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There is still possibility that the present rulers may use terrorism for ensuring their victory in the election. People of Pakistan, who have been facing multiple crises, have attached great expectations with the Democrats, whose victory in the election, has been sensed by them.

Now the country is faced with severe crisis. The suicide bombing has become a routine matter, but an effort is still being made to create condition for a bloody revolution.Shortage of essential commodities have created a wave of anger among the people. The people lost their confidence in the present rulers.

According to an editorial comment of Daily Dawn, nationwide wheat flour crisis has worsened by the day. The situation seems to have gotten out of the government's hands due to the inability to overcome the product's shortage and hold down its prices, which have already spiked to a record high - it is being sold for Rs20-35 per kg depending on where you buy it. No matter what the government does to manage the crisis, the imbalance in the flour supply is unlikely to be bridged over the next several days. Meanwhile, the authorities - who find themselves in a tight spot as reports of public protests in various cities proliferate - have refused to take responsibility for the crisis that began weeks before the last wheat harvest was completed. Initially, the government blamed wheat smugglers for the hike in prices. The big price differential in the home and international markets was stated to be the cause. Later, hoarders were accused of holding back their stocks to rig profits. More recently, the long power cuts and paucity of transportation were said to have been the cause of flour scarcity. Now the former chief minister of Punjab even has the audacity to attribute the crisis to a 'conspiracy' to malign his party.

Daily Times in a short comments stated that the world was now compelled to weigh the authority of President Pervez Musharraf and his government against the political and strategic dominance of Al Qaeda and found the former wanting. The depth of incompetence on the part of the government passed the threshold of third world tolerance and doubts began to surface about the penetration of the state machinery by extremist elements who thought like Al Qaeda. On October 18, when the PPP leader Ms Benazir Bhutto was attacked in Karachi for the first time, she was convinced that it was an "inside" job. However if there was any suspicion in anyone's mind about the role of the state in the suicide-bombing it was deepened further when she was finally killed on December 27. Facts leaking out of the investigation point again and again to a facilitating hand inside the state structure.

Just before the assassination, an Al Qaeda asset named Rashid Rauf - a British national involved in plans of terrorism in the UK and connected to Jaish-e Muhammad in Pakistan - was taken from police custody and helped to vanish in the no-go territory of the Tribal Areas that have virtually been annexed by Al Qaeda and its Taliban followers. It was clear once again that this was an "inside job". The question now arises: how big is the number of those inside the state apparatus who owe allegiance to Al Qaeda or hate the United States enough to place the country's nuclear assets in the hands of those they regard as the most legitimate "Islamic response" to the policies of the US?

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
 

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