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Pakistan Arrests Swat Treaty Negotiator

From a dejected Associated Press:

Pakistan arrests pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Muhammad

By Riaz Khan, Associated Press Writer

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistani police on Sunday arrested pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Muhammad, who brokered a peace deal between the government and militants in the Swat Valley that has since faltered.

Muhammad, father-in-law of Swat Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah, negotiated a truce with the government in February that imposed Shariah, or Islamic, law in the valley in exchange for an end to two years of fighting

Mian Iftikhar, information minister for the North West Frontier Province, said Muhammad was arrested for encouraging violence and terrorism.

"Instead of keeping his promises by taking steps for the sake of peace, and speaking out against terrorism, he did not utter a single word against terrorists," Iftikhar said in a news conference in Peshawar, adding that the cleric’s stance "encouraged terrorism. It encouraged violence." …

The minister said Muhammad would be investigated regarding his role as mediator between the government and the Taliban, and that a case would then be made based on that investigation…

Muhammad leads a pro-Taliban group known as the Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammedi, or the Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Law. He was jailed in 2002 but was freed last year after he renounced violence

Never mind that our media masters and the rest of our one party establishment has assured us for years that all we need to do is negotiate with these bravos.

Somehow it never seems to work out.

But that just goes to prove that we must keep trying all the more.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Pakistan Arrests Swat Treaty Negotiator”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “Somehow it never seems to work out.”

    Eventually they will see the error of their ways, Steve. We have got to give Barry and the “Homeboys” a chance to work that ol’ Magic. You’ll see……..just wait!! (sarc)

    I’d sooner sleep with a cobra naked!!

  2. neocon mom says:

    “Instead of keeping his promises by taking steps for the sake of peace, ”

    What is peaceful about living under Shariah law?

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