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Pakistan has now joined the ranks of countries hit by one of U.S. President Donald Trump's characteristic tweet storms.Now the U.S. is freezing its aid to the country.Like his saber-rattling toward North Korea or his unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Trump's attacks on Pakistan may play well with his base. If Pakistan stumbles, the consequences will be felt across South Asia and in other parts of the Muslim world, where a functioning political system in Pakistan could serve as a valuable model.Contrary to Trump's accusations, Pakistan has made steady, albeit slow, progress over the last decade, both in combating terrorism and in consolidating democratic institutions.Competitive politics had come to Pakistan.After the PPP's five-year term, the PML(N), led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, won the next general election, while maintaining its hold over Punjab. Pakistan had passed another milestone.That is no small cohort: Some 75 percent of people in Pakistan's large cities are below the age of 25 .
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