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A Delicate Balance of Rule for Pakistan's Musharraf

President Pervez Musharraf, a decorated paratrooper, has already survived fierce battles in war and politics. He is now waging the fight of his life. In the last two years, he has forsaken Pakistan’s former Taliban allies, promised to end Islamic militancy, restarted delicate peace talks with India and acknowledged that a national hero ran a global black market in nuclear arms technology. Each risky step has won praise from Washington but drawn criticism from a volatile mix of constituencies at home, including members of the military that is crucial to his hold on power. Nationalists accuse him of selling out Pakistan’s prestige and territorial claims. Mainstream politicians say that despite his promise to crack down on Islamic militants, he has protected those he finds useful. Full Story

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