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'US repeating mistakes by supporting Musharraf'

"Will America pay the same price in Pak as it is now paying in other hotspots?," Bhutto asked in a newspaper column.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 13:36 IST

Benazir Bhutto has accused US of being "selective" in applying its foreign policy yardsticks and has warned that it it risked repeating past mistakes by supporting a military regime in Pakistan.

Recalling US President George W Bush's inaugural address in January 2005 favouring democracy, social change and human rights, Bhutto said, "the Bush doctrine of making democracy and human rights the centre of attentionof US foreign policy has been selectively applied."

"It is waived at countries like Burma and Syria, but hardly applied to political and religious repression among US allies. And in Pakistan, democracy has been deferred by the US in the face of the military dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf," Bhutto wrote in an article in a newspaper.

"Will America pay the same price in Pakistan as it is now paying in other hotspots?," the leader of the Pakistan People's Party asked.

Noting that the US often chose to ally with authoritarian regimes out of a perceived "strategic interest", the former premier said the "result, though, was often myopic".

"America supported the Shah of Iran without pressing for fundamental reforms. That gave the US cheap oil in the short term and in the long term Ayatollah Khomeini, whose followers are still at loggerheads with Washington."

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 13:36 IST