Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Pakistan -- former US ally.

A US drone attack on Islamic militants in Pakistan has caused a significant international incident in that country, with Pakistan's new Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gillani,  saying,

"I strongly condemn this. It's absolutely wrong. It's unfair. They should not have done this action."

Gilani, a top member of assasinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's PPP party, apparently views US attacks in Pakistan as illegal. 

Interestingly enough, Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar said the U.S. missile strike was aimed at scuppering the peace talks with the government.

"They don't want peace in Pakistan and that's why they are doing it but we'll continue the talks." 

So, we've got a Taliban that is apparently on the verge of negotiating a peace treaty with the Pakistani government that would help secure their power base, allowing them to attack into Afghanistan more readily, a Pakistani government that supports such talks as a way of ending internal violence and unrest, and a U.S. government, apparently trying to stir dissent.

This does not bode well for the future of Afghanistan.    


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