Monday, May 14, 2007

More Pakistani Instability

Dave at the Glittering Eye caught this report from the AP

Militants opened fire Monday on a convoy carrying U.S. and Pakistani military officials near the Afghan frontier, killing one American and one Pakistani soldier, the Pakistani army spokesman said.

At least two Americans and two Pakistani soldiers and were wounded.

Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said “miscreants” — usually a byword used by Pakistani officials to describe Islamic militants — fired at the convoy

Cernig is the relevant go to guy on Pakistani instability, but the location that this attack took place is in the Northwest Frontier Province or the tribal regions where Pashtun militias defeated the Pakistani Army last winter and forced the Pakistani government to disengage from the region. One of the dominant fears is that a large temporary autonomous and lawless zone has been created.

The combination of urban, elite membership protests, combined with rural revolt thrown together with the ongoing Baloch insurrection in the region near the Iranian border is boxing Musharaff further and further in. He has to rely on the hardline fundamentalists as his allies to suppress the elite, secular opposition that is being mobilized by the judges' crisis wbile the allies/families of the fundamentalists are shooting at the Premier's other major backer, the US military.

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