Daily Archives: August 22, 2009

The Pakistani Rumor Mill

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by Parag Khanna:

On Pakistan’s 62nd birthday, the country’s rumor mill has much to churn on, even by local standards.

First, is TTP mastermind Baitullah Mehsud actually dead? And does it matter given the history of decapitation of terrorist groups resulting in the formation of an ever greater number of smaller ones? Maybe more significant than Mehsud’s fate is the Pakistani parliament’s follow-on announcement that it has lifted the long-standing ban on political activity in the FATA and its 4 million almost completely disenfranchised residents. Continue reading

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