The BBC reports that “Pakistanis flee into Afghanistan”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7642015.stm:
bq.. The UN says 20,000 people have fled Pakistan’s tribal area of Bajaur for Afghanistan amid fighting between troops and militants in recent months.
The UN’s refugee agency says almost 4,000 families have crossed north-west into Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
The army began a sustained campaign against militants in Bajaur nearly two months ago.
Some 300,000 others have fled east within Pakistan in recent weeks with many of them living in temporary camps.
!http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45062000/gif/_45062114_pak_fata_nwf_226.gif! Afghanistan has been a failed state since the Soviets invaded, and sitting here in Pakistan people have always been thankful that at least it’s not bad as Afghanistan… Well for at least 20,000 Pakistani’s Afghanistan is now a safer, better place.
The areas on map marked FATA have never been part of Pakistan – the laws of the country don’t apply there, nor is there a police system, or any of the other systems which together make up a country.
Today’s news just hits home that fact.
Of course, one of the reasons militants from all over the world found it so easy to move into the tribal areas is that there is absolutely no govt. there. Sure, it looks like the Pakistan and American governments have finally sent in the army to deal with a portion of the many armies who live in those areas, but the massive elephant still remains in the room – that the tribal areas are not part of Pakistan, legally, economically, politically or any other which way you look at it.