“Pakistan is becoming a mortal threat to the world”
Students collect brick from the rubble of their destroyed school in Mingora
Daylife/AP Photo used by permission
Nuclear-armed Pakistan is becoming a “mortal threat” to the world, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Pakistan poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world,” Clinton said. “And I want to take this occasion … state unequivocally that not only do the Pakistani government officials, but the Pakistani people and the Pakistani diaspora…need to speak out forcefully against a policy that is ceding more and more territory to the insurgents…”
Taliban militants Tuesday took over the northwestern Pakistan district of Buner, just 60 miles from the capital of Islamabad. Militants were patrolling its streets with no signs of government law enforcement personnel, Pakistan’s English-language newspaper Dawn reported. The move came after the Taliban last week imposed Shariah, or strict Islamic law, in the neighboring Swat Valley as part of a peace agreement with the government.
“(We) cannot underscore the seriousness of the existential threat posed to the state of Pakistan by the continuing advances now within hours of Islamabad that are being made by a loosely confederated group of terrorists and others who are seeking the overthrow of the Pakistani state,” Clinton said.
Nice to hear Hillary voice what some of us in the blogosphere have been saying for a while. Though, often, we have couched our criticism of the Zardari regime in terms as polite as possible – the politics of that government become no more palatable, understandable, except as a reflection of fear and inability to act.
The weak link in all struggles against Islamist terrorism has been and remains Pakistan. It’s time for the government of Pakistan to reach out to allies, foreign and domestic, to counter the Taliban threat.