Pakistan not resisting Taliban conquest

Bill Roggio:

The Pakistani government's decision to negotiate with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in North and South Waziristan during 2006 has serious consequences for the internal security of Pakistan as well as the international community. Not only do the Taliban use North and South Waziristan to train and launch attacks into Afghanistan, but these bases are used to extend the Taliban's influence in Western Pakistan. In May, we noted the Taliban extended their influence and established safe havens in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) districts of Tank, Khyber and Dera Ismail Khan, and Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) agencies of North and South Waziristan and Bajaur. This region is called Talibanistan.

The Pakistani police have admitted the Taliban are now spreading beyond the frontier and into the "settled" districts of the Northwest Frontier Province. Sharif Virk, the NWFP police chief, tells the Daily Times that the Taliban "have extended their sway to Darra Adam Khel, a tribal town just 30 miles from Peshawar," the provincial capital. But the rot extends throughout the entire province.


The Taliban are using the standard guerrilla practices: night letters, threats, intimidation, executions, and shows of force. In Darra Adam Khel, the Taliban "terrorised music and video shop owners, non-governmental organisations and girls’ schools with bomb blasts. The police have been sidelined in these districts, as the Taliban have taken over security duties, further enhancing their stature. While the police admit corruption problems


The Paks are still under the delusion that they can negotiate an agreement that the religious bigots will honor. Not only are they putting their country at risk from a take over of these bigots, but they are also risking a war with the rest of the world if they do not find a way to restrain and destroy these religious bigots.


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