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The Place Called Swat

04 February, 2009

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Swat once called the Switzerland of Asia is now currently under the occupation of Taliban and Army. The people living in Swat have different opinion regarding Taliban. Some religious minded welcome them as they are enforcing Islamic laws and Shariah. But on the other hand they are burning girls’ schools and forbidding women from shopping.


  • Q. Do you think Taliban’s method is applicable in enforcing Islamic law?
  • Q. What should be the role of Government and Army in this situation?
  • Q Do you think Force is the only solution to eliminate Taliban from Swat?
  • Reader Comments:

    G / A

    there should be not any difference b/w their thinkings and implementations as both are BRAINS of same body PAKISTAN.SWAT is its beautiful place.but from last years rivals are trying to change it in graveyard.....
    think over it?????

    sara, Pakistan - 04 February, 2009

    Missing Swat

    Every year of my holidays in Pakistan,Swat was a must paradise to stay in there. Some years,I went there twice. Only in 2007,I was told that it was unsafe to be there and I returned to Canada with saddened heart of missing what is the Switzerland of Asia and more.
    Swat was,is and will,far beyond for ever stay as integral part of Pakistan. It is too sad that Swat slipped into tragic events of bloody nature and much of that was due to spoils by our neighbour

    It will not be just to blame the past problems of two years on pak people or the government.Pakistan has unfortunately got embroiled into geo-strategic tussle of the world's mightiest,who have been using Pakistan as chessboard of their interests and influence that converged into Pakistan's NWFP and Swat and Balochistan.

    The state of affairs in Swat slipped to ugly side with bloodshed in the mightiest ones theater of war,which unfortunately picks Swat and NWEP and Afghanistan as the crossroads facing Russia, China and central Asia and mighty America showing its might.

    The situation in Swat is bad no doubt,but the mightiest ones have got themselves slipped into mega mess-financial and miltary wise too.If things are not de-escalated,the mightiest ones might slip into WW3.Swat, NWFP and Pakistan will look much less dangerous in comparison,when America, Russia, China and India will be in in-escapable and in-extricable equation of WW3.If misfortune becomes the only option, then it is much safer to mitigate terror than becoming part of WW3 equation.Terror will then,and hopefully very sooner subside on its own, but WW3 equations will grip the bellicose ones into Armageddon.Hitler began to have sleepless nights the day he went to war with Russia.It is possible to walk through peace from terror war mitigation.But, once you have started big wars on war economy footing,then it is impossible to rid Armageddon.The mightiest ones and even pretending to be mighty India are definitely trying their best to qualify themselves as mega war actors.Pakistan has it all for defence reasons with much or all on pacified footing.Those bragging to be grand like India and others can have all the luck of becoming big war actors. Paks can feel content in being just pacified defenders only with no aim to spill it all around with forced influence or capacity that may endanger Paks into WW3 equation.

    Here are my answers to the questions.

    Q. Do you think Taliban's method is applicable in enforcing Islamic law?

    Answer:
    Taliban are the product of un-rehabilitated wariors from Afghan-Russo war of 1979-1988 that also embroiled America to culminate into making of America as fifth sole super power in history.Afghan,much of NWFP and Swat did not have the propensity to change and adjust with the changing times and changing fortunes.The same people in the west, who are now fighting taliban used to sayas such:

    'America is with the Islamic jehad."

    I have a question about who the hell is supplying most sophisticated weapons to the Swati Talib and also financing it all.It is reversible in the happening and much more terror in Swat has been traced to Indian elements in Afghanistan with America and Nato turning their face other side.

    Paks are not gone berserk in blame and counter blame game.Paks are only identifying the trouble cause, as Paks are mitigating less dangerous terror war.Wait, the intransigents are getting put with bellicosy to blow it up in Armageddon ways and thanks Allah, Paks will have easier job of mitigating or containable terror only.It will subside into peace and we will all embrace each other with kisses of peace.The WW3 actors can do whatever bloody that suits their tastes.

    Don't tell me that the natives or red Indians in US/Canada do not get their ways in their own areas of their tribal bands.

