Mar 2, 2009 2
Politics makes seemingly strange bedfellows. But alliances are always based on interests.
Pervez Musharraf and Asif Zardari called Altaf Hussain to give him props on yesterday’s rally to protest the desecration of Benazir Bhutto’s posters (which was vigorously condemned by Nawaz Sharif several days earlier).
There are also reports that last week Musharraf called Zardari after meeting with some Sindhi politicians to boost support for the Mr. 100% (Zardari). Musharraf reportedly asked Pir Pagaro to coax Yousuf Raza Gilani, a relative, not to cause Zardari trouble.
It all makes sense: Zardari is certainly following in the footsteps of the Musharraf of 2007, which, I think was the Chinese year of the [dumb] ass. Nawaz Sharif was right today when he said, “It appears as if the spirit of Musharraf has entered Zardari.” This is not a partisan argument. There are quite a few senior PPP figures who believe the same.
Interestingly, Ahmed Raza Kasuri is also on the same page as Musharraf and Zardari. That would certainly make Zulfikar Ali Bhutto happy.
The real danger from Zardari going down is that the PPP is unlikely to rise again. And that would be a major blow to Pakistan’s quest for political stability. The PPP is flawed and internally undemocratic, but it is a national institution and a important pillar for domestic stability.