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Pakistan toughens on militants

Assassination bids spur tight security before key summit. The latest in a spate of assassination attempts against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has turned the battle of wits between the general and Islamic extremists into a battle for survival. The Christmas Day attack occurred less than two weeks after another attempt on Mr. Musharraf’s life – and just one day after Musharraf announced that he had cemented a deal with hard-line Islamic opponents that would keep him in power until 2007 if he stepped down as military chief. The escalation in attacks is likely to harden the government’s stance against suspected Islamic extremists – and puts security issues squarely at the center of Musharraf’s agenda as Pakistan prepares to host a key South Asian leaders’ summit next week. That gathering is seen as an opportunity for Musharraf to build on recent peace overtures with rival India’s prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee – something that has angered extremists. Full Story

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