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In Islamabad on Wednesday, Mr. Boucher told reporters that the new government should stop squabbling over political conflicts such as the fate of Mr. Musharraf and deal with terrorism and other real issues. The government is pressing forward with a new campaign against Islamist extremist groups operating in the tribal lands along the Afghan border.

“Frankly, President Musharraf is not the issue right now,” Mr. Boucher said. “The problem Pakistani people face is the danger of bombings, suicide bombers and rising food prices.”

cThis article is based in part on wire service reports.