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U.S.-Pakistan Policy After Bhutto


U.S.-Pakistan Policy After Bhutto

The assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister and iconic opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, and the ensuing violence (NYT) there threatens the stability and the political future of the country. The United States had hoped for a deal between Bhutto and Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, expecting that her return to power would lend legitimacy to Musharraf’s increasingly unpopular government. That plan died with Bhutto, and calls from President Bush for Pakistan to go ahead with a January 8 election also fell short, with the electoral commission announcing the vote will be delayed until February 18 (AP).


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