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Pakistan Frees 12 More Taliban Terrorists

From those defenders of the faith at Reuters:

Amir Izzat, center wearing black turban, spokesman of pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Muhammad, briefs the media about the negotiations between Muhammad and government officials in Mingora, capital of the troubled Swat Valley, in Pakistan Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Pakistan frees 12 Taliban militants in Swat valley

By Junaid Khan – Sun Mar 8

MINGORA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities have released 12 Taliban militants in a bid to consolidate a pact struck last month with Islamists in the troubled northwestern Swat valley, a senior government official said Sunday…

The Taliban militants were released Saturday night after talks between North West Frontier Province (NWFP) authorities and representatives of the Taliban and the Islamists, officials said.

"It was one of the demands of the Taliban. It was a goodwill gesture. We have fulfilled it and we hope now they will play their part for peace," Syed Mohammad Javed, Commissioner of Swat, told Reuters…

Sunday, officials said 10 policemen had been killed in a clash with the Taliban in the Mohmand tribal region on the Afghan border late Saturday.

A government official and three policemen were abducted by the militants after the clash and their decapitated bodies were found early Sunday, officials said.

President Asif Ali Zardari has vowed his government will not negotiate with Taliban militants but NWFP authorities sealed the pact with an influential cleric in Swat, Maulana Sufi Mohammad.

They agreed to enforce Islamic sharia law in the region in the hope that Mohammad would be able to rein in the militants.

Mohammad this month called on the government and the Taliban to release each other’s prisoners by March 10. The militants released seven government officials and soldiers last month

Mohammad, an aging cleric who led violent protests by Islamists in the 1990s, has also set a deadline of March 15 for the government to enforce sharia law in the region or face protests. NWFP officials have assured him his demand will be met…

As the article notes, this is just the second down payment on their surrender terms.

That, and the imposition of Sharia law. And giving total control of the region to the Taliban.

But, mind you, they didn’t surrender.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, March 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Pakistan Frees 12 More Taliban Terrorists”

  1. proreason says:

    drip drip…..drip drip drip…….drip drip drip drip……..KERBANG!!!!!

    wring hands, hold head, furrow brow, blame Bush

    drip drip….

  2. DGA says:

    My God, does anyone need a crystal ball to see what the future holds for northern Pakistan? No? Ahh, gazing into the ball, I can see your future… yes, yes, it’s all clear now…. the Taliban take a firm grip of a large part of your country and then hold ransom to get access to your nukes, while B.hussein obama does very little except send Hillary over there with OUR checkbook. The world ends up right where it started 10 years ago EXCEPT that there are now nukes in the game, and the taliban hold a more populus region of the world hostage. obama tries to negotiate, and, gee, who would have thought it, that effort fails for us but the taliban end up with more money in their pockets, taking a page from kim il junk. Idiots, all idiots except the taliban.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “It was one of the demands of the Taliban. It was a goodwill gesture.”

    So .. “one of the demands of the Taliban” or a “goodwill gesture”? The road to hell is paved with goodwill gestures.

    “We have fulfilled it and we hope now they will play their part for peace,”

    They got the o-blah-blah hope thing going now, too. Good luck wid dat!

  4. brad says:

    It is the only blue print for dealing with a corrupt government–that is, to equal or exceed their corruption. I don’t feel sorry for Pakistan, I feel sorry for India that had to give them Pakistan to begin with.

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