The Pakistan government has already given the Taliban control of the Swat Valley which only increased the appetite of these fanatics to extend their control even further into the neighboring district with no end in sight to further advances. President Zardari assured the world there was no chance the Taliban would gain control of his nation’s nuclear weapons and promised the army had everything under control. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made clear the United States could not envision the Taliban in control of nuclear weapons which suggests there might be plans for some type of armed intervention unless Zardari and the Pakistan army show some fight.
The Taliban is within a hundred miles of the capital but Zardari insists there is nothing to fear. He made a deal with the Taliban allowing them to control the Swat Valley in exchange for peace and the only peace that has resulted is the Taliban taking more and more pieces of Pakistan. The unanswered question is where does the Pakistan army stand in this mess?
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The ongoing clash between the American military and Pakistan armed forces continues its fierce encounter. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi insists there needs to be trust and his nation does not believel the United States is trusting enough. “I think it is important for us to seek a surplus of trust(instead of) a deficit of trust.” The words come across as helpful, but the reality is an inability on the part of the Pakistan army or government to confront the continued support by its military of Taliban forces. President Zardari insists his government “is committed to eliminating extremism from the society” but his nation is aroused because Taliban leaders who he allowed to take over the Swat Valley flogged a girl.
A major issue between the two nations if use of drones which strike from the sky, blow up buildings and the Americans claim terrorist leaders were killed while Pakistan insists the dead were civilians. Drone attacks will kill, the question is whether they kill the right people.
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