A few months ago when Pakistan haled it's "cease fire" with the Taliban forces in its eastern provinces, many warned that there would only be a lull before neighboring provinces began to feel the pressure. According to Islamo-fascist doctrine (outlined in the Koran) a cease fire is only a time to consolodate power and re-supply before beginning the war anew.
And here we are. From the Long War Journal:
The Taliban are pushing past the districts of Swat and Buner and are threatening Islamabad, a senior Islamist member of parliament said at a briefing.
The Taliban have consolidated control over the district of Buner and are moving on Mansehra and Haripur. These two regions, which are just on the outskirts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, have been relatively spared from the violent Taliban insurgency that has plagued the Northwest.
The Taliban have entered the district of Mansehra and are threatening to take control of the Tarbela Dam in neighboring Haripur district, said Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the chief of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl, an Islamist political party, during a debate in parliament.
"If the Taliban continue to move at this pace, they will soon be knocking at the doors of Islamabad as the Margala Hills seem to be the only hurdle in their march towards the federal capital," Fazl said, according to a report in The News. "After occupying Buner, they have reached Kala Dhaka and may also be taking over the water reservoir of the Tarbela Dam." (more)
So is Pakistan approaching collapse? Time asks the question here.