April 5, 2009
Af-Pak: Becoming Talibanistan?
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times
AfPak is the most dangerous place in the world. Here's why:
The Taliban created by Pakistan to colonise Afghanistan has become, to quote the head of Barack Obama's Afghan policy review Bruce Riedel, "a jihadist Frankenstein monster trying to take over the laboratory". Afpak 2025?
The monster has two heads. First is the Afghan Taliban, centred around Gulbuddin Hikmatyar and Jalaluddin Haqqani, which wishes to reconquer Kabul. By some accounts, this Taliban operates in as much as two-thirds of Afghanistan. Second is the Pakistan Taliban, whose most daring commander is Baitullah Mehsud. Their target, as shown by the recent attack on a Lahore police academy, is western Punjab.
The other reason why it's Danger Land is the feebleness of Pakistani...
TAGGED: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban, Bruce Riedel, Barack Obama