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Careful wishing on Pakistan

November 23, 2007

Viola Herms Drath
November 23, 2007

Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte flew to Islamabad to read Gen. Pervez Musharraf the riot act: End the state of emergency, restore the democratic process by parliamentary elections in January, shed the uniform — or else.

What to do about Pakistan, a nuclear power in political turmoil over the rise of Islamist extremism and terrorism? After all, the postcolonial power held together by its army has been an indispensable ally in Washington’s worldwide war against militant Islam. But lately, Pakistan’s embattled President Pervez Musharraf seems to be losing his grip in fighting the Taliban, al Qaeda and local terrorists in the country’s crucial lawless northwestern region bordering on troubled Afghanistan.

Evidence that terrorist recruits from Western Europe and the Middle East are trained there and, even more importantly, that NATO’s ….

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