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Musharraf argues case in Europe

The president cast himself as Pakistan's best bet for stability in a nine-day visit.

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A leader challenged: A demonstrator in London on Jan. 26 protested Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's visit.

Toby Melville/Reuters

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It has been only two months since President Pervez Musharraf put his khaki uniform and general's epaulets into storage to be sworn in as Pakistan's civilian president. In light of that, the former commander of Pakistan's military, speaking Jan. 25 at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a London think tank focusing on security issues, asked his audience for understanding.

Mr. Musharraf is finishing a nine-day European tour, his first as a civilian leader. It has included: a well-received appeal for foreign investment at the World Economic Federation in Davos, Switzerland; a statement of support from French President Nicholas Sarkozy in Paris; and in Brussels, a meeting with NATO head Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Today, he will meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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