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The elation on the face of Asif Ali Zardari was not hard to explain. Dressed in one of his many tailored pin-striped suits and flashing his trademark teeth-baring smile, he had come to Islamabad's vast and ornate presidential palace to be sworn in as Pakistan's head of state - an event quite unthinkable just nine months ago, when Zardari languished in exile after years in prison on corruption charges.
WASHINGTON (AFP) — President George W. Bush said Tuesday he has pledged "full support" to Pakistan's new President Asif Ali Zardari in the fight against extremists while insisting Pakistan had responsibilities in the fight too. Bush said that in a telephone call to Zardari Tuesday morning, "I pledged the full support of America's government as Pakistan takes the fight to the terrorists and extremists in the border regions."