Mar 23, 2005
The US vision for Musharraf
By Praveen Swami
[Turkey] had lost her leadership of Islam and Islam might now look to leadership to the Muslims of Russia. This would be a most dangerous attraction. There was therefore much to be said for the introduction of a new Muslim power supported by the science of Britain ... It seemed to some of us very necessary to place Islam between Russian communism and Hindustan.
- Sir Francis Tucker, General Officer-Commanding of the British Indian Eastern Command.
A little over half a century on, driven by the forces unleashed by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, imperial Britain's Pakistan project is being reinvented. It is hard to imagine a more unlikely caliph than Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf, but that is precisely what the United States seems determined to anoint him.
Pakistan, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Musharraf at their recent meeting in Islamabad, is "a model country for the Muslim world". Among other things, she praised Pakistan's president and chief of army staff, who came to power in a coup in 1999, for his "bold vision for South Asia and initiatives to promote peace and stability in the region".
(Miss Condoleezza Rice's point should be well taken by all the other so called Muslim Countries. The militaries in all the Muslim countries should usurp power and impose the so called despotic democracy on their civilians. Let me take this opportunity to clarify my point why I would say so called Muslim Countries. Islam promotes democracy, tolerance and peace and none of the Muslim countries fulfil this standard)