Pakistan's Moment of Truth

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CORNERED: Musharraf, center, is facing growing opposition

Last weekend, over 40 people were killed in Karachi in an orgy of murder, arson and looting. This was not unrest as usual in Pakistan. The carnage, which occurred when supporters of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry clashed with members of a political party allied to the President, General Pervez Musharraf, has placed new pressure on Pakistan's leader to find a way out of the vicious cycle of violence in which the nation finds itself.

The root cause of the weekend conflagration goes back two months, when Musharraf suspended Chaudhry and asked the Supreme Judicial Council, which consists of...

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