Taliban will be back, Buner retreat only a tactical move: Pak military analystApril 25th, 2009 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Apr.25 (ANI): While the Pakistan Government may now expect international pressure on it to ease a bit following reports of the Taliban retreating from the Buner region of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), experts believe that the move is only tactical, and it is almost certain that they would come back.
“It’s a tactical move, these kinds of movements make tactical retreats.But they are not prepared to surrender their weapons or submit to state authority. They’ll be back.” The Telegraph quoted Lahore based military analyst, Hasan Askari Rizvi, as saying.
The Taliban spokesperson Muslims Khan had said following orders from their leaders the Taliban is moving out of Buner, however, it is still unclear whether the extremists have genuinely left the region, or they would just melt into the local population, by stopping their armed patrols.
Concerns were raised across the world about the Taliban inching closer to Islamabad after they moved into Buner, just 60 miles away from the federal capital.
The United States, in particular, has expressed fears of Pakistan falling into the hands of the insurgents.
Expressing fears about Pakistan being taken over by the insurgents, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen said: “We’re certainly moving closer to the tipping point where Pakistan could be overtaken by extremists.”
In the recent past America has continuously blamed Pakistan for its lack of capability and willingness to tackle the surge of the Talibani extremists.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s had also said that the Pakistan Government was basically abdicating to the Taliban and other extremists. (ANI)
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