The US policy in AfPakis simple, eliminate the insurgency in Afghanistan and terminate it in FATA and other areas of Pakistan. Nothing diabolical about this. However when it comes to the execution of this simple directive, there is much the American public and the world needs to know about. The US forces directly bomb Afghanistan and have 60,000 troops to extinguish the insurgency in Afghanistan.
So far 546,000 have registered as internally displaced people (IDPs) according to figures provided by Rabia Ali, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Maqbool Shah Roghani, administrator for IDPs at the Commission for Afghan Refugees. The commissioner’s office says there are thousands more unregistered people who have taken refuge with relatives and friends or who are in rented accommodation. Talking Peace in Prague, Dropping Bombs in Pakistan, Hard Rain Keeps Falling By CHRIS FLOYD
The pseudo liberals are quiet about the suffering of more than half a million people who are suffering. They are always concerned about the Mukhtara Mai and Chand Bibi. They seem unconcerned about the 250,000 women who have suffering becuase of the US drone bombing.
Because of the “inconvenient truth” that Pakistan is a sovereign country, they launch covert operations to debilitate the capacity of the insurgents to make war on NATO, ISAF and US troops in Afghanistan. In doing so, they are authorized to use all means necessary. Of course they blow up infrastructure, try to create dissension in the ranks of the insurgents and try to coerce them towards others centers of power where they would face opposition. One way of ensuring fewer attack in Afghanistan is to get the insurgents to tangle with the Pakistani army.
“are playing Russian roulette with America’s future with their bigoted anti-Muslim rhetoric. Muslims may constitute as much as a third of humankind by 2050, forming a vast market and a crucial labor pool. They will be sitting on the lion’s share of the world’s energy resources. The United States will increasingly have to compete with emerging rivals such as China and India for access to those Muslim resources and markets, and if its elites go on denigrating Muslims, America will be at a profound disadvantage during the next century.” Juan Cole
A majority of precocious Americans have clearly voiced disquisitions against the doltish and vindictive votary propagating a divisively diaphanous demagogy. The CIA or their proxies on many occasions have crossed the red line and committed horrendous crimes. The world has presented copious monographs against a deleterious Neocon philosophy used as an excuse to wage GWOT also known as The New Crusades Against Islam (TNCAI). Most Americans don’t know the truth, or don’t want to know the truth. An exegetical examination will show that the furtive condottieri supportive of Blackwater and other mercenaries has evinced shame to America. Congress does not have the stomach to hear the horrid stories of the misdeeds of the CIA in FATA and Swat.
“If anybody really wants to wage Jihad, he must fight the occupation forces inside Afghanistan,” the source quoted Mulla Omar as having told the TTP leaders. “Attacks on the Pakistani security forces and killing of fellow Muslims by the militants in the tribal areas and elsewhere in Pakistan is bringing a bad name to Mujahideen and harming the war against the US and Nato forces in Afghanistan.” Mullah Umar as reported in The News. Mulla Omar orders halt to attacks on Pak troops. Tuesday, February 24, 2009. Mazhar Tufail
How long can the Zardari government survive even after the lethal disclosures about the drones. These hidden secrets seemed to have galvanized the opposition and even the Great Sharif has risen from its lair and started to roar. In these times Mr. Imran Khan also is making sense.
The CIA faces its toughest test yet to prove wrong the suspicions of many within the Pakistani strategic community that some of the terrorism exported from Afghan soil into Pakistan has direct or indirect support from Washington.
The immediate test centres on Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the bandits who present themselves as Pakistani Taliban. The Americans have begun some cosmetic drone attacks on Baitullah’s territory and there are reports Washington has agreed to launch a joint operation with Pakistan against this bandit. The purpose is to assuage Pakistani concerns about the US role. In July last year, Pakistan’s military leadership confronted senior CIA and US military commanders with evidence showing Washington indirectly protecting anti-Pakistan terrorists on the ground. This newspaper broke that story on Aug. 5, 2008, with a front- page headline, “US told not to back terrorism against Pakistan.”
Mehsud is a good example. This bandit and his former leader and associate, Abdullah Mehsud, pioneered the attacks on Chinese interests in Pakistan, which was the first thing Abdullah did after being released from Gitmo in 2003. Interestingly, he was not handed back to Pakistan despite being a Pakistani citizen, but was released to Afghanistan where he went back into the custody of the US military and the Karzai government. Abdullah was killed when Pakistani security forces caught him sneaking back into Balochistan from Afghanistan, where he most probably was meeting his handlers. How he financed, armed and sustained a 25,000-strong militia remains beyond explanation. This militia continues to have quality arms and generous funding.
