Can Sherry Rehman fix Pakistan-U.S. relations?
November 23rd, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Can Sherry Rehman fix Pakistan-U.S. relations?

By CNN's Reza Sayah in Islamabad

The Pakistani government has appointed Sherry Rehman, one of its most liberal female lawmakers and staunch supporters of human rights, as the next ambassador to the United States.

The longtime member of Pakistan's ruling People's Party was a confidant of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. When militants assassinated Bhutto in 2007, Rehman was part of the convoy that was attacked, riding several cars behind her.

Rehman took a stand in 2009 against her own political party when she resigned her post as information minister after the government banned a private television channel that had been critical of government policy.

The former journalist openly expressed her liberal views in this conservative society until she received death threats in 2010. The threats came after she proposed a bill to protect minorities by amending Pakistan¹s controversial blasphemy laws.

She withdrew the bill and seemed to keep a much lower profile when it became clear that other rights activists were not willing to support her against hardline religious groups who deemed any change to Pakistan's blasphemy laws as an attack on Islam.

Rehman replaces Pakistan¹s former Ambassador to Washington, Hussain Haqqani, who resigned amid alleged links to a secret plot to cut back the powers of Pakistan's military leaders.

It is widely believed that the scandal so incensed the military brass that they wanted Haqqani out.

His resignation underscored the power of Pakistan's security establishment and reinforced the perception that it's the military leaders who call the shots, not the civilian government.

However, Rehman has never been viewed as being close to the Pakistani Army and her appointment suggests the military had little to do with her selection.

Rehman will face the immediate challenge of boosting the civilian government's ailing credibility in the eyes of Washington politicians and the US media.

But perhaps her most critical mission is to sell Pakistan as a reliable ally in the fight against militancy and a deserving recipient of billions of dollars in US aid, at a time when Washington is also fast losing trust in Islamabad.

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  1. 20th Stryker Soldier

    She might have a nice pussy, but I say ATTACK and KILL all the Pakastani Muslims. To my CO, I await my orders to go in.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  2. PAK IS SATAN

    pakistan hide obl

    pakistan sold there cricket to indian bookies

    pakistan sell there women to arabs and indian for money

    pakistan sold there land to china and pple to america

    pakistan currency and gdp is lower then somalia

    pakistan attacked india 4 times and lost half the country and every war

    whats worng with these pple

    November 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  3. PAK IS SATAN

    country who is more worried about fixing text messeges the feeding poor kids or there education or stoping terrorism

    cant ever make progress ...

    these pple marry thier siblings ,, rape there sisters .. and fvk donkeys

    November 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  4. AB

    Both Islam and Hindu religions along with the christian and jewish religions are cults when are you ignorant people going to wake up to the fact that religion, along with greed and lust for controlling power has been the driving force of strife and conflict in the world for the past 3000 + years. the church, clerics ( not the jews they like education, and no I am not a jew) like to keep the common man stupid and controlled by their religious rules and lies. All orginized religion should be banned.

    By the way the thing about the emotional attachments to Goats was quite funny.

    November 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  5. krm1007

    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN,
    Land that we love.
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Thru the night with a light from above.
    From Kashmir to Karachi and onto New Delhi,
    And to the oceans, white with foam
    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN, the home of the brave.

    November 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Papa Kayani

      LOL..

      Pak today can't control Karachi or Kashmir... getting to New Delhi is a long-forgotten dream!!

      What are you smoking?

      November 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • PAK IS SATAN

      PAK FOOD COMES FROM INDIA
      MONEY COMES FROM USA
      WATER COMES FROM INDIA
      MEDICNES COMES FROM INDIA
      WEAPONS COMES FROM CHINA

      INDIA JUST DONATED 200 MILLION WORTH OF FREE FOOD TO STARVING PAKISTANIES

      DIL DIL PAKISTAN HAHAHAH JOKE

      November 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  6. rk from US

    the mullahs in pak thougth a women beggar is better than a male beggar...afterall she will be in USA to beg ..right????

    November 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  7. Ghante wala

    pakies dropped their salwaars 4 times in front of Indians ... they attack at night and run in morning lol

    i wonder their tampons come fix in there lil salwaars ..

    November 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  8. PAK is SATAn

    Pakistans

    water comes from India
    food from India and uno
    weapons from china
    money from usa

    what a begger enuch nation we got as neighbour

    November 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

      The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

      November 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply
      • PAK IS SATAN

        yawn .. you know the truth you pple are doomed .. India always will be ur abbu

        November 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  9. Proud ahamadi

    whats diff between paki boy and man??

    paki boys raise goats ... paki men get emotionally and sexually involved

    November 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

      The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime

      November 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  10. mia ghantewala

    Pakies used to hide their women ..... now they hide behind their women ..

    shame on this disgusting nation ... sending dudes dressed in womens clothes to states

    November 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      LIPSTICK ON A COW: Making India (Hindustan) look pretty

      There is so much one can do to make an ugly country look good.
      But whatever you do in case of India is analogous to spattering some cheap lipstick on a cow.
      Now one may not want to kiss this cow but sure would love some steaks!!

      November 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Reply
      • rk from US

        don't miss your appointment with the shrink.....see now you are getting worse....did'nt your shrink advise you that kids from failed states should not comment on rising powers like India?.....pl make sure you take all medications on time...sooo sad....hahahaha

        November 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  11. mia ghantewala

    She cant even fix that mole or mustache on her face

    November 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  12. Mashraf

    It would be wise for US to stick with Pakistan Military and not some one who will suck up to the West for favours!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  13. juninho

    @krm1007: you sound as if Pakistan is the superpower and not the failed state it really is... the US can have it both ways with Pak simply because it CAN...

    November 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.

      With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, english speaking, entrepreneurial, a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

      November 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Reply
      • PAK IS SATAN

        HAHAH STILL PPLE DONT EVEN WANA BARF ON UR COUNTRY ONLY WANNA SHOOT CUM AND DRONES ..

        HAHAHAHAHAHHA

        November 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  14. krm1007

    It is all about whether USA is a good ally of Pakistanis...not the other way around. Listen to the polls. In the past USA has not been trustworthy.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • rk from US

      poor chap..??? were you abused as a child...???? even you dont beleive the crap you type...your head wires are all burnt out..pl get yourself checked....hahahahah

      November 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
      • krm1007

        NEW YORK: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination.
        “Kashmir is one of the most protracted and bloody occupations in the world — and one of the most ignored,” she told a large audience at the Asia Society during a discussion on “Kashmir — a case for freedom”.
        Under the Indian military rule in Kashmir, Ms Roy said, freedom of speech was non-existent and human rights abuses were routine. Elections were rigged and the press controlled.
        She said the lives of Kashmiris were made miserable by gun-totting security personnel who harassed and terrorised people with impunity, adding that disappearances were almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture. Mass graves have been discovered and the conscience of the world remains unstirred……
        The apathy towards Kashmir, especially in the western world, Ms Roy said, was because of their pursuit of commercial interests in India where they were more eager to “sell their goods than human rights”……..

        November 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm |

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