ATP Poll Results: The Benazir-Musharraf Deal

Posted on April 27, 2007
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Adil Najam

Benazir Bhutto says that it is now time to take the ‘risk’ of going back to Pakistan. Gen. Musharraf says that he expects to be elected for another term as President. Pundits seem sure that a deal is not only on the cards but is done. Some do wonder if it is merely another detraction tactic by the military government, but others argue that it may be a step – even if a tiny one – towards democracy.

But while most have been caught in the ‘Deal or No Deal’ question, we at ATP asked our readers whether such a deal – if made – would be good for Pakistan or not. As many as 654 of our readers spoke. And quite unambiguously.

In response to our question – “What would a benazir-Musharraf Deal Mean for Pakistan?” – as many of 84% (547 votes) of respondents say that it would either make no difference (‘Same old stuff’; 41%, 268 votes) or would actually make things worse (43%, 279 votes). Only 16% (16%, 107 votes) believe that such a deal would actually makes things better.

The result is surprising in how stark, clear and unambiguous it is. This is unusual for ATP Polls which have usually tend to show a divided viewpoint. The one exception had been the Poll on Chief Justice issue. Most other Polls – on ‘Grading General Musharraf‘, on ‘Who did the Most Good for Pakistan‘, on ‘What Gen. Musharraf Should Do about his Uniform‘ – had yielded rather divided views.

So, what is going on here? Why this sudden unanimity amongst our readers who tend not to be in such agreement on most issues?

Could it be just a high level of cynicism? Or is it that our readers tend to be more urban and come from cohorts that have tended not to be major BB supporters? Or – as some have said – those who come here are from a so-called ‘drawing room’ class? Or is it that our readers have a better sense of the pulse of the nation that political pundits do?

39 responses to “ATP Poll Results: The Benazir-Musharraf Deal”

  1. imtiaz says:

    bush,mush and pinky.
    perfect sandwich
    i cry for those who lost their life for nothing. in any muslim country today’s democracy is not possible.
    Go back to Hazrate Ummar (ra).
    That concept is required.

  2. Ahson Hasan says:

    I fail to understand as to why the contents of the deal are not being revealed to the people of Pakistan. The deal will ultimately effect the teeming millions who are, in any event, sick and tired of Musharraf, his corrupt generals and, of course, the wretched politicians that he has gathered around him. Why would the nation not get to know what is going on between Benazir and Musharraf is a question that begs for an answer? What is the rationale of the secret parleys that are going on for months now?

    All things considered, whereas Musharraf is an insecure, power hungry overgrown baby who perhaps wants everything and doesn’t want to let go of anything. Benazir, on the other hand, is a hopeless, greedy feudal who is ever-ready to put at stake the national interests for the sake of her own petty and parochial interests. Her recent statements are a clear testimony of this contention.

    Musharraf’s appointment of General Kiyani is yet step toward securing the walls of his dictatorship. Kiyani has been his closest ally for years now and it is believed that he shall remain so even if Musharraf does finally doff his uniform. On the other hand, things can change abruptly as well and tables can be turned

  3. Azfar Saeed says:

    http://www.despardes.com/articles/sep06/20060908-b b-hameed.htm

    Was interested to read about Mohtarma Bee Bee Sahiba in the above article.

  4. sonia says:

    HELLO BENAZIR HOW ARE YOU.DEAl Musharraf see naine awam se deal hai
    PRIME MINISTERS:BENAZIR PAKISTAN JALDI AJAWO
    AWAM TERE SAATH HAI.PAKISTAN SAB KAA HAI.GENERAL KARNAL KAA NAHINE HAI.PAKISTAN JINNAH KAA HAI.HUM SUB EAK HAIN…
    PRIME MINISTERS:BENAZIR PAKISTAN APP KAA HAI.MERA NAHINE HAI.
    GENERAL PERVAIZ MUSHARRAF OUR APP PRIME MINISTERS MUSHARRAF PRSEDENT HAI.INSHALLAHA PERVAIZ PRSIDENT HAI OUR APP PRIME MINISTERS HO.APP JALDI AJWOE.ALTAF HUSSAIN UNAR BE PPP KAA JALDI HOJAHIGE.
    OK
    MEHTRAMA BENAZIR BHUTO SISTER
    BY
    KHUDA HAFIZE

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