August 27, 2007


Close aides to Musharraf meet with his opposition (Salman Masood, August 27, 2007, International Herald Tribune)

Close aides to Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, and the chief of the country's intelligence agency are in London to hold talks with Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, the president's two main political opponents, two generally reliable Pakistani newspapers reported Sunday.

The high-level contacts with the two opposition leaders, who are planning to return to Pakistan to take part in elections, come at a time when government officials have said they are starting a dialogue with all the main political parties to seek "national reconciliation" and to ensure a smooth expansion of democracy.

The greater the democratic patina, the more ruthless the government can be in putting down the militants.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2007 12:00 AM
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