Pakistan Circling The Drain

The government is crumbling, prominent politicians are being openly assassinated, and the situation seems to be getting worse by the day.

Pakistan’s Government Scrambles to Survive Coalition Defections

Pakistan’s ruling party is struggling to keep its grip on power a day after a key partner quit the governing coalition, denying it the majority in the national parliament. The prime minister is meeting with opposition politicians in a bid to head off a possible no-confidence vote.

Last month, a small party in the parliament, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, announced it was switching to the opposition in parliament and demanded Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani step down.

But the major political setback came Sunday when the second largest party in the ruling coalition, the Muttahida Quami Movement,announced it was also ending its partnership with the government. The move has turned Prime Minister Gilani’s government into a minority coalition in parliament.

Leading Pakistani Politician Killed

A leading politician from Pakistan’s ruling party was gunned down in a wealthy neighborhood of Islamabad Tuesday by a member of his security detail after speaking out against the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, an assassination that highlights the nation’s struggle to contain extremism even among those close to the center of power.

Salmaan Taseer, governor of Punjab, Pakistan’s most-populous province, and a member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, died after a member of his security team fired multiple shots into his car at a shopping complex, police said.

His attacker, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, who surrendered to police, admitted he was angered by Mr. Taseer’s opposition to the blasphemy laws, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told local television.

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Seriously, if you thought Pakistan was less than cooperative with the U.S. Coalition’s war effort in Afghanistan before, just wait and see what happens if the Pakistani government collapses. The current ruling party, the Pakistan People’s Party, are the moderates. Any follow on Pakistani government will surely be much less friendly to U.S. interests in the region, if that’s even possible. And don’t forget, Pakistan has nuclear weapons.

/last one across the border and out of the cesspool, don’t forget to flush

A Bad Day For The Taliban

Pakistan’s Army Captures Taliban Stronghold in South Waziristan

Pakistan’s army said it captured a Taliban stronghold at Sararogha in South Waziristan as troops try to complete an offensive to clear fighters from the region before winter starts next month.

“Security forces have commenced sanitization of Sararogha” and are clearing the area of explosive devices, the army said in a statement yesterday. Pakistan says the offensive in South Waziristan has cut off escape routes to prevent the Taliban from fleeing in large numbers.

The Taliban denied their forces are being defeated, saying they are withdrawing in order to fight a “long war,” the Associated Press reported yesterday, citing a spokesman for the group.

The army began its largest operation against militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan last month. The offensive provoked suicide bombings and attacks that have killed more than 300 people.

“There is no place for the Taliban in Pakistan,” the Associated Press of Pakistan cited Interior Minister Rehman Malik as saying in a radio interview yesterday in Islamabad. “The entire nation has said no to the Taliban.”

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21 insurgents killed in Operation Rah-e-Nijat: ISPR
18th day of Rah-e-Nijat, Sararogha secured, forces advance,
21 terrorists killed, 1 soldier martyred

Troops regain control of Sararogha, kill 21 Taliban
Pakistan’s military claims Taliban stronghold
Pak army control Taliban stronghold: military
21 more terrorists killed in SWA
Troops surround Sararogha, Uzbek terrorists’ base
12 terrorist killed in last 24 hours: ISPR
Pakistani forces say enter a main Taliban base
Pakistan army storms Taliban stronghold: military
7 militants killed in SWA operation, forces near to Sararogha

/keep going Pakistan, don’t stop until the Taliban is completely wiped out, take your country back