    Things are changing again as they changed after 9/11.Who knows that the same people will pat taliban after Karzai has gravitated to Russia as he appears to have got pissed off by America's dis-pleaasure.Five fingers are never equal and people of different character can co-exist in tolerance as long as they keep it soft and non voilent ways.Even in the same house,one brother can be seen praying five times a day while his loose and flirt sister is busy romancing in wildest ways with any male encounter.Tolerance and non voilent ways can mitigate all or most modes of spoils.

    Q. What should be the role of Government and Army in this situation?

    Answer:
    I think it is too late to tell them to change their roll abruptly.They can systematically change it with de-escallating of voilence and with better sense of co-operation n dialogue.The foreign interference has to subside,even stop.but,do not forget that the world's mightiest-the sole tiger, bear and the wolves are on doorstep to not let the things get better.

    Q Do you think Force is the only solution to eliminate Taliban from Swat?

    Answer:
    Not force,but peace is the sweetest possession of man.


    Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 05 February, 2009

    Give me back my paradise Swat for visit again

    Wars of any or all sorts do not go on for ever and peace is allways the ultimate winner for every body.Every body wins in peace and there is really no winner in war as the death and destruction on both sides is bigger curse then the hollow brags of victor.

    Swat is paradise for its very grand scenery and its gorgeous looking beautiful people. I have been there many times all across the paradise from Mingora, Saidu Sharif to Bahrain to Kalam and Malam Jabba.In 2006, I was there twice as my last visit there towards the later part of the year.i enjoyed the plentiful tasty fruits of the paradise.In my last trip, we bought few kilos of very sweet and tasty fruit from a very pretty hoori/fairy looking fruit seller teen age angel , who was selling it to any car or van or land rovers passing on the road from Malam Jabba to Mingora.I saw the very pretty Swati children waving green flags of Pakistan on the independence day of Pakistan on August 14th.

    Me and my family stayed in continental hotel in Mingora and used land rovers lots of times to travel all over Swat.We met a Swiss tourist, who praised the beauty of Swat more than that of Switzerland.The Swat continental hotel was very clean and very cheap and so was the food in Mingora and every where in Swat.The Swati land rover driver was extremely friendly and so was the staff and people on the street.

    All this was only two years ago. But, when I wished to go to my yearly Swat destination in 2007, every body cautioned me to not visit Swat as it was dangerous. What happened in matter of few months was just shock.

    To see mountains, I took flight to Tehran and Mashed in Iran, where I also had invitation to meet and talk to the very leading engineers in gas and oil industry. I had few spare days to enjoy mountains of Tehran and Mashed, but there was nothing like Swat in Iran.there was nothing like Swat in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and even Turkey.Even the fabled Rockies of America and Canada do not have the scenery or the fruits to match what i used to enjoy in Swat.I would even pass Muree and go to Swat.

    I miss the roaring rivers, the lofty peaks, the deep valleys, the enthralling gorges, the cheap, sweet and plenty fruits and the gorgeous looking people of Swat in Pakistan.I pray that the hoori/fairy looking maiden who sold us 3-4 kilos of very tasty and sweet fruit for under one dollar must be alive and well near Malam Jabba.In Canada or America, we pay 20 dollars or more for that amount of fruit.We just admired Allah for creating pretty people like that sweet Swati thing was.

    The wide flowing river just outside Mingora was like sea and there was rainbow and gentle flow in contrast to roaring beauty of the river near Bahrain.

    Nature is so lovely along with pretty and lovable Swati angels/fairies/hoories that I pray for immediate peace there.The nature is so grand there that I am dedicating a very beautiful and grand American song titled, "This is all i ask" by America's all time best voice of Nat king Cole with lyrics that go as such:

    THIS IS ALL I ASK

    As I approach the prime of my life
    I find I have the time of my life
    Learning to enjoy at my leasure
    All the simple pleasure
    And so I happily concede
    this is all i ask, this is all I need
    Beautiful girls, walk a little slower
    when you walk by me
    Lingering sunset, stay a little longer
    With the lonely sea
    Wandering rainbows, leave a bit of colour
    For my heart to own
    Stars in the sky,make my wishes come true
    Before the night is flown
    And let the music play as long as
    There is song to sing
    And i will stay
    Younger than spring

    Allah bless peace to Swat in very immediate future.I think that Swati peole have looks very similar to the Persians and mountains and the valleys are better than any where on the planet earth.

