October 3, 2007

FLYPAPER IN ACTION:

Pakistan's grip on tribal areas is slipping (Hassan Abbas, 10/03/07, Asia Times)

The government of President General Pervez Musharraf faces policy failure in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Taliban forces and their sympathizers are becoming entrenched in the region and are aggressively expanding their influence and operations (especially in Tank, Dera Ismail Khan and Swat Valley in North-West Frontier Province - NWFP).

A lethal combination of Musharraf's political predicament and declining public support, a significant rise in suicide attacks targeting the army, and the reluctance of soldiers in the area to engage tribal gangs militarily, further exacerbates this impasse.

Observing this, many militants associated with local Pakistani jihadi groups have moved to FATA to help their "brothers in arms" and benefit from the sanctuary.


The inability to control the region means Pakistan has no serious claim of sovereignty, rendering it a target rich free-fire zone whenever we decide to clean it out and officially end the WoT.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 3, 2007 10:33 AM
Comments

The best way to dislodge Islamists from local population is to let the locals live under Islamist rule for a while.

Posted by: ic at October 3, 2007 1:21 PM

Then, declare it a sovereign taliban state and attack it.

Posted by: Genecis at October 3, 2007 5:03 PM
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