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Bus driver shakes Islamic world’s only power: Time

A US based magazine ‘Time’ has written that it’s almost like a bad joke as a bus driver, a ski lift operator and a gym rat have turned the Islamic world’s only nuclear-armed nation upside down. It says that on Saturday Pakistani forces chased militants led by former bus driver Mangal Bagh from the fringes of Peshawar, a provincial capital 30 miles from the border with Afghanistan and a key transit point for vital supplies destined for U.S. and NATO forces fighting the Afghan insurgency.

In Swat, a one-time tourist haven 100 miles from the capital, Islamabad, militants set five schoolgirls on fire, torched a primary school and burned down the country’s only ski resort.
Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the local Taliban chapter, used to work the chairlift. Last year he nearly brought the Pakistani military to its knees in brutal fighting that turned “little Switzerland” into something resembling Afghanistan before the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

The government sued for peace. Fazlullah agreed, on the condition that he would be able to implement Islamic law in the area. Meanwhile, in Waziristan, followers of Baitullah Mehsud, the physical trainer, have slaughtered at least 22 peace negotiators who arrived on behalf of the government seeking to cement a ceasefire accord. Both the CIA and Pakistan’s intelligence agencies say he is behind the attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December. Three years ago no one had even heard of these men. What happened?-SANA

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