Pakistan has a bigger problem with terrorism than does India. Last
year, India, with a population of 1.08 billion, had 2.56 terror related deaths
per million population. Pakistan, with 166 million people, had 5.46 dead per
million. As in India, not all the Pakistani terror activities were connected
with Islamic radicalism. Tribal separatism in Baluchistan led to 31
percent of the deaths. Nearly all the remaining deaths were related to Taliban
activities along the Afghan border, or fighting between different religious
sects (particularly Sunni and Shia zealots) throughout the country. Pakistan
also exports a lot of Islamic terror to Indian Kashmir and Afghanistan. There
were 1,552 terrorism related arrests in Pakistan (70 percent of them Taliban,
three percent al Qaeda, 13 percent other Islamic militants, and 14 percent
northwest India, separatists and security forces have been fighting for nearly
a week, with over sixty dead, most of them rebels and civilians. The
separatists have been attacking migrant workers, and thousand of these workers
have, with their families, fled back into non-tribal India.
Bangladesh, political violence, mainly party partisans fighting it out in the
streets, has left over fifty dead in the last ten weeks. The main dispute is
over the honesty of upcoming elections.
10, 2007: Pakistan will bar some Pushtun and Baluchi tribesmen from crossing
the border into Afghanistan. Those tribes that have clans on both sides of the
border, will be able to cross freely. Others will not. Those banned will still
be able to get across, using more difficult "smugglers routes." But
these illegal crossers will be more vulnerable to arrest by Afghan police, or
getting killed by bandits or security forces, as they sneak across. Pakistan is
also beginning a new system of issuing photo ID to Pakistanis crossing into
Afghanistan, to help keep track of line crossers.
Baluchistan, separatist rebels are becoming more active, shooting at police and
soldiers, and firing rockets at army camps.
9, 2007: In recent weeks, Pakistani Islamic terrorists, trained in terror camps
located in Pakistan, have been turning up in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Britain and
Somalia. It's becoming more difficult for Pakistan to deny that it is harboring
major terrorist organizations within its borders. Meanwhile, a bomb went
off at a rally held for Islamic conservatives in Pakistan, wounding four
people. The government was blamed, but a competing Islamic conservative group
was more likely.
eastern India, four Maoist rebels were killed in a clash with police.
8, 2007: Because so many Pakistani police are incompetent and corrupt, Islamic
terrorists can usually beat the system, with the help of a good lawyer, and
7, 2007: In Baluchistan (southwest Pakistan), police arrested ten Taliban, who
were staying at a religious school. Arrests were also made for a recent attack
on the rail line connecting Baluchistan with Punjab.
6, 2007: While Iran makes threats to the Arabs and the West, all is cozy with
Pakistan. Iran is going to sell natural gas to Pakistan, via a pipeline both
nations will build. Pakistan approves of Iran's "nuclear power
project" (and has already sold Iran nuclear weapons technology, and
apologized to the West for it.)
5, 2007: In Pakistan, along the Afghan border, the Taliban tribes are spreading
their influence to some of the towns. Previously, the Taliban stuck to the
rural villages, but now they are moving in to the towns that do not have
policemen assigned full time. There, the Taliban carry out vigilante justice
against local criminals, and those considered un-Islamic (stores selling music
and videos, schools teaching girls and foreign NGOs.) The police can track this
by calling these towns, which they only visit in emergencies, and inquire if
one can still buy videos. When the police show up, the Taliban depart, with the
promise that they will return when the police leave. The government has not got
the money to put police in hundreds of smaller towns.