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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:17 PM

Firebrand Cleric Raises Fear Of "Soft Coup" In Pakistan

Source: Reuters

ISLAMABAD | Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:48pm EST

(Reuters) - To Pakistan's ruling party, a firebrand cleric camped outside parliament with thousands of protesters is looking more and more like the harbinger of their worst fear: a plan by the military to engineer a "soft coup".

In their eyes, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri seems like the perfect candidate for such a mission. A practiced orator who has electrified crowds with his anti-corruption rhetoric, the doctor of Islamic law leapt into action to back the last power grab by the army in 1999.

The aim this time, some politicians suspect, is to use Qadri to bring down the current administration and provide a pretext for the army to hand pick a caretaker cabinet.

"What we are seeing is dangerous and evidence that unconstitutional third forces are up to their tricks again," said Mahmood Khan Achakzai, a politician who has been a frequent critic of the army's record of interfering in politics.



Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/17/us-pakistan-democracy-idUSBRE90G05M20130117

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:18 AM

1. Zardari, for many Pakistanis

has been far worse than even Musharaf...

The PPP is not democracy, but a graft creating machine.

SO, the question is... even if there is a soft coup, will Pakistanis welcome it with flowers?

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:36 AM

2. The bigger question is: how will India react? nt

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:41 PM

3. Holy shit. All we need is a bunch of extremists threatening the government that has a nuke.

Besides ours, I mean.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:55 PM

4. Pakistan could be a serious problem, indeed! eom

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