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Saturday, 9 May 2009

Do the Swatis exist?

Only till two weeks before, Pakistan’s overwhelmingly right wing media, the traditionally left leaning Awami National Party (ANP), the born again Islamists like Imran Khan, right of the centre Nawaz League, and the centrist Zardari People’s Party were applauding the agreement between the ANP government and the Taliban. With the honorable exception of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM), the entire political leadership of Pakistan ganged up and pushed the ANP-Taliban agreement through the national assembly without a word by way of debate. This was a complete disgrace to whatever democracy stands for. There were people like Dr Hoodbhai who called the agreement an appeasement, but all the dissenting voices, very few of them indeed, were killed off by the government and the media. It was claimed that soon the agreement would result in total peace in Swat. TV channels cried hoarse claiming that the people of Swat had been dying for the agreement. “The people of Swat want peace and this agreement will restore peace”. TV reporters gave countless “verbatim” accounts of the sudden explosions of joy in every part of the Swat valley. I remember watching a foul-mouthed anchor, who is dead sure there are Jews and Hindus behind every trouble in Pakistan, claiming that “a wave of euphoria has swept the entire peace-loving people of Swat who are willing to sacrifice everything for peace and Islam”.

Interestingly, no Swatis were ever interviewed to voice the above claims.

And now that the Pakistan Army has declared a war on the Taliban, the media and the political leadership including the ANP have started claiming that the Taliban are not only terrorists of the worst kind, they want to take over the entire country. Now anchor after anchor and reporter after reporter is giving “verbatim” accounts of what the Swatis are saying: “We are willing to pay any price to get rid of the Taliban and restore peace in the Swat valley.” Suddenly the tables have turned. And yet, few Swatis have said what they want. If the media shows interviews of non-Swatis posing as Swatis, that would be another matter.

Do the Swatis exist? If they do, what do they want? Has any journalist or politician gone to the people of Swat to find out? On whose command was the nation of Pakistan told that the Swatis were happy with the Taliban? By what process have the Swatis undergone a complete change of heart?

The question is: who is behind all this show. On whose command do the journalists, opinion makers, and politicians paint utopia and then dystopia? On whose discretion do people become freedom fighters, and then the same freedom fighters terrorists? If it was important to bring the ANP-Taliban agreement in the parliament, why was the parliament not asked to endorse the decision to wage the war?

Abbas Zaidi


Razi said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this analysis. Will the ISI care for the voice of the disempowered?

Anonymous said...

An act of speedy justice almost delivered to Hoodbhoy by Imran Khan.


And Hamid Mir comes to the support of Imran Khan. Notice how speaking good Urdu is also a sign of being American agent.


Anonymous said...

here is my answer to your predicaments,

160 million Pakistanis have been conned into self distruction

This game has been played before when so called peace deal was negotiated in FATA area after the election and broken in a similar way in sort time, which backfired on ANP badly.
The aim was for pak army to fight American war, with the support of the Pakistani people but this did not work.
Conspiracy & evidence
common conception is that America was against sharia law in swat but realty is different,
check the following,
Telegraph 17. feb. 2009 writes
American officials have privately backed Pakistan's "Sharia law for peace" deal with Taliban militants in the Swat Valley despite publicly criticising it as a "negative development".
journalist and tv anchor Qudsia Kadri also made this very revealing point in Sawal Yeh Hai 6 may

this is the same game that was played with Iraqi leader sadam hussain before the first iraq war by the Americans,
their ambassador gave sadam hussain wink and nod to invade Kuwait, so that they will have a pretext to invade Iraq in turn, which they did and had the backing of all the world.

Same game is played with Pakistani people,
In swat sharia law is encouraged privately but Americans told the world that they are against this Islamic law,
They have succeeded again, it seams as all Pakistani people are backing military action against Taliban, where as they were dead against military action before sharia law.
1)The timing is like an open book,
After the first failure in fata , swat came into limelight and question of Shariat popped and swat is put on fire.
Swat Taliban armed covertly as they were getting stronger and stronger,
2) all of a sudden sufi Muhammad became none violetant
and a peacefull person to deal and negotiated with, all this time sufi Muhammad and his group is been portrait as moderates.
3) suddenly Taliban appear in bunair & dir and operation starts straight away,
4)The elusive Sufi Muhammad and other taliban mullahs come on all tv channels with exclusive interviews in just one or two days,
saying thinks That any fool would know will not be acceptable to 99% of Pakistanis, but will be music to the ears of the Americans propagandists.
5)Timed Just before zardaris visit to American masters,

Anp philosophy
ANP, the Secular party that was dead against sharia law,
always wanted to annihilation of political islam,
how can they embrace sharia law.
ANP has always tried to hoodwink Pak-army and people to achieve their secular, american, separatist agenda,
Purpose & goal of America & their agents,

the purpose of this game was to get the pak army fighting for america, with the support of all pakistanis,
plus Discredit islam and sharia

sufi Muhammad motives
this so called Maulana is very suspect, he knowingly or unknowingly is an agent of America and the west, he has said every thing that our enemy would like to hear from a muslim leader,
and ever thing the common muslim don't want to hear,
the dogma that creates fitna,
The main supporters of military action,
america, zardari, PM, altaf's MQM, bacha khan's ANP, other coconut, and lafafa journalist, when did last time these actors work for the interest of pakistan. or the betterment Pakistanis ??????????????
it makes me laugh and cry to see how most of the media have united to support self distraction.
it seems that media people are opinion followers rather than opinion makers, no thinking or home work,
I know Some people will say what is the answer
There are many different armed groups in this troubled areas,
Supported by 1)raw 2)CIA 3)Mosad 4) Russia 5) anti Pakistan Afghanis 6) yes Iran 7)Saudi Arabia 8) Pashtoon separatists 9) baloch separatists,10) jihadists 11) alqieda 12)other Islamic firkas, All known as talibans.
So the army action is not the answer to such cocktail of militants groups.
This is the job for intelligence agencies,
It is for SIS to go in, investigate and pick them one by one,
If the military and the govt were honest with it’s people than this what they should be doing, but they are not honest.
Dishonesty shows when you think sufi Muhammad and all his gang were left to disappear in to mountains and the innocent people are been bombed and killed for no objective.
I pray people start thinking rather than have heard mentality.

Anonymous said...

This is not a war on "terror".

This is not a war on "talibanisation".

It is Punjab's war on Pakhtuns for their resources via the Punjabi/Pakistani Army.

It is the "ethnic" cleansing of Pakhtuns from their lands by Punjab via the Punjabi/Pakistani Army using the American dollars ($) & weapons.

Punjab the beman, the big fat pig province of Pakistan.

Pakistan MURDABAD.


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