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Nov
07

Bush sees positive signs in Pakistan

President Bush stepped up praise of Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf Saturday, hailing “positive steps” the general took by promising to lift emergency rule, resign as army chief and hold elections.

Indeed, Bush refused to pointedly criticize Musharraf at a joint news conference here with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, continuing the cautious and measured response he’s embraced in the week since Musharraf imposed the crackdown.

Bush did, however, dodge a question whether Musharraf’s moves, seen by many as an attempt to cling to power, constitute a dangerous distraction from the battle against al-Qaida insurgents.

Speaking after two days of meetings with Merkel, the president said he has confidence in the commitment of Pakistan’s leadership to stick with the U.S. in the fight against global terrorism. “We share a common goal,” Bush said.

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