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POK-Marked By A General

In an electoral charade, Musharraf posts his man in PoK to pre-empt any designs India or Kashmiri leaders might have

POK-Marked By A General
POK-Marked By A General
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IN the rough-and-tumble of politics in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for India), President Pervez Musharraf and his military regime displayed their lack of enthusiasm for democracy through a carefully-managed election of Maj Gen Sardar Anwar Khan as the 12th president of the state. Anwar's election once again illustrates the deep suspicion Islamabad has of Kashmiri leaders, and its paranoia of New Delhi's designs there.

His election is definitely a setback to those Pakistanis who showcase the democracy of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (ajk) as a riposte to Indian critics worrying over the political fate of Kashmiris here. Says former ajk prime minister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry: "There seems no cogent reason to fill a ceremonial office with a military man, albeit recently retired, unless the marked tendency of Musharraf regime to seek 'jobs for the boys', both serving and retired, has now reached out to ajk."

Interestingly, the 56-year-old Anwar, who hails from ajk's southern Poonch district, wasn't in the list of presidential candidates. But three days...
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