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Democracy or not, US to support Musharraf

Press Trust Of India

Wednesday 2 July 2003

Article paru dans le journal The Indian Express, le 2 juillet 2003. Voir http://www.indianexpress.com/full_s...

Washington, July 1: With the need to have a stable frontline ally in the international anti-terrorist coalition, the US has indicated that its full support to Pakistan would continue despite President Pervez Musharraf’s actions undermining the country’s democracy, a Congressional report has said.

Washington, July 1: With the need to have a stable frontline ally in the international anti-terrorist coalition, the US has indicated that its full support to Pakistan would continue despite President Pervez Musharraf’s actions undermining the country’s democracy, a Congressional report has said.

Congressional Research Service (CRS), a part of the library of Congress which advises members, has stated in an updated report on Pakistan that Musharraf’s actions undermine Pakistani democracy but the Bush administration has, nevertheless, indicated its full support for him.

In response to Musharraf’s imposition of Constitutional revisions, the US indicated that full support for Musharraf would continue even if some of the changes ’’could make it more difficult to build, strong democratic institutions in Pakistan,’’ the report said.

’’US concerns about Pakistani democracy exists in tandem with the perceived need to have a stable and effectively-administered frontline ally in the international anti-terrorist coalition,’’ the report said.

Meanwhile, terming Pakistan as a ’’rogue nation’’ with a ’’terrible record’’ in the arena of peace and stability in South Asia, Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone has vehemently opposed any military aid to Islamabad. ’’I urge you to limit the amount of assistance offered to Pakistan to solely economic aid, and to further impress upon Pakistan the importance of moving toward democracy and stopping cross-border infiltrations,’’ Pallone, co-founder of India Caucus, said in a letter to Bush.

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