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'Swat deal to increase US-Pak tensions'

As Pakistan ratified the peace deal with the Taliban in restive Swat Valley despite strong objections from the US, an eminent American think-tank has warned the move would increase the tensions between Islamabad and Washington.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2009 11:31 IST

As Pakistan ratified the peace deal with the Taliban in restive Swat Valley despite strong objections from the US, an eminent American think-tank has warned the move would increase the tensions between Islamabad and Washington.

Stratfor, the US think-tank, also said the Obama Administration could even move to expand its unilateral airstrikes inside Pakistan.

“Not only will Pakistan see greater domestic turmoil as a result of the passage of this law, but the new regulation will further aggravate tensions between Islamabad and Washington, complicating Western efforts to combat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan,” Stratfor said.

“The United States may even move to expand its unilateral airstrikes and covert operations deeper into Pakistani territory,” it said, adding that the signing into law the peace deal with Pakistani Taliban would virtually convert the Swat Valley into a Taliban territory.

“The Nizam-i-Adl Regulation becoming law without the militants laying down their arms is thus far the most significant example of the Pakistani state’s retreat in the face of a powerful jihadist insurgency,” Stratfor said.