South Asia Monitor: Pakistan: Economic and Security Progress and Political Stagnation - May 3, 2005
May 3, 2005
Washington’s March 25 decision to allow the sale of F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan and President Pervez Musharraf’s April visit to India capped a year of economic progress and greater political tranquility in Pakistan. Musharraf remains army chief and has kept tight control of the political system. With national elections two years away, he is working on political deals to guarantee his reelection. The India-Pakistan peace process will continue, though real settlement negotiations will require more policy changes than either side has been willing to make thus far. Pakistan’s long-term domestic challenge is still there: to rebuild institutions and deal with extremists who flout the government’s authority.