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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

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Mahinda & Ban Ki Moon

Peace returns to the Swat valley of horror and terror

By Asif Haroon Raja

Swat known as the paradise on earth has been ripped apart by Fazlullah led militants for the last two years causing immense grief to the residents. Half of the population has migrated and living in makeshift camps. The main demand of the people as well as the militants is to establish Islamic laws since existing Anglo-Saxon laws have failed to provide them speedy and inexpensive justice. Despite two major military operations peace could not be restored. A peace accord was signed between NWFP government and Maulana Sufi Muhammad on 17 February and it was agreed to introduce Islamic Sharia in seven districts of Malakand Division including Swat and in Kohistan district of Hazara Division. The other districts are upper and lower Dir, Malakand, Shangla, Buner and Chitral.

Sri Lanka and Myanmar reiterate the closeness of their ties

Sri Lanka and Myanmar are bound by ancient and historical links, reinforced by the common Buddhist heritage that unites the peoples of the two countries. This sentiment was articulated by the visiting Foreign Minister of Myanmar, U Nyan Win, who called on his Sri Lankan counterpart, Rohitha Bogollagama at the Foreign Ministry yesterday (16 March 2009). The Myanmar Foreign Minister is in Sri Lanka, leading his country delegation to the three-day ECOSOC Regional Ministerial Meeting on Financing Strategies for Healthcare, currently taking place in Colombo and Kandy.

Five including three cops killed in attack on university in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Five people including three policemen were killed and four other injured when more than hundred armed-militants in the garb of Taliban attacked a police mobile van at the main entrance of the University of Malakand at Chakdara in the Lower Dir District, northwest Pakistan, late midnight (Tuesday). According to an injured watchman of the University more than hundred armed militants entered the university at 12:45am, beating the gatekeeper they broke into the university. The attackers were demanding of the watchmen to hand them over all keys of the vehicles and administration block, sources said, adding that apparently they wanted to take away official vehicles along with them.