Political Turmoil In Pakistan
September 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.
September 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 14, 2008 Not long ago, visitors from far and wide flocked to the sumptuous Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan. But these days, Swat — once seen as the 'Switzerland of Asia' — stands on the front line of a conflict between the Taliban and the Pakistani government's security forces.