Pakistan: Between Rocks and Hard Places as Elections Approach


Toufiq Siddiqi

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 11


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: February 15, 2008
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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No election in Pakistan's history has been followed so closely worldwide as that scheduled for February 18, 2008. There are three main reasons for this: the strategic role of Pakistan in support of U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban; concerns over Pakistan's nuclear weapons falling into the hands of extremist Islamist groups; and the recent assassination of former Prime Minister and Leader of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Benazir Bhutto. Dr. Toufiq Siddiqi highlights some of the challenges facing U.S.-Pakistan relations in light of the upcoming elections and suggests that whoever emerges victorious after the 18th will be forced to address a litany of critical domestic issues that will dictate the survival of the new government.

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