From Bill Roggio:
Over 500 Taliban fighters under the command of Maulana Muhammad Alam poured into Shangla and took control of the district office and police station in Alpuri "without facing any resistance from the government," the Daily Times reported. "All government functionaries, including the DPO [District Police Officer] and DCO [District Coordination Officer], left the area the moment they heard of the fall of Shangla Top police station, located at the border between Swat and Shangla." The district courts are also under Taliban control, Dawn reported...Things aren't looking good. Nevertheless, they lend less credence to Bhutto's implicit claim that Musharraf is a self-serving arbitrary dictator, whereas the balance Mushy's aptly performed tight rope walking for the past 6 years required was bound to break, and since he's got no more rope to stand on, these drastic steps are but a slim few of his options. I think he honestly believes he is doing the best thing he can to save Pakistan.
The fall of Shangla comes as the Pakistani army took control of security operations in neighboring Swat, where Fazlullah has essentially taken control of the district. Martial law was imposed after hundreds of police and paramilitary soldiers surrendered weapons and themselves to Fazlullah's Taliban.
But what Musharraf believes doesn't matter; what does matter is if the threat to democracy from Musharraf is greater than the threat to Pakistan from the Taliban and other extremists. The only things that are becoming clear in this mess, is that Pakistan is increasingly a threat to the world, and Bhutto is increasingly the self-serving politician.