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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's new government was accused Tuesday of lacking the resolve to stem militant activity after a spate of bombings in the country's capital and its main commercial city.
Pakistan's leaders this week called for national unity and insisted they are committed to fighting terrorism, but they are increasingly accused of having a contradictory approach — seeking peace with militants while also using force."Any observer of the scene will be struck by what appears to be a lack of resolve on the government's part to crush this mischief that by any standards is the greatest threat to Pakistan," said an editorial in Dawn, a leading Pakistani newspaper.
The News, another major paper, said, "So far, there is considerable confusion in policies regarding militancy."
Pakistan's government came to power after February elections with promises to use peace talks and economic aid to try to end militant violence — much of which occurs in the northwest tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan. Under the previous administration dominated by U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf, the government relied heavily on military action against militants. U.S. officials have warned the new government that peace deals could give extremists room to regroup
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