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Pakistan’s Musharraf faces US pressure

November 17, 2007

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG, Associated Press Writer  

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan‘s military ruler faced intense U.S. pressure Saturday to end emergency rule and restore democracy, with Washington’s No. 2 diplomat personally delivering what many here see as a sharp warning from a once staunch ally.

Whether President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was ready to listen was the question. He says the two-week long emergency — which has seen opponents jailed, judges purged and independent TV stations muffled — is needed to hold a peaceful vote in the country beset by an increasingly potent Islamic insurgency.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte’s trip was seen as a last best chance to persuade him and avoid political turmoil in Pakistan, a key front in the war on terror. The diplomat was expected to make his only public comment at a news conference scheduled for early Sunday, just ahead of his departure.

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