Friday, August 22, 2008

Was the fall of Musharraf a triumph of civil society?

On the resignation of Pakistan President Musharraf, Rasul Bakhsh Rais of the Daily Times writes:

The real credit for causing Musharraf’s fall goes to civil society and the media, both new actors on Pakistan’s social and political scene. In all new democracies, where the transition from military to civilian rule has taken place, these two actors have proved catalysts of political change, and the agenda-setters and messengers of political forces.
Thomas, a longtime observer of South Asia, reflects on his blog:"What I find most interesting about Pakistani media reactions the day after is how openly Musharraf is criticized for his policy on Afghanistan and the Taliban." In particular, Thomas suggests the exposure of the former president's links to the Taliban might lead to more open discourse generally.

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