Bhutto Warns Of Talibanization

Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistan prime minister, warned that present Musharraf policies encourage insurgent groups to continue their policies of violence. She noted: “Pro Taliban forces have regrouped and the policy having ‘ceasefires’ or peace treaties with them from time to time has simply emboldened them to expand their influences.” She promised upon her expected return to Pakistan to fight for democracy and to embark on policies that will lead to ending the current power of pro-Taliban forces.

At some point, Pakistan’s leadership must confront the situation in mountainous areas where the Taliban runs free from control. It also must face up to the reality the Taliban was created by Pakistan’s intelligence branch and may still have officers who seek to protect the Taliban.