Bhutto to West: Choose Dictator or Democracy

Calls for US to force Musharraf's hand on Pakistani elections
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 10:01 AM CST
Police officers beat a supporter of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who tried to cross the barrier in front of the Supreme Court and President's house in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US talks a lot about promoting democracy, notes former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto; now she's challenging the Bush administration to follow through and confront Gen. Pervez Musharraf over what she calls a second coup, his imposition of martial law in Pakistan last weekend. "The moment has come for the Western democracies to show us in their actions, and not just in their rhetoric, which side they are on," writes Bhutto in a NY Times op ed piece.

The suspension of constitutional rights has removed any pretense that Pakistan is anything but than a military dictatorship, she writes. Citing Bush's past vows to aid those who stand against tyranny, she challenges the administration to insist that Musharraf hold free elections within the next 60 days—"He should be given that choice: democracy or dictatorship with isolation."