June 28, 2008

WHAT CHOICE DID THEY HAVE BUT TO SHIFT?:

Pakistani city under threat of militant takeover: Security increases around Peshawar as Islamic extremists mass at outskirts of strategic provincial capital close to Afghan border (SAEED SHAH, June 28, 2008, The Globe and Mail)

Security around Peshawar, the provincial capital in northwest Pakistan, has been dramatically stepped up amid fears that the city could fall to heavily armed Islamic militants who have now massed around its outskirts.

From three sides, Peshawar, which borders Pakistan's wild tribal belt, is menaced by Taliban groups and other warlords.

If Peshawar is taken over by extremists, the rest of the North West Frontier Province is also threatened, raising the possibility that religious fundamentalists may gain control of a state on Afghanistan's border. The drama in Peshawar reinforces existing doubts about the new Pakistani government's policy of pulling back the army and seeking peace deals with militants.


Pakistan launches offensive against Taliban (The Associated Press, June 28, 2008)
Pakistani forces blew up a militant leader's headquarters and pounded other suspected Taliban bases with mortar fire Saturday, as authorities launched a major offensive against gunmen operating in the volatile region along the Afghan border.

The offensive in the Khyber tribal region appeared a shift in strategy by Pakistan's new government, backing its calls for peace deals in the tribal areas with the threat of forceful action against militants who get out of line.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2008 5:18 PM
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