Feb 1, 2008

NY Times Editorial: Military to Civilian Rule

Pakistani P.R.
Published: February 1, 2008

Successfully moving Pakistan from military rule to civilian-run democracy is essential to combating extremism.

His government has also unfairly limited election observers. Hopes that the balloting could be credible were further undermined when the International Republican Institute, the only American group planning to monitor the election, canceled its plans over concerns about possible suicide bombings and other violence.

The army, now under a less-politicized general, must make good on a promise not to interfere in the election.

If Mr. Musharraf’s commitment were more sincere, he might figure out a way to take advantage of recent American offers to expand military and intelligence cooperation. Read full editorial

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