Until now CIA drones have never targeted Abdullah or Baitullah or any other militia that is committed to attacking Pakistan. During the operations in Bajaur, our soldiers were reportedly stunned at one point to see close to 600 well-armed terrorists come in from Afghanistan, fight the Pakistani military and then escape across the border. The CIA never attacks such “terrorists.” There has been a meteoric rise in the number of anti-Pakistan militias and fighters within our tribal belt since 2004, complete with religious brainwashing justifying the killing of Pakistanis as a first priority. This has coincided with the launch of terrorism in Balochistan and northern Pakistan, the area between Gwadar port and the Chinese border.
In order to punish the real or imaginary Pakistani tolerance for “Afghan Taliban” – the real Taliban, I must add – someone who wields power in Afghanistan decided to make Pakistan pay by grooming their own Islamic fighters who’d solely focus on fighting Pakistan (as compared to the Afghan Taliban who focus on fighting the Americans inside Afghanistan) – professional killers trained in the art of recruiting and organising death squads, Islam-focused propaganda experts fluent in Pashto, Uzbek, Arabic and, possibly, Chechen, and develop conduits for money and arms supplies from Afghanistan into Pakistan.
The US uses India to ratchet up the heat on Pakistan whenever there is a hiccup in the relationship. These days the Indian climbdown coincides with renewed signs that Pakistan’s political and military leaderships are cooperating with Washington.
In 2002, the Americans were allowed to establish bases in Balochistan and CIA was given the right to recruit Pakistanis in the tribal belt. These two areas of Pakistan are now the most disturbed parts of our country. And now our territory is being used to attack the interests of Iran and China. Washington is creating conditions across our western belt that would make it impossible for China to pursue trade and energy corridors through Pakistan.
Hopefully, Mr Richard Holbrooke heard in Islamabad that we don’t accept American diktat over Afghanistan where we have our own interests to watch like everyone else. The CIA’s footprints. Thursday, April 09, 2009
The world is watching. Pakistanis are listening. The people of Swat are celebrating. The Indians are apprehensive. The West has reservations. What is going on in Swat? It is a muddle, very confusing. The statements by the government of Pakistan makes it as clear as mud. The secular ANP is in the driver’s seat and won elections in the NFWF and also in Swat. The religious parties in Pakistan got only 2% of the vote and got wiped out of the NWFP and in Swat. If the religious parties did not win the popular vote in Swat and the NWFP, why is there militancy there? Let us analyze these and other questions related to the problems in Swat.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Swat is exactly what the demonization of Afghan Taliban and the creation of a fake ‘Pakistani Taliban’ is all about.Pakistanhas supported Afghan Taliban, so create these monsters insidePakistan, 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 Afghanistanwithout political reconciliation inside Afghanistan itself. Drone attacks and peace deals in Pakistan are irrelevant.
Zaid Hamid on the Swat situation:
While the usual gaggle of sycophants and media hive-minders — along with some ordinarily perspicacious analysts — tell us that Barack Obama literally changed the course of human history by disgorging a great load of thrice-chewed cud about nuclear disarmament in Prague this week, the high-tech drone war the great hero of peace is waging inside the sovereign territory of America’s ally, Pakistan, is helping drive tens of thousands of people from their homes and killing civilians almost daily. Talking Peace in Prague, Dropping Bombs in Pakistan, Hard Rain Keeps Falling By CHRIS FLOYD
The questions are complex. The issues are profound. The answers are simple. Before we get into the details of the situation in Swat and FATA, it is pedagogical to see what the Afghan Taliban are saying.
ISLAMABAD: The militants active in North and South Waziristan agencies have been directed by Mulla Omar to immediately stop their attacks on the Pakistani security forces.
In a letter to the militants, who have forged a new alliance, Mulla Omar admonished them not to fight the Pakistani security forces and kill their Muslim brethren, a reliable source told The News on Monday.
“Mulla Omar first sent an envoy to the local Taliban and then wrote a letter to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) admonishing these leaders and told the TTP that fighting Muslims could not be described as Jihad so they should immediately cease attacks on the Pakistani security forces.
