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With friends like these...

A poll of urban Pakistanis:

"Do you favour or oppose the Pakistani army entering federally administered tribal areas to pursue and capture al Qaeda fighters?"

Favour - 44%
Oppose - 36%

However, going after Taliban types is a bit more popular, at 48%. This does rather beg the question as to what the confused 4% would do about mixed AQ/Taliban camps.

And as to letting their Uncle Sam do the same:

Favour - 5%
Oppose - 80%

Meanwhile, the outlook for secularism in Pakistan is not good - 60% want more sharia law.

The Federally Administered Tribal Area has a web site all of its very own, and news is to be found at the 'whats up' (sic) tab. And lo and behold, a click reveals, "NO NEWS FOUND".

More promising is the list of books in the FATA's library, including 'Enjoy Afghanistan - An Orientation Manual for Expatriate Workers'. Which is NOT a hoax, as I have found details. 'The Khattak - A Restless People' by Muhammed Nawaz Khan also sounds a good read.


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