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Bush Waives Post-Coup Sanctions Against Pakistan

THE WORLD

March 25, 2004|From Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday waived sanctions on Pakistan imposed after President Pervez Musharraf seized power in a 1999 bloodless coup, rewarding a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism.

The waiver clears the way for Pakistan to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in direct U.S. economic aid. In a written statement, Bush said the sanctions waiver would facilitate the transition to democratic rule in Pakistan and was important to U.S. efforts to fight international terrorism.

Initially shunned by the international community for seizing power, Musharraf moved from near-pariah status to being courted by major world figures when he supported the war on terrorism in neighboring Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

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