South Asia Monitor: Pakistan a Year Later - October 01, 2000
October 1, 2000
As General Pervez Musharraf approaches his first anniversary as Pakistan's Chief Executive, the three issues to watch are economic management, his relations with domestic political forces, and policy toward Kashmir and India. The scorecard is mixed. An IMF financial stabilization package seems likely by the end of the year. His devolution plan aims to reshape local elected institutions, but meaningful change will take longer than the three year timetable the courts have set. His cautious posture toward Islamic parties raises questions about his willingness to rein them in. No breakthrough with India is in sight. Dealing with Pakistan's crumbling institutions and other deep-seated problems is a long-term enterprise.