Musharraf Holds Talks With Jewish Leaders in Islamabad
President Musharraf held talks with the chairman of the American Jewish Congress’s Council for World Jewry recently. The Jewish leader offered support to the embattled Pakistani President last week in Islamabad.
The Daily Times reported:
With the blessing of Washington, Jack Rosen, chairman of the American Jewish Congress’s Council for World Jewry, travelled to Islamabad for a face-to-face meeting with President General Pervez Musharraf, whom he had hailed two years ago as a courageous leader and driving force in Jewish-Muslim dialogue, according to a report in the New York-based Jewish Daily Foward.
The report says that while nearly all major Jewish groups have altogether avoided the issue of Pakistan, Rosen has offered outspoken support for the embattled president. “The real choice we face is not between Musharraf and a return to an effective democratic system, but between Musharraf and the possible collapse of Pakistan,” Rosen wrote in a appearing in this week’s Forward.
Rosen made the trip to Islamabad after consulting the State Department and key members of Congress.” It says, “In addition to President Musharraf, he met General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, as well as ministers and intelligence officials. In his letter to the Forward, he said he also met opposition leaders.” Writes the Forward, “Musharraf is [determined] to take on Islamist networks operating out of Pakistan’s lawless regions bordering Afghanistan.
Musharraf is the first Pakistani leader to meet with the American Jewish Congress and accepted Israeli aid after the devastating earthquakes in 2005. Musharraf also helped push rape law reform in Pakistan.
In October of this year, Israel was the first country to congratulate Musharraf in his election win.