Though hailed by the Bush administration as a new democratic ally in the “war on terror,” Pakistan’s new president, Asif Ali Zardari, quietly has kept in place much of the dictatorial framework of Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
Washington’s tolerance toward Zardari’s hesitancy to shift back toward a more open democratic system reflects the Bush administration’s continued emphasis on its “war on terror” priorities. But Zardari’s approach could contribute to deeper divisions inside Pakistan’s fragile political order.
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Scholar Tariq Khan discusses the troubling political realities inside nuclear-armed Pakistan.
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