Pakistan has more than once been described as the world's most dangerous country. Its wild northern reaches remain host to various branches of the Pakistani Taliban and likely to al Qaeda (Osama bin Laden is thought to be among them), while other militant groups make gains closer to urban areas. The bomb that went off here left six dead in Quetta, in the country's southwest. More than 3 million Pakistani civilians were displaced by "counterinsurgency" operations in 2009 -- the largest single movement of people since the Rwandan genocide. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari's democratically elected government looks hapless -- unable to gain any measure of civilian control over a nuclear-armed military obsessed with planning for a war with India, or an intelligence service that stands accused of abetting the Afghan Taliban.
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