Pakistan elections still on

AP/Washington Times:

The government said it plans to go ahead with Jan. 8 parliamentary elections, even as the deadliest wave of political violence in years swept the nation after the funeral of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

"Right now, the elections stand where they were," Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro told reporters. "We will consult all the political parties to take any decision about it."

But it was not clear how anyone could campaign in the final 11 days before the balloting with Bhutto supporters rampaging through cities in violence that has left at least 27 dead.


Not clear? Oh come on. This is a golden opportunity for Bhutto's PPP to win a huge victory if they play on the emotions generated by her murder. It is also a great opportunity to hand an overwhelming defeat to al Qaeda, because every vote cast in the election will be a vote against al Qaeda which wants no election. Pakistan is making the right move and deserves our support in this effort.


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