Clinton: Pakistan poses a ‘mortal threat’ to global security; Kayani and Mullen discuss US drone attacks; Sufi Muhammad calls for instituting Darul Qaza in Malakand; Gilani defends the Nizam-e-Adl
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  • The United States expressed extreme concern over the rapidly changing developments in Pakistan with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stating that Pakistan posed a “mortal threat” to global security and therefore urgent action was needed to tackle the situation. She was speaking before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 221. Clinton also expressed fears about the dangers of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into militant hands2. American high-level engagement with Islamabad continued with the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen meeting Gen. Kayani in Islamabad on April 22 to discuss issues relating to US drone attacks and President Obama’s AfPak strategy3.

    Reports meanwhile noted that the Taliban influence remained unchecked with militants warning security forces to keep out of the Swat valley4. The chief of Tehrik Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi, Maulana Sufi Muhammad also demanded the dismantlement of the existing judicial system in the Malakand division and instead called for a court of Darul Qaza to be instituted5.

    In other developments, even as Prime Minister Gilani justified the imposition of the Nizam-e-Adl in the Swat valley, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif stated that the Taliban posed a grave danger to the country6.