All PPP representatives, the opposition, the lawyers and judges, media and alternate medai seem not to tire of repeating this myth that “Zardari is the constitutionally elected President of Pakistan”. That cannot be further from the truth. It is but a complete fabrication. A blatant lie put forth to give legitimacy to this so called democracy. To see it, one must look at how he got to where he is:
…In a notoriously difficult foreign policy arena, injected with precious few new ideas, there are signs that Brown is ready to take Zardari seriously. The Foreign Office has already played a vigorous and little known role in getting Zardari elected president: Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the FCO political director, used his offices to elegantly strong-arm Pakistani political factions exiled to the UK into voting for the PPP’s presidential candidate. In a daring move, the MQM party, which has offices in north London – and was set against the PPP – was talked into becoming temporary champion of a PPP machine it had previously only bombed and shot at….
…Financial and political support from Washington helped engineer Zardari into power. He has been put in charge of the millions a month in overt and secret cash flow from Washington — $11.2 billion officially since 2001 — that Musharraf used to buy influence. Contrary to Washington’s claims it was neutral in the race between Zardari and his rival, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Washington spent a great deal of money and energy trying to sideline Nawaz, who has long been unpopular in Washington as insufficiently responsive to US interests….
Here’s James Petras in ‘Masters of Defeat: Retreating Empire and Bellicose Bluster‘
…The ‘election’ of the US client and convicted warlord and thug, Asif Ali Zadari, as President of Pakistan, will not in anyway contribute to the recovery of US influence outside of very limited elite political and military circles…
I know, I know. He is the “elected” representative of the people — people from the UK Foreign Office and US State Department 😛
Here I am going to add a few pieces leading up to the “election” of Zardari i.e. the Benazir Bhutto/Mush deal. Remember even before Musharraf became unbearable, BB was making the rounds of the “capitals that matter”. She observed that even that drop-your-pants-on-one-call Musharraf was resistant to some of the demands being placed on him by the West. That to her smelt “opportunity!” and she rushed to D.C. with her sales pitch — Give me the chair and I will give you what Musharraf won’t (i.e. I will be a more obidient slave). She offered Dr. Qadeer and for some brownie points, implicated the military for N-proliferation. She scared them with “militants are going to take over the nukes”. She also agreed to let US boots on the ground, let the drones have a free skies, and not only move the army to the western borders but also declare war on the people within the border.
Of course the West took interest and Mush took notice to. He knew he couldn’t beat her so all he could do was to join her. In the meantime, he too tried to prove he was as good a slave as BB and sacrificed many a virgins (Lal Masjid) hoping the gods would be pleased. But that was too little, too late. BB had her foot in the door as a priestess and the gods were not going to turn her away. But they were also pleased with Mush’s latest offering so a deal between the two was finalized (more on it here). In return, BB did Mush a favor by sabotaging the Nawaz-led all-parties London meet and the Saudi’s, EU, especially the Britain, and U.S. all pitched in ensure Nawaz Sharif did not disrupt the deal between BB and Mush (Nawaz tried but was kidnapped by the Saudis. Of course a deal appears to have been struck with him too that promises him the chair next if he plays “by the rule” and he seems to have gotten the message — Friendly-opposition, anyone?).
That BB and Mush were both gotten rid of and replaced with Zardari is another story. I firmly believe BB — once landing here — realized her popularity and came to the conclusion she did not need the Americans to win her the chair. She reneged on the deal and was duly removed, and a fake will produced to have Zardari — who is totally compromised and who’s life and liberty depend on following orders of the ‘Masa’ — take her place as a ‘Bhutto’. Mush on the other hand had become too unpopular and no amount of spin — including him ‘taking off the uniform’ — could be sold to the people and was asked to step aside ‘honorably’ (but with full protection for having been a loyal servant all these years) as Zardari and Kiyani were their to willingly fill his shoes. (Point to note: Even today, all of the governors of the provinces who are ‘representatives of the President’ were appointed by Musharraf).
(This speech is very telling at it contains her full sales pitch as to how she will serve their interests better than Musharraf. I will — time permitting — rewrite it removing the fog and place it in the comments section.)
BB speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations, August 15 2007:
(Transcript of the ‘Conversation with Benazir Bhutto‘ at CFR above)