Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Paqistan

Another mile marker on the road it the Iraqification of Pakistan was passed today:

Twin suicide blasts kill 24 in Pakistan's Lahore
By Mubasher Bukhari

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two suicide car bombers struck in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Tuesday, killing 24 people and wounding scores, most of them in an attack on a government security office, police and officials said.

More than 500 people have been killed in Pakistan this year in militant-related violence, including a campaign of suicide bombings.

One bomb went off near the entrance of the city-centre Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), badly damaging the multi-storey office and nearby buildings. The agency focuses on illegal immigration and people smuggling.

"It is now more obvious that the terrorists are targeting the law enforcement apparatus of the state," city police chief Malik Mohammad Iqbal told reporters...

The attacks are still targeting just the apparatus of state control - we haven't descended into wholesale slaughter with a goal of inciting total tribalization of Pakistan. Yet. As I mentioned in Gathering Up Some Thoughts, Pakistan is a key marker of whether stability in South Asia has a chance (by that I mean stability in the arc of countries from Saudi Arabia over to India) and if that pillar falls, then nightmare scenarios like nuclear arms proliferations or a bombing campaign against Iran become far more likely.

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