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WASHINGTON – The latest killing of 21 captured Pakistani troops by the Pakistani Taliban, or TTP, has indicated a rising threat to the very authority of the Pakistani government, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
This followed an attack in early December on Peshawar Air Force Base which raised serious questions on the security of the country’s nuclear arsenal. While the attack proved unsuccessful, the brazenness raised further security and public concerns about the commitment of the militants to take down the government.
The air base itself is located close to the northwest tribal areas where Pakistani and U.S. forces have continuous firefights with the Taliban, who are attempting to threaten Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
The attack on the Peshawar Air Force Base isn’t the first such attack on a military facility. There also have been attacks on Minhas Air Force Base in Kamra where a squadron of U.S.-supplied F-16 fighter jets is located.
Ironically, publicity of the attacks apparently has encouraged the TTP to launch even more brazen attacks, with the idea of seeking to undermine the stability of the government and its military and create doubt in the public’s mind on both institutions maintaining order.
There also are indications that the TTP is attempting to lure the United States into the fray. Sources suggest that such a move would be to its benefit, since there already is a public outcry against U.S. involvement in the region.
Such an outcry was generated by the May 2011 U.S. assassination of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden by the U.S., which did not coordinate with the Pakistani government, and the November 2011 U.S. attack on Pakistani border guards in the mistaken belief that they were Taliban militants.
That attack killed some 24 Pakistani troops, wounding 14. The fallout from that November 2011 attack still remains fresh in peoples’ minds, since the post was known to have been there for some time and was large enough that the U.S. was aware of its existence.
Ever since that episode, even the Pakistani government has become more confrontational with the U.S., all of which has led analysts to conclude that the militants will be taking advantage of that continuing rift.
“Elements both within the Pakistani government and in the FATA are likely to benefit from a significantly wider rift between the United States and Pakistan, so the intentional staging of a provocation is not only possible but seems highly likely,” according to a report of the open intelligence group Stratfor.
FATA refers to Pakistani Federally Administered Tribal Areas where the border incident occurred and militants cross freely into Afghanistan and back again into Pakistan.
Sources believe that in 2013 the TTP will take advantage of the opposition to the U.S. and publicity of other high-profile attacks such as on major military facilities and police outlets will rise, with the hope to further undermine public confidence in the Pakistani government.
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