In spite of this chilling power struggle going on in a destabilized hive of Islamic extremists where there most certainly are nuclear weapons and, likely, the location of Osama Bin Laden's hideout, today President Bush stressed the importance of fighting in Iraq to American security.
Pakistani opposition leaders cranked up pressure on President Pervez Musharraf on Monday, after doubts were cast over his re-election plans by the Supreme Court's reinstatement of a judge seen as a symbol of resistance.
The head of the opposition Islamist alliance resigned from the National Assembly in protest against "one man rule," marking a decisive break in the so-called military-mullah alliance that had helped General Musharraf consolidate power after taking over in a coup eight years ago.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed said the gap between the people and army had been widened by military operations in trouble spots round the country, including the siege and storming of Islamabad's Red Mosque earlier this month to crush a Taliban style movement.(more)
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