'Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism, continues to take steps to eliminate religious extremism in the country. But critics are skeptical about his motives and the effectiveness of the crackdown, saying extremism can only be defeated when true democracy is restored to the country. 

President Musharraf says extremist religious forces have become 'the greatest threat' to Pakistan, and they must be defeated.

He has outlawed several militant Islamic groups in recent months, blaming them for attacks on Western and Christian targets in the country. The government has sealed the offices of these banned organizations and has frozen more than 20 bank accounts held by them.'

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Would Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf`s goal of eliminating religious extremism be better served by his resignation?
`Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism, continues to take steps to eliminate religious extremism in the country. But critics are skeptical about his motives and the effectiveness of the crackdown, saying extremism can only be defeated when true democracy is restored to the country.

President Musharraf says extremist religious forces have become `the greatest threat` to Pakistan, and they must be defeated.

He has outlawed several militant Islamic groups in recent months, blaming them for attacks on Western and Christian targets in the country. The government has sealed the offices of these banned organizations and has frozen more than 20 bank accounts held by them.`

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16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/21/03 - 2:10:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
What a surprise? Critics think the only way to solve problems is to get rid of a leader in order to put in one they seem fit who will lead the country as a democracy..... I'm soooooo shocked. (Sound familiar?)
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/21/03 - 3:49:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Thing is, isn't what he's doing a sort of religious extremism? He is being extreme in defending Western Religion and Christianity by attacking Muslim faith, and he says he is targeting the Muslim groups for attacking the Chrsitans...
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/21/03 - 4:34:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah it seems like he is making speachs to placate "overseas" leaders.

Like "eliminating religious extremism" is going to go any way toward eliminates terrorist extremists.

One does not go hand in hand with the other, a fly can't bird but a bird can fly.

Because extremists are religious in a devoutly religious country does not mean that religion is the root cause of terrorism.

Religion in many underdeveloped countries is the root of association, in places where public gatherings are viewed with suspicion it is at legitimate public assemblies that people who are dissatisfied would associate with others.

Because people generally socialize with people of the same relious faction does not mean that people of the same religious faction are all one and the same and all act as with one accord.

16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/21/03 - 4:36:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
What this really means is an opportunity for one religious group to persecute another religious group who are politically opposed to the ruling group, using the excuse of extremism to harass their political opponents and their congregations, while looking to outsiders that they are doing it in order to create a safer world.

It's the same spin the US is using with a different homeland slant.

Attacking the innocent members of the extremists religion, instead of the extremists themselves will create more activity amongst the extremists, resulting in more counter measures that limit the "freedom" of the minority group and justify more expenditure on weapons, while gaining sympathy among the general population who see themselves as being marginalized and discriminated against.

The same deal that is being spun out in Palestine.
The same deal that was spun out in Warsaw and Krakow.

Failing to lie down and die is a criminal offence, punishable by death.

15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/8/04 - 11:20:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
"...critics...saying extremism can only be defeated when true democracy is restored to the country. " Yeah, we're the perfect example of that.



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