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The Uneasy Air Over Waziristan

Will America really force a confrontation on the country over the Haqqanis?

The Uneasy Air Over Waziristan
The Uneasy Air Over Waziristan
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As Washington and Islamabad remain engaged in a verbal duel over the Haqqani network, there are many who wonder about the kind of retaliatory action America could take against Pakistan. Could the Americans launch a ground offensive in North Waziristan? No, says analyst Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi, who believes America’s threats are more rhetorical than practical. “However, as a domestic damage control exercise, the Obama administration may order aerial bombings in North Waziristan,” Rizvi told Outlook.

Aerial bombings, Rizvi feels, could involve helicopters or fighter planes. The Pakistani air force has the capacity to shoot down choppers—and such incidents could then be blamed on the Taliban. “Fighter planes, though, would be hard for Pakistan to combat,” says Rizvi, “and I, therefore, think Pakistan would avoid a direct military confrontation with the Americans.”

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