Pakistan still faces instability

Sunday, August 24, 2008 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

Loory: Under threat of impeachment, the embattled ruler of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, resigned his presidency last week. He said he didn't do anything wrong, but he was leaving office for the good of his country. Musharraf stands accused of weakening Pakistani democracy by suspending its constitution and by firing high court judges who opposed the suspension. When opposition grew too strong, Musharraf resigned his army position and rescheduled a parliamentary election he had postponed. Benazir Bhutto, a former prime minister, was assassinated during the election campaign. Her party and its opponent formed a coalition to organize a government with Musharraf still in the presidency. The Bush administration considered Musharraf a strong ally in the war against al-Qaida and the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. However, supporters in the Pakistani army and the secret service of the two terrorist organizations allowed them to flourish in Pakistan's border areas. What is happening in Islamabad and what progress is being made to put a government together after Musharraf's resignation?