‘US deaf to Pakistani voices’
Daily Times, July 4, 2008
WASHINGTON: United States policy towards Pakistan has been described as “deaf and oblivious to the voice of the Pakistani people” and undermining popular support for the war on terrorism by Aitzaz Ahsan, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
In an interview published by the Washington Times on Thursday, Ahsan said the Bush administration’s failure to demand the reinstatement of top judges fired last year by President Pervez Musharraf was undermining efforts to win broader political support for US priorities such as the fight against Al Qaeda and extremists. “The Americans are still not listening,” he said, adding, “I think the world will pay a high cost for this very studied disability of the American administration.”
Ahsan criticised the reluctance of the US government to insist on the immediate reinstatement of Chief Justice Chaudhry and his colleagues. “What the Americans are trying to do in Iraq - set up a system of rights and the fair enforcement of laws - they have helped to demolish in Pakistan,” he argued. khalid hasan