A Talk Nation Radio news update with Dori Smith, April 20, 2010
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We interviewed Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of the Bajaur Agency area, at the Pak/Afghan border.
During a week of April terror in Peshawar Pakistan. The death toll has risen to over a hundred with hundreds seriously wounded. The terror attacks carried out in busy market places or bazaars including the Storytellerâs Bazaar, and the Board Bazaar region where a five year old was among the dead in a blast near a police school.
On Tuesday the 20th, a blast tore through a crowd protesting frequent power cuts in Pakistan killing dozens. The protest said to have been organized by an extreme right wing religious group called, Jamaat-e-Islamiya. Several police and political officials are among the dead.
We spoke with journalist Muhammad Khurshid just hours after one of the blasts. He described a situation of chaos in which people view both the Pakistan and Afghan governments as collapsing, and find themselves trapped between rival militant groups and war lords. He blames the crisis overall on an influx of US dollars.
We will be discussing these developments with Elizabeth and Paul Fitzgerald on this weekâs Talk Nation Radio. You can read reports from Muhammad Khurshid at OPED news and other outlets and he has plans to write a book about the collapse of Pakistanâs government system and regional violence.
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