Thursday, September 28, 2006

In Tribal Pakistan, an Uneasy Quiet

WaPoI reported Three weeks after Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, announced a peace pact with Taliban radicals in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, recent visitors say there is now pin-drop silence in a territory that once shook with artillery and bomb blasts.

And what is wrong with that?
Religious patrols are enforcing law and order, they say, in place of Pakistan army troops who have withdrawn to their barracks. But as the toll from violence rises across the border in Afghanistan, with suicide bombings killing 22 people in three cities this week, there are reports that militant Pakistani tribal leaders, while complying with their pledge to reduce the presence of foreign Islamic fighters, intend to defy the peace pact by sending local fighters and suicide bombers into Afghanistan.
That is ok. Just keep the door closed, and we will deal with them in Afganistan. Just don't let them sneak back over the border to find sanctuary.

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