    LET FIGHTING BE OUT AND NATURE AND LOVE IN FOR SWAT AND FATA-AMEEN.

    Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 05 February, 2009


    According to Pakistan's constitution, the Northern Areas is not a fully integral part of Pakistan, and its inhabitants have never had or never will have any representation in Pakistan's parliament. As far as the United Nations is concerned, the entire Northern Areas, remains a disputed territory, which is claimed by India and Pakistan. Since it's being a disputed territory, presence of Pakistani army in SWAT (Part of northern area) is absolutely illegal. In all internationally recognized geological maps and surveys are undoubtedly recorded northern areas are being part of India.

    So I think I will answer the questions based on the above facts:

    Do you think Taliban's method is applicable in enforcing Islamic law?

    Taliban is a representation of Stone Age. Majority of inhabitants of swat valley is decedents of Alexander the great. Taliban or Pakistani army and government or any other party doesn't have any roll in northern areas except India.

    What should be the role of Government and Army in this situation?

    Any roll of Pakistani army and government is illegal. Before the independence of Pakistan and partition of India in 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh extended his rule to Gilgit and Baltistan. After the partition, Jammu and Kashmir, in its entirety, remained an independent state. Hari Singh (Ranbir Singh's grandson) had ascended the throne of Kashmir in 1925 and was the reigning monarch at the conclusion of British rule in the subcontinent in 1947. As a part of the partition process, both countries had agreed that the rulers of princely states would be given the right to opt for either Pakistan or India or—in special cases—to remain independent. On 20 October Pakistan violating the Stand-Still agreement invaded Jammu & Kashmir. Initially the Maharaja fought back but on 27 October appealed to governor Mountbatten for assistance, and the Governor-General agreed on the condition that the ruler accede to India. Once the papers of accession to India were signed, "Indian soldiers entered Kashmir with orders to stop any further occupation, but they were not allowed to expel anyone from the state. The UN resolution asked Pakistan to vacate the areas it has occupied and asked India to assist the U.N. Plebiscite Commission to organize a plebiscite to determine the will of the people. Pakistan refused to vacate the occupied areas and india couldn't assist UN for a plebiscite.

    In my opinion, Pakistani army should vacate northern areas and Pakistan occuppied Kasmir, before any further discussion.

    Do you think Force is the only solution to eliminate Taliban from Swat?

    That matter shall be taken further, once the Pakistani army vacates Northern areas. Legally it's part of India according to Maharaja Hari Singh's papers of accession.

    Conclusion: If we really think that the swat people should enjoy a freedom and prosperity, it should be part of India.



    Jones, Canada - 06 February, 2009

    Where nature smiles

    There are some promising and good news coming out from the PM Gilani's mouth that Swat is in the process of normalizing and will be soon open for safe travel to tourists.This will be just grand.

    No one will blame it either on Pak government, nor Pak military and nor on our swweet Swati people.Pakistan has run into the geo-strategy related rush and rash of events that made the world's mightiest to use pakistan as chess board of their global importance.And the already stressed situation for Paks got exploited by at least one of our neighbour.

    The world's political tussle may begin to favour peace in Pakistan as couple key countries in the geo-strategy equation appear to be making gravitating and gyrating shift that might discourage continuation of already fatigued and worn out war like situation.

    The in-abilty of global stock markets to perform any rallies and shake loose from the gloomy and depressed finacial meltdown and recession is causing tremendous constraints and constrictions on the future of mankind.Iraq is gravitating towards Iran and Afghan Karzai is gyrating towards Russia to loosen the grooves of war that has beset around pak boundaries with some spill in into the mainland Pak.America may get inclined to exercise its real supermacy through keeping of the energy security that America achieved at the cost of ugly 9/11.

    Pakistanis would gladly enjoin Mr Obama's peace for all wish and call.being the president of the world's richest, mightiest and most advanced countries, he may well exercise America's best strengths, which lie in America's incomparable lead and dominence in energy related engineering.It may be the great wish of Paks to see America's top of the line engineering like Fluor, Fosterwheeler, UOP, Bechtel et al play constructive role that no one else can do. It will be good to see American engineers around rather than men of force.

    And Mr Obama's peace for all wishes will be loved by all mankind to get materialized.

