Pakistani paramilitary troops patrol to ensure security in Hyderabad, Pakistan on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. Army soldiers patrolled the streets of the southern cities of Hyderabad and Karachi in an effort to quell violence following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, witnesses said.
by Darryl Mason
In the wake of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a ‘surge’ of US Special Forces for Pakistan’s remote tribal lands is unlikely to face heavy opposition from President Musharraf, who will be busy trying to stop his own name, and that of his political party, from being linked with Bhutto’s assassins.
The shock of Bhutto’s death, so close to the January 8 elections which were tipped to see her elected prime minister, is also likely to lessen public opposition to the increase of US troops inside Pakistan.
This report, published today in The Australian newspaper, appeared on the Murdoch media portal news.com.au within half an hour of the confirmation of the announcement of Bhutto’s death
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