He told them that if they really want to participate in Jihad, they must fight the US and Nato troops inside Afghanistan because their attacks on the Pakistani security forces are undermining the objectives of the war against the invaders and cause of the Taliban movement.
“If anybody really wants to wage Jihad, he must fight the occupation forces inside Afghanistan,” the source quoted Mulla Omar as having told the TTP leaders. “Attacks on the Pakistani security forces and killing of fellow Muslims by the militants in the tribal areas and elsewhere in Pakistan is bringing a bad name to Mujahideen and harming the war against the US and Nato forces in Afghanistan.”
“Our aim is to liberate Afghanistan from the occupation forces and death and destruction inside neighbouring Pakistan has never been our goal,” he added. The source said according to Mulla Omar, the US was devising a new strategy and adopting new tactics to crush Mujahideen in Afghanistan so the Taliban, too, must forge unity in their ranks, and instead of operating in Pakistan, they must concentrate on actions against the US and Nato forces.
He said the new alliance has been directed by Mulla Omar to devise a new strategy to counter the invaders because the reinforcement of the US forces in Afghanistan is food for thought for all the forces fighting the occupation forces in the war-ravaged country.
“The formation of a new alliance of militants by the name of Shura Ittihad-ul-Mujahideen is aimed at implementing the advice given by Mullah Omar,” the source said. “After this development, the attacks on security forces by the local Taliban will decrease if not end completely,” he said.
This correspondent tried to seek comments from some government officials and leaders of the ruling parties, including the Awami National Party and the Pakistan People’s Party, but they refused to say anything on record.
However, one of the officials contacted by The News feared that if the newly found alliance of the militants stepped up their attacks on the coalition troops inside Afghanistan, it would create many problems for Pakistan and Islamabad would face its consequences.
According to an announcement made on Sunday, the new alliance comprises groups led by central head of the banned TTP, Baitullah Mehsud, and Maulvi Nazir of South Waziristan and Hafiz Gul Bahadar of North Waziristan, two militant commanders who were considered to be pro-government. A 13-member body has also been named to run the affairs of the new alliance.The News. Mulla Omar orders halt to attacks on Pak troops. Tuesday, February 24, 2009. By Mazhar Tufail
As each passing week of the American drone campaign brings yet another harvest of civilian deaths, more and more Pakistanis are radicalized, and the government — the nuclear-armed government — grows ever more shaky…Thus the attacks ordered by Obama in Pakistan are escalating the threat of exactly the kind of nuclear instability that he decried in Prague. Talking Peace in Prague, Dropping Bombs in Pakistan, Hard Rain Keeps Falling By CHRIS FLOYD
There are many factions and groups in Swat. There are the “Tehrik e Taliabn Pakistan” militants and then there are miscreants, terrorists, foreigners, criminal elements, Indian agents and CIA operatives and under cover SSG commandos who visit Swat on an ongoing basis. Each one of these groups has a different agenda.
1) Red Mosque Hostages: When Freedom Fighters turn “Terrorist”. The Tehrik a Taliban e Pakistanwas originally a splinter group from Maulvi Saeeds TSNM which was a peaceful movement for the enforcement or reinforcement of “sharia” in the former state of Swat. It is possibly a motely group of Pakhtuns, Punjabis and Afghans who are “rebels without a cause” after the cease fire in Kashmir.
Taliban Statement issued on Jan. 30th, 2008.
“We have been fighting for Afghanistan’s independence against foreign aggression since 2001 [when the Taliban were ousted] and the Afghan nation has a lot of hopes resting on us. That’s why they have stood with us against the foreign military might. They are not supporting us to fight with Pakistan, but to fight against the US-led NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] forces and liberate Afghanistan,” Zabihullah Mujahid said. He said the Taliban had already issued a statement disowning Baitullah on their website (http://www.alemarah.i67.org).
However a small splinter group led by Mr. Mehsud has now turned its guns on Pakistan. Why is Mr. Baitullah Mehsud with his new organization “Tehrik e Taliban” now attacking Pakistan? These rhetorical questions were asked for effect.
SUFI MUHAMMAD: He leads a peaceful group called Tehrik-e-Nifaaz Shariat Muhammadi group (TSNM). He is the Father-In-Law of Mulla Fazalullah. Muhammad Sufi Saeed led a march of thousands of local people in Swat soon after the agreement and is now trying to persuade his son- in-law Fazlullah to accept the terms.
