Robert Crawford wrote in to respond to my … well, it wasn’t a claim, let’s call it wishful thinking that General Musharraf is a secular leader:
As I understand it, Pakistan is essentially an Islamist state. Article 2 of its constitution ([here]) says “Islam shall be the State religion of Pakistan”. Also, look at “The Objectives Resolution”:
While Musharraf’s coup suspended some of the Constitution, his “Provisional Constitutional Order No. 1” specifically exempts the Islamist parts of the Constitution from exemption: [see here]
Musharraf’s not a secularist holding out against the fanatics; he’s just a more pragmatic fanatic.
Mmmmm. You’re not brightening my day here, Robert…
Update (Wednesday): Robert has a blog, here.