    Let us pray and think of global peace and peace inside Pak-Swat and FATA also.

    Peace is very essentially required by humanity now and Paks must be kissed by peace in the immediate future.The lingered absence of stock market rallies has reached a critically dangerous parameters like it was in 1929-30, when the global stocks had lost half the value like it happened now in 2008.A further dip of 30 percent from 1930-32 sent the global economies reeling with no propensity to recover despite all out efforts by president Roosvelt(FDR 1933-1945) that only WW2 extricated the world from deep freeze economic depression.do not forget that Shanghai, Bombay and Karachi stock markets have lost 60-70 percent from their highs of a year ago.The world's needs peace and seems that Mr Obama is trying to compromise for peace along with other players. let there be global and universal peace.No war against Iran is the key to prevent the global economies from slipping into 1930's type scenario as the world just cannot absorb energy shock at this stage.

    So ful filling Mr Obama's wish of peace for all will mean our sweet and beauttiful Swat will revert back to what it was 2 years ago.

    The tranquility of peace and beauty of nature will make Swat paradise again with its angel's,fairies and hoories ruffling their angelic wings in the paradise Swat. The demography of Swat is represented by Asia's prettiest admix of Pathan, Kashmiri and Wakhi Tajik(Persians). Let us wish that peace kisses Swat again as ABBA'S award winning song of 1980 titled, "Chiquitita" sweetened the world's air with lyricsas such:

    "Shine once more
    Like you did before."

    Swat will Inshallah shine and smile with Paks again.

    And Inshallah, I would love to see pretty Swati girls waving the green flags as I saw them doing on the independence day of 2006.

    Again, it will be just great to sing an other great American song, "THE MORE I SEE YOU"-(PARADISE SWAT AND IT'S VERY LOVERLY PEOPLE)" by America's all time best voice of Nat King Cole with lyrics that go as such:

    THE MORE I SEE YOU

    Each time I look at you, is like the first time
    Each time you're near me, the thrill is new
    And there's nothing that I would'nt do, for
    The rare delight of the sight of you, for
    The more i see you, the more I want you
    Some how this feelings just grows and grows
    with every sigh, I become more mad about you
    More lost without you
    And so it goes
    Can you imagine, how much I'll love
    The more I'll see you, as years go by
    I know the only one for me,can only be you
    My arms won't free you
    My heart won't try.

    And we will hold steadfast to the paradise Swat and its angels/hoories and fairies.


    Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 06 February, 2009

    This is unfortunate that such a beautiful place SWAT is under control of Talibans or terrorists where-in innocent people are being killed and their liberty taken off. The beauty of SWAT is spoilt fully. As we come to know from people and journalists that life is becoming a hell. The security forces have a difficult task at hand but this is to be done at all costs. Talibans have proved that they have anti-people and anti progress policies. Such people i.e. Talibans have already tried to spoil Kashmir and have targetted other such beautiful places. They have never talked or worked towards people oriented Govt style. They have to be talk a lesson rightly.

    Saquib Hussani, Hungary - 07 February, 2009

    Swat now, Islamabad next

    The growth of religious extremism, if left unchecked, will eat away at Pakistan like a cancer from within. As an author and a journalist who has taken a keen interest in Pakistan, I can say without reservations that far too many terrorist outfits have been allowed to grow roots in Pakistan for far too long. There have been many international episodes of extreme violence that have come from Pakistan or Pakistanis. Yet, this does not mean that the vast majority of Pakistanis are in favor of terrorism, but rather, victims and hostages of this form of violence and intimidation.
    From Sikh militants, to Kashmiri militants to Arab militants, Pakistan has provided a no-questions-asked home for far too long.
    No country that has nurtured extremism has ever been immune from the bite-back of terrorism. Sooner or later these extremists will bite the hand that feeds them.
    Take control of your country, from Karachi to Swat, from the east to the west. The Pakistan armed forces are strong enough to assert control over all of Pakistan's territory. Take it back inch-by-inch.
    Pakistan has a great promise and a great future in the new world that is shaping up. But militancy must be liquidated to make Pakistan a modern, Muslim country along the lines of Turkey. I, as a Muslim, find no clash between modernity and Islam. Look back in history and you will see how forward-looking Islam contributed to the well-being of the world. Muslims laid the foundation work for modern Europe, made important discoveries in all fields including science and medicine and education.
    There are those who would like to hold back our women, burn schools and throw acid at female students. Are these people really men of God? Did they learn nothing from the fact that the Prophet's wife was a well-respected businesswoman? And that Islam has historically been a liberator rather than a force of oppression?



    Salim Jiwa, Canada - 08 February, 2009

    Give their land for them.

    This portion of the land must have a separate identity, not just as it is now, but permanantly, to bring peace to that region. SWAT is for SWAT's

    Hakim Satar, Somalia - 08 February, 2009

    Save the heaven

    I would like to request both parties (Taliban and Pak Army) to do their utmost to save the heaven (swat) and its inhabitants. I cry my eyes out watching the killing of innocent people and destruction of property. Please, please, please, just stop for a moment and think that our enemies are benefiting from this conflict so for ALLAH's sake put an end to this madness and let the people of swat live in peace.

    Aamir, Canada - 09 February, 2009

    Save the heaven

    I would like to request both parties (Taliban and Pak Army) to do their utmost to save the heaven (swat) and its inhabitants. I cry my eyes out watching the killing of innocent people and destruction of property. Please, please, please, just stop for a moment and think that our enemies are benefiting from this conflict so for ALLAH's sake put an end to this madness and let the people of swat live in peace.

    Aamir, Canada - 09 February, 2009

    swat and pakistan

    the carrot and stick approach is not working.
    it seems we have 4 major regions in pakistan namely. sindh baloshistan punjab and nwfp. none of us like eachother none of us are really pakistanis, as we are balochies sindhis or pathans etc.
    so let us divide the country into 4 parts. let us live the way we want to live. for about 10 years. if we manage it and are happy let there be 4 new countries. if not some of us or a few of us can re-join. we have to be practical and look at the problem from the eyes of the public, not from the eyes of the govt.
    this is the best soloution. shedding blood is not giving any results.
    larki.

    larki, Pakistan - 09 February, 2009

    Two monkeys on the tiger's back

    As the little monkey Isreal was not enough on sole tiger's back.This little monkey could still be pacified to some degree and America and the west had enough of clouts still in Islamic world to regain the much vital energy security for the 65 percent cosumers of oil and gas in America, Europe and Japan.America with its clout in middle east was able to add Iraq and Kuwait to Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi as the giant reserve holders of oil and gas.Well that was little monkey Israel,who is too small to get America into mega trouble to the extent of fall of the western civilization.

    But, with the big fat monkey India riding the sole tiger's back and it as hell bent to destroy the key benefactor Pakistan of the west since Pakistan's very existent,the fall of western civilization is very imminent now.it will happen with sure defeat of US-Nato in Afghanistan in the next 3, 4 or six years.

    The big fat monkey has unleashed,financed and trained dogs to dismember Pak who was honestly even giving sacrifices to save self and the west.

    Now with key military base in Kyrgistan lost after loss of an an other base in Uzbekistan couple years ago, with Pak military and US-Nato routes and pak military being pinned down by India financed and trained dogs and with India itself lurking to attack east of Pak border and embroil pak troops,soon US-Nato's supply routes will be suffocated and stopped by the big monkey's game plan to take over the oil of middle east.

    From tiger to donkey turned America and Europe will soon see their energy control base in middle east taken over by this very clever monkey, whose rule of all mischief games revolve around global isolation of Pakistan to hide its own plan to kick America and Europe out of middle east oil.UAE already has become United Hindu Emirates instead of UAE.

    If the tiger listens and let happen the calls of this big fat monkey riding its back in Afghanistan, then Swat,Pak and even Pak may become history to burry america and the west forever.

    With big fat monkey riding the tiger's back and all the military supply routes from Central Asia and Pakistan in particular will have become the lost victim of the big monkey pretending to be tiger's friend, but stabbing it in the heart.

    with big fat monkey riding on the tiger's back, it will not be just damage to Pakistan, IT WILL BE THE FALL OF THE WEST AFTER ITS GLOBAL CONTROL FOR THREE AND A HALF CENTURIES.

    WITH BIG MONKEY RIDING ON YOUR BACK,AMERICA AND EUROPE BE READY TO HAVE A DEFEAT WORSE THEN VIETNAM SOON.

