Elections in Pakistan are scheduled for January 8. Should the assassination of Benazir Bhutto provide the Musharref government with an excuse to postpone the elections?
Actually, if Musharraf postpones the elections (and even worse, restores martial law) the country could be plunged into more turmoil than exists at present. Without elections the unpopular Musharraf doesn’t have to share political power with anyone. His only prop would be the army which, ironically, he has resigned from.
If on the other hand a new government can be honestly elected, then the government and Musharraf himself will have more legitimacy. Such a government (likely a coalition involving opposition parties) could then turn to the many domestic problems that bedevil the country, as well as stepping up the fight against the terrorists.
Both Britain and the United States are pressing Musharraf to proceed with elections on January 8.
Do you agree?