Katie Couric's Notebook: Pakistan

A ceasefire sounds like a good thing, and for civilians living in Pakistan's Swat Valley, it may be.

But both U.S. and NATO officials have expressed grave concern over Pakistan's decision to stop fighting Taliban forces in a region close to Afghanistan's border.

The truce agreement allows the militant stronghold to be run under Islamic Law.

This week, President Hamid Karzai and U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke had a successful meeting. The Pentagon announced it would send an additional 17,000 troops. The common goal is clear: keep Afghanistan out of the hands of the Taliban.

Pakistan's move is considered a big step back, at a time when boots on the ground are trying to move forward.

Most experts agree, Pakistan would be more stable if it kept fighting and the Taliban would be weaker without this time to regroup. This is one case where peace may just be the calm before the storm.


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