Pakistan’s Foreigtn Minister Shah Mehmod Qureshi, made clear his nation’s determination to defend its soveriegnty in face of a recent American attack on Taliban bases inside Pakistan. He emphasized his nation would not allow sanctuaries to exist within Pakistan but also emphasized, “this is our country and we have to protect its sovereignty.” The Foreign Office said it was not negotiating with the Taliban nor with al-Qaeda but was essentially focusing on “holding peace talks with the Mehsud and other tribes to bring peace to the region.”
The Bush administration has to recognize that dramatic changes are taking place in Pakistan and a new government is seeking new solutions to the volatile northwest region of the country. They feel extreme pressure to resolve fighting so their nation can get on with issues of national development.
A coalition of five Sunni militant groups issued a joint statement which promises to increase attacks on American troops because of US support of Israel’s policies in the Gaza strip. The announcement by the “Iraqi Resistance Campaign To Help Gaza” appeared on the Internet. It described American and Israel leaders as “war ciminals” and promised the people of Gaza that help would shortly arrive promising although they were fighting “the enemies of God in Iraq, this will not deter from helping our brothers(Palestinians) because the enemy is one and the victim is one.”
This announcement should not be surprising because Muslim miilitants seek to create anger within the American army against Israel. They want US soldiers to believe if one of them is killed it all stems from Israel actions in Gaza. The situation in Gaza must be resolved and if it is, Islamic militants will still be fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan after years in exile only to encounter a scene of horror as her motorcade was blasted by two bombs. As 150,000 cheered, a small explosion followed by a larger explosion ripped cars to pieces and sent bodies flying in every direction. At least a 108 dead and over 150 wounded, many of them now in critical condition. Bhutto is hated by Muslim extremists because she has been a supporter of the Bush Iraq war. As she descended from the plane, security urged her to use a helicopter but the defiant former prime minister responded: “I am not scared. I am thinking of my mission. this is a moment for democracy because we are under threat from extremists and militants.” A few moments later the accuracy of her comments was demonstrated in a cloud of smoke.