`Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism, continues to take steps to eliminate religious extremism in the country. But critics are skeptical about his motives and the effectiveness of the crackdown, saying extremism can only be defeated when true democracy is restored to the country.
President Musharraf says extremist religious forces have become `the greatest threat` to Pakistan, and they must be defeated.
He has outlawed several militant Islamic groups in recent months, blaming them for attacks on Western and Christian targets in the country. The government has sealed the offices of these banned organizations and has frozen more than 20 bank accounts held by them.`