Pakistanis deal election defeat to MusharrafAMERICA AND MUSHARRAF HATERS SUSPECTED THERE WOULD BE FRAUD BY MUSHARRAF TO MAKE SURE HE WON. BUT THAT OBVIOUSLY WASN'T THE CASE - ALTHOUGH THERE WAS FRAUD ACCORDING TO SOME:
By Carlotta Gall and Jane Perlez
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistanis dealt a crushing defeat to President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections Monday, in what government and opposition politicians said was a firm rejection of his policies since 2001 and those of his close ally, the United States.
Almost all the leading figures in the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, the party that has governed for the last five years under Musharraf, lost their seats, including the leader of the party, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussein, the former speaker of parliament, Chaudhry Amir Hussein, and six ministers.
Though official results would not be announced until Tuesday, early returns indicated that the vote would usher in a prime minister from one of the opposition parties, and opened the prospect of a parliament that would move to undo many of Musharraf's policies and that may even try to remove him.
The early edge went to the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party, which seemed to benefit from a strong wave of sympathy in reaction to the assassination of its leader, Benazir Bhutto, eight weeks ago, and may be in a position to form the next government.
A leading lawmaker of the co-governing Social Democratic Party reported widespread election fraud in Pakistan, the daily Mitteldeutsche Zeitung newspaper said in a report to hit the newsstands on Tuesday.
"The question is not if the election was manipulated but what the scope of it was," said Sebastian Edathy who had been accredited by the Pakistani government as an election monitor.
"One cannot speak of real democracy. All of it, is far away from being a fair process," the chairman of the Germany-South Asian parliamentary group added.
Edathy pointed out that 20 million additional ballot papers were in circulation, compared to the actual number of eligible voters.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES AND NOTED PAKISTANI PERSONAGES CLAIM THAT THE FRAUD WAS IN FCAT RAMPANT AND ON THE PART OF THE PPP - REDIFF (INDIA): PPP rigged polls massively: Benazir's niece
February 18, 2008 18:50 IST
Slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto's [Images] niece Fatima Bhutto has accused her aunt's party of carrying out massive rigging in some polling stations of Larkana in Sindh province.
Fatima, the daughter of late Mir Murtaza Bhutto � brother of Benazir, forced the closure of voting for around two hours at a polling station in Larkana over the alleged rigging by Pakistan People's Party (PPP).
Waving the voters' list, Fatima claimed that most of the names did not have their national identity card numbers on the list and this was nothing but "plain rigging".
The Sindh province is the stronghold of PPP, which is expected to sweep the polls.
Fatima claimed the PPP was trying to ride on a wave of sympathy following the killing of Benazir and was not following election rules.
- SEEMS TO ME LIKE MUSHARRAF HAS BEEN HAD.
- AND ANTI-USA/ANTI-WEST/PRO-TALIBAN FORCES HAVE WON.
UPDATE: PROOF SHARIF IS BAD HERE. EXCERPT:
Nawaz Sharif tried to impose Islamic law on Pakistan in 1998 while he was prime minister. There were reports that he repeatedly met with Osama Bin Laden. He was charged with corruption and was chased out of Pakistan.UPDATE: PROOF BENAZIR WAS BAD AND HER FAMILY'S PPP IS BAD HERE AND HERE AND HERE. AND HERE. AND HERE. (YOU GET THE IDEA! BTW: SOME OF THESE LINKS ARE TO COMMENTS BY BENAZIR'S NIECE - WHO KNEW HOW CORRUPT HER AUNT WAS!)
This past year he came back to give it another shot.
PEOPLE WHO CLAIM SHARIF AND THE PPP ARE BENIGN ARE EITHER DUPES, COWARDS OR AGENTS OF THE ISLAMO-THUGS.
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