Pakistan – Party That Pledged Talks With Taliban Faces Big Test

from The Wall Street Journal..

MY 12, 2013, By SAEED SHAH

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LAHORE, Pakistan—Former cricket star Imran Khan may have failed to become the kingmaker in national politics, but Saturday’s Pakistani election turned his party into the dominant force in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province—the epicenter of Taliban violence.

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On the campaign trail, Mr. Khan, who remains hospitalized after a fall at an election rally last week, promised to open talks with the Pakistani Taliban, cut security cooperation with the U.S. and shoot down American drones.

The election results, which made his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf the largest party in the provincial legislature, would put these pledges to the test, should the party be able to attract enough allies to form the next administration.

“People expect Imran Khan to be able to bring peace much more quickly,” said Ijaz Khan, a professor at Peshawar University. “I wonder how PTI will be able to deliver to the sky-high expectations of better governance and peace, especially from the youth.”
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The Pakistani Taliban operate independently of the Afghan movement of the same name and work closely with al Qaeda to wage jihad against Pakistan’s “apostate” government and military. The Pakistani Taliban have so far shown no interest in negotiations with Mr. Khan and last year branded him an infidel…

Link to the entire article:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324715704578479090783651114.html?KEYWORDS=PAKISTAN

 

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