Friday, September 08, 2006

Pakistani Tribal Leader's Killing Touches a Nerve

Two important events have taken place this week, the deal by the Pakistani army with the Waziris, by which the Waziris would [pretend to?] control the Taliban in their midst from attacking Afghanistan, and the killing of Akbar Bugti, major voice of the Baluch for many years. He was 79 years old; could the Pakistani army not wait for him to pass away? This article by one of the most savvy observers of the area, Amin Tarzi, tells you about how leaders in neighboring countries are reacting. The enduring question will be, how will people in Balichistan react?

Pakistan: A Country Unravels
Published: August 28, 2006 (International Herald Tribune)

LAHORE, Pakistan - Killing political opponents rather than talking to them is a sure signal of a government's weakness and desperation. Such is the case with the killing of the Baluch tribal chief Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti on Saturday by the Pakistan Army.

Afghanistan: Pakistani Tribal Leader's Killing Touches Nerve
Published: August 31, 2006 (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty)

WASHINGTON -- As Pakistan faces a backlash after the killing of Baluch tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti on August 26, Islamabad has rejected criticism from New Delhi and Kabul, calling the incident an internal affair.
Violent protests have raged in Pakistan, especially in Baluchistan, since Baluch tribal leader Bugti was killed in unclear circumstances during an attack by Pakistani security forces on his cave hideout on ...

EDITORIAL: Bugti's killing is the biggest blunder since Bhutto's execution
Published: August 28, 2006 (Daily Times)

Regrets and recriminations are going to fly thick and fast in Islamabad after a military operation on Saturday killed Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in the Bhambore Hills in an area between Dera Bugti and Kohlu in Balochistan.

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