Massive suicide attack in Peshawar ahead of Clinton’s Pakistan visit kills over 100; Clinton says US will not support dictators in future; Offensive against militants in South Waziristan continues;
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  • A massive suicide attack in Peshawar on October 28 at a busy market place claimed over 100 lives, most of whom were women and children. Reports noted that a terrorist group belonging to Darra Adamkhel carried out the attack, which occurred just before US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Pakistan.1

    Clinton on her part told reporters in Lahore on October 29 that it was hard for her to believe that the Pakistan government did not know where the militants were and that they could not get them if they really wanted to. She also noted the difficult economic situation in the country, and pointed out that the share of taxes to GDP was the lowest in Pakistan.2 The Speaker of the Pakistan National Assembly Fehmida Mirza stated on October 30 in Islamabad that Clinton had admitted that the US had erred in the past in supporting dictators and reportedly assured her Pakistani hosts that future relation’s would not be based on rapport with individuals but with the state and people of Pakistan.3

    The offensive by Pakistan security forces meanwhile continued. While more than 40 militants were killed in South Waziristan on October 26, 33 were killed on October 31 in the same area.4 The Army proceeded towards another Taliban stronghold, Sararogha.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Islamabad during the week. During his meeting with PM Gilani, both the countries decided to strengthen their strategic ties, enhance cooperation in the economic domain and take steps to effectively counter terrorism.5

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