Political Turmoil In Pakistan
Sep 5, 2008 — Pervez Musharraf's resignation introduced uncertainty, and U.S. officials say al-Qaida is seeking to strengthen its presence in the country. Meanwhile, Pakistan looks likely to pick Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, as its next president.
Sep 3, 2008 — Asif Ali Zardari spent more than a decade in Pakistani prisons on charges ranging from corruption to murder. Now, the widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is running for president.
Aug 25, 2008 — Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday pulled his party out of the ruling coalition. The main party in the coalition, the Pakistan People's Party, will have to scramble to hold the government together.
Aug 23, 2008 — Asif Ali Zardari succeeded his late wife Benazir Bhutto as the head of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Now, he's in the running to become Pakistan's president, following the resignation of Pervez Musharraf.
Aug 18, 2008 — Pervez Musharraf's departure leaves the Bush administration without the man it once praised as an "indispensable" partner in the war against terrorism. Many analysts say it's time for the U.S. to adopt a Pakistan policy that's geared to the country and not to a single leader.
Aug 18, 2008 — The Bush administration loses an ally in its war on terrorism. Musharraf's own future is unclear; after surviving repeated assassination attempts as president, he may now have to go into exile for his own safety.
Aug 19, 2008 — Political leaders in Pakistan are looking for a new president. Pervez Musharraf stepped down Monday to avoid being impeached. The Bush administration — which saw Musharraf as an important ally — is watching the search for a replacement closely. On the streets of Pakistan's cities, though, reaction to his departure is mixed.
Aug 19, 2008 — Pakistan's outgoing President Pervez Musharraf was a close U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida. But critics say the Bush administration relied on him too much, and that he didn't do enough to rein in the Taliban. With Musharraf out, Pakistan is expected to concentrate on preventing extremism inside Pakistan rather than across the border.
Aug 18, 2008 — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a close ally of the U.S. in a volatile region, resigned Monday in a televised address amid impeachment charges he had vowed to fight. His allies at home were fast fading away, and he was under pressure at home and abroad to quit.
Aug 18, 2008 — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced Monday that he is resigning rather than face impeachment. Musharraf dominated Pakistan for years after seizing power in a 1999 military coup. Pakistani journalist Fasi Zaka says Musharraf's allies had been largely mum on whether they'd support him in fighting impeachment.