Pakistan's Recent Political Crisis, Its Effect on America and Proposed Solutions sign now

Date: 5th June 2007

Dear Senator Bond and Senator McCaskill,
,
As you must already be aware of the recent crisis in Pakistan I am writing to bring to your attention the urgency of the need to resolve this issue. Stability in Pakistan is the key to peace in the volatile region. The worsening law and order situation of Pakistan can have direct consequences on our country. Military sponsored "talibanization" of Pakistan (1) can lead to rise of religious extremism in Pakistan. And can result in Pakistan becoming a breeding ground for terrorists.

Post 9/11 most efforts to combat religious extremism in Pakistan have not been very successful. The recent judicial crises and massacre of common people in Karachi on May 12, 2007 has made it clear that military government under President General Musharraf has not been able to provide safety to a common Pakistani. Also the recent call for imposing Islamic law by Lal Masjid (2) in the heart of Islamabad is another warning sign. Religious fanaticism is used to show to the world that "military" is the only hope.

Common people in Pakistan have to face endless poverty, lawlessness and complete disregard of their interest by present ruling elite. Since the removal of Chief Justice of Pakistan by General Musharraf, the legal profession has responded with peaceful resistance and mobilized the masses in major cities of Pakistan to demand independence of judiciary and rule of law in Pakistan.

This is the time for US government to support REAL democracy in Pakistan. For the first time in Pakistan's history the civil society and judiciary are out protesting for REAL democracy. I plead you that NOW is the time to seize the moment. Supporting Pakistani people in their national struggle for their democratic rights and rule of law is in the national interest of US. Pakistan's military going back to the barracks and holding of a free and fair election is the best guarantee against rising religious extremism in Pakistan.

US-based Pakistan nationals have come together and formed a Coalition for Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan (CRDP). As a supporter of this movement, I request some of your time to discuss how we can help the people of Pakistan and also serve US national interest. Restoration of democracy in Pakistan is the right way to tackle the menace of terrorism originating overseas.

We want to discuss the possibility of your office leading an effort to bring the US Senate on board to ask President Bush to work to ensure that Government of Pakistan holds a free and fair election by appointing a care-taker government, which is agreed upon by all major political parties in Pakistan.

References:
1. Frontline: Return of Taliban - Shows the link of Pakistan Military with Taliban leaders.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/taliban/

2. BBC: ISI links to Lal Masjid:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6503477.stm

3. Pervez Hoodbhoy: MIT trained nuclear physicist teaching in Islamabad summarizing in his article- What is next after Karachi carnage
http://3quarksdaily.blogs.com/3quarksdaily/2007/05/what_next_after.html

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