May 15th, 2009
11:00 PM ET

Pakistan crackdown will create chaos

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[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/15/pakistan.refugees.aid/art.refugees.bus.afp.gi.jpg caption="Pakistani civilians pack a bus leaving Mingora, the capital of the troubled Swat Valley."]

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A Taliban spokesman issued threats and ultimatums against Pakistani officials this week as the country's military continued its offensive against the militant group in the Swat Valley.

Speaking with CNN on Wednesday, Muslim Khan announced that all national and provincial parliament members from the Malakand Division, the northwestern region where the Swat Valley is located, must resign within three days. "Otherwise, we will arrest all their families," Khan threatened, "and we will destroy all their buildings."

As the Pakistani offensive continued against the Taliban, Fareed Zakaria interviewed the nation's former president, Pervez Musharraf, for his show Sunday. Musharraf is a former chief of the Pakistan Army who took power in a 1999 coup and stepped down as the nation's president under pressure last summer.

Zakaria discussed the challenges facing Pakistan with CNN.

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  1. Bill , IN

    They have been fighting and killing each other in the Middle east for 5000 years. What makes today any different ?

    May 17, 2009 at 2:51 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Yes it will and chaos only leads to other forms of chaos i.e the Taliban threatening other muslims and thier families with death.What is wrong is that we fail to see that the taliban or extreme islamic beliefs will not rule the world. It may have pockets of support and so be it.
    The so called AfPak strategy is incomplete, it needs to be supported by a UN led peace deal and border resolution negotiations between India and Pakistan.
    The the ISI and the Pakistan Army can then concentrate on governing Pakistan, maintaining national laws ( which allow sha'ria Law already to a degree,) and rooting out corruption in the legal systems and unrest in the tribal areas.
    The problem is America still wants to lead everything and control the outcome.
    The facts are that America is finding out that Empires, Colonisers, whatever fall, in the end because nations and nationals don't want or need our American or any one else's ideas, of government, law and religion.

    May 17, 2009 at 1:19 am |
  3. Art

    Bottom line, Pakistan has nukes, and how much money did we give them? Back the the USA another half a million people lose there job and washington is pointing the finger at everyone but themselves. Whats tomorrow going to bring?

    May 16, 2009 at 7:47 am |
  4. Sumathi Thasarathan

    Dear Anderson Cooper;
    We enjoy watching your show every day. It is very interesting with all the latest news. It is also good to see uncovering all the displaced people from Pakistan and their struggle.

    Sri Lanka also is in the same situation and millions of people are displaced, killed including women, children and babies. Most of the others are still dying and injured and could not be treated with all the hospitals were destroyed. Rest of them are dying without food and water. Sri Lankan Government is not letting any reporters in the war zone and restricted all the food and medicine distribution.

    My kind request is, why not SriLankan issue and their Tamil struggle. Please Expose the SriLankan Tamil Struggle to the world :))

    Thank you

    May 16, 2009 at 12:02 am |
  5. Terry, TX

    "Pakistan Crackdown Will Create Chaos".....and what would the chaos be if these Islamic terrorists get their hands on 60 nuclear weapons. Sir you live in the sociology of it all....and not the reality of it. Countries all over the world are at risk ....displaced people is a sad situation but who do you blame. Who are these people to invade Pakistan? They are not worth the time to spit on...and yet with every show of weakness....they want to go in for the kill. What gives them the right?

    May 15, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Regardless if Pakistan does the crackdown or not there is going to be chaos. I mean the Taliban are trying to rule with an iron fist!


    May 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm |