By Anwar Iqbal
The Washington Times
November 5, 2007
Islamist militants, cited by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in his declaration of a state of emergency, are for the first time threatening the government outside their stronghold in the tribal areas along the Afghan border.
In the first two days of the emergency, security forces have been busier rounding up Supreme Court judges and the president’s political opponents in the capital than going after the militants.
But insofar as the crisis was provoked by the growing strength of the extremists, it was their new offensive in the Swat Valley — a scenic area known as the Switzerland of Pakistan — that prodded Gen. Musharraf to drastic action.