Can This Man Survive?

Two narrow escapes by the President of Pakistan underscore the danger of taking on extremists

Before the presidential motorcade passed through, traffic on the street was blocked off. But the plotters had thought of that. They had parked their two explosives-packed vehicles in advance at separate gas stations on Jhanda Chichi Road in Rawalpindi. As the convoy carrying Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf approached, the suicide drivers sped into action. A guard stepped into the path of one vehicle, costing him his life and causing the assassin's van to crash into a car in the motorcade and instantly explode; within a minute, the other vehicle blew up just yards from Musharraf's armored Mercedes, shattering its windshield. In...

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