Pakistan is entering a new political crisis, one that perhaps heralds encroachment towards the edge of state failure. This was deemed likely some years ago when the Pakistani Taliban expanded beyond the ungovernable North West Frontier provinces. Then, a balancing act between Islam, army, civil government and the United States led to a fightback.
The venal elites have proved as incapable of democratic trust. Activist judges react against Zardari with as much zeal as they fought Musharraf, that long forgotten figure of contempt. They wish to reopen corruption charges against President Zardari, which the government has refused to comply with. Even worse for the beleaguered party is a leaked memo hankering after US support in the event of a potential military coup. That would be touching the third rail.
Whilst the troubles rise, terrorism and violence are on the increase. Is it a matter of time before the Taliban again see an opportunity to assert greater control beyond their strongholds?