Key Taliban leaders in Pakistan:
BAITULLAH MEHSUD: Head of the newly formed Taliban Movement of Pakistan. He has been named by the Pakistan government and the CIA as the man behind the Dec. 27 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He fought in Afghanistan against the Soviets in 1980s; alongside the Taliban in the 1990s and against U.S. and NATO troops after 2001. Now taking aim at the Pakistan military. From the Mehsud tribe of South Waziristan, near the Afghan border where Western intelligence suggests Al Qaida is regrouping.
MAULVI FAZLULLAH: Uses an illegal FM radio station in Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley in the northwest to rally supporters to his rigid brand of Islamic rule. Followers have burned down CD shops, girls’ schools and launched dozens of suicide attacks against Pakistani police and military. Commander in the Taliban Movement of Pakistan.
Pakistani cleric Maulana Fazlullah, who has waged war against the authorities in the Swat Valley for 20 months, has “reservations” about a peace accord between militants and the government, a spokesman said.
Fazlullah is leading a rebel group loyal to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is based in the northwestern tribal region and is fighting security forces in areas along the border with Afghanistan.
FAQIR MOHAMMAED: Based in northwestern Pakistan’s Bajour Agency, he is considered a close ally of al-Qaida’s Ayman Al-Zawahri. Part of the Taliban Movement of Pakistan but also a key member of the Movement for the Implementation of Mohammad’s Sharia Law. He has sent hundreds of young men to fight in Afghanistan and has been implicated in dozens of suicide attacks.
SADIQ NOOR: Powerful leader in North Waziristan, where followers have battled Pakistan’s military and provided assistance to the Afghan Taliban across the border. He is closely aligned to Afghanistan’s Jalaluddin Haqqani, a key eastern Afghan commander who coordinates activities between al Qaida and the Taliban.
MAULVI GUL BAHADAR: The leader behind the deeply flawed September 2006 agreement with the Pakistan military that gave breathing space for the burgeoning Pakistani Taliban. Based in North Waziristan. Source: Associated Press
There are several opinions about the TTP. Some like Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Quresihi consider them as Indian proxies. Other like Imtiaz Alam and the government of Pakistan consider them as an evil force bent upon “Talibanizing Pakistan“. The truth is a bit more complex than that. The TTP and its Mullah Radio appeals to one and all for donations. It is here that they get their funding. RAW, Mossad and CIA fund them anonymously and through proxies.While bait Mehsud and Mullah Fazlullah are doing some of the fighting, there are many like Ansar Abbasi who claim that the TTP is not involved with the other acts of terror in Swat and elsewhere. The detractors claim that the TTP has been infiltrated by Mossad and RAW agents posing like pious Muslims who supply them with arms and ammunition and with anonymous donations. There are many reports which claim that many of the spies caught were uncircumcised and had fake beards. Additionally there are many reports which show US Marines with long beards dressed as Pathans.
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2) India intelligence: “‘the aim of RAW is to keep internal disturbances flaring up and the ISI preoccupied so that Pakistan can lend no worthwhile resistance to Indian designs in the region.”. There are Indian RAW agents disguised as Pathans who sabotage the government infrastructure and proliferate guns and weapons into the state. RAW has had a history of attempt to destabilize Pakistan. From the Mukti Bahni to the present day, India has never reconciled to what they consider “the partition” of “India”. Bharat is very cognizant of the fact that the Malakand division butts against Kashmir. If Swat is under the control of the much hated Taliban this could be worse than the Lashkar which also is really really upset at Delhi for being blamed for Mumbai.The statement by CIA Chief Gates must have sent chills up the spine of analysts in Delhi. He applauded Pakistan for the peace deal in Swat and said that this could be duplicated in Afghanistan. Fixing “AfPak” expedites the inevitable union between Pakistan and Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD: The NWFP administration and Maulana Sufi Muhammad would immediately move to wipe out the RAW elements and criminals from the Malakand division as the government had sufficient evidence of Indian involvement in the Swat lawlessness, a source told The News.
The key NWFP government source, who has been involved in the successful negotiations between Tanzim Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad and the ANP government, further revealed that it was agreed in the talks that all the closed schools in the area would be reopened, the Army would not be withdrawn and the police would be redeployed at all the police stations to ensure the writ of the government.
