Pakistan’s never-ending game of Whac-A-Mole

Amid last week’s carnage in Lahore and Quetta, Pakistan is saying they’ve cleared Orakzai Agency of militants. They said the same thing barely three months ago (see here for more on June’s "victory"). On Friday, militants blew up a girls school in Swat, seven months after announcing the district was "mostly clear", and a year ...

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Amid last week's carnage in Lahore and Quetta, Pakistan is saying they've cleared Orakzai Agency of militants. They said the same thing barely three months ago (see here for more on June's "victory"). On Friday, militants blew up a girls school in Swat, seven months after announcing the district was "mostly clear", and a year after the army announced it had swept the district clean of Taliban.

Perhaps it's time to invent a term for the amount of time between a Pakistani declaration of victory over the Taliban in a district/province/city, etc., and when the Taliban reappear in the "cleaned" area. How about a "Kayani Unit"?

Amid last week’s carnage in Lahore and Quetta, Pakistan is saying they’ve cleared Orakzai Agency of militants. They said the same thing barely three months ago (see here for more on June’s "victory"). On Friday, militants blew up a girls school in Swat, seven months after announcing the district was "mostly clear", and a year after the army announced it had swept the district clean of Taliban.

Perhaps it’s time to invent a term for the amount of time between a Pakistani declaration of victory over the Taliban in a district/province/city, etc., and when the Taliban reappear in the "cleaned" area. How about a "Kayani Unit"?

Andrew Swift is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.

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