Pakistan Fights Militants in the Mountains

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Despite fierce resistance, Pakistan's Army claims progress in its much-awaited offensive South Waziristan, where some 10,000 Taliban provide a base for al Qaeda and training for foreign jihadis. Twenty eight thousand troops are in the fourth day of their offensive, backed by jet planes, helicopters and tanks, as tens of thousands of civilians flee for their safety. In apparent response, suicide bombings continue in Pakistan's major cities, with two simultaneous strikes today at a university in Islamabad. Are the Army's Taliban targets the same ones the US and NATO are after next door in Afghanistan? What's the role of Pakistan's Cold War with India, and is this the moment for those nuclear powers to finally make peace?

Credits

Guests:
Zahid Hussain - Journalist, Wall Street Journal and London Times, Najam Sethi - Friday Times and Daily Times - @najam_sethi, Hassan Abbas - Senior Advisor, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Karl Inderfurth - former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal, Frances Anderton