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wiegenlied
04-22-2009, 10:09 PM
By Ivan Watson, CNN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Taliban militants who implemented Islamic law in Pakistan's violence-plagued Swat Valley last week have now taken control of a neighboring district. Control of the Buner district brings the Taliban closer to the capital, Islamabad, than they have been since they started their insurgency. Islamabad is 96 kilometers (60 miles) from the district.

"Now Taliban are violating the peace agreement, and if they continue the government will take strict action and not allow the Taliban to create a parallel government in that area," said Mian Iftikhar, a spokesman for the regional administration in the North West Frontier Province, where Buner is located.

Last week, the Taliban imposed sharia law in Swat Valley as part of a peace deal with the government.

In the days after the government's April 13 decision to implement sharia law in Swat, pro-Taliban clerics have staged rallies in Swat and Islamabad. They have demanded the imposition of Islamic law across Pakistan and beyond.

"Let the judges and the lawyers go to Islamic university," Muslim Khan said. After "they learn Islamic rules, Islamic regulation, they can continue to work."

The rise of the Taliban in Swat has alarmed and frightened some members of local civil society there.

Khan said if his vision of an Islamic society is fulfilled in Pakistan, terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden will be welcome to travel and live openly here.

Khan added that he would like to see sharia law implemented beyond Pakistan, even in America, a country he knows intimately. For four years, the Taliban spokesman lived in the United States, working as a painter near Boston, Massachusetts.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that Pakistan is in danger of falling into terrorist hands because of failed government policies.

Link: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/22/pakistan.taliban/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
About Swat Valley: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/22/pakistan.taliban/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Odysseus
04-23-2009, 12:01 PM
By Ivan Watson, CNN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Taliban militants who implemented Islamic law in Pakistan's violence-plagued Swat Valley last week have now taken control of a neighboring district. Control of the Buner district brings the Taliban closer to the capital, Islamabad, than they have been since they started their insurgency. Islamabad is 96 kilometers (60 miles) from the district.

"Now Taliban are violating the peace agreement, and if they continue the government will take strict action and not allow the Taliban to create a parallel government in that area," said Mian Iftikhar, a spokesman for the regional administration in the North West Frontier Province, where Buner is located.

Last week, the Taliban imposed sharia law in Swat Valley as part of a peace deal with the government.

In the days after the government's April 13 decision to implement sharia law in Swat, pro-Taliban clerics have staged rallies in Swat and Islamabad. They have demanded the imposition of Islamic law across Pakistan and beyond.

"Let the judges and the lawyers go to Islamic university," Muslim Khan said. After "they learn Islamic rules, Islamic regulation, they can continue to work."

The rise of the Taliban in Swat has alarmed and frightened some members of local civil society there.

Khan said if his vision of an Islamic society is fulfilled in Pakistan, terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden will be welcome to travel and live openly here.

Khan added that he would like to see sharia law implemented beyond Pakistan, even in America, a country he knows intimately. For four years, the Taliban spokesman lived in the United States, working as a painter near Boston, Massachusetts.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that Pakistan is in danger of falling into terrorist hands because of failed government policies.

She didn't happen to mention which failed government policies those were, did she? Maybe appeasement? Not killing Bin Laden when her husband had him in his sights? How about not responding to the attacks against us, from Somalia to the African embassey bombings to the Khobar towers bombing to the Cole bombing?

This administration is going to learn nothing from this. The Taliban has been given what they claimed that they wanted, Sharia law in one province, and now they demand that it be instituted throughout Pakistan and that they be the ones to administer it, and eventually, they'll get that if no one has the guts to oppose them. What do we do when they have control of nuclear weapons? How will we try to appease them then?

We are so screwed...

AlmostThere
04-24-2009, 11:24 PM
............... What do we do when they have control of nuclear weapons? How will we try to appease them then?

We are so screwed...

That coming from you sir, I hope the people here have the good sense to be very afraid.

Odysseus
04-25-2009, 09:53 PM
That coming from you sir, I hope the people here have the good sense to be very afraid.

I would hope that the chain of command had the sense to be very afraid.