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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2830

Swat: Taliban threatens peace deal

By Farzana Shah Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Peshawar, 22 April, ( Peace in restive Swat region is once again losing hopes as Taliban continue their armed march in Bunner, threats are received in Shangila district lawyers and TNSM chief gave ultimatum to NWFP government to establish Dar-ul-Qaza till 23rd of April. Though no armed clash has happened in region but Taliban are once again trying to provoke some sort of conflict in region despite all the steps taken by ANP government in NWFP and are not ready to put their weapons down which they agreed to do in 14 points peace deal with government.

Taliban spokesperson Muslim Khan said, “We will not put down our weapons unconditionally.” Usually it is thought that condition from Taliban is to implement Nizam-e-Adal Regulations (NAR2009).

New threat to peace deal in Swat emerged after Taliban established their control through various check posts in Bunner area in Malakand Division. According to reports, Taliban established their check posts in Peerbaba and surrounding areas. Taliban are facing no resistance from any direction as local lashkar (local tribal force) has backed off from their positions from where they resisted initial march of Talibans in Bunner. Local administration is also helpless in this regards.

NWFP chief minister has raised concerns over the latest moves by Talibans and urged them to stop their armed march in Bunner and surrounding areas. CM called the decision of establishing check posts in Bunner as provoking and unnecessary step after implementation of NiZam-e-Adal in Malakand division.

Overall situation has become again confusing as Taliban are more committed to their advances despite all the concerns by various partiers.

In another incident four FC personnel were kidnapped by unknown persons. Spokesperson of Taliban said they will release these persons after investigation. Federal government is under tremendous criticism. Senate, upper house of parliament, rejected a bill similar to one which passed from National Assembly, lower house of parliament, on 17th of April. There were serious word exchanges between members of senate belonging to government and opposition benches over implementation of NAR2009 in Malakand division.

After these developments Talibans are losing their political and moral support in the country as PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif also expressed his concerns after recent activities of Talibans in Bunner, "Taliban want to expand their foot print in the region outside Malakand as well". PML-N was largest supporter of promulgation of NAR2009 in National Assembly. Mian Nawaz Sharif concerns over recent developments are clear indication that now supporter of Nizam-e-Adal 2009, for peace in Swat, are in confusion about the future of this deal.

Federal minister of information Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira said, "Now there is no excuse for Taliban to carrying weapons and Sufi Muhammad must fulfill his role as grunter for peace instead of adding new demands to his list for peace." He was addressing to a public seminar in Lahore held on anniversary of national poet Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal.

Whole nation is looking at these developments have expressed fear of another blood bath in Swat which is once again rising among masses, as Talibans are not ready to give any time to ANP government to implement NAR2009 in which establishment of Qazi court system is main the task.

- Asian Tribune -

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