Serial No. 110-155: U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability and the Future of U.S. Policy, Hearing before the Subcommittee on The Middle East and South Asia of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, January 16, 2008   [open pdf - 902KB]

From the opening statement of Gary L. Ackerman. "On December 27th, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated and 20 of her supporters were killed by a suicide bomber as she left a peaceful political rally. That blast not only plunged Pakistan into chaos, it also blew away Bush administration policy. The blinding flash that accompanied the explosion illuminated the narrowness of a policy that relied on individual personalities instead of broad based institutions, and on tactical adjustments instead of long range strategic goals. And for anyone who has not been paying attention, the blast was just the latest in a long string of attacks announcing that extremists have turned their sights on the Government of Pakistan and anyone who gets in their way will be eliminated. Two thousand and seven was a year filled with violence and political instability in Pakistan. In March, President Musharraf fired the Chief Justice and sparked angry protests by lawyers not ordinarily noted for turning out in the streets and hurling stones at police. After the Supreme Court reinstated the Chief Justice, President Musharraf insisted on pursuing his reelection as President even though he was still Chief of Staff of the Army. Many in Pakistan's civil society viewed this as unconstitutional. So to avoid a widely assumed decision by the Supreme Court to nullify Musharraf's candidacy, he imposed emergency rule, fired all the judges, arrested democracy and civil society activists, restricted the media, and unilaterally amended the constitution to protect himself and his candidacy for President." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christine Fair, Ashley J. Tellis, Lisa Curtis, Gary L. Ackerman, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Joe Wilson.

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