Tuesday, 5 May 2009

‘Pakistan about to collapse’, according to US General David Petraeus

President Zardari (‘mister 10%’) should worry. A lot. According to the US General David Petraeus there may be just two weeks left before the Taliban might be able to overthrow the Pakistani government.

Last month, Taliban militants advanced to within 60 miles of the country’s capital, Islamabad, and were forced to withdraw only after the US pressured the Pakistan government to launch a counter-attack. It is said that senior officials in Obama’s administration have more confidence in Pakistan’s army, led by General Ashfaq Kayani, than the current President, Asif Ali Zardari, who earned the nickname ‘mister 10%’ during the 1990’s for accepting enormous bribes and large sums of money while his wife, the late Benazir Bhutto, was the prime minister of Pakistan.
Last week, Hillary Clinton publicly accused Islamabad of “abdicating to the Taliban”. Tomorrow, the Pakistani president will meet the US president and the Afghan leader Hamid Karazi in Washington. It is unavoidable the issue will be discussed there.