Militants in northwest Pakistan disavowed a peace pact with the government and launched two days of homicide attacks and bombings that killed at least 70 people, dramatically escalating the violence in the Al Qaeda infiltrated region.
Anybody surprised here?
The attacks Sunday and Saturday followed strident calls by extremists to avenge the government’s bloody storming of Islamabad’s Red Mosque and a declaration of jihad, or holy war, by at least one pro-Taliban cleric.
However, Musharraf can also use the turbulence to convince Washington, his key backer, that he remains a vital bulwark against extremists in the Islamic world’s only declared nuclear state.
Dangerous situation here. More needs to be done to prevent the extremists from getting control of the government or its nukes.
Television footage showed about half a dozen roadside houses also destroyed by the blasts. People dug four corpses out of the rubble, among them a young girl.
Where’s the outrage here? Or is ‘outrage’ just reserved for when the US kills an innocent person?
However, critics have argued that Musharraf’s decision to cut a deal effectively handed the Taliban and Al Qaeda a safe haven from which to plot attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and in the West.
Looks like the critics were right, no?