

‘Benazir Bhutto’ types are the problem of Pakistan – the rich, powerful, tribal/feudal elite. It is in Bhutto’s self interest to keep Pakistanis backward, illiterate, religiously conservative and locked in feudal subservience. Remember such a population is easiest to control.

There was nothing progressive or liberal about you when you took office. You were and are the feudal heir apparent. You may be able to fool well meaning guardian readers but Pakistanis know better. You raped the country’s wealth. You remain a disgrace to Pakistan. Words cannot describe the hatred most intelligent Pakistani feel towards your kind.

The ONLY way the west can change Pakistan is by investing in progressive education - schools, colleges and above all Universities. This is the only way you can counter feudalism and terrorism.