Inside Pakistan : Who will Rule the Nation ? Talibani or Pakistani ?

‘Swat deal shows Pak inability to stop Talibanisation’
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Pakistani journalists protest against a killing of a TV journalist, Musa Khan Khel, in Swat valley. (AP)

Washington: The Swat Valley peace deal between the extremists and Pakistan Government strengthens the Taliban’s hand in that country, noted an eminent South Asian expert.
The Swat peace agreement should raise alarm bells in Washington about the Pakistani state’s inability to stop spreading Talibanisation in the province, said Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow for South Asia at the prestigious Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center.
Observing the Obama administration has reacted cautiously to this news, Curtis said this sends a signal of weakness in the region precisely at the time the US needs to demonstrate resolve against the forces of extremism and terrorism.
“Washington’s prevarication on the take-over of the Swat Valley by pro-Taliban forces undermines US policy in the region and raises the critical question of why the US would send troops to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, while standing by as Islamist extremists gain ground in neighbouring Pakistan,” Curtis said.

An Imprint of Islamic Brutality……..
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32 bullet wounds on slain Pak reporter

Press Trust of India
Islamabad, Feb. 19: The body of slain TV reporter Musa Khan Khel was riddled with 32 bullet wounds in what is being described as a “deliberate and planned” killing in volatile Swat, as hundreds of Pakistani journalist
s today took out protest marches across north-west Pakistan and vowed not to back down.
The killing of 28-year-old Musa, a Swat correspondent for private Geo TV, by unknown gunmen triggered a wave of anger among the journalists who condemned the killings of scribes in the troubled region. The attacks against mediamen is an attempt to scare them away from the restive region, they said.
The journalists wearing black bands on their arms and foreheads shouted slogans like “We want justice!”, “We want Musa Khan Khel’s killers arrested!” and “We salute Musa Khan Khel’s courage!”, as they staged protests outside the Governor’s house in the main NWFP city of Peshawar.
Musa’s colleague Hamid Mir said they would not be cowed down and will not stop reporting from the tense Swat region and demanded that the killing be investigated and those responsible brought to justice. Marches were taken out in Peshawar, Banu, Nowshera and Mansher ~ all in the NWFP.
At the rally at Swat, where the reporter was killed, speakers, including Hamid Mir and journalist union leaders, termed the killing as “deliberate and cold-blooded” so that the “happenings” there do not reach the outside world.
Mir said Musa’s killing was “deliberate and planned” as his body had as many as 32 gunshot wounds.
Azhar Abbas, the managing director of Geo, said Musa had been shot several times in his upper body, and his throat was partly slit.

‘Pak set to open new front against India’

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Fri, Feb 20 02:59 AM
The time has come for India to take a firm stand on terrorism and initiate stern actions – be it political or military – against Pakistan. It has become important after Al Qaeda recently issued a warning against India to “lay off its hands from Pakistan or face the consequences”.
India should convey it to Pakistan and other countries perpetrating terrorism against us that we are capable of facing any threat coming from any quarter. While Union Home Minister P Chidambram has already made it clear that the Indian Army is well prepared to face any attacks on its soil, there is a need to convey the message.
Pakistan is taking no action against the terrorist organisations that planned the audacious Mumbai terror attack last year. India has not received any official response from Pakistan on the dossier pertaining to investigations into the Mumbai attacks.
It is clear with the warning from Al Qaeda that Pakistan is all set to open a new front against India.

The terror infrastructure in Pakistan is active even though they seek to convey an impression that they are taking action against terrorists and their infrastructure.The number of camps operating in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir has seen a significant increase from 32 in 2005 to 53 in 2008. Before the Al Qaeda moves towards India with its entire infrastructure, there is a need to nip their objectives in the bud.
Express News Service
Source : Yahoo.com/home page, 20/02/2009

One Response to “Inside Pakistan : Who will Rule the Nation ? Talibani or Pakistani ?”

  1. mijan Says:

    Title: Pak: No one is in control

    Publication: Free Press Journal
    Date: March 13, 2009.
    http://www.freepressjournal.in

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    Zardari whereabouts not known; Gilani makes conciliatory moves towards Sharif who stays defiant The US wants Pakistan to focus on fighting militancy rather than indulge in political power play. This blunt message was sent by the Obama Administration to the Pakistan Army, which has been assigned the task of brokering peace and ensuring that the volatile civil situation does not spiral out of control.
    ISLAMABAD was on Thursday abuzz with speculation about the whereabouts of President Asif Ali Zardari, with rumours doing the rounds that he had not returned from an official visit to Iran in the wake of the volatile political situation in Pakistan.

