Saturday, April 30, 2005

ANALYSIS: The hundred years war in the heart

Husain Haqqani Deep down, Pakistan’s generals expect an American role in getting them a territorial settlement in Kashmir. Moreover, the ascendancy of the Pakistani military in internal decision-making militates against early normalisation of relations with India. Musharraf wants to keep the spectre of an Islamist Pakistan alive to secure western assistance. Last week, Pakistani authorities cracked down on the secular Pakistan Peoples Party, resulting in the arrest of several hundred party activists, to prevent a PPP rally even though fundamentalists from the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal have been allowed to hold rallies.

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