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icymist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:09 AM
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AP: Pakistani PM hopes Bush is re-elected
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/APWires/headlines/D82C...

AP: Pakistani PM hopes Bush is re-elected

By PAUL HAVEN
Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan The prime minister of this deeply conservative Islamic nation waded into U.S. politics during an interview with The Associated Press, saying he wishes President Bush well in his re-election bid this November.

Zafarullah Khan Jamali's comment was a rare taking-of-sides by a world leader in another country's election, and one that is particularly unusual given the American president's low standing among Muslims angered over the war in Iraq, U.S. support for Israel and allegations that American servicemen abused Iraqi prisoners at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad.

"Today we are lucky with the Republicans that the president, his secretary of state, the vice president and the secretary of defense - they all have a personal relationship with Pakistan, and also as a government, so that I think is a much better bet as far as Pakistan-American relations are concerned," Jamali said Wednesday at his official residence on a hilltop overlooking the capital.

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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:12 AM
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1. Of course he does
who is giving him: MONEY, MONEY, MONEY?
I bet the rest of the population is not on his wavelenght.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:13 AM
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6. Remember the 36 billion to use Turkish air bases
I wonder how much they are giving Pakistan to pursue the tribal areas
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:35 AM
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10. Musharaff = Military Dictator
WHO OVERTHREW ELECTED GOVERNMENT


"ITS DEMOCRACY"--- shouted the AWOL CHIMPANZEE
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:13 AM
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2. I hope the PM remembers...
... who's actually running his country. When the people of Pakistan realize it's Bush, they won't be happy. This is nothing more than pandering to the West, and I'm sure the people of Pakistan will resent it.
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:27 AM
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3. As far as I know, they don't make Lexan in Pakistan.
And at least once in the past year, that's what kept President Musharraf--the real PM--firmly unshuffled from his mortal coil.

Then there was that unsightly matter of the nuclear secrets Pakistan's top scientist sold off. The egghead gave an apology which will someday be able to be measured in Roentgens.

But hey, they paid that one back to America in spades with a divisional sweep of the Afghan border which might have just put Osama bin Laden on ice for his unveiling on June 23, 2004, the Friday before the Democratic Convention. Uh, that last bit is just conjecture.

I'd say the Bush Administration has a lock on Pakistan at least as firm as that of Florida and the Supreme Court. And it is, after all, an election year.
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bobbyboucher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 02:35 AM
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4. Yuk, yuk, yuk, good ones all.
I think you are pretty close to dead center (June 23,2004 included).
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varun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 04:41 AM
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5. PM? Prime Minister?
Is that what they call a dictator who comes into power through a coup nowadays?

Nlo wonder he wants Bush to stay. We had a coup in Florda 4 years ago.
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seasat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:28 AM
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7. That was my thought!
Shrub is endorsed by a military dictator whose country did more for the spread of WMD than any other nation by selling nuclear bomb technology to anyone. I think he's just afraid that a Democratic president wouldn't put up with his crap.
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keithyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:04 AM
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8. Remember, he represents a government that overthrew and elected gov.
Musharaff came to office in a military coup of the democratically elected government of Pakistan.
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varun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:29 AM
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11. after the coup...
...he receibed 90% (Yes, 90%!) of the votes in a staged election, which were endorsed by Dubya.

Now we know why Mush supports Bush...two faces of the same coin.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/inside/worldw/020503.html

...The result was a landslide victory for Musharraf. More than 90 percent voted in favour of the general at what was described by independent observers as a heavily-rigged referendum. But the irony is that more than 90 percent of the voters did not vote. What matters is the number of votes cast, no matter how low the voter turnout...

...Despite the sham, Musharraf can now claims he has been 'elected' by people. But the bottom line is that he is set to remain in power as the President, or if he wants, as the supreme leader of Pakistan...
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:28 AM
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9. kick
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:09 PM
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12. Pakistan Airlines
And to think they are adding a flight from Karachi to Houston
at the same time?
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