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Praise for new Pakistan president

October 10, 2008

Re "Is Pakistan's new president up to the job?" Sept. 29

This article is an unfortunate, biased attack on President Asif Ali Zardari. Zardari held the Pakistani nation together after the assassination of his wife, Benazir Bhutto, on Dec. 27, 2007. He pacified people's rage and led the Pakistan People's Party into elections. After peacefully causing the end of Gen. Pervez Musharraf's dictatorship with the help of a broad-based coalition, Zardari won an overwhelming two-thirds victory as president, completing a restoration of democracy that few believed possible.

It has not been an easy road for Zardari. He was unjustly imprisoned for 11 years, but never convicted, under a judicial system manipulated and controlled by the forces of dictatorship. He is now leading Pakistan in a multifaceted strategy in fighting the war against terrorism, which he has described repeatedly as Pakistan's own war. Pakistan is blessed with a strong new leader who will not acquiesce to the forces that breed poverty or terrorism.

Farahnaz Ispahani

Islamabad

The writer is spokesperson for the Pakistan People's Party.

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