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|Perils of appeasement|
|[Dawn] IS there anything such as a 'moderate terrorist'? That is how the slain leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) is being depicted by some analysts.|
In fact, the most recent high-value target of the CIA drone strikes in Pakistain's tribal regions, Waliur Rehman, ed many gruesome attacks. To portray him as a moderate or a man seriously seeking peace talks is to play a cruel joke on thousands of innocent victims of terrorism.
It was not without reason that Waliur Rehman was on Pakistain's list of most wanted terrorists; the US had announced a bounty of $5 million on him. His role as the top operational commander of the TTP came to light during the bloody siege of the GHQ in Rawalpindi in October 2009. Intercepted messages showed that the attackers were constantly getting instructions on the wireless from Waliur Rehman.
Putting aside the controversy on the legality of the CIA drone campaign inside Pak territory, it is a false argument that the strike killing Waliur Rehman was meant to scuttle peace talks with the Pak Taliban. Such debates only help Taliban apologists seeking to promote the cause. The demand by Maulana , the self-appointed arbitrator between the next administration and the TTP, that Pakistain should apologise for the killing of Waliur Rehman is shocking.
Not surprisingly the TTP has used the killing of its deputy leader as a pretext for withdrawing its so-called peace talks offer. From the outset it was never a serious pursuit for peace by the Taliban. But some political parties took the ruse seriously. The PML-N and the Pakistain made the support for peace talks part of their election campaigns. In his first speech to his party's newly elected members of the National Assembly, reiterated his position that negotiations were the only means to deal with militancy. "Why should we not talk to the Taliban?" he asked his party s and then himself replied in the affirmative.
While blasting the previous government for not taking the TTP peace talks offer seriously, the new Pak leader completely ignored the atrocities the have wreaked on Pakistain. No homage was paid to the thousands of Pak soldiers who laid down their lives in fighting the and securing the tribal regions.
Perhaps not to offend the TTP, Mr Sharif did not think it was important to talk about Malala Yousafzai who was shot by them for resisting their retrogressive worldview.
The young girl from has now become an international icon of bravery -- but maybe not for our new ruling parties.
The statement of the new chief minister of the PTI government in declaring that his party "did not have any enmity with the Taliban" was equally pathetic. The statement came as the TTP had mounted at least six terrorist attacks in as many days. There was no condemnation of those attacks by the two most powerful parties now in power in the centre and KP. Such an apologetic position and pampering of the provides greater space to the and divides the nation.
By giving the TTP a clean chit the new KP government is setting a very dangerous precedent. A serious concern is that lowering one's guard and inaction by the provincial government could give the the space to regenerate and regain lost ground.
One should learn lessons from the Swat peace deals. Soon after coming to power in the province in 2008, the Awami National Party pursued the same policy of negotiations on the s' terms with disastrous consequences.
The commanders released after the peace agreement went back to Swat and killed hundreds of people who had cooperated with the administration and political opponents. Another failed peace deal in 2009 led to a military operation. Therefore the argument that negotiations were not given a chance is false.
What is most dangerous is the widening divide between the new hip and the military over peace talks with the TTP. Gen has made it very clear that there could not be any negotiations unless the renounce violence and accept the writ of the state.
The attitude of the civilian leadership reinforces the perception that it is only the military's war against militancy and nothing to do with them. This makes for a very dangerous situation where the country's internal security is concerned.
There is no clarity among the parties supporting the peace talks about what is negotiable. The list of the TTP's demands includes enforcement of its version of the Sharia and changing the country's foreign policy and national security paradigm. It completely rejects democracy and constitutional authority. Can any state accept those
An oft-repeated argument is that if the Americans are engaging with the Taliban in Afghanistan why can't Pakistain negotiate with its own s. This is an extremely ridiculous parallel. There is a huge difference in the two situations. There are no foreign parties in Pakistain -- the TTP is not fighting foreign troops.
