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By prospect   September 2008

Musharraf, our son of a bitch

President Musharraf’s exit had become inevitable, but in recent months Pakistan has become considerably more volatile. Now that his relatively benign dictatorship has come to an end, it risks becoming even more so, writes Kishwer Falkner. We will miss him.

Of particular concern to the west is the increasing Talibanisation of Pakistan’s border regions, where al Qaeda is also now well established. This is bad news for Nato’s effort to stabilise Afghanistan. And Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) is once again suspected of giving covert support to radical Islamists. In western intelligence circles, it…

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