So far today, more than 80 people have died in a bomb blast in a market in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. Reports coming in at the time of suggest there will be many more casualties. In the last few weeks several similar attacks have killed more than 200 people. This comes on the day that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Islamabad for a series of talks about building closer ties with Pakistan and tackling the security problem.
But with almost daily attacks on innocent Pakistanis, can the American and Pakistani governments achieve any security at all? As news of the blast broke, many people have reacted on social networks…bilish wrote on Twitter: cont 2 B shocked by the unrest in Pakistan and other messages like this: The streets and bazzars where we used to wander freely are now full of fear…
It raises so many questions about safety, military action and most importantly, what next? Can Hillary Clinton stick to her aim of bringing in support from Pashtun leaders. Can she hope to turn the page as she wishes? This article written a few days ago asks some interesting questions about the whole region, and whether anyone in the international community saw the level and pace of violence coming.
Today, a UN guest house in Kabul has also been attacked and several people killed. How should NATO and Pakistan deal with the Taliban? And does the attack in Peshawar scupper Mrs Clinton’s wish to strengthen the relationship between the US and Pakistan?