The source said the RAW elements and criminals had been involved in kidnapping for ransom, dacoities and blackmailing in the troubled areas of Swat. “We have even caught the RAW agents, both alive and dead,” the source said.
The source held the RAW agents and local criminals responsible for most of the crimes in the area, saying they were also involved in attacks on military targets. With the inking of the peace agreement between Maulana Sufi Muhammad and the provincial government, the source said, these elements would be cornered immediately and wiped out to make Swat crime free as it once used to be. The News. Indian agents to be wiped out from Swat By Ansar Abbasi Fri 10:42pm
There has been the Indian angle in Baluchistan. The Indian consulattes have been using the Baluch “nationalist” terrorists to create problems for Pakistan and malign the patriotic Pakistanis. Mr. Hamid Karzai, threatened by the “talibaan” has several times issued veiled threats against Pakistan. The Red Mosque and other related matters are part of the Indian-Afghan nexus supported by other anti-Pakistan forces which may want to threaten the government in Pakistan to relieve pressure on Kabul and Srinagar Osama Bin Laden turned against his benefactors. Pakistan’s legitimate interests?
3) This is also payback time for the Northern Alliance which was supported by India, Iran and Russia as a counterweight to the Pakistani support for the Taliban. The minority Hazaras and Tajiks were confined to the Panjshir Valley for most of their existence. For the first time since 2001 they run the corridors of power in Kabul. They have exacted their revenge on the Pakhtun majority as well as the Pakistanis. By cozying up with Iran using the Shia bogey they have been able to get arms and equipment. By being in bed with Delhi they were able to finagle about $1 Billion for their personal benefit.
4) . Millions of Dollars are given to the CIA for covert operations. Vice President Biden when asked about covert operations in Pakistan said “I cannot comment on this”, “You know I am very open about everything with you, but I won’t talk about this”.What type of CIA activity is going on in Pakistan that Vice President Joe Biden can’t discuss on “Face the Nation” on an American network. As General Hamid Gul said the other day on Geo TV “they don’t go to Afghanistan to play marbles“. What are they doing in Pakistan? There are the CIA operatives who want to payback Pakistan for original sin of creating and Taliban, and supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The pressure has multiple goals–to “convince” the Pakistanis that “Sharia” is horrible, “Al-Qaeda” is evil and the “Taliban” are demonic entities. This “convincing” activity shows itself in various manifestations of pure terror, unadulterated violence, lethal sabotage and gruesome murders. Pakistan is not the only recipient of this sort of terror. There is nothing new to this sort of CIA activity–it was practiced in Honduras, Cuba, Iraq (Abu Ghraib) and in Gitmo. The same type of sabotage is being waged by the CIA proxy Jundallah in Iran. This violence is then aired all over the planet as a negative representation of “Sharia” and the depiction of the “Taliban” as an evil force made up of bad people. Pictures published in various newspapers show Marines in various disguises–dressed up as Pakhtuns with long beards and long hair hidden in turbans.
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One major reason for the US to send additional troops to Afghanistan is the refusal of NATO members to meet the shortage of about 8,000 soldiers to secure some of the more dangerous areas in the Taliban strongholds of Kandahar, Helmand and Urozgan. NATO military commanders have been making requests for the additional troops for months now without getting a positive response. The deployment of the 3,200 soldiers, that too for seven months, would partially meet the NATO demand.
In fact, the Brussels-based think-tank, the Senlis Council, and other organizations and experts have estimated the need for increasing the foreign troops’ deployment in Afghanistan to at least 80,000 to tackle the growing Taliban-led resistance. There is no chance that NATO members would be willing to contribute that many troops due to fear of political fallout of deployment of their soldiers in such a volatile place as Afghanistan and owing to commitments elsewhere in other trouble-spots in the world. Some of these countries including France, Germany, Italy and Spain are even not ready to lift the strict restrictions they have placed on deploying troops in dangerous parts of Afghanistan or carrying out combat missions. Most of their soldiers are operating in the relatively safer northern provinces. The writer is an executive editor of The News International based in Peshawar. Email: email@example.com
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Here is a deep and profound history about Swat by Iftikhar Turab. Many believe that the Mazdoor Kisan Party (MKP) got its funding and support which dried up after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and after the USSR imploded. The NAP also had Soviet and Indian support all these years. In fact Badshah Khan was called “The Frontier Gandhi”. Mr. Turab feels that there is space in Swat which has been taken by the TTP with foreign funding.
