It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Pakistan is facing a "very serious internal threat" to its integrity, as a grouping of Al-Qaeda, Taliban and local 'jehadi' elements are taking place, reportedly forming an alliance together to take over the country, Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Sherry Rehman warned on October 14 (2008). Rehman also stated, the Taliban and 'Jehadi' and other militant groups in Pakistan had links with the Afghan Taliban and groups in Jammu and Kashmir, sources were quoted as claimed by the media.
Rehman made these remarks during a special joint session of Parliament, which was again adjourned today (October 14), as opposition lawmakers wanted answers to posers raised by them on the causes of sudden upsurge in militant strikes in Pakistan.
Together, the three NIEs suggest that without significant and swift progress on all three fronts - which they suggest is uncertain at best - the U.S. could find itself facing a growing threat from al-Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups, said one of the officials.
About the only good news in the Pakistan NIE is that it's "relatively sanguine" about the prospects of a Pakistani nuclear weapon, materials or knowledge falling into the hands of terrorists, said one official.
However, the draft NIE paints a grim picture of the situation in the impoverished, nuclear-armed country of 160 million, according to the U.S. officials who spoke to McClatchy.
The government is also facing an accelerating economic crisis that includes food and energy shortages, escalating fuel costs, a sinking currency and a massive flight of foreign capital accelerated by the escalating insurgency, the NIE warns.
The Pakistani public is clamoring for relief as the crisis pushes millions more into poverty, giving insurgent groups more opportunities to recruit young Pakistanis.
Originally posted by BlackOps719
Sounds like someone is setting the stage for giving the US government a "legitimate" reason to invade Pakistan.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Benazir Bhutto blamed al-Qaeda and Taliban militants Friday for the assassination attempt against her that killed at least 136 people, and declared she would risk her life to restore democracy in Pakistan and prevent an extremist takeover.
Originally posted by Subversive_Populous
reply to post by isa75
Im sure a lot of them will just lube up and sit on their thumbs as per usual, then from their office chairs they will all complain about how its being handled.
Pakistan already gives China most favored nation (MFN) status and is now establishing a bilateral Free Trade Area (FTA), which will bring tariffs between the two countries to zero. Over the past two years, the trade volume between the two countries has jumped to $2.5 billion a year, accounting for 20% of China's total trade with South Asia. Informal trade, a euphemism for smuggling, however, is several times the formal trade. The proposed FTA is an implicit acceptance of the unstoppable "informal" trade as a "formal" one. More importantly, Chinese investment in Pakistan has increased to $4 billion, registering a 30% increase just over the past two years since 2003. Chinese companies make up 12% (60) of the foreign firms (500) operating in Pakistan, which employ over 3,000 Chinese nationals.
The significance of Gwadar is great to both Pakistan and China. Pakistan will be able to have a strategic depth southwest from its naval base in Karachi that has long been vulnerable to blockade by the Indian Navy. China is going to be the beneficiary of Gwadar's most accessible international trade routes to the Central Asian republics and Xinjiang. By extending its East-West Railway from the Chinese border city of Kashi to Peshawar in Pakistan's northwest, Beijing can receive cargo to and from Gwadar along the shortest route, from Karachi to Peshawar. The rail network could also be used to supply oil from the Persian Gulf to Xinjiang. Pakistan's internal rail network can also provide China with rail access to Iran...