Despite anger over shooting of girl, Pakistan may still not move against militants

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

In Pakistan, there's widespread outrage over the Taliban shooting of a 14-year-old female activist.

But there's still no agreement on whether Pakistan's government should use this opportunity to target the last major sanctuary of the militants along the Afghan border.

The U.S. has pushed Pakistan to launch that kind of an operation, in an area that is home to enemies of the Pakistani government, as well as to militants fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Although some Pakistani leaders and opinion makers say Pakistan's government should harness the anger over last week's shooting, and build public support for a push into North Waziristan, others say it would just trigger a violent backlash. They say there should be peace negotiations, and an end to Pakistani support for the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

A Taliban gunman shot and critically wounded Malala Yousufzai last week as she returned home from school in Pakistan's northwest. She was targeted because of her vocal support for girls' education, and her criticism of the insurgents.

She was flown to Britain this week for medical treatment, amid threats by the Taliban to attack her again.


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