Pakistani Coup-Coup Clock Revisited
Writing for Adnkronos, Syed Saleem Shahzad tells you in three sentences why Pakistan's President Zardari, husband of late Benazir Bhutto and known unaffectionately as "Mr. 10%" for his history of graft and bribery, and the Pakistani Peoples' Party (PPP) has very few days left in the Pakistani government.
There are many other scenes that underscore the country's current upheaval. On Friday, the late Benazir Bhutto's most trusted aide and her former political secretary Naheed Khan, surprised everybody when she joined the lawyers' rally in the garrison town of Rawalpindi in Punjab.
Her husband, a leader of the Pakistan People's Party and senator Safdar Abbasi joined her and they announced their support for the lawyers' movement.
Khan and Abbasi are most likely acting in order to save their own skins and stake in governmental power going forward. They see, most certainly, that the tide is irreversible.
What's next? No one knows. But it will not have much to do with the current - and soon to be former - Pakistani president at the helm.
See also for background:
- Start Your Kiyani Coup-Coup Clock, Boys - The Tank on National Review Online
- ISI Flashpoint: Kiyani-Zardari Conflict - ThreatsWatch
UPDATE: The current upheaval is being led by former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who I have described as a 'bought and paid for' political tool of Usama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. See the sections discussing Nawaz Sharif in the September 2008 PrincipalAnalysis below for proper background.
We will be monitoring developments and providing context as the situation in Pakistan continues to spiral, with our constant focus continuing to be answering the important questions: 'What does it mean to you, and why should you care?'