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It seems that a revolt is being staged against Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf. Events during the last few days herald a bloody revolution in Pakistan. Political observers have been presenting different causes of present turmoil in the country.

The main cause of the present crisis in Pakistan is the rampant corruption. Though there are a lot of people in the country, who have been claiming that Musharraf has joined war against terrorism in the US interest, no one can deny the fact that war on terrorism was the demand of the people of Pakistan.

Actually, there are people in the government of President Musharraf, who have been extending support to terrorists. When Musharraf decided to lay hand on them, they have started conspiracy against them.

The present revolt is the handiwork of corrupt officials, who do not want the victory of United States against terrorism. They have been busy in creating the impression that United States has been fighting against Islam. They have been spoiling the brain of youth of soceity.

Most of the tribesmen have been supporting Musharraf in war against terrorism. Presently Musharraf has been encircled by those people, who have been supporting terrorism and terrorists and they are the corrupt politicians and government officials.

According to a news agency report, President Pervez Musharraf's grip on power has been dangerously weakened by the involvement of his political allies in violence that killed dozens of people, analysts said . At least 38 people, most of them opposition workers, have died in clashes which continued on the second day between pro-government and pro-chief justice parties and have turned the streets of Karachi into a battleground.

"I think his (Musharraf's) power is now diminishing rapidly. There is no doubt about it," retired army general and political analyst Talat Masood said. "It was a great blunder, a major mistake of horrendous proportions. It was a sure recipe for confrontation." Masood said the current situation could lead to early elections, but Musharraf was unlikely to be able to retain his position as chief of the huge army. "All actions subsequent to March 9 reflect a sense of insecurity in government ranks leading to a situation where elections could be held ahead of time," Masood said.

Najam Sethi, political commentator and the editor of the Daily Times newspaper, said the violence in Karachi had set the scene for a national confrontation. "The battle lines are now drawn. There is Musharraf and the ruling political party and the MQM on one side and the rest of Pakistan on the other. He is facing the worst period of his rule," Sethi said.

As Karachi was in flames, Musharraf was addressing a rally in Islamabad organised by his cronies to demonstrate public support for the military-led administration. Musharraf has conveyed a message to the chief justice that "we will use the machinery of the state to stop you and you will not be allowed to reach out to people," Sethi said. "It is very depressing. We are more divided as a nation than we were in 1999 when he took over in a coup."

A senior security official who worked in southern Sindh during the late 1990s feared that the current spate of violence in Karachi could hurt the commercial hub and home of the Pakistani stock market as in the past. He said that it was distressing to see that law enforcement agencies did not intervene at all.

Despite the views of these generals and newsmen, there are still a lot of people in the country, who has been supporting General Musharraf as they want that Musharraf may lead the war against terrorism to logical conclusion.

Presently, Musharraf is the person who can defeat terrorism. But he must change his policy and select honest and sincere people to run the affairs of the government. "Corrupt officials should be removed without fearing consequences of this action as this is the only way of winning war against terrorism," some of the tribesmen said.

A leading newspaper in its editorial comment stated that everybody had predicted at the end of 2006 that 2007 would be a tough year for President General Pervez Musharraf. These predictions were made without even venturing a remote guess that he would confront a rather peaceable judiciary and precipitate an unprecedented crisis. Despite the annulment of the privatisation of the Steel Mills by the Supreme Court at the hands of a proactive chief justice of Pakistan, no one had even dreamed that the president would try to get rid of him in the way that he did.

When he tried to axe the chief justice, world opinion was shell-shocked. No one thought that the general would relapse to his pre-Kargil commando persona. In fact, many people thought he was in a temporary retreat after a series of failures experienced on other fronts. Therefore, attempts were made to understand his difficulties and incapacity against the extremists and the Taliban even though there was a general consensus that he was reluctant to prevent the Taliban from attacking across the Durand Line.

Meanwhile, his "deals" in Waziristan were not going so well; in fact they tended to push up the number of cross-border sallies by the Taliban. And when he tried to tame the seminaries that the world accused of incubating suicide-bomber mindsets, he simply lost out in the face of resistance from within his ruling PMLQ party. Still, the world tended to forgive him for failing with the madrassas because it was seen to be a hard task to accomplish given his cohabitation with the MMA.

The madrassa is Islam's version of the phenomenon of the cult groups that creep up in evangelical United States from to time. The pattern of these cult groups is: insulation from society, indoctrination and rejection of society and finally a righteous assault (jihad) on society for its correction.

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