by Ashley Smith, MRzine, October 27, 2009
Saadia Toor is an assistant professor at Staten Island College, author of a forthcoming book on Pakistan from Pluto Press, and part of the group Action for a Progressive Pakistan.
The Pakistani Army has launched a major offensive against Taliban forces in the province of Waziristan. What is behind this assault, and what impact will it have on the people there?
The Army had been warning ever since it attacked in Swat earlier this year that its next move would be inSouth Waziristan. This area is incredibly undeveloped and has become a stronghold of the Tehrik-e-TalibanPakistan(or TTP), which had been led by Baitullah Mehsud until he was killed in drone attack conducted by theU.S.earlier this year