Hillary Clinton expresses reservations over Pak. elections
Washington (PTI): Top Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has said it will be very difficult to have a real election in Pakistan after the assassination of PPP chief Benazir Bhutto.
"I think it will be very difficult to have a real election. You know, Nawaz Sharif has said he's not going to compete. The PPP is in disarray with Benazir's assassination. He (President Pervez Musharraf) could be the only person on the ballot. I don't think that's a real election," Senator Clinton said on ABC News.
Clinton, who has been strongly critical of Musharraf in the aftermath of the assassination of former Pakistan's premier Benazir Bhutto and had called for an international independent investigation, was asked if America is getting to the point back in 1979 when it stood behind the Shah of Iran who did not have the trust of his people.
"That's very possible. We don't know. We know there is a very strong, pro-democracy, anti-Musharraf movement... When you have people demonstrating in the streets who are wearing coats and ties, you know, those are the people we should be standing with," she said.
Clinton who called Musharraf an unreliable ally was asked if he should step down.
"I'm not calling for him to step down. I'm calling for him, number one, to agree with an independent investigation of Bhutto's death. I am calling on him to hold free and fair elections with independent monitors. I believe that it will take a little time to get that ready, because Benazir's party will have to choose a successor leader," the New York Democrat said.