Monday, January 14, 2008

Angry Pakistanis Turn Against Army

From the Times Online:

IT IS the most expensive - and talked about - property development in Pakistan, but few can get near it. Hidden behind barbed wire, the new state-of-the-art army headquarter to replace a garrison in Rawalpindi is costing a reputed £1 billion and will cover 2,400 acres of prime land in Islamabad, including lakes, a residential complex, schools and clinics.

Originally intended to represent the best of Pakistan, the new army HQ is now being seen as a symbol of all that is wrong with the country.

Amid nationwide anger over the killing of the opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and a widespread belief that the country’s military or intelligence may have been involved, the population is turning against the army for the first time.

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Update From CBS News: Sharif: Pakistan Is “Drowned In Blood”

Update from Counter Terrorism Blog: Musharraf's Dangerous Liaisons And The Situation In The Tribal Areas

Update From The Long War Journal: Taliban Ambush Pakistani Forces In Mohmand; Bombing In Karachi

My Comment: With more than 50% of the population openly supporting Osama Bin Ladin, any hope in the short term of being successful against Al Qaeda in Pakistan are moot. This situation in Pakistan is a perfect illustration of why the war on terror is going to be a "long war".

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