During a meeting today with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari at the White House, President Obama said "he is looking forward to visiting Pakistan later this year," the White House announced a few minutes ago.In a statement, the White House also said that the two leaders' "discussion focused on ou
For now, at least, dire predictions of a collapse have been proved wrong (as we thought might happen):"The second-largest member of Pakistan's ruling coalition reversed its decision to join the opposition Friday, averting the potential collapse of the government in this nuclear-armed nation," the
Already deep into yet another of its recurring political crises, Pakistan was rocked today by the "most high-profile assassination of a political figure [there] since the slaying of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December of 2007."The victim: Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer.
In trying to make some sense out of the news from Pakistan about the crisis in the government's ruling coalition, here are a couple important lines:-- "The shift in the political landscape is not expected to lead to a collapse of the fragile government."