Another apology for violence is Pakistain's so-called involvement in US war in Afghanistan that according to and other has reinforced the jihadi narrative. It is, perhaps, the most unconvincing argument of all. How is Pakistain involved in the US war, especially when the coalition forces are in the process of withdrawing from Afghanistan? Do Imran Khan and others want Pakistain to support the so-called jihad in Afghanistan?
Besides, the TTP are not a monolithic group and numerous TTP and other factions are operating in KP with their separate demands and agendas. Many of them are just criminal gangs engaged in crimes ranging from kidnapping for ransom to bank robberies. How are we going to negotiate with each one of them? Perhaps the government does not have a clear answer to this.
|JUI-S chief Sami keen to mediate, but clueless about TTP|
|[BETA.DAWN] His back leant on a cushion against the wall, eyes half-closed, he gave some quick lesson to one of the disciples in waiting while another massaged his leg and in-between managed incessant phone calls for him.|
A religious scholar who heads the sprawling Darul Uloom Haqqania, on the Grand Trunk Road in Akora Khattak, Maulana 's political stock has suddenly gone up, his eldest son's defeat on a National Assembly seat notwithstanding.
|JUI-F set to join coalition after PML-N invitation|
|[BETA.DAWN] After failing to form a government in , -Fazl's (JUI-F) avenues for entering a coalition government in the centre and assembly, opened up after a formal invitation from Pakistain League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday, DawnNews reported.|
Shahbaz held a meeting with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman during which the issues related to formation of a government were discussed whereas the PML-N also extended a formal invitation to the JUI-F to form a coalition government in the National Assembly and Balochistan's provincial assembly.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Shahbaz said that the challenges faced by the country needed to be addressed jointly.
He further said that the PML-F was their ally in Sindh whereas party chief wanted to take all political parties on-board to tackle the issues of terrorism, corruption and the energy crises in Pakistain.
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl said that a meeting of the party's central Majlis-e-Amla was called for today during which the decision to join a coalition government would be taken after consultation.
|Islamists get less than 5pc votes in twin cities|
|[Dawn] Islamists could obtain only 4.72 per cent votes in the nine National Assembly seats of Rawalpindi district and the federal capital in the May 11 elections.|
Out of the 1.86 million votes polled for the two National Assembly seats of Islamabad and seven Rawalpindi district, the Islamic and sect-based parties, including and the JUI-F, managed to bag only 88,101 votes.
The trend showing that Paks do not vote for religious elements or any party representing their sect has been taken as a welcome sign by many even in the religious circles.
"I am happy to see that people vote for the mainstream without considerations to their religion or sect," said Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, the chief of Pakistain Ulema Council.
"People have rejected sectarianism and extremism. Look at Jhang, the centre of Sipah-e-Sahaba. The PML-N candidate has won there," he said.
The two primarily sect-based groups active in the arena of Rawalpindi and Islamabad in the elections 2013 were the Shia Majlis Wahdat een (MWM), the newest entrant into politics as it got itself registered only in February 2013.
The other mainly sect-based group was the Muttahida Deeni Mahaz (MDM), which was the only electoral alliance in the general elections, led by Maulana , chief of his own faction of
The MDM comprised five small groups belonging to the Deobandi school of thought, including (ASWJ), the reincarnation of
Both the groups were confident of a respectable finish in the elections.
"Islam has been and will remain the most important aspect of Pak society and you can see that only the Islamists can bring a change in the system which currently is based on exploitation and interest (riba)," Maulana Samiul Haq had told Dawn prior to the elections.
Among the most decorated and confident candidates of the MDM was Maulana Mohammad Ishtiaq Abbasi from PP-1 Murree, because of his religious standing in the area and his sound background. He belongs to the local majority Abbasi clan.
Due to sound financial standing, he was also the only provincial assembly candidate in the country to have aired his own paid advertisements on TV channels.
Despite all these cards and the expected support from the network of Madressahs in the area, Ishtiaq Abbasi of the MDM obtained only 13,757 votes, making him finish at the fourth slot way behind 21,433 of the PTI candidate, 23,498 of the PML-Q and 51,108 of the winning PML-N.