    That, in turn, triggered speculation that he was being forced out of office.
    Presidential spokesman Farhatul lah Babar sought to quell the rumours, saying Zardari had flown into Islamabad in the early hours and was in the presidential palace.
    However, there were few takers for the claim as there was no footage on TV channels, including state-run PTV, about the President’s return to Islamabad.
    According to insiders, the Army is not keen on Zardari’s ouster; instead it only wants to rein in the President who is constantly working at crosspurposes with the Prime Minister.
    Also, the Army, though it has no love lost for Nawaz Sharif, wants Zardari to back off and give the PML-N leader the political space he wishes to occupy. The US, which is closely monitoring the developments in Islamabad, too wants that the Pakistan establishment should not try to muzzle Nawaz Sharif and his brother.
    There were indications later in the day that the establishment has relented and agreed to turn the heat off Nawaz Sharif. In a clear attempt aimed at mollifying the PML-N, which is spearheading the agitation against Zardari, Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik said in National Assembly that the government “is not against the Long March in principle”. Malik further urged the PML-N to take up its grievances in Parliament so that solutions could be found through consensus and consultation. There were also indications that Governor’s Rule would soon end in Punjab, paving the way for installation of a popular regime. Gilani also indicated that he is keen on a political compromise with Sharif, which may see the reinstatement of the judges sacked by former President Pervez Musharraf. It is understood that the compromise has been worked out in consultation with the Army chief. In another concession, the ‘long march’ to Islamabad was allowed to take place, though scores of Opposition activists and lawyers were caned and detained. Even as the year-old Gilani government scrambled for ways to avert a showdown, a recalcitrant Nawaz refused to take the hint and stoked tension further by claiming that the government had ‘’hatched a plot’’ to kill him. “Threats to my life have come from high-ranking government officials, certain topmost people in the government, my sources say,” the former premier had said in an interview to British daily Guardian without giving any details. Sharif continued to be defiant. ‘‘Talks with President Zardari are possible only after he reinstates the judges,’’ he told CNN-IBN. “There is a massive credibility gap and trust deficit between Zardari and us. By offering talks, the government is only buying time. The government has not done anything to undo what the ‘kangaroo’ courts have done,” he added. Even as the remarks were reported on national television, thousands of opposition activists and lawyers, defying a government ban, set out for Islamabad as part of the Long March which will culminate outside the Parliament building on March 16.

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    Title: Zardari meets Pakistan army chief Kayani

    Publication: The Times of India
    Author: TIMESOFINDIA.COM
    Date: March 13, 2009: 1622 hrs

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Zardari-meets-Pak-army-chief-Kayani/articleshow/4259636.cms

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    NEW DELHI: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari met army chief Kayani to ease the growing tension in the region.

    Earlier in the day, Pakistan army and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani asked Zardari to go if he does not accept a new deal hatched by them in consultation with foreign powers.

    The new political deal, backed by Washington, London and the army establishment, has quietly been conveyed to Pakistan PM Gilani, to bring down the political temperature in the country.

    As part of the deal, the PM has been asked to immediately convince Zardari to demonstrate the flexibility required to break the present deadlock, before the ‘Long March’ reaches Islamabad.

    Gilani has reportedly been given 24 hours to convince Zardari into agreeing to the new political and constitutional arrangement, as further delay will not produce any positive results for the political forces currently on the warpath..

    The ball is now firmly in the court of President Zardari, who has to take a decision swiftly on endorsing the agreement brokered by powerful international actors.

    If Zardari does not accept the new deal then:

    * Army, foreign powers will be left with no option but to implement ‘minus-one formula’

    * Presidents office will be completely marginalized, Zardari will be removed

    * Gilani will take over as power will be restored to PM office

    * Nawaz Sharif’s PML(N) will join the cabinet

    * Deposed SC chief Justice Iftikar Chaudhary will be reappointed.

    Terms of the deal:
    * Pak PM Gilani has been asked to convince Zardari to accept the new political and constitutional arrangement

    * The deal also states the removal of Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who is an obstacle to good relations between the PPP and the PML(N)

    * Implementation of the new Constitutional package through the Parliament

    * The deal also demands the restoration of Supreme Court Justice Ifthikar Chaudhary.

    Since March 11, there have been a series of meetings that have shaped this deal.

    The Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani met PM Gilani in Islamabad on March 11, where in the ninety minute meeting the former essentially told the latter to set the deal in motion.

    On Thursday, the US ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson met former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The reason ostensibly was after Sharif alleged that there was a plot to assassinate him.

    Meanwhile, the PM has not met the president after he returned from his trip to Dubai. He has however been talking to the President over the phone.

    UK foreign secretary David Miliband also telephoned President Asif Ali Zardari to discuss the present situation on Thursday.

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