Pakistan has a real problem right now. Some Taliban fighters were captured last week, so they responded by capturing about 30 local government officials. The threat is that unless the captured Taliban members are not released, they would be executed.
This is a good test of exactly where the newly elected government of Pakistan stands and how strong they are willing to be in fighting Islamic extremism. I have been critical of the Pakistani government for making those deals back in February and March. I believe that those same deals are one of the reasons that the violence in Afghanistan has gone up this spring. Today’s standoff between the Pakistani government and the Taliban will help us see how determined the Pakistani government really is in fighting Islamic terrorism.