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Pervez Musharraf must change course. Pakistan Taliban in control of more towns.

Posted by QB on November 7, 2007

The time has come Pervez Musharraf realize his mistakes by opening negotiations with Pakistan Taliban who took control of several town in Swat. Osama Bin Laden and Mullah must be laughing at Pakistan security forces laying their weapons surrendering to Talibans, this will give them hope and courage to go after US occupation military in Afghanistan.

Islamabad (PTI): Pro-Taliban militants have strengthened their hold on the Swat valley in northwestern Pakistan by seizing several key towns after outnumbered security forces laid down their arms and fled their posts.Militants are now controlling key towns like Matta, Khwazakhela, Madyan and Charbagh, all located near Imamdheri, the stronghold of radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah.Hundreds of militants have taken over the police stations in these towns, have established their own check posts and are patrolling the streets. In Matta, militants replaced the Pakistani flag with their own at the police station after over 120 security personnel surrendered earlier this week, daily The News reported.

The situation in Swat is clear that Islamic Militants can take the extreme decision to declare their independence which is clear from the above report that they have replaced Pakistan flags with their own flags in seized towns. The two nation theory, which was the basis of Pakistan creation, has already failed with the breakup of East Pakistan and now the uprising in NWFP and Baluchistan. It look like that creation of Pakistan was a mistake.

Pervez Musharraf still have the time to calm down the growing anger in NWFP and Baluchistan by starting serious negotiations with these Islamic Militans, who are angry at him for implementing Bush policies. Pervez Musharraf should cut a deal in NWFP promising to immediately stop all Security forces actions (which are not working anyway), remove the military check points, withdraw all the security forces from the region. This deal will create anger in US and all the European countries who are demanding Pervez Musharraf to end the State of Emergency but will bring peace and stability in Pakistan.

Once the deal is made, Pervez Musharraf government should introduce the social programs in the region, with opening schools, hospitals, providing new job opportunities for the people. The radical Mullahs like Fazlullah influence and hold are because of ignorance of majority of Muslims who blindly follow these religious scholars without knowing the religion. The radicalism will flourish the way Bush and Musharraf are fighting the “war on terror”, the radicalism will diminish by proper eduction of religion which will take time.

Pervez Musharraf claim to take steps which are in the best interest of the country, but his policies are not working,  “war on terror” has brought Pakistan on the brink of another ugly breakup.

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