Sunday, December 30, 2007
Pakistani Paramilitary have orders to shoot on sight as violence continues
While not expected to dissolve, Pakistan was roiled with unrest Friday as supporters across the country marched on banks, burned police stations and engaged in shootouts with police. The extent of the violence has paralyzed the nuclear-armed Muslim nation, triggering alarm around the world and throwing scheduled January 8 elections into disarray.
According to the UK Telegraph, "paramilitary rangers were given the authority to use live rounds to stop rioters from damaging property in southern Pakistan."
"We have orders to shoot on sight," Major Asad Ali, the rangers' spokesman, told the paper.