Daily Archives: May 26, 2009

Pakistan this week – better or worse off than last week?

by Farrukh Rehan

If Pakistan were a patient in a hospital and you were reading the chart at her bedside, the prognosis would look bleak. The Taliban occupy parts of the country. Close to two million refugees have been displaced from the fighting in Swat. And this is before the  fight for the main Swati city of Mingora has begun – a fight which is likely to turn into a grinding house to house urban war. To the West, Osama and gang are thought to be holed up, and in Bauchistan province, a major insurgency is raging.

So why am I more optimistic than I was a week ago? Its quite simple really. I’ve always maintained that the battles being fought in Pakistan will be won or lost based on whether Pakistanis came to believe that this was their fight or whether they kept living in denial and insisting that this was America’s war and not theirs.

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Filed under North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Taliban