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Afghan war spreads into Pakistan

by Riaz Ahmed, International Socialists Pakistan
Issue No. 2074

The bombs in Karachi that ripped through the cavalcade returning former prime

minister Benazir Bhutto from exile mark a major escalation of the “war on terror” in Pakistan.

The attack on 18 October, which killed 140 people and maimed over 540, is a dastardly act against the ordinary people who turned out to greet Bhutto.

She was protected as she rode in a bomb-proof car surrounded by a “human shield” of supporters.

Until now the war waged by the US-backed regime of General Pervez Musharraf was confined to the tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan.

But this war has become deeply unpopular following mounting losses and defections in the army.

Musharraf, who was becoming increasingly isolated following widespread popular opposition, struck a power sharing deal with Bhutto. In return she promised to turn the “war on terror” into a “peoples’ war” and save his government.

The attack on the procession is an incident in what appears to be a long and drawn out war that threatens to spill over into the whole country.

For more on Pakistan see » Pakistan regime under pressure in Waziristan

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Tue 23 Oct 2007, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2074
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