US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the United States is encouraging Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to work more closely with moderates, including former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Rice, speaking at a US congressional hearing, said the United States hopes "that there will be an effort of all moderates to be prepared for fully democratic elections to take place in the parliament in December, so that Pakistan can take that next step toward a more stable democratic environment."
Fears about Pakistan's stability were raised last week when a suicide attack on Bhutto during her homecoming parade in Karachi killed 136 people.
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