Pakistan peace deal with Taliban close to collapse as US concerns grow

May 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The controversial peace deal struck between the Pakistani government and the Taliban in February looks to all but over on Monday after militants attacked an army convoy in the Swat Valley. Under the peace deal, the Pakistani government agreed to allow Islamic sharia law to be imposed by the the Taliban in the districts that make up the Malakand Division in hopes that the militants would lay down their arms, ending two years of violence in the former tourist town. But instead the Taliban in Swat, were emboldened, and soon entered the adjacent Buner, a district 60 miles from the capital to impose their harsh brand of Islam.

Amid mounting concern at home and abroad, Pakistani security forces reluctantly launched an offensive over a week ago to expel Taliban militants with more than 100 killed, according to the military, in Buner and Lower Dir.  Authorities slapped a curfew on Swat’s main town Mingora, where witnesses said armed Taliban were openly patrolled the streets in defiance. The show of force comes as Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and President Barack Obama will meet later this week in Washington, where Zardari is expected to ask for lot’s more money to help Pakistan’s battered economy and under-equipped security forces. But the spread of the insurgency has left American officials concerned and requesting more details about the location and security of the country’s nuclear sites. The Obama administration inherited a multiyear, $100 million secret American program from the President Bush to help Pakistan build stronger physical protections around some of those facilities, and to train Pakistanis in nuclear security. But Pakistan has failed to show how and if that money is being used for that purpose and with growing concerns over the insurgency and the the security of the nukes, Washington has to be concerned about who they have choosen as partner with.


3 Responses to “Pakistan peace deal with Taliban close to collapse as US concerns grow”

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  2. gantrants on May 5th, 2009 2:43 pm

    The Pakistani security forces are reluctant to mount an attack on the Taliban because they have very little reason to want them out of the region except to appease the United States. The United States is going to force Pakistan’s hand on this one and the Pakistani’s are going to have to make some moves as American troops in Afghanistan are going to continue to push troops southeast into Pakistan. I found some pretty interesting news coverage: but still can’t figure out if I really believe that the Taliban are all that great of threat to actually obtain a nuclear weapon.

  3. KC on May 6th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Obama needs to make Afghanistan and Pakistan kiss and make up. It wont be easy, but its the best option to stabilize the region.

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