Pakistan Appears Unprepared for 'Massive Displacement' - Mark Magnier and Zulqifar Ali, Los Angeles Times.
They stream down from the mountains, limping along in small groups, riding in battered cars, hanging off jampacked trucks and buses. Along with its long list of problems, the Pakistani government must now cope with hundreds of thousands of stressed and bedraggled civilians fleeing clashes between soldiers and militants. As the number of people leaving their cattle sheds and mountain houses increases, so do the questions: Why was Islamabad apparently caught off guard by the large numbers of displaced? Why hasn't there been better coordination between the army and provincial agencies? How will these legions of dispossessed affect Pakistan's fight with the Taliban and its political stability?