A lot has been written and said these days about the valley of Swat. I would like to share with you what I have seen and known of the Swat valley from the political point.
he name ’ Hasht Nagar’ during 1970 was all in the News as Swat valley caught up in the famous peasant struggle Lead by MKP and its legendary Socialist Kissan Leaders Afzal Bangash, Ishaq Mohammed, Sher Ali Bacha, and many more rapidly spreading from Hasht Nagar village to all over Malakand Agency ‘Khawaneens’ the Landlords were challenged by peasants and asked to share justly what was grown and produced on these lands by the oppressed or to loose the Land. Political struggle climaxed and entered into a great confrontation of its time. Peasants were winning as great tactics were applied by its Leadership furthermore almost whole of the valley population were supporting the peasants against the landlords.
Landlords when loosing on the ground cried and asked the Government to send the ‘ Malashia the frontier constabulary to save them. Government just did that as asked and sent thousands of Para-military forces to take back the lands from the peasants. Government belonged to the Landlords anyway.
Socialists from all over Pakistan, gathered at’ Hasht Nagar’ to show the solidarity with the peasants. Scholars like Dr. Ferooz and Professor Ijaz, came to attend the gathering from Canada and New York. I went with friends from Gujrat to attend this summit.
Peasants showed great courage and patience during this long struggle as they used all tactics to avoid bloodshed and tactfully retreated and advanced back. they gave up the Lands when Para military forces surrounded them but took back these lands immediately when forces withdrew and left the area as they could not stay there forever.
Peasants were the cultivators, it was their land and they knew every inch of it well. They knew Land was not going any where and Landlords only had it and kept it as their ancestors gave up and agreed to keep on working for them like slaves, paying taxes to these Lords and producing all which was not their. But now it was time
Khawanees bewildered and upset by the strategies of MKP and its leaders seek the help of National Awami Party ( ANP ) of today. Wali Khan and his provincial Government extended its support to the Landlords against the peasants and decided to hunt down the leadership of Peasants. Khawaneens the landlords, afraid of the consistent movement of Peasants gathered at the house of big Khan Lund Khur near Mardan, who was a prominent Land owner and declared bounty of 10 Lakhs on the Head of Afzal Bangash. NAP joined hands with Muslim League as interests of both parties were to safeguard the interests of Vadeera Khans and not of the peasants. Afzal Bangash and his group went underground and keptthe movement going on for years. A lot happened and progress was made as concessions were granted and peasants were much better off from where they started. But the name Hasht Nagar and its struggle slowly melted away as other events in the urban area surfaced . PPP and Bhutto personality charm played a great factor in confusing and stopping of the formation of greater left movement. Then the left also got divided under International camps but that is another saga altogether.and will defend their homes , women and children and every inch of Land too as they have known the art when to retreat and when to come back. they learnt it during 1970 and can apply all those techniques and methods once again .
ANP of today is just going at the footsteps of its previous leadership. Son like father. ANP has failed to provide the alternate vision. It has stood with the Landlords of this valley for so long and has simply neglected the needs of ordinary men .Extermists, Jihadi , Islamists, Johallas or whatever you call them, they were able to grip the valley due to the political vacuum. ANP could not stop them as it was not equipped or capable of doing so. It was wrong when NAP stood against the Peasants movement during 1970.. It is wrong again today as it could not give the people of swat and NWFP a VISION. Vision of hope and prosperity. An alternate vision is needed . without an alternate no change will come.
Change has to come from within and that will last. That change can stop the march of madness. That change alone is the answer to your query , how to stop these fanatics from marching?presented to the people of Swat. Then they will not migrate but will fight for their land, houses, schools
Frankenstiens, the by product of Capitalism, have now come down to the valley from far away to spoil its beauty, peace and tranquility. they are misleading and creating the havoc. Valley of Swat is burning today as there is no Afzal Bangash to stand and guide. Sher Ali Baacha a great Lawyer of Mardan and a great fighter is dead too and so are gone the leftists of Swat and of NWFP.
Military can stop the march but to conquer the Land of Swat we will need the vision and agenda
NWFP and whole of Pakistan, need a vision that safeguards and stands alone with the people and for the people of Pakistan. Iftikhar Turab