Discussion in 'Asia' started by Toro, Apr 14, 2009.
Pakistani Taliban begin imposing rule in new area | Reuters
Time to arm more UAVs
Not surprised, I predicted this several months ago. With the increased foreign troop presence in Afghanistan, the Taliban is trying to regroup in South-Eastern Pakistan. And because the Pakistani government can't even control their country, and because the Pakistani economy is in turmoil; Pakistanis are being influenced more by the Taliban who are promising to protect them/avenge them for the Missile strikes ( that do kill civilains ) and fight against the western-influenced government.
Hey, Phate! You should dump that crystal ball you're using for your predictions. It's giving you false information. The tribal areas that are home to the Taliban and their militant allies is to the north west of Pakistan, not the south east!
The Pak government has signed deals with militants in the tribal areas on three previous occasions - 2004, 2006 and 2007. All of these deals came to nothing. Neither will this current deal. Five years after Pakistan launched its first military operation against the Taliban in South Waziristan tribal district, the Taliban is gaining strength. So far, military operations, government-sponsored peace deals, and uprisings by Pashtun lashkars or tribal militias have all failed to stop the Taliban onslaught.
The Taliban, of course, have an ultimate objective of toppling the Pakistan government and applying their twisted version of Islam over the whole country. For now, they are content to concentrate on expanding their influence throughout the Pashtun border regions and to the whole of the Northwest Frontier Province. Anyone who stands in their way will be killed. The thousands already killed over the past five years is testament to that.
In the areas where the Taliban are already firmly entrenched they are using their military strength to establish their own courts and prison systems, raise taxes and curtail education. So, a parallel system of government has already been put in place. We are now seeing the beginning of the spread of the Taliban sytem to other areas such as Hangu and Bannu.
This is the beginning of what some see as the wider disintigration of Pakistan. A situation that would threaten the security of its nuclear arsenal, Afghanistan, India, the Persian Gulf and Central Asia. How long before the Pak central government will be overrun by militant Islamists? Five Years? Ten Years? Certainly no longer. Meanwhile, the Pak army seems more concerned with India than it does with its own insurgency!
Afghanistan? A picnic compared to what could be coming from Pakistan!
If we continue supporting goverments that lack the grassroots support in their own nations (and we often do because the governments we support stink at providing for their own people) then we should not be too awfully surprised when the people overturn those government and hate us for having supported them, too.
My mistake. I meant to say South-west.
bootneck...one question mate...is it worth it? this limited war or should we just be done with it...slaughtering them down to the last goat herder and move on?
and remember...all questions may be ask but not all will be answered..
I dunno Bones and as a serving member of HM armed forces, I'm not sure that providing opinions on the matter on a public forum wouldn't be in conravention of MoD regulations.
All I will say is that we should stay in Afghanistan until the ANA is capable of taking on the role of internal security and that job's not done yet.
As for Pakistan, the ramifications of what is going on in that country are bloody frightening.
And now, Hangu in the Pak tribal region is feeling the brunt of the Taliban insurgency. Twenty seven dead and sixty five injured.
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