Men wait by their truck to return to their village following the 'reopening' of the Swat Valley after the recent military offensive. Note the intricate carved woodwork on the truck door
Things have been eerily quiet in Pakistan for some weeks now. No significant strikes in urban areas, no large scale attacks on paramilitary check posts.
I can't believe that the police is suddenly up to the task. Yes, the several major (Swat and Buner) and minor (Waziristan) security sweeps coupled with the incessant drone attacks have put some pressure on the mullahs. But is it enough to shut them up? I don't think so.
Something is brewing. The insurgency is far from over. I suspect we will soon find out what Baitullah Mehsud and his gang have in store.
P.S. If you want to make a cool USD five million all you have to do is provide information on Baitullah Mehsud to the US government - you don't even have to locate him!
Sultanwas in the Buner District adjoining the Swat Valley. It took three days of fighting before the Pakistani military recaptured the village from the militants in July 2009