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Zardari ‘could be eliminated’ as US eyes another regime change

September 26, 2009

[PKKH] Another example of US micromanagement in Pakistan’s internal affairs. While nobody in Pakistan wants Zardari to stay on the President’s post, it is the system which needs an overhaul.

Dr. Shahid Masood | The News

WASHINGTON: Americans see a change fast, but smoothly, coming in Pakistan in the wake of loss of credibility of the man at the helm, following some domestic legal developments.

After meeting top political and defence decision-makers here in the US capital, where I was invited by the National Defence University (NDU) for a two-day seminar on the anniversary of 9/11, I was told in unambiguous terms that a change in Pakistan was inevitable for US policy interests, although Washington does not intend to disrupt the system.

Several important Pakistani political players have also been conveyed the same message by the US political and defence establishment, including the MQM and recently the ANP, whose chief is travelling with President Asif Zardari in New York.

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11 comments

  1. Continuation of propaganda campaign against the President has revealed the intentions of his opponents. His ouster is wishful thinking of his rivals and tagging of one or the other stigma with Zardari is very much a part of their clumsy intentions.

    It is noteworthy that if removal of Zardari is in interest of this nation or not. If someone thinks that some other leader could be able to resurrect country from mountainous challenges, he is misguided. We has witnessed that no one dared to face challenges when the time comes rather they hide in their holes. Past is a litmus test, I claim no one but Zardari has cleared this test.


  2. This is not fair of dr.shahid masood


  3. Shahid Masood is an amazing fool. Do he really thinks that the tactics used for regime change by US are still same 30 year old? What would happen to US interests in region if it is involved in assassination of leader of biggest party in Pakistan! Only a brainless idiot can imagine that USA affords and other nuclear Iran in shape of Pakistan. Rather USA is trying to mend the damaged relation with all political forces and have direct contact with people rather than depending on few generals.

    Only right wing intellectuals are crying fool as they are not a priority of Americans any more. The money they earned during Soviet war by selling innocent Pakistani’s as cannon fodder is no more. This can be a wish of Taliban apologists but it is not going to happen. That is clear from Kerry-Loger bill which clearly states that aid would stopped if political or judicial institutions are disturbed.


  4. It is very much obvious that Pakistan is economically weak and we need aid to strengthen our declining economy. Kerry Lugar bill is a best source of oxygen for our fragile economy. It is great achievement by president Zardari.

    On the other hand new wave of anti-American sentiment in Pakistan has slowed the arrival of hundreds of U.S. civilian and military officials charged with implementing assistance programs,
    undermined cooperation in the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and put American lives at risk, according to officials from both countries.”

    Those who have leaked the story have deliberately chosen to do so at a time when the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) summit is going on.

    Stories like these have been leaked by people who think they can harm President Asif Ali Zardari and Ambassador Husain Haqqani. However,what they fail to understand is that President Zardari and Ambassador Haqqani represent Pakistan and that in spreading such stories they are hurting Pakistan.

    The international community is on the side of Pakistan and Pakistanis and wants to help them. We need trade, aid and assistance from our allies like the United States. The Kerry-Lugar bill which was just passed has increased American aid to Pakistan to $1.5 billion every year for the next five years. This is time to strengthen Pakistan’s relations with the United States and not to attack the relationship.


