Bhutto’s return signals democratic alliance’s bid to stand up to founts of terror: CSM

November 14th, 2007 - 2:35 am ICT by admin  
According to a report in the Christian Science Monitor (CSM), Pakistan needs a new democratic alliance if it is to oust Al Qaeda and Talibanand their terrorist training camps from the tribal and mountainous areas.

The report is of the view that the Pakistan Army’s aggressive posturing in the largely lawless Waziristan is an indicator of a new level of confidence that moderates are now in a better position to stand up to domestic Islamic political foes who support Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Musharraf’s recent political blunders forced him to reach out to Bhutto, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, through distant negotiations helped along by American diplomats. But another reason for pressing this alliance on him was heightened Western concern about his ability to oust Al Qaeda.

Since 2006, Al Qaeda has been better able to use its hideouts along the border for training and to inspire attacks in Europe and the United States. One possible reason for Al Qaeda’s renewed strength of its strategic command in Pakistan is that its ability to use Iraq as a launch pad or training ground has been seriously eroded by US military advances. But at the same time, both Al Qaeda and the Taliban have used their camps to destabilize Afghanistan and kill NATO forces there.

However, both Bhutto and Musharraf still face hurdles. Musharraf awaits word from the apex court on whether his candidacy was legitimate. Bhutto has high hopes of being elected prime minister for a third time, provided Musharraf supports her. (ANI)

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