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    Jamaat-e-Islami Chief says Musharaff is a "security risk"

    Pakistan's major Islamic party said on Friday it will launch a public campaign to force the resignation of military ruler Pervez Musharraf because he is a threat to the country's security.

    Qazi Hussain Ahmad, head of Jamaat-e-Islami, said Musharraf had shown he could not be trusted when he let jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif escape a life sentence and go into exile in Saudi Arabia last Sunday.

    "He has got absolute power in his hand and he cannot be trusted," Ahmad told Reuters. "He has ignored public opinion, he has also ignored the laws, the constitution, the decisions of the court and he has not consulted anybody.

    "He can do anything against the interests of the country and the nation," he said in a telephone interview from the city of Lahore. "This is a security risk, he is a security risk."

    Ahmad's plan to start the campaign from next Sunday underlined the added uncertainty the exile deal has introduced to a country already hobbled by chronically high political and economic risk.

    Pakistani newspapers, while acknowledging the power to make decisions lies in the hands of an unknown but small number of senior officers, were filled with articles speculating on the potential for a political shakeup.

    The Dawn newspaper said senior military officers held an unscheduled meeting late into Thursday night. All newspapers suggested steps under consideration could include restoring the suspended legislatures or even replacing the present figurehead president with Musharraf.

    Offering the pardon has undermined Musharraf's credibility as a campaigner against corruption while Sharif's acceptance of exile has undermined the credibility of his Pakistan Muslim League, which only a week earlier had joined in an alliance of civilians opposed to military rule.

    The head of the Pakistan People's Party, Benazir Bhutto, is already in self-imposed exile, leaving both main secular parties with leaders outside the country.

    "There is a definite vacuum and this vacuum is to be filled through political action, and through the organized masses and through elected governments," Ahmad said.

    Although Jamaat-e-Islami fared poorly in past elections -- opting to boycott the last vote in 1997 -- it has a formidable network of supporters across Pakistan. It claims membership of four million, with 100,000 active party workers.

    Ahmad called for the early resignation of Musharraf's military government that has ruled since a coup 14 months ago and installation of an interim government to supervise national elections.

    "These elections should be done by another administration because this administration has lost the confidence of the people," Ahmad said. "I think this process can be done within six months."

    Ahmad said pressure on the Musharraf government, which he said had made things worse for Pakistan during its 14 months in power, would start with meetings on Sunday to demand the resignation of the military ruler.

    "At this stage there will be peaceful meetings of the people, they will demand and will pass resolutions that will demand the resignation of Musharraf's government." he said, hoping this would be enough to remove the administration.

    "They will condemn this action of the Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf deal."


    #2
    All i can say is that Qazi is freakin' crazy!!!
    He should be locked up and the key thrown away.

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      #3
      Chilli what are your own comments on this topic?

      And is not the story a bit out of date? The Qazi sahib has since clarified his statement and the issue has now subsided. So what point are you trying to prove?

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        #4
        The point??
        That he is as crazy as Qazi!!!!

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        CROIRE A L'INCROYABLE
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