Pakistan: The World's Toughest Job

Musharraf risks his life and his country by siding with the West against extremism. Can he survive?

If ruling coup-prone Pakistan is perilous in the best of times, consider the current plight of Pervez Musharraf. The general who seized power exactly two years ago to domestic acclaim now sees his effigy burned in the streets. The self-appointed President who favored the Taliban has turned his back on a Muslim neighbor. The military ruler shunned by the West has cast his lot with Washington. After two years of mollycoddling religious extremists, he has vowed to move "swiftly and firmly" if they protest his new policies too violently. Now he must navigate a country with enough enriched uranium for 50...

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