This President is a strong defender of freedom and the people of Pakistan, and I appreciate your leadership ... We talked about democracy. The last time I was with the President, he assured me, and assured the people that were listening to the news conference, that there would be free and fair elections in Pakistan in 2007. He renewed that commitment, because he understands that the best way to defeat radicalism and extremism is to give people a chance to participate in the political process of a nation.
-President Bush , with Musharraf, September 22, 2007
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