    AS FALLEN CIVILIZATION OF THE WEST, YOU CAN SOON JOIN THE BIG MONKEY DANCE,AS RICH TURNED BEGGARS OF THE WEST, IN THE BIG MONKEY OWNED STREETS OF BOMBAY.

    PAK MILITARY, KEEP INTACT YOUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL AS THE LAST RESORT DETERRANCE TO SAVE PAKISTAN AS WELL AS AMERICA AND EUROPE.

    THE SOLE TIGER OF THE JUNGLE MAY BE TOO OBSESSED TO WHATEVER WHISPER THE BIG FAT MONKEY FARTS INTO THE SOLE TIGER'S EARS.

    DON'T BLAME IT ON ME AND PAKS IF THAT TRAGEDY BEFALLS ON THE MIGHTIEST ONES.YOU WILL REMEMBER ME AS THE GREAT 60 YEARS OLD AMERICAN SONG BY AMERICA'S ALL TIME BEST VOICE OF NAT KING COLE SAYS AS SUCH IN LYRICS AS:

    "PERHAPS THERE'LL COME A TIME
    WHEN YOU'RE ALONE
    YOUR HEART STILL HAUNTED BY A MEMORY
    THEN IF YOU CHANCE TO FIND
    THERE'S SOME ONE ON YOUR MIND
    I HOPE IT HAPPENS TO BE ME
    I HOPE IT HAPPENS TO BE ME".

    PAKS TRY TO SAVE SWAT FOR YOUR AND THE WORLD'S PEACE SAKE EVEN WHEN THE BIG MONKEY IS MAKING THE SOLE TIGER DANCE TO ITS TUNES THAT CLEVERLY HIDE IN THEM THE MUCH KINKY AGENDA OF BRINGING THE FALL OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION.

    AMERICA AND THE WEST TRY DIALOGUE AND PEACE WITH THE PAKS AND VALUE THE TRUE FRIENDS WHO HAVE ALLWAYS HELPED YOU RIGHT FROM THE INCEPTION.

    OTHERWISE,DO NOT BLAME ON ME AND PAKS THE LYRICS OF MY MOST BELOVED AMERICAN SINGER NAT KING COLE COME TRUE SOON WITH YOUR DEFEAT AND EXIT FROM AFGHANISTAN.

    DO NOT GIVE THE BIG MONKEY CHANCE TO DANCE YOU AS BEGGARS IN FUTURE IN STREETS OF BOMBAY.

    I CAN WISH LUCK THROUGH LYRICS OF AN OTHER GREAT 60 YEARS OLD SONG BY AMERICA'S N THE WORLD'S ONLY VALVET SOFT AND SILK N SATIN SMOOTH VOICE OF NAT KING COLE, WHERE THE LYRICS GO AS SUCH:

    BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, WALK A LITTLE SLOWER
    WHEN YOU WALK BY ME
    LINGERING SUNSET, STAY A LITTLE LONGER
    WITH THE LONELY SEA
    WANDERING RAIBOWS, LEAVER A BIT OF COLOUR
    FOR MY HEART TO OWN
    STARS IN THE SKY, MAKE MY WISH COME TRUE
    BEFORE THE NIGHT IS FLOWN

    I AM HONESTLY TELLING YOU THAT THESE NAT KING COLE SONG LYRICS WERE SUNG BY ME SEVERAL TIMES ON MY TRIPS TO SWAT AS I WATCHED THE SEA LIKE BEAUTY OF THE VERY WIDE RIVER SWAT JUST OUT OF MINGORA CITY.BY CHANCE, THERE WERE ALSO WANDERING RAIBOWS AND STARS IN THE SKY AS WELL THERE.AND THERE WERE VERY PRETTY PATHAN, KASHMIRI(MIGRANT)AND WAKHI TAJIK GIRLS ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER PRETTY THINGS FROM LAHORE, KARACHI AND ISLAMABAD AS WELL.

    I WISH PAK AND AMERICA AND THE WEST SAFE LUCK FROM THE MONKEY'S INTRIGUING RIDES ON TIGER'S BACK.



    Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 09 February, 2009

    SWAT

    It is the policies of hate of Pakistan since partition that have created institutions like Taliban.
    The solution is live and let live.
    Will Islam ever allow it.

    dv, United Kingdom - 09 February, 2009

    Proud Paki

    This crisis will only end if U.S soldiers would get out of Afgh. and Pakistan to stop doing wat U.S tells them to... This is the only way, the Taliban are twisted minded people that dont want Pakistans friendship with other western coutries... I myself am from Swat Pakistan, it was such a beautiful place, I jus want to cry when I think of Swat burning. I have lost 2 cousins and 1 uncle because of a terror attack, it was all Muslim Khans fault, KILL MUSLIM KHAN! Mualana Fazlullah burn in hell, Amine, Amine

    Ahmed, United Kingdom - 09 February, 2009

    Correcting my spelling error

    Sorry, for the error of spelling the word rainbow. America's all time best voice of Nat King Cole's song titled ,' This is all I ask" has lyrics as such:

    BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, WALK A LITTLE SLOWER
    WHEN YOU WALK BY ME
    LINGERING SUNSET, STAY A LITTLE LONGER
    WITH THE LONELY SEA
    WANDERING RAINBOWS, LEAVER A BIT OF COLOUR
    FOR MY HEART TO OWN
    STARS IN THE SKY, MAKE MY WISH COME TRUE
    BEFORE THE NIGHT IS FLOWN


    Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 10 February, 2009

    In Swat, Pakistan army faces 1971-like situation - Part 1

    The Taliban [Images] have become a threat for the Pakistan army [Images] like the Mukti Bahini in then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1971.

    A furious Taliban leadership has decided to send their fighters to Islamabad [Images] as a reaction to the army operations in the Swat valley on the troubled border with Afghanistan. The Taliban have already started painting walls in Islamabad with its threats, compelling the administration in the capital to erase these messages quickly.

    Many religious scholars in Islamabad have received messages from the Taliban that they have only two options: They must support the Taliban or leave the capital else they will be considered collaborators of the 'pro-American Zardari government' which they consider not different from the previous Pervez Musharraf [Images] regime.

    It is also astonishing that the Taliban in Swat and Bajour have included the names of some religious and jihadi leaders in their hit-lists only because they are not ready to fight against their countrymen.

    Noor Aslam, Pakistan - 11 February, 2009

    In Swat, Pakistan army faces 1971-like situation - Part 2

    The Taliban have accused some militant leaders in the tribal areas and some leaders of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images], the Harkat-ul Mujahideen [Images] and the Hizbul Mujahideen of trying to stop youngsters from fight against Pakistani forces. The Taliban have declared all these pro-Pakistan militants as their enemies.

    It is learnt that the names of Maulvi Nazir from South Wazirastan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur from North Wazirastan, Lashkar founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Maulana Farooq Kashmiri and Syed Salahudin of the Hizbul Mujahideen have been included on the Taliban hit-list. The Taliban have threatened some Hizbul Mujahideen leaders in Swat and Dir to leave the area soon.

    Another Taliban leader in the Mehmand agency, Maulvi Omar Khalid, has threatened Lashkar militants to leave the tribal agency, because they were only interested in fighting foreign troops in Afghanistan or against India. According to Khalid, this meant they do not want an Islamic government in Pakistan.

    This complicated situation has forced the Pakistan government to take some extreme steps against the Taliban in Darra Adamkhel and Swat. The Taliban killed Polish engineer Piotr Stannczak as a reaction to a big operation in the area. Some diplomatic sources have revealed that Pakistan was ready to release some arrested Taliban fighters in exchange for the Polish engineer and another kidnapped Chinese engineer, but the US raised some objections and the deal was not finalised.

    The Pakistani authorities successfully negotiated the release of kidnapped Pakistani diplomat Tariq Azizudin in 2008 and the release of kidnapped army personnel in 2007 by releasing some Taliban fighters. This time, US pressure complicated the situation.

    Though it confronts an East Pakistan-like situation from Darra Ademkhel to the mountains of Swat, the Pakistan army is not ready to surrender despite the fact that India is once again trying to exploit the situation by using threatening language against Islamabad. The Pakistan foreign office is under diplomatic pressure after the Polish engineer's brutal killing to 'do more' for the release of the kidnapped Chinese engineer, an Afghan diplomat, an Iranian diplomat and a UN diplomat kidnapped in Quetta, but the civilian and army leadership have decided not to bow down.

