Pakistan May Still Not Move Against Militants

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Despite anger over shooting of the girl being treated in the United Kingdom.

A supporter of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), reacts while holding a poster of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot last Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, during a rally to condemn the attack in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- In Pakistan, there's widespread outrage over the Taliban shooting of a 14-year-old female activist.
But there's still no agreement on whether Pakistan's government should use this opportunity to target the last major sanctuary of the militants along the Afghan border.
The U.S. has pushed Pakistan to launch that kind of an operation, in an area that is home to enemies of the Pakistani government, as well as to militants fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Although some Pakistani leaders and opinion makers say Pakistan's government should harness the anger over last week's shooting, and build public support for a push into North Waziristan, others say it would just trigger a violent backlash. They say there should be peace negotiations, and an end to Pakistani support for the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
A Taliban gunman shot and critically wounded Malala Yousufzai (mah-LAH'-lah yoo-SOOF'-zeye) last week as she returned home from school in Pakistan's northwest. She was targeted because of her vocal support for girls' education, and her criticism of the insurgents.
She was flown to Britain this week for medical treatment, amid threats by the Taliban to attack her again.

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