Many American history students learn of a concept called the Frontier Thesis, the idea that the American experience on the frontier shaped the American character. Pakistanis have their own common experiences, from mass migration to war.
A Pakistani general being urged to clear out a strategic area along his country's border with Afghanistan says his troops are engaged in active operations in the region, and Pakistan alone shouldn't be blamed for cross-border militancy.Lt. Gen.
There is worry that violent militants inside Pakistan could destabilize the country.American officials want Pakistan to intensify its fight against those militants because they complicate the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Above Irshad Alam's desk is a wooden plaque that lists all the officers who previously held his post.Alam commands the Frontier Constabulary troops at the Shabqadar Fort in Pakistan's northwest tribal region.