Pervez Musharraf leaves a fractured Pakistan


When Pervez Musharraf seized power in 1999, he was besieged by American demands that his military stop supporting the Taliban in Kabul and help them apprehend Osama bin Laden.

Yesterday, as Musharraf received his last military honour guard as he stood down from the presidency, the government he leaves behind is besieged by American and Nato threats: that the army either helps catch bin Laden, and does more to stop the Taliban’s double offensive in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or faces increased American bombing inside Pakistan.

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