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Pakistan, today, 60 years after its birth, remains a troubled and tormented land,” he said.

Mr. Fatemi’s own relationship with Gen. Musharraf was also complicated. He served as a top aide to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who Gen. Musharraf overthrew in October 1999. Mr. Fatemi had arrived in Washington on Oct. 7, only five days before the coup, and was recalled on Oct. 17 in a diplomatic shake-up.

However, he continued serving under Gen. Musharraf, retiring in 2004 as ambassador to the European Union.

Aid to Lebanon

The United States this week delivered 80 Humvees to the Lebanese army to help it in the latest conflict with a terrorist militia inspired by al Qaeda, the U.S. Embassy said.

Formally known as High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, they are part of a package of U.S. military equipment and training worth $255 million this year. The aid represents a massive 550 percent increase in military aid since 2006, the embassy said.

“Residents may have seen them already as the [Lebanese Armed Forces] conducts operations to secure the country’s and the Lebanese people’s safety,” the embassy said.

Recently, the Lebanese army killed the second-in-command of a group called Fatah Islam, which has been battling the government since May.

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