End of a Beginning

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EXIT STRATEGY: Musharraf resigned rather than face impeachment

As a Pakistani, pleased though I am by Pervez Musharraf's resignation as President, I cannot but fear that this week's celebrations could prove to be short-lived. Yes, his departure will make Pakistan more democratic and was long overdue. But it will not in itself cure the myriad ills facing the country.

Musharraf's legacy is a mixed one. Like many Pakistanis, I was appalled when he seized control of Pakistan in 1999. Pakistan had stagnated in the 1990s under the bickering and incompetent elected governments of Benazir Bhutto and her rival Nawaz Sharif....

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