Taliban Could Engulf Pakistan

Musharraf warned that militants are moving beyond tribal border areas
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2007 10:04 AM CDT
Taliban Could Engulf Pakistan
People burn wood and tires to block a road to protest against electricity shortage in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, June 17, 2007. Youths rampaged through Pakistan's biggest city torching a police booth and erecting blazing barricades to protest 10-hour power cuts in a fresh headache for the government...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have a foothold in remote regions of Pakistan that could explode into a takeover of that volatile country, the Times reports. A leaked memo from Pakistan's interior ministry warned military president Pervez Musharraf that Taliban fighters active on the Afghanistan border are spilling into the country and seriously threatening its stability.

The interior minister wrote the damning report after narrowly escaping a car bombing in a tribal province on the border. Musharraf's government is suggesting scrambling jihadist radio, and the US is considering bolstering the border guard to stave off a breakdown of authority that could spell a disaster in the War on Terror. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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