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US signals change of policy to support Musharraf

WASHINGTON: The Bush administration’s message to Pakistan’s politicians that “We will work with you, but please keep up the fight against extremists” is seen by many as a major policy shift of Bush unconditional support to President Musharraf. With remarks like that, State Department officials are signaling a willingness to work closely with Pakistan’s two leading parties, both critical of President Pervez Musharraf, a longtime U.S. ally under mounting political pressures at home.

“It’s up to you how you form the government, how you try to help society,” said Richard Boucher, the assistant secretary of state who oversees South Asia policy. “We have talked to all the parties, telling them all, ‘We will work with whoever emerges as the leadership.”Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher (BOW’-chur) said the main U.S. goal is to keep the Taliban and al-Qaida in check.-SANA

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