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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Musharraf Plays to His Base

AP reports that- Pakistan President Musharraf has granted a complete pardon to Nuke Khan.: "President Gen. Pervez Musharraf pardoned the father of Pakistan's nuclear program Thursday for giving technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea (news - web sites), heading off a showdown with hardliners. "

"You cannot shield a hero and damage the nation," the president said at a combative and emotional news conference. He wore military camouflage fatigues.

Musharraf also lashed out at fellow Muslim nations Iran and Libya for cooperating with international inspectors and turning over documents on their nuclear programs. "Muslim brothers did not ask us before giving our names," he said. "

This will play well to the both the secular and religious base in Pakistan. I am not so sure how it is playing here in D.C.


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