Among the Believers

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BATTLE LINE: Armed students belonging to the Red Mosque’s madrasah fire at Pakistani forces besieging their Islamabad complex on July 3

Pakistan's President, General Pervez Musharraf, is stumbling from crisis to crisis. His standoff with the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, has galvanized the middle class against his regime. Doubts are growing about his ability to root out al-Qaeda and Taliban militants on Pakistani soil, in the West as well as at home. (On June 4, Pakistan's Interior Ministry issued a report saying the military was losing the fight against extremists.) And, perhaps most dangerously for him, Musharraf faces growing opposition from conservative Pakistanis unhappy with the country's pace of Islamization and his alliance with U.S. President George W....

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