On the Indian National Interest
There’s a new ban playing in town
It’s the Tali ban. (linkthanks Jagadish)
Paki forces have finally launched an all out attack. Some 2.5 lakh ppl displaced from FATA -primarily from the Bajaur and Mohmand agencies. Talibs actually declared unilateral ceasefire which was rejected by the the Pak army.
Next 2 no media coverage to facilitate papering over collateral damage. After all, hasn’t it been difficult lately to tell the talibs from local tribesmen, all sporting yard long beards now….. (great market for lice-treatments, I hear. They pay not in paper money but in things that have intrinsic value on the wolrd mkt – such as guns or heroin…)
Expect the Talibs to hit back. And hit where it hurts. East of the Indus in Karachi and Pakjab central with suicide detonations at public places and targetting sarkari naukars and establishments.
Thatthe decision to wage full war in FATA was taken at a time of such political turbulence is surprising. Suggests either it was US driven, or that it required Mushy’s exit before it could become operational, or that Kiyani in league with a majority of the crore commanders, is doing the driving all by himself.
Whatever happens, interesting times lie ahead.
Sud: or that Kiyani in league with a majority of the corp commanders, is doing the driving all by himself.
With Zardari and Sharif trying their hands at stand-up comedy, the Army must have to fight the impulse to “save the nation” yet again. Guess they have to let it deteriorate to the point that the folks start begging for jack-boots again. This government won’t make it to the 2 year mark that most of their 1990’s governments made it.
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