Pakistan's other war
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Already locked in a deadly struggle with Al Qaeda, Pakistan is now grappling with a tribal insurgency in Baluchistan province:
He's 80 years old, but Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, a feudal lord in Pakistan's rugged Baluchistan province, wants to fight to the death. A Kalashnikov rifle strapped to his back, Bugti travels by camel through desert ravines and hobbles up cliffs to hidden caves where he plots ways for his Baluch tribesmen to ambush the Pakistani army. "It's better to dieâ€”as the Americans sayâ€”with your spurs on," says Bugti. "Instead of a slow death in bed, I'd rather death come to me while I'm fighting for a purpose." That purpose is to make life as difficult as possible for Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. Bugti is one of three Baluch tribal chiefs leading an armed uprising against Islamabad. [ Time Magazine]
Several hundred people have already been killed in the conflict. The battle with the Baluch tribes is consuming significant amounts of American weapons that were supposed to be used against Al Qaeda.