Pakistan is a pressure cooker

If you have pot and you want to make civil unrest what do you put into your pot? Start with a country that has a long history of ethnic tensions and add a dictatorial general, Pervez Musharraf then you need to add some spices – Benazir Bhutto plus Muslim extremists. Oh, and then for your special ingredient add a dash of Nawar Sharif.

BTW, what is the Bush administration doing to keep a lid on this pressure cooker?

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From MSNBC:

Exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned home to a hero’s welcome Sunday and called on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule before elections, a fresh challenge to the U.S.-backed leader.

“These (emergency) conditions are not conducive to free and fair elections,” Sharif told reporters at the airport after arriving from Saudi Arabia. “I think the constitution of Pakistan should be restored, and there should be rule of law.”

Sharif, the head of one of the country’s main opposition parties, said he had not negotiated his return with Musharraf, who overthrew him in a 1999 coup, and expelled him when he first tried come back to Pakistan this year. (more…)