Monday, November 19, 2007

US gives wide berth to Mush, 'the visionary'

The Times of India, 19 Nov 2007

Chidanand Rajghatta

WASHINGTON: The Bush administration has given Pakistan's military dictator Pervez Musharraf a wide berth despite a "tough" public stance against the imposition of Emergency.

US Special Envoy John Negroponte was all praise for Musharraf as he left Islamabad in the face of the dictator's defiant stand in rejecting calls to lift Emergency, broadly sticking to Washington's game plan of a introducing a quasi-civilian government.

In short, there appears to be no change in the US masterplan of inducting a Musharraf-Benazir government, notwithstanding the dictators crackdown on democracy and the acrimonious drama between the two principals.

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