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Javed Hashmi wins Pakistani Presidential Election November 4, 2007

Posted by chuckwh in News and politics, Pakistan, World News, World Politics.
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Pakistan’s Javed Hashmi (Urdu: جاوید ) was officially named President of Pakistan in an electoral college vote by Pakistan’s parliament, which is controlled by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (پاکستان مسلم لیگ ن). Sharif’s party gained control in recent parliamentary elections two years after the Gore Administration helped broker an end to the rule of General Pervez Musharraf, who took over in a 1999 coup d’état.

The election is generally seen as another blow against radical fundamentalists in the Muslim world, particularly in the wake of popular elections that saw various factions of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, also known as the United Council of Action, routed in the special parliamentary elections that followed the end of Musharraf’s rule. How Musharraf, who is now Army Chief of Staff, will get along with the new government is anybody’s guess. The army still wields considerable influence in Pakistan, and most observers say that if the government displays tendencies that appear too extreme, the army could step in at any time.

However, the Gore Administration has made it known that another military coup would have serious repercussions within the Gore administration. “We’d have to look at our relationship, top to bottom, were that to happen,” said U.S. Secretary of State Joseph Biden recently when asked what the U.S. reaction might be to another Musharref coup. The various factions of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, many of whom favor an extreme form of Sharia (Islamic law), including the Hudood Ordinance , were expected to fare better than they did in the parliamentary elections. “We have to recognize that Pakistan is a Muslim state,” said Biden in an interview with the Washington Post on the eve of the parliamentary elections. “It’s in the constitution of that country. So getting our panties in a bunch when some Muslim groups get elected isn’t really the way to go. Our policy, and part of the Gore Doctrine, is that democracy, in order to flourish, must be authentic.”

The Gore Doctrine, which was instituted shortly after 9/11, is centered around the promotion of democracy “without intervention,” a novel concept in American politics.

Republicans have criticized the doctrine as Muslims have gained considerable influence in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and other nations, but Gore has consistently pointed out that all of these nations are responsible members of the “family of nations.” All the Muslims political parties that have gained power, including Turkey and Pakistan, have created moderate governments. In fact, Turkey, which is on the verge of joining the EU, is undergoing an economic renaissance, partly as a result of the economic boom spreading throughout the Middle East since Gore’s Bill of Hope, which was passed shortly after 9/11.

And now Pakistan is hoping to ride the wave of prosperity that has engulfed the Middle East and is transforming India and China into economic powers.

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