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US presses democratic reforms in Pakistan

The United States said it expected continued democratic reforms in Pakistan following a clarification by Islamabad over the military role of President Pervez Musharraf.Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, had promised to relinquish as military chief by this December under a deal with the six-party Islamic alliance of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). Pakistan Information Minister Sheikh Rashid had announced on Wednesday that Musharraf would not stand down as army chief but he clarified a day later that he meant to say he hoped the president would retain command of the armed forces.Full Story

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