    Reliable sources have revealed that kidnapped Chinese engineer Long Xiao is seriously ill in the Taliban's custody in Swat. He was kidnapped last August along with another colleague, Zhang Guo. Both men tried to escape. Long was injured and recaptured by the Taliban, but Zhang escaped. The Taliban want two dozen arrested fighters in exchange for Long, but the Pakistani authorities are not ready to accept this.

    Afghanistan's Ambassador [Images] to Pakistan Abdul Khaliq Farahi was kidnapped last year and has still not been found. Some sources allege he was kidnapped over a personal issue at the behest of his in-laws. The Pakistani authorities are conducting a big search operation not only for him, but also for Iranian diplomat Heshmatollah Attarzadeh who was kidnapped from Peshawar last year.

    After the army intensified its operations in Swat, half a million people out of the region's estimated 1.5 million population have left the area in the last month.

    A top army officer linked with the operation in Swat said the "situation in Swat is much more complicated than East Bengal in 1971 where we were fighting against Indian-sponsored secular insurgents. The local population in East Bengal was fully supporting the insurgents, but the ground reality of Swat is very different. We are fighting the Taliban and they are demanding the enforcement of Islamic law in Swat and all the local political leaders are supporting this demand under public pressure."

    Noor Aslam, Pakistan - 11 February, 2009

    In Swat, Pakistan army faces 1971-like situation - Part 3

    North West Frontier Province Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti of the Awami National Party, Governor Awais Ghani and the army high command have strongly recommended that the fedaral government enforce long pending Sharia regulation, which will be called Nafaz-e-Adal regulation. Swat district police officer Dilawar Khan Bangash said the Taliban will have no justification to fight the state after the enforcement of Islamic law in Swat.

    Swat was a princely state till July 28, 1969. The Islamic state of Swat was established in 1849 by Sayyed Akbar Shah. The state of Swat was kept in abeyance from 1863 to 1926, but Sharia law prevailed through Qazi courts during this period. The courts were restored by the British in 1926. Qazi courts operated till 1969 when Swat finally became part of Pakistan.

    Residents of Swat think it was easy to get justice before 1969 through the Qazi courts, but after the imposition of Pakistani law, the poor do not get justice. The Taliban have exploited the delay in justice and instigated the poor to rise against big landlords.

    The ANP swept the 2008 election with the slogan of peace and justice and now rules the NWFP in collaboration with the Pakistan People's Party. Reliable sources say the ANP leadership have convinced President Asif Ali Zardari [Images] to promulgate the Sharia regulation in Swat and the promulgation will be announced in a few days.

    It is learnt that prominent rebel leader Maulana Sufi Muhammad of the Tehrik-e-Nafaze Shariat Muhammadi has assured the ANP leadership that he will start a long march from Dir to the Swat valley after the imposition of Sharia law. He will appeal to his son-in-law Maulana Fazalullah and other Taliban leaders to lay down their arms. He told ANP leaders that if the Taliban does not surrender its arms, then he will support army operations against them.

    Noor Aslam, Pakistan - 11 February, 2009

    FASAD fil ARZ

    To strengthen democracy in Pakistan all Pakistanies have to condemn all those groups who disown the constitution and reject the system of Govt by people's backing and support through ballot.
    All those arrested in such henious crime against humanity should be trial under FASAD fil ARZ

    Ameed Khan, Canada - 12 February, 2009

    Want to be free of terror and war.

    I think that our letters are just essay type opinions and the mighty ones will decide the future course.Even the governments of weaker countries may not have much room to manouver, let alone the public opinion.

    Let us just pray that Paks have no kind of war-neither nuclear nor conventional and Swat becomes as much peaceful as we used to see it in late 2006 and earlier.

    Let no one including India export terror to Pak from east or west.

    IT IS Alah's blessings if we have terror free and war free Pakistan--Ameen.

    May all the people of south Asia and the world walk on the streets peacefully and un-harmed as they walk in the world's most peaceful countries like Canada and Switzerland.

    Let us wish and hope that India and Pakistan treat each other like Canada and America do mutually.

    Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 12 February, 2009

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