Pakistani Urges US to Oppose Elections

Restore judges first to stabilize the country, politician says
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2008 5:54 PM CST
Former cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan makes a speech at the Lahore Bar Association in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday Dec. 1, 2007. Khan addressed lawyers in support of their protests against the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Pakistani politician turned heads last week by touting a rare view to US policymakers: Don't back Pakistan's elections. Without an independent judiciary, elections will only hurt the country, Imran Khan warned. He urged lawmakers in New York and Washington to "back the democratic process, by insisting on the reinstatement of the judges, rather than back any individual in an election."

Pakistan's former cricket captain and leader of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party, Khan pointed to Egypt and Zimbabwe as counter-examples: “All of these people are holding elections for years and nothing happens,” he said. “Elections don't bring democracy.” Meanwhile, President Pervez Musharraf is touring Europe, vowing he can best keep the peace in Pakistan after next month's vote.