Taliban militants who implemented Islamic law in Pakistan’s violence-plagued Swat Valley last week have now taken control of a neighboring district, the Buner district. In this area, local residents tried to put up a fight against the Taliban, but were outnumbered and outgunned. They received no military help from the central goverment; this, in a locality jus a 2 hours drive from capital. Local officials, having no choice, made an agreement with the Taliban to stay out of the cities; that agreement already appears broken.
The government, who remains in a delusional state, called the advance into Buner a breach of a recently-signed peace agreement.
The Pakistani leadership and military better wake up, or one morning they will have no country to govern. They are losing their country piece by piece. The military is still worried about a military incursion by India; that is so absurd at this point to be almost laughable. Hell, I think India would pay Pakistan to keep to their side of the border now; who the heck needs Pakistan’s problems?
The Pakistani government has been incompetent, which sadly is par for the course for the last 6 decades. But at this critical time, they better find some common ground with their opposition. This is no time to play politics. Pakistan could quickly turn into a copy of Afghanistan, where the central government only controls its own capital, and little else. If the politicians and military leadership continue to look toward their own best interests, they may wake up one morning with a Taliban gun at their head.