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Season 2008 Episode 0305

Pakistan's Democracy Derailed

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Pakistan's Democracy Derailed a conversation with Ahmad Faruqui. Will Pakistan implode, taking with it nuclear armed missiles? This time there is no search for weapons of mass destruction Iraq style. In this case they have been tested, then hidden. Pakistan's leader at the time of the 1947 partition with India hoped for a secular democracy.Instead we find a military dictatorship with an out-of-control intelligence service that U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson used to arm Afghan 'freedom fighters' that included the Taliban. Along with its ally al-Qaeda, the Taliban has regrouped in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier. With the recent assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the chance of President Musharraf staying in power, even out of Army uniform, is not good.Does democracy stand a chance? If not, what does this mean for U.S. policy toward this critical ally in South Asia? - USF Center for the Pacific Rimmoreless

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