Besides, the combined votes of MDM with other religious parties, including the JI and the Jamaat Ulema-e-Pakistain (Noorani), a Barelvi group, come to 20,462, putting it at number four.
For NA-50, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of the PML-N, the winner, bagged 133,906 votes followed by 46,819 (PTI) and 44,713 (PPP).
But the four candidates each from the two Barelvi-based small parties (Markazi Jamaat Mushaikh Pakistain and Pakistain ), JI and JUI-F got a total of 16,324 votes.
"The voters are mature and people go for party-based politics, they understand different things," Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said, cautiously choosing his words not to criticise the religious elements.
the ASWJ blamed rigging by the PML- N for their poor performance and presented justifications for the low vote cast.
"We are a new entrant in politics in this region and the people were not well aware of our presence," said Tayyab Hydri, a for ASWJ.
|PML-N, JUI-F bid to edge out PTI in KP power game|
|[Dawn] -Fazl and Pakistain League-Nawaz have set the power game in motion as their leaders agreed here on Sunday to discuss formulation of a coalition government in |
"Rehmat Salam (PML-N's provincial general secretary) phoned me today and asked that we (leaders of the two sides) should sit together to discuss the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government formulation," Abdul Jalil Jan, secretary information of JUI-F, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, told Dawn on Sunday.
He said the matter also came under discussion between JUI-F chief and PML-N head Mian
Mr Jalil Jan said his party chief phoned Mr Sharif to congratulate him over PML-N's victory in the May 11 election and during the course of their telephonic conversation the two leaders agreed to look into the possibilities of forming a coalition government in the province.
JUI-F emerged as the second largest party in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly after its 13 candidates returned successful in the Saturday's election. PML-N has surfaced as the third largest single party in the provincial legislature elect with a tally of 12 members of the provincial assembly elect.
"We (JUI-F) will form the next Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government with the help of PML-N as we (his party) already have an understanding with Qaumi Watan Party (headed by former federal interior minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao) in this regard," said Mr Jalil Jan.
His party, added the JUI-F leader, had developed a commitment with QWP at the time of negotiating the deal to form an electoral alliance for the May 11 elections.
|Taliban expel agents of 33 candidates: Peaceful polling, good turnout in Fata|
|[Dawn] Taliban-dominated peace committee hijacked the election show in NA-41, South Agency, on Saturday after expelling polling agents of 33 candidates, including that of Awami National Party, from polling stations.|
The polling, however, remained peaceful in all the seven tribal agencies and six Frontier Regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and the turnout was impressive in the region except troubled .
Taliban made announcements in and other parts of North Waziristan Agency on Friday night, asking people not to allow women to cast their votes. Women were also not allowed to exercise their right to vote in Orakzai.
a large number of women polled votes in South Waziristan, Khyber, Kurram, Bajaur, Mohmand and Frontier Regions. Elections have been postponed in NA-38, , due to disturbance in central sub-division of the area.
Reports said that Taliban allowed polling agents of Pakistain , Pakistain League-Nawaz, (JUI-F), two independent candidates; Mohammad Ali and Naseerullah Khan, to stay at the polling stations in NA-41. polling agents of some candidates, including ANP's Ayaz Wazir, were asked to leave polling stations.
Ayaz Wazir told Dawn that security forces and officials of the political administration were absent and left polling stations at the mercy of Taliban and Khasadars. "My agents were forced to leave polling stations in the morning," he alleged. A resident of Wana said that Taliban had expelled polling agents of some candidates from polling stations because they did not pay Rs70,000 security fee. He said that armed volunteers of the Taliban-led Shura were providing security at polling stations in Wana and other areas.
"In fact candidates were short-listed in NA-41," complained another resident of Wana while requesting not to be named. Women polled their votes in South Waziristan. Rush was witnessed at polling stations.
Details about polling in Spinkai Raghzai, Chegmalai and Sararogha of NA-42, the Mehsud tribe-dominated constituency of South Waziristan, could not be obtained because of unavailability of telecommunication facilities in the area.
