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Heads up for Pakistan

Posted by on September 17th, 2010

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By Dave Anderson:

This is interesting and potentially very destabilizing.  Pakistan is more Steve's beat, but I think we need a quick placeholder.  The Christian Science Monitor reports a leading Pakistani political leader and exile has been stabbed to death in London:

Much of Pakistan is on edge following the assassination of exiled
political leader Imran Farooq in front of his London home on Thursday.
In Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, schools and shops closed and public
transportation shut down as members of Mr. Farooq’s Muttahida Qaumi
Movement (MQM) gathered to grieve…

Last month, dozens of Pakistanis were killed and more than 100 injured
in violence that erupted after MQM leader Raza Haider was gunned down
while attending a funeral in Karachi.

From the US perspective, Karachi is the entreport for 50% or more of all supplies by weight that ISAF/NATO forces in Afghanistan.  Chaos in the city crimps the supply line. 

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