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Bush Waives Export Restrictions on Pakistan


President Bush has waived restrictions on exports to Pakistan, saying it will ease democratic transition and help combat terrorism.

In a memo to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Mr. Bush asked her to inform Congress about the change.

The restrictions automatically apply to countries such as Pakistan, where a democratically elected government was overturned by a military coup.

In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf took power in a bloodless coup in October 1999, named himself president in June 2001, and was elected to a five-year term in a controversial election 10 months later.

After the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks in the United States, Washington passed broad legislation waiving restrictions on U.S. arms exports and military assistance to Pakistan and India.

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