Pakistan and the Challenge of Islamist Terror: Where To Next?

Posted in Terrorism , Pakistan | 19-Jan-09 | Author: Isaac Kfir| Source: MERIA Journal

This article examines Pakistan's role in the "war on terror" in light of the transition from the Musharraf presidency to that of Zardari. It opens with Musharraf's tenure and proceeds to discuss some of the key challenges faced by the current administration in this respect. On August 18, 2008, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's beleaguered president, resigned from office, allowing the Speaker of Senate, Muhammad Mian Sumroo to assume the position of interim president. What was surprising was not so much Musharraf's decision to step down, but rather how smooth the transition from military to civilian rule was: there was no violence or commotion.