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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

More chaos in Pakistan

(WaPo) The "lawyer protests" are continuing and it's becoming more and more about Musharraf's legal mechanisms of holding onto power.

And, (AFP) There's a growing conflict within the tribal regions.
Tribesmen loyal to the Pakistani government exchanged mortar and rocket fire with foreign Al-Qaeda militants for a third day Wednesday, leaving at least 106 people dead, officials said.

Pakistani troops also shelled the Uzbek militants sheltering in the mountainous tribal area of South Waziristan, security officials and residents said, although a military spokesman denied the army was involved.

The group under attack is Uzbek hiding in Pakistan's tribal regions. The Pakistani government is still standing by its peace deal and not putting its military in, but doesn't that first paragraph sound like government backed paramilitaries?



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