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Will Hillary’s Islamist Snag in Pakistan, Light the Fire of Revolution?

Posted on February 13 2011 12:45 am
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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The Washington Post (WP) reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “postponing talks” in Pakistan due to “political changes.” The New York Times indicates that Pakistani officials are being pressured by “right-wing religous groups.” The reality is that Islamists in Pakistan aren’t interested in warm and fuzzy “It Takes a Village,” “global family” diplomacy. They simply want an American, in this case Raymond Davis, to be hanged, and if the political left in Pakistan gets its way, the issue may just be the spark that helps them to light the fire of revolution in Pakistan. As political leftists in America like to say, “Never waste a crisis.”

Raymond Davis, an American citizen who works for the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, killed two men who he claims were attempting to rob him. He is being held for what one Pakistani official calls “intentional and cold-blooded murder.” The White House, most notably Clinton, have been trying to secure Davis’ release by arguing that he has diplomatic immunity from prosecution, but this is not sitting well due to the “political changes” (WP) brought about by the “right-wing religious groups” (NYT), if you read American leftist media. If you read Pakistani media, however, it’s a different story. We are being warned of another “Egypt” in the making.

After marathon sessions Islamabad made it clear to the US authorities directly or through American officials that it was not possible for it to release Davis because of several reasons: The Islamic forces have bettered their ranks and have shown their muscles in recent past. They have launched a movement against the government on blasphemy law and the movement was so vigorous that a guard of the Punjab governor killed him. The federal government conveyed to Washington that due to the Islamists movement they have lost their governor Salmaan Taseer and cannot afford their becoming forceful at the movement as the anti-American sentiments are high and religious parties can get benefit of it and bring the masses on streets.

Islamabad feared a Tunisia and Egypt like situation and conveyed to Washington that release of Raymond Davis can create conducive atmosphere for the fundamentalists.

Next: The Political Left in Pakistan Joins With Islamists, Pushes for Revolution

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