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WashPost: Pakistan's Critical Hour

Author: Ahmed Rashid, Journalist and Author, Lahore
May 5, 2009

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Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid argues that the speed and condition by which the United States provides emergency aid to Pakistan will affect how successful the Pakistanis are in combatting the Taliban encroachment.

Excerpt: Pakistan is on the brink of chaos, and Congress is in a critical position: U.S. lawmakers can hasten that fateful process, halt it or even help turn things around. The speed and conditions with which Congress provides emergency aid to Islamabad will affect the Pakistani government and army's ability and will to resist the Taliban onslaught. It will also affect America's image in Pakistan and the region. Pakistanis are looking for evidence of the long-term U.S. commitment about which President Obama has spoken.

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