Current models of M16 machine guns are for sale in Darra Adam Khel, smuggled from Afghanistan. The asking price is 450,000 rupees (U.S. $7,000).
By Saeed Shah | McClatchy Newspapers
That administrative system, a legacy of the British Empire, gave enormous powers to the local chief bureaucrat, known as the political agent in the tribal territories and the deputy commissioner in the rest of Pakistan. He controlled the security forces and acted as a magistrate, adjudicating on disputes, powers that could have been used to quash Taliban cells before they had a chance to mushroom. Adding fuel was the anger that the tribes of the area felt about Pakistan's alliance with Washington after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001.