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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:01 PM
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Pakistan takes action against Taliban militants
Source: Los Angeles Times

Reporting from New Delhi, India -- Pakistan launched a military operation against militants today in a district that had been covered under a controversial peace deal concluded with the Taliban, suggesting a tougher line by the government -- at least temporarily.

The military action in the Lower Dir region could jeopardize the pact, under which the Taliban has been allowed to enforce Sharia, or Islamic law, giving it de facto authority in the Swat Valley and nearby areas.


The United States, some Pakistani lawmakers and analysts have argued that the deal could embolden the extremists rather than leading to genuine peace. Some of those fears appeared justified when Taliban fighters moved into the Buner district abutting Swat in recent weeks, hoping to extend their influence.

Government warnings caused the groups to retreat to Swat late last week, although militants were still visible on the streets when a reporter visited Saturday. Residents said they were local Taliban members.


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pakistan-military27-2009apr27,0,6611205.story
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InfiniteThoughts Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:24 PM
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1. Finally ... Pak govt seems to have woken up ..
after the tons of $ bricks ($6+ billion!) that US govt threw at Pakistan, they have woken up and i am sure that they will take some cosmetic action to assure US for a few months...
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