Internal problems in Pakistan could thwart counterterrorism plans

A Pakistani truck crosses into Afghanistan carrying oil for Nato forces (photo:dpa)
A Pakistani truck crosses into Afghanistan carrying oil for Nato forces (photo:dpa)

There are signs of a thaw in decidedly frosty relations between the US and Pakistan. Their respective spy agencies have opened a fresh phase of engagement and are considering joint counterterrorism campaigns against organisations operating in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. But a stumbling point in these efforts to curtail insurgent activity could be Pakistan’s own pressing internal problems — national disunity, religious intolerance and corruption.

COUNTERTERRORISM negotiations between the United States and Pakistan have restarted after a long-awaited apology by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following an incident in November 2011 at a border checkpoint in which 24 Pakistani so...

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