Half a Step Forward for Pakistan?

While harboring no illusions about the Oct. 10 election, scholar Mahnaz Ispahani dares to hope it'll be a crucial steppingstone

On Oct. 10, voters in Pakistan will head to the polls for their first national elections since General Pervez Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999. The voting is supposed to usher in a new 342-seat Parliament and civilian government led by a Prime Minister. The ballot is important not only for stability in Pakistan and the region but also to the Bush Administration.

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