Posts Tagged ‘Peace Deal’
Zardari Signs Regulation After Parliament Approval
ISLAMABAD — An aide to Pakistan’s president says he has signed a regulation imposing Islamic law in the northwest valley.
The government is agreeing to revert to an Islamic justice system in the Swat Valley.
Swat was an independent state governed under Shari’ah until 1970 when then military ruler General Yahya Khan scrapped its independent identity.
Locals say they used to settle their issues under Shari’ah, insisting that the enforcement of British laws complicated the situation.
President Asif Ali Zardari signed off on the rule Monday night after members of the National Assembly urged him to do so in a unanimously backed resolution.
His spokeswoman Farahnaz Ispahani confirmed the signing.
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It’s not about war on terror, it never was, it’s not about Al-Qaeda, and it never was. It’s not about Baitullah Mehsud either. It was always about US imperialism and hegemony. Renowned political thinker and linguist of our time Noam Chomsky, has got it right in his famous quote, “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” No wonder that the US, its allies, and our corrupt sell out government are repeating the same propaganda over and over again. ‘It’s our war’, it’s our war’, no it’s not our war. It’s US, India backed war inside Pakistan and we have to defend ourselves at all costs. This is ugly face of modern warfare. This is not 1965, warfare has changed altogether. Its multi dimensioned warfare now. Modern warfare is also called 4th generation warfare.
Should we start a civil war because some liberal extremists in our elite are upset about the alleged flogging video?
Some occasions are not meant for settling scores. But a minority in our elite that has an ideological problem with religion is at it again. They are not even willing to stop and consider a range of possibilities, including the possibility of foul play. Now we have a statement from the girl named in the video confirming this is not her. She still lives in the village supposedly cited in the video and no one there has seen this flogging take place.
Venue: Pakistan Embassy International School, Aziziyah, Jeddah
Girl at centre of storm denies incident
Chand Bibi, the 17-year-old girl who was shown being held down by three men while a fourth flogged her, reportedly told the judge of a Qazi or Islamic court and Divisional Commissioner Syed Mohammad Javed yesterday that such an incident had never happened.
North West Frontier Province Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told The News daily that Chand Bibi had made a statement to the two officials who visited her village of Kala Killay in Kabal sub-division yesterday.
Hussain said the fake video had been used to tarnish the reputation of the people of Swat and to disrupt the peace process in the area. “We condemn the acts of repression against women… But the incident depicted in the videotape never took place in Swat,” he said.
He claimed the videotape was released as “part of a conspiracy to foil the peace agreement in Swat and put pressure on President (Asif Ali) Zardari not to sign” a regulation for implementing Islamic law in the region.
This comes after Malakand Division Commissioner Syed Mohammad Javed was quoted by local media as saying that the incident shown in the video clip had not happened in the Swat valley and that the accents of the people heard speaking in the video were not those of the region.
“This fabricated video clip is a conspiracy to sabotage the Swat peace deal between the Taliban and the NWFP government,” the commissioner said after his visit to the Kala Kalay village where the incident is alleged to have taken place.
Chairman Pakistan International Human Rights, Raja Liaquat Ali has also said that the video footage of a 17-year old Swat girl being aired on media is fictitious and termed it a conspiracy to malign Islam.
Addressing a press conference in Swat Press Club, he said the video footage of a girl being flogged in public has nothing to do with Swat and that it is a made-up video.
“The purpose of displaying this video is to tarnish the image of Islam.”
He said some elements want the Swat peace agreement to fizzle out.
VIDEO: Altaf Hussain Alleges Girl Flogged After Swat Peace Deal
“US-instigated mayhem in the tribal area has now seeped into the rest of the country as well. This is what the US wants to have a pretext to go in and take out Pakistan’s nuclear weapons before they “fall into the hands of the extremists”. This has been the US plan all along; only the naïve rulers of Pakistan have been unable, or unwilling, to see it.”
The US ambassador in Islamabad had requested the World Food Programme as well as USAID to prepare plans to cater for 800,000 refugees from SWAT – months before trouble even began in the region.
Fazlullah and Baitullah Mehsud are being supported and protected by the CIA. Why has Imam Dera, Fazlullah’s madrassa that sits across Fiza Ghat on the Indus River in Swat, has not been attacked while Jalaluddin Haq-qani’s compound in Waziristan has been repeatedly bombed?
India is involved in Swat and Pakistan is being destablized by forigen powers, says former interior minister General Hamid Nawaz. In this Editor’s Show of PakistanFirst we try to understand Pakistan’s security situation, Swat Deal and Drone attacks in Pakistan. We also discussed Pakistani airports being used for US drone attacks. General Hamid Nawaz confirms to us India’s involvement in Swat. Above all we try to figure what is the solution of Pakistan’s security Problem.
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US must address Pakistan’s security concerns through South Asia diplomacy
Swat is exactly what the demonization of Afghan Taliban and the creation of a fake ‘Pakistani Taliban’ is all about. Pakistan has supported Afghan Taliban, so create these monsters inside Pakistan, call them ‘Taliban’, make them kill ordinary Pakistanis mercilessly, and when anger builds up, point the finger at Pakistani military. What the Pakistani media is not noticing is how that everything that the so-called Pakistani Taliban does ends up supporting the U.S. government and military’s argument for boosting troops in Afghanistan and advocating U.S. military intervention in Pakistan. Swat peace deal is good for Pakistan; has nothing to do with America, is none of Europe’s business. There is no way to eliminate the insurgency in Afghanistan without political reconciliation inside Afghanistan itself. Drone attacks and peace deals in Pakistan are irrelevant.
Read Full Article | Ahmed Quraishi
President Obama and his aides haven’t completed their policy review for Afghanistan — one of the most dangerous of the many foreign policy disasters George W. Bush so blithely left behind. But the situation is unraveling so quickly that aides say that the president decided that he had no choice but to send another 17,000 troops while commanders and diplomats try to come up with a strategy to stop the bloodletting and to try to block the Taliban from recapturing the country. There isn’t a lot of time.
Read Full Article | New York Times
Can Obama Read It?
The insurgents control more than 80% of Afghanistan. No other country understands Afghanistan better than Pakistan. After all there are more Pakhtuns in Pakistan than any other country–and Pakhtuns make up a huge portion of the Pakistan Army–disproportionate to their population. In fact the Pakhtuns of Islamabad understand everything about Kabul–certainly more than Hamid Karzai and certainly a lot more than Washington. Pakistan has always led the way in Afghanistan.
Read Full Article | Moin Ansari
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that Washington could accept a political agreement between the Afghan government and Taliban rebels along the lines of a truce in neighboring Pakistan.
Gates’ comments at the close of a NATO meeting contrasted with those of Richard Holbrooke, the new U.S. envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who said this week that he was worried that the peace deal was tantamount to surrender by Pakistan.