The victors in the Pakistan elections favor negotiations with al-Qaeda and the Taliban over military confrontation, reports the New York Times. “We will have a dialogue with those who are up in the mountains,” said Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. “We want to take all those along who are working against Pakistan.”
Zardari said leaders from his Pakistan People's Party would seek talks with the militants in tribal areas along the Afghan border, where the Taliban and al-Qaeda have strongholds, and with nationalist militants in Baluchistan Province. He also said leaders plan to restore freedom to the media and independence to the judiciary. Zardari is trying to form a coalition government with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif after resounding parliamentary wins by the two oppostion parties, leaving the future of President Pervez Musharraf in doubt.