Polling remained peaceful in NA-40, North Waziristan Agency, and voters cast their vote. Taliban barred women from polling in North Waziristan and polling stations set up for them were seen deserted. Even female polling staff did not reach polling stations.
Reports said that turnout remained very impressive in where a female candidate Badam Zarai was contesting elections.
Voters, particularly youngsters, made long queues at the polling stations waiting for their turn. Extensive security arrangements were made at both constituencies in Bajaur and people ignored threats. Women also polled votes.
Polling was held in peaceful atmosphere in and both men and women cast their votes. Remarkable rush of voters was witnessed at polling stations at Ghalanai and other areas of Mohmand. Situation in NA-37, Kurram Agency, remained peaceful and moderate rush of voters was observed there. Army, Frontier Corps and Levies personnel were deployed heavily in the area and voters cast their vote in safe atmosphere.
Polling for NA-45 in remained peaceful as thousands of voters, including women, turned up at the polling stations both in Landi Kotal and Jamrud.
Elderly and handicapped men and women were seen on wheelchairs coming to the polling stations while young voters also showed enthusiasm in casting vote. Overall situation at Landi Kotal and Jamrud remained under control as security forces conducted regular patrolling of over one hundred polling stations in NA-45.
Arrangements inside polling stations were also to the satisfaction of most of the voters and contesting candidates and voters faced no obstruction in casting their votes.
In Jamrud, some candidates accused their opponents of obstructing female voting, but the issue was resolved after the intervention of local authorities. Polling at Jalozai and Shah Kas was suspended for about two hours after some candidates raised objections over anomalies in the voters list. Supporters of some candidates in Shah Kas ransacked some polling stations after they found their names missing from the voters list.
|A mature response: Imran Khan's fall|
|[Dawn] IMRAN Khan's injuries resulting from a fall from a forklift during a poll rally in Lahore on Tuesday gave the nation some anxious moments and it was a moment of relief when doctors declared the PTI chief out of danger. Unfortunate though it was, such an accident was not entirely unexpected. The hair-raising somersault only underscored the utter disregard of safety measures in the boisterous rallies that are an essential feature of our electioneering. The threat to life doesn't come from the alone; the chaos that is the hallmark of all public activity in South Asia poses perhaps an equal threat to life and limb. Too many party workers and supporters want to be on the dais and be seen close to the leader, resulting in the kind of jostling and pushing witnessed on Tuesday evening.|
But what was a welcome departure from all the mudslinging that has characterised the campaigning was the mature response of politicians -- across the political spectrum -- to Mr Khan's plight. For instance, Mr Khan and had been at each other's throats even before the campaigns began. With the approach of election day, the vitriol had scaled new heights. on Tuesday, the PML-N chief announced the cancellation of all campaign activity for Wednesday. Mr Sharif had expressed similar solidarity with the Bhutto family on the of that had resulted in the postponement of polls by several weeks. Apart from Mr Sharif, messages of sympathy for the PTI leader poured in from other party heads and politicians. They ranged from political foes including Altaf Hussain and former prime minister to friends such as and Maulana , not to speak of . The MQM and the announced a halt to campaigning for a day, and , who is frequently criticised by the PTI, sent him a bouquet. Equally heartening was Mr Khan's own attitude as he spoke from his hospital bed, urging the people to cast their vote on May 11.
This maturity has been welcomed by a nation that often views its representatives with cynicism. one niggling thought remains. Why have many of the leaders moved by Tuesday's dreadful spectacle not shown the same sympathy for those killed and in the election rallies bombed by the TTP? Were these victims and their grieving relatives lesser human beings undeserving of solace because they belonged to the 'wrong' political parties?
|Fazl urges people to shun ethnic divide|
|[Dawn] Chief of has said that Pakistain chairman wants to implement western agenda in the country in the name of new Pakistain but his party will block his way to the prime minister house.|
"Imran is following to get to the PM house and he wants to implement the Zionist agenda in Pakistain in the garb of his anti-America stunt, but my party will restrict his way as we are working for the enforcement of Sharia in the country for the last many decades," said Maulana Fazl while speaking at a public gathering here on Monday.
