Arif Rafiq of The Pakistan Policy Blog is a policy and communications consultant based in New York and the author of the upcoming independent report “Pakistan: The Way Forward.”
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On Saturday, a group of less than 500 politicians annointed Asif Ali Zardari as the next president of Pakistan. It was less the victory of democracy, and more that of small-minded elites.
These politicians have bandwagoned around Zardari — a man bankrupt of achievement, aptitude, moral rectitude, and public esteem, blamed by many for the downfall of his wife’s political career during the 1990s, effectively separated/estranged from her and indifferent to politics a year and a half back and now the inheritor of her checkered legacy.
They have lavished Zardari with undeserved platitudes and legitimacy.
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