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July 16, 2007

Aftermath of Red Mosque Assault Continues, As Security Situation In Pakistan Deteriorates

Pakistan's President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, is rapidly learning that making a deal with Islamic extremists is making a deal with the devil, and only serves to create more problems; nearly 80 people have died in Pakistan in the last two days following the Red Mosque raid, as the Pakistani Taliban has called off the cease-fire and are calling for guerrilla attacks against Pakistani security forces. One Pakistani official says it's serious enough that he compared the wave of violence to the situation in Iraq.

This, as The Independent reports that although General Musharraf initially received widespread support for his handling of the standoff with the radical mosque, he now lacks both the time and the resources to effectively fight the nation's extremists.

Related reading: Bush Shielding of Musharraf Policy at Risk:

... The Musharraf government's deals with pro-Taliban groups in 2004 and 2006 in the border provinces of South and North Waziristan helped the Taliban generate increased manpower and logistics support for cross-border raids into Afghanistan by Taliban guerrillas based in those provinces.

...(Now) the growing crisis over Islamic extremism in Pakistan is drawing attention to the complicity of that country's military government in the rise of the biggest haven for Islamic terrorism in the world.

Posted by Abdul at July 16, 2007 11:03 AM

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