Taliban Exploit Class Rifts to Gain Ground in Pakistan

The Taliban have advanced deeper into Pakistan by engineering a class revolt that exploits profound fissures between a small group of wealthy landlords and their landless tenants, according to government officials and analysts here.

The strategy cleared a path to power for the Taliban in the Swat Valley, where the government allowed Islamic law to be imposed this week, and it carries broad dangers for the rest of Pakistan, particularly the militants’ main goal, the populous heartland of Punjab Province.

In Swat, accounts from those who have fled now make clear that the Taliban seized control by pushing out about four dozen landlords who held the most power.

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One comment on “Taliban Exploit Class Rifts to Gain Ground in Pakistan

  1. BlueOntario says:

    Where else will this new form of facism raise its ugly head?