Taliban employing "Socialist" tactics. Inching towards Islamabad.
Communist literature left by the Soviets in Afghanitan would have studied by some of the Taliban at that time. According to those lucky ones who could manage to escape from the Taliban's attack on Swat, the terrorists have used hard left socialist tactics to "liberate" the Swat valley from four dozens of "Proletarian bourgeois"who were holding the contorl of the valley previously.
Islamabad is the next target in Taliban's radar
Emboldened by the imposition of Sharia in Swat Valley, the Taliban is inching closer to Islamabad by engineering a "bloody revolution" that exploits profound fissures between a small group of wealthy landlords and their landless tenants, a report said today.
In trouble-torn Swat, accounts from those who have fled now make clear that the Taliban seized control by pushing out about four dozen landlords who held the most power, The New York Times reported, quoting Pakistani officials and analysts.
To do so, the militants organised peasants into armed gangs that became their shock troops, the report said.
The approach allowed the Taliban to offer economic spoils to people frustrated with lax and corrupt government even as the militants imposed a strict form of Islam through terror and intimidation.
"This was a bloody revolution in Swat," said a senior Pakistani official who oversees Swat, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation by the Taliban.