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Election Returns Pakistan from Military to Civilian Rule

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In parliamentary elections, voters have repudiated President Pervez Musharraf by giving two opposition parties control of Pakistan's National Assembly. Musharraf told visiting US Senators today he accepts his party's resounding defeat in today's elections. Despite fears of vote-rigging and violence, international observers say the success of two opposition parties accurately reflects the will of the voters. Can Musharraf, an American ally, hold on to his job?  What about Islamic extremists, the war on terror and control of nuclear weapons? We hear about the future of that country and relations with the US.

Credits

Guests:
Rasul Baksh Rais - Director of the Area Studies Center, Quaid-i-Azam University, Graham Usher - Freelance journalist, Rahimullah Yusufzai - Executive Editor, The News International, Ayesha Siddiqa - Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner, Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis