Pakistan closed its airspace this morning, except for authorized flights. Islamabad has announced that any aircraft entering Pakistani airspace without permission will be shot down. Incomiong international flights have been given permission to land at Karachi airport. Karachi, Nawabshah, Rahim Yar Khan, Lahore and Islamabad airports have been kept open for domestic flights to land.

For the Balochistan Express story, click here.

At the same time, Tokyo’s Mainichi Shimbun is saying that a highly placed source in the Pakistani government has told the paper that President Musharraf will reverse his position on the Taliban shortly, and withdraw Pakistan’s embassy from Kabul. This will leave the Taliban entirely isolated, without recognition from a single country in the world.

For the Mainochi Shimbun story, click here.

Insight: Some sort of action in the area would appear to be very close at this point. However, the President’s plans and actions are liable to be surprising and innovative.

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