and then ... Pakistan's Musharraf losing power to pro-Al Qaida officers
This story is 100% polar opposite to the one published in STRATFOR yesterday, whic claims we have a hot pursuit agreement n Waziristan - which I don't believe ..GERTZ AGAIN is the soruce
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf risks a collapse of his regime when he returns to Islamabad after his high-profile visit to the White House. Musharraf faces an Al Qaida-aligned intelligence and military that has decided to bolster Osama Bin Laden during the president's tour of the United States and other allies.
Western intelligence sources said Musharraf has already accepted the dictates of the jihad clique in Islamabad. They said the president was forced to accept a government decision to cede authority over North Waziristan, the mountainous tribal region along the Afghan border, to Al Qaida and Taliban.
The Pakistani decision marked Musharraf's surrender to the group of military officers that controls the nation's army and intelligence community.
Musharraf also looked on helplessly as Pakistan released more than 150 Al Qaida-aligned prisoners in a decision led by the Inter-Services Intelligence.