The JUI-F amir asked the countrymen to get rid of ethnic and regional biases, which, he said, were threatening the existence of the county.
"If we don't get rid of sectarianism and ethnic divides, we cannot root out terrorism and lawlessness from the country. Punjabis should feel the pain of Sindhis and Sindhis should feel the pain of Mohajirs and Mohajirs should feel the pain of Baloch and Pakhtuns," said Maulana Fazl.
He said his party only wanted implementation of Islamic ideology in the country which, he added, could end deprivation, class difference and ethnicity and also bring the economy of country on the right track.
He said Imran Khan was speaking against the America just to gain popularity.
He said that for the last six and half decades successive rulers plundered the country and ruled for personal benefits as a result of which there was poverty and hunger in the country.
|Curfew in Hangu after attack on JUI-F rally kills ten|
|[Dawn] A curfew was imposed inafter an targeting a -Fazl (JUI-F) candidate in the district's Doaba town in Khyber Pakhtunkwa province killed ten persons and injured 22 others on Tuesday, DawnNews reported.JUI-F's candidate from PK-43 constituency, Mufti Syed Janan told Dawn.com that he and his two bodyguards were also injured in the attack but his condition was out of danger.Hospital sources said that there were 11 children were among the injured.|
|Fazl wants KP governor changed|
|[Pak Daily Times] (JUI-F) chief has demanded the removal of governor before the May 11 elections.|
He made this demand in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim (CEC) on Thursday. In his letter Fazl alleged that has tasked the KP governor with rigging the elections and therefore the governor should be changed. He also complained that polling stations in FATA have been set up at faraway places and in several areas it is not possible to reach them without transport. The JUI-F chief demanded polling stations be set up at places where they were established in the previous general elections.
|Religious parties in disarray due to internal rifts|
|[Dawn] As elections are less than three weeks away, religious parties, which had swept the 2002 polls infrom the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal platform, are in disarray due to internal rifts, which may benefit other political groups.MMA, which comprised , factions of and Maulana , Jamaat Ulema-e-Pakistain-Noorani, Jamaat Ahle Hadith of Sajid Mir and Tehrik-e-Islami of Allama Sajid Naqvi, had secured 59 of the total 99 general seats of the provincial assembly in 2002.It bagged a total of 3,181,483 votes in the 2002 elections.In the 2008 elections, JUI-F used the MMA symbol 'book' but suffered major defeat.|
|Fazl to contest for three NA seats|
|[Dawn] chief will try his luck for the National Assembly in three constituencies during the upcoming elections.|
During the last elections held in 2008, he was a candidate on two seats of the Lower House of Parliament.
He lost election in NA-24, home constituency, but won in NA-26, Bannu.
Speaking at a news conference here on Monday, JUI-F deputy chief Maulana Attaur Rehman said the party's parliamentary committee had decided that Mr Fazl would contest elections in NA-24, , NA-25, Dera Ismail Khan-cum-Tank and NA-27, Lakki Marwat.
He said Mr Fazl's younger brother, Maulana Lutfur Rehman, would contest elections on two provincial assembly seats, PK-64 and PK-66.
Mr Atta said Mr Fazl filed nomination papers for NA-25 on Monday.
"I am optimistic that JUI-F will emerge as a major party in elections. Pakistain League-Nawaz is our favourite for seat adjustment in the province. Negotiations with it in this respect are in progress," he said.
According to him, former provincial chief minister Akram Khan Durrani, who was the opposition leader in the provincial assembly, has been given the party ticket in NA-26 and PK-70, Bannu.
The JUI-F leader also named the party's candidates for the National Assembly seats in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Area (Fata) and those in the provincial assembly. He said names of candidates for NA-5, Nowshera and NA-40, North Agency had not been finalised, while the party would not field candidates in PK-67 and PK-69 due to seat adjustment with Gandapur and Javid families.