Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pakistan again

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) today launched a suicide attack against a police station in Kohat today killing 16 including 6 women and four children. Oh the lions of Islam must be proud after this attack. So later in the day they issue a press release admiting to the bombing all well and good this time they even acknowledged they killed civilians which is rare for them. This press release then goes on to say that the group will continue to attack police and military targets and if civilians do not want to be harmed to stay away from them. I just finished "The Most Dangerous Place" by Imtiaz Gul this book covers the Tribal Area of Pakistan a lot more clearly than what you get from Western press. The author goes into detail about the drone attacks and how they are generally accepted by Pakistanis now who have seen they have done some good ie Betulla Meshud.

However this tactic of seperating the populace from the police and military by promising more civilian deaths is very alarming. What governance there is in the FATA and the NWFP could dissipate if people are afraid to interact with security agencies.