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Originally posted by tothetenthpower
I did not infer at all that military personnel should be the ones in charge. The People should be, the military is an extension of the people not the government, atleast that's the way it should be.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower I did not infer at all that military personnel should be the ones in charge. The People should be, the military is an extension of the people not the government, atleast that's the way it should be. So how would this work, exactly? If the military is to be in charge of the military, how would the people direct the military? By vote? A town meeting? On line chat rooms? Seriously, please explain the logistics of this. And should there be no government? That sounds a bit like anarchy to me. You know there are places in this world that have gone without governments for periods of time. How has that worked in, oh, say, Somalia for instance?
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik today claimed that 700 militants have been killed in the past four days of military offensives in and around the Swat Valley. Yesterday the military said it had killed 200 in one 24 hour period. The tolls and the success being touted by the government in its attacks could not be independently confirmed because the military has barred journalists from the valley.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The number of people displaced by fighting in Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley has risen to more than 1.4 million, U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes said on Monday.
"The situation is volatile and changing rapidly," Holmes told reporters at the United Nations.
RAWALPINDI: ‘They used to attack early in the morning or after dark. They would always go for an ambush,’ said Lieutenant Zaigham, wounded in battle with the Taliban and lying in a hospital.
‘There were checkpoints, bases and training centres in the mountains. We were clearing and destroying all this.’
‘They positioned snipers in holes made out of the walls of houses. They used civilians as human shields. They used to attack from houses and roofs.’
‘They are well equipped, they have mortars. They have rockets, sniper rifles and every type of sophisticated weapons,’ said Zaigham.
‘I am certain that foreign elements are behind these militants. Can I ask something very simple – who are their sponsors? What their sources of funding? Who runs their logistics?’ he said.
Foreign Journalists Taken to Pakistan's Swat Valley to Assess Fighting's Toll
Pakistani military officials claim ground and air attacks have killed more than 1,000 militants in the ongoing offensive. The military has also confirmed more than 63 soldiers have died in the fighting.
But while flying over the valley, there was little evidence of the intense fighting. General Ghani insists this is because army raids and strikes are mostly hitting militant hideouts set up in high mountains.