Pakistani Troops Sent to Secure Province
23 Apr 09 | FT
Pakistan on Thursday sent paramilitary troops to a district virtually taken over by the Taliban, a day after Washington said Islamabad had abdicated to the militants by agreeing to impose Islamic law in the region.
Reports from Buner, the northern district in Pakistan, suggested that Taliban militants had established roadside check-points and were delivering Islamic sermons on loudspeakers, urging the local population to embrace Islamic norms .
This follows a consistent pattern of Taliban takeovers first seen in Afghanistan and more recently in parts of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) bordering Afghanistan, where they have seized control of one district after another.
But a senior government official in Peshawar, capital of NWFP, said paramilitary troops had yesterday taken control of the main government buildings in Buner. “The troops are in control of the key places. Buner is not in danger of a full-blown Taliban takeover.” >>>