Uzbek militant groups suffers heavy casualties in army backed vigilante attacks in Wana, South Waziristan . Operations in Balochistan lead to widespread protests by Baloch Students Organisations. Suicide attacks and other terror strikes in hinterland particularly NWFP and Balochistan continue.
Counter militancy campaign launched by Pakistan with focus on Waziristan and NWFP. Large number of clashes between government forces and Al Qaeda led fundamentalists anticipated.
Emergency declared through a Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), Supreme Court restructured and approves re-election of Pervez Musharraf as President. Emergency likely to be revoked on 16 December. President Pervez Musharraf takes office for the second time but as a civilian. General Pervez Kayani takes over as the Chief of the Army Staff.
A political crisis of, "˜Deals"™ looms large in Pakistan. The political situation is quite uncertain with the Musharraf- Benazir deal in, "œstandstill" mode, Nawaz Sharif slated to return and the ruling PML Q facing reality of being sidelined under possible realignment of power in the country. However there is no danger of collapse of government only neglect of governance creating space for fundamentalist and extremist forces to operate with impunity.
Over 250 Pakistani soldiers continue to be trapped by the militants in Southern Waziristan and Mohmand. These include at least seven officers. The kidnapping or surrender would have been ignominious to any other armed forces in the World. Surprisingly the Pakistan Army as well as media is quite complacent about the whole issue. While some of these troops are from the Frontier Corps, there are reports of even regular army troops involved in the capitulation. In Southern Waziristan Behtullah Mehsud faction of the Taliban is behind the kidnapping. It is now clear that the troops were trapped while travelling in a convoy lightly armed and were surprised by a small body of 25 to 30 militants.
Ninety percent of the current US assistance of $2 billion a year to Pakistan goes to the military as per a report titled "˜ Pakistan: a perilous course"™, unveiled at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The $1.8 billion bounty that is being provided to the Pakistan army is no doubt a significant accretion to its defence budget which amounts to almost one third of its total. This is a significant gain and is no doubt the key cause of fuelling the arms race in the Sub Continent.
Muted election campaign with hectic back door political bargaining presages possible post election scenarios with Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML N) and Pakistan People"™s Party (PPP) emerging as powerful contenders in case of free and fair polls.
Pakistan"™s Foreign Secretary, Mr Riaz Mohammad Khan felt that the process of peace negotiations was slumbering. India proposed an Extradition Treaty and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to ensure that terrorists and criminals on both sides are brought to book. This had a tepid response from Pakistan. India also proposed some concrete measures as holding Flag meetings at the level of brigade commanders and ban on rebuilding and reconstruction on the Line of Control.
Indian Missile Programme India successfully tested the Trishul surface to air missile with a range of 9 kms and a weight of 15 kg conventional warhead on 23 July 2006 .
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