It is about preventing a challenge to Musharraf’s authority
Varnam draws attention to US plans for a potential invasion of north west Pakistan if circumstances in the war against al Qaeda call for it.
72% of Pakistanis, for their part, are worried about the US carrying out such an invasion in the near future.
An invasion is unlikely. But the timing of this piece of news will assist Musharraf in his current reshuffle of his army commanders. No unhappy general is likely to challenge Musharraf with the threat of an American military strike on the cards.