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Clearing Misconceptions on Pakistan’s War in Swat

Is It Really a War on Pasthuns?

By AYESHA IJAZ KHAN

Amid all the conflicting voices that report on the Pakistani military’s ongoing operation in Swat, it is difficult to ascertain what the reality is.  There are however a few misconceptions that must be cleared.

Is this Pakistan’s war?

This is most definitely Pakistan’s war, but those targeting Pakistan and its people are not always Pakistani.  A multinational conglomerate of Arabs, Uzbeks, Chechens, Turkomen along with Pakistani militants are responsible for the insurgency in Pakistan’s northwest and for terrorist activities in the rest of Pakistan. Continue reading

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