  5. President Asif Zardari will be removed in next few days, claims a TV anchor and former associate of president. This is not a joke at all. The medical doctor turned political analyst and TV anchor frequently comes up with such conspiracy theories. While explaining further what his ‘sources in Washington’ told him was that USA has finally decided to remove President Zardari. But president enjoys the support of parliament and cannot be removed in a constitutional manner. USA is considering three options, firstly, a court verdict which forces President to resign, secondy a military coup – and if that too is not possible an assassination. He also claims that his ‘sources’ are high profile decision makers in US government. Not amazing? USA is sharing assassination plan of a foreign head of state with a host of a TV talk show.
    1. It looks like a wishful thinking rather than anything closer to reality. The show was broadcasted the same day when US Senate passed an aid bill for Pakistan. According to the conditions of $7.5 billion aid for next five years, establishment shall not interfere in judicial or democratic process. In any such eventuality, the aid shall be suspended. Pakistan is fighting against terrorism and facing huge trade deficit. One needs to be completely disillusioned that military will interfere in governance and risk this aid package. Promised aid from Friends of Democratic Pakistan is another guarantee for democratic process apart from aid promised for reconstruction package for FATA. Also, military establishment has come to a clear realistaion that there is no way forward except democracy to fight terrorism and reorganize economy.
    2. As regards his removal through a court order, President was never convicted in any case and these cases were closed after 11 years futile exercise to prove him guilty. If SC passes an order against President; such order cannot have retrospective effect as these cases are past and close transactions. Supreme Court will have to think twice about the consequences of passing any such order for its own credibility. Even if, Supreme Court does so, President enjoys indemnity during his term in case of any adverse order. On the other hand the PPP government’s policy of reconciliation has brought political forces much closer than ever before. Opposition parties also have realized that political process must continue. This leaves no chance for any mainstream party so support such move and become next victim of establishment’s game.
    3. US is fighting a difficult war in Afghanistan and heavily dependent on military, logistic and popular support with in Pakistan. How entertaining can be the idea that USA is planning assassination of President of Pakistan after discussing it with media persons. There is a clear division of liberal and fundamentalist forces in post Musharaf Pakistan. The support for war against terrorism comes from the liberal and democratic force, PPP being the biggest party of the country. How wise would be for USA to assassinate the head of that party thus loosing the support against enemy it is fighting? Unless, public owns the war there can be no victory. This was popular support which brought victory in Swat and Malakand for Pakistan army. Will Army like to lose that support while it is going to tougher region of Waziristan and let President of country be assassinated by a foreign country?
    A logical analysis of the three options theory shows that USA is in no position to lose the present alliance in Pakistan. The developments on the ground suggest opposite. USA has realized and openly admitted that depending on few generals has back fired. Americans are trying to rebuild confidence amongst the people of Pakistan and they want people to people contact. The Kerry-Logger Bill is evidence that USA is ready to support people of Pakistan in defending democratic and judicial institution. The only opposition of this bill came from India and right wing fundamentalist groups in Pakistan which are outside the parliament. This leaves us wondering if it is bad for Pakistan, India should not oppose it and if it is good for country than there should be no opposition within country.
    Before every major decision American envoys not only discuss the issues with government but also take the major opposition parties in to confidence. In past aid was directed to non development sectors and its fruits cannot reach to people. Presently US is working to directly finance the development projects rather than giving cash. The major political also forces have consensus that aid should not be wasted. This will help US to restore her image that they are interested in long term relation with people of Pakistan rather than ruling them by supporting few generals. The only way for US to get out of mess in Afghanistan is stronger political support in Pakistan. An unstable Pakistan under threat from extremism will never let US stabilize Afghanistan. Is there any other political party except PPP which have support bases all across the country to be a more suitable partner for USA?
    Conspiracy theorists and fundamentalist ‘Tanga Parties are forwarding extremist’s agendas. Let us not get in to their trap. The right wing Taliban apologists will play every trick which creates mistrust and isolates Pakistan from rest of the world. A weak and isolated Pakistan will be an ideal prey for those who kill and destroy in name of religion. By defeating them we can achieve a liberal, democratic and prosperous Pakistan. We cannot do so alone by isolating ourselves from rest of the world. We definitely need the cooperation of world community for strengthening the security and building the economy. A strong and prosperous Pakistan is guarantee for peace and stability in region and rest of the world. In near future, we will witness USA strengthening its relation with liberal and democratic forces in Pakistan.

    LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY.. PAKISTAN PAYENDABAD!!!


  6. Shahid Masood is known to be anti-PPP and he has nothing more to offer than conspiracy theories and ideas for removal of Presidents and PM’s.
    He is a highly cynical and pessimistic person.

    He has always been involved in the propaganda against the President and it is people like him that can not tolerate Democracy and push for military take-overs.

    It is to be noted, that he is never fair when it comes to making judgements about the PPP, its fate and future.

    Constructive and healthy criticism is vital for strenghthing Democracy but destructive and brainless criticism just because one hates a certain individual is ridiculous and quite damaging.

    Shahid Masood should stop making such foolish predictions and dramatic judgements. Shame on him !


  7. if we have friend like dr shahid masood in our own country we don’t have to find enemies elsewhere.


  8. Dr Shahid Masood is delivering sermons and lectures against the government and when time comes he really wants to fell in the lap of the same government, just for the sake of money and post to kiss their backs and lick their boots. It just pure hypocrisy!

    Dr shahid always supports militant power. We must not derail current democratic set up. Asif Ali Zardari won the majority of votes in three of the country’s four provincial assemblies as well as in both houses of parliament. People like Dr Shahid want to create mess in the ongoing political system by dishonoring mandate of people of Pakistan. These anti-democratic elements must be dealt who want to spread chaos amongst people for pursuit of their hidden agenda.

