This is really worth pondering over.
The January 7, 2008 issue of the New York Times has a front-page article entitled “In Musharraf’s Shadow, a New Hope for Pakistan Rises.”
This includes such brilliant gems of analysis as the following:
“Over the last several months, a little-known, enigmatic Pakistani general has quietly raised hopes among American officials that he could emerge as a new force for stability in Pakistan, according to current and former government officials.”
“As he has risen through the military, General Kayani has impressed American military and intelligence officials as a professional, pro-Western moderate with few political ambitions.”
“Kayani throughout his career has shown little in the way of political inclination,” said a senior American military official who has worked extensively with him but did not wish to be identified because of the sensitivities of Pakistani politics. “He is a humble man who has shown a decided focus on the soldier.”
“When he was appointed deputy army chief last fall, his first move was to visit the front lines in the tribal areas. Spending the Muslim holiday Id al-Fitr with soldiers prompted American military officials to praise him as a ‘soldier’s soldier.’”
“He is also an avid golfer and the president of the Pakistan Golf Association. Intensely private, he is the father of two children and spends a great deal of time with his family.”
“In meetings, General Kayani is known to listen intently but rarely speak. He is so soft-spoken that one former American official complained that he mumbled, but he expressed confidence in General Kayani’s ability to lead the army in the fight against militancy.”
“The senior American military official predicted that the Pakistani Army would perform better under General Kayani than Mr. Musharraf, who was often distracted by politics while serving as both president and army chief.”
“If Kayani, in a way, tries to promote democracy and becomes the protector of democracy,” said Mr. Masood, the Pakistani political analyst and retired general. “Then I think Pakistan has a chance.”
Meanwhile here is what Stephen Cohen, Senior Foreign Policy Scholar at the Brookings Institute wrote on November 5, 2007:
Why has the US stayed with Musharraf long after it became evident that Pakistan was not an effective partner? There was apparently a belief that he was a truly outstanding leader…
So, what’s the conclusion? It seems the brilliant American generals have discovered yet another brilliant Pakistani general.
Or is there more to it than meets the eye?
In any case, get ready for a re-run. A seven-point agenda, the restoration of true democracy, the supreme national interest…
Here’s to a new dawn, a new hope…
But is this the dawn we have been waiting for? Faiz would ask from his grave…
And how shall we answer him?