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Pervez Musharraf

The president and military strongman of Pakistan discusses the war in Afghanistan, a possible resolution to the Kashmir dispute—and becomes the first leader to back the idea of western governments buying up Afghanistan's poppy crop

By Jonathan Power   March 2007

Pakistan is the hub of the Anglo-American/Nato war against the Taliban and al Qaeda. Britain’s embassy in Islamabad is its largest in the world. And the city is full to the brim with American spies and senior military people. But the truth is that the war in Afghanistan is going badly. The Taliban are gaining the upper hand, funded by proceeds from poppy-growing, which they now encourage in a reverse of the policy pursued when they were in power (back then, it was un-Islamic).

In the course of a wide-ranging, two-hour conversation in his office in the presidential palace, Pervez…

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