    For Dr sb i would say…

    bikney walon ne azmaten paeen
    hum khudi ko bulund kartay rahay


  9. Dr Shahid Masood story is totaly baseless,false and fabricated,he is not doing his job honestly,he is baised towards PPP and every one is saying his agenda is anti ppp and he wants to derail democracy…
    USA President Barack Hussain Obama clearly described stability in pakistan and afghanistan key to US mission in the region,as his administration conducted a series of reviews to find a way farward in the war against terrorism….
    Approved Kerry-Lugar bill,showed that US and World Community has full confidance on state of Pakistan and Pakistan’s present democratic Govt.Obama declared that the world has interest in pakistan’s present Govt success…
    Prospects for massive investment in Pakistan.particularly in the development sector,had brighten after the passage of Kerry-Lugar bill.Kerry-Lugar bill’ll help Pakistan in overcoming,democratic,economy and security challenges…Senator John Kerry the lead sponsor of a Pakistan aid bill,chairman of the foreignrelation commitee,said in a statement that the enhanced partnership with the pakistan act represents collaboration between both the democrates and republicans,in both the senate and the house forge a new long term relationship bbetween the ppl of america and a new democratic pakistan.US is correcting its historical misstakes,its supported dictatorship in past,now supporting Democracy,Peoples Govt….
    Vision of President Asif Ali Zardari “Friends of Democratic Pakistan”meant political stability and strentghen democracy,so there is no Question of political change right now…Pakistan’s Nation and International Community has full confidence on President Asif Ali Zardari…
    Long Live Asif Ali Zardari..


  10. Bfore jumping to condemn a new analyses out of the box,let us be rational,statuscu or indecision or wrong move may lead to a point of no return.THis will be fatal for the nation and the country.Think hindu and hindu mentality toward Muslims.


  11. Anchors like dr.shahid masood are playing double game with the people of Pakistan…First they want to be famous by making such stories like this and after getting famous they play game of money money… Zardari is an elected President of Pakistan who took the charge when the nation was burning with the fire of dictatorship and he himself was facing such a critical time politically as well as personally. Now the problem with Pakistani anchors like dr. shahid masood is that they can’t tolerate a man who faced 11 in prison without proving any one case against him and today he is the President of that nation. May be they don’t believe in democracy as PPP believe it’s the best revenge….In fact some people named this line as favorite line, yes this is favorite cux PPP is the only party who always believe and had great fight always for democracy, It’s the most useful formula we apply to go forward and to move our country forward to wards democracy…Or may be they don’t believe that Pakistan is still build who ran the most with dictatorship as compare to democracy..But being a Pakistan I want to asure every viewer that we believe in democracy and our support with the government and in last I request the Pakistani media please Concentrate on your real job of reporting based Only on the Truth…don’t convert our News media in Drama media by adding Spicy MASALA otherwise the result will be more Horrible than the dictatorship. Pakistan is not only a property of a single man or any party, If you really want to serve your people and nation than first try to make strong your faith and go head towards the truth not to your personal revenges. Pakistan Zindabad Anchors like dr.shahid masood are playing double game with the people of Pakistan…First they want to be famous by making such stories like this and after getting famous they play game of money money… Zardari is an elected President of Pakistan who took the charge when the nation was burning with the fire of dictatorship and he himself was facing such a critical time politically as well as personally. Now the problem with Pakistani anchors like dr. shahid masood is that they can’t tolerate a man who faced 11 in prison without proving any one case against him and today he is the President of that nation. May be they don’t believe in democracy as PPP believe it’s the best revenge….In fact some people named this line as favorite line, yes this is favorite cux PPP is the only party who always believe and had great fight always for democracy, It’s the most useful formula we apply to go forward and to move our country forward to wards democracy…Or may be they don’t believe that Pakistan is still build who ran the most with dictatorship as compare to democracy..But being a Pakistan I want to asure every viewer that we believe in democracy and our support with the government and in last I request the Pakistani media please Concentrate on your real job of reporting based Only on the Truth…don’t convert our News media in Drama media by adding Spicy MASALA otherwise the result will be more Horrible than the dictatorship. Pakistan is not only a property of a single man or any party, If you really want to serve your people and nation than first try to make strong your faith and go head towards the truth not to your personal revenges. Pakistan Zindabad



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