US officials press Pakistan on free elections

Top US diplomats are visiting Pakistan this week for talks with key anti-terror ally President Pervez Musharraf on holding free and fair elections due later this year, officials said Thursday. US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher were expected to steer clear of a political crisis over the suspension of Pakistan’s top judge. But Boucher — who on Wednesday met Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri and members of Pakistan’s election commission — said the United States wanted the upcoming general election to be fully democratic. Full Story

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