Trouble in Pakistan
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 07:09:57 PM EST
Minister Ahmad Mukhtar was told by the security officials that they were acting on instructions from the National Accountability Bureau, an arm of Pakistan's intelligence service created by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to harass political opponents with corruption charges. The Defence Minister was told his name was on an `Exit Control List' even though he has never been convicted of a crime. Clearly, Pakistan has entered a decisive stage. Imagine the U.S. Defence Secretary being detained by U.S. marshals at JFK airport... he cannot leave the country.
What was bizarre about this development is that although it was Pakistani's Interior Ministry that was supposed to have issued the orders, the Interior Minister himself was named as someone not allowed to travel abroad without special permission. Clearly the administration of the government in Islamabad has been taken over by plainclothes military intelligence officials.
A coup by any other name is still a coup.Its tough figuring out who is in control-- who is calling the shots? Following the above incident, the "Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Naveed Ahsan Friday telephoned Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and apologised over the embarrassment caused to the minister." At the same time, there's been a surge of harassment of U.S. officials inside Pakistan.