Pakhtunkhwa Times

Taliban kill Pakhtuns

Posted in Pakhtunkhwa News by ppfcanada on January 24, 2009

DAWN INTERNET EDITION on January 24, 2009 Saturday

Taliban kill Pakhtuns

TALIBAN militants have taken responsibility for most of the attacks
and suicide bombings inside Afghanistan. They have especially been
engaged in wiping out Pakhtuns over the last seven years; and this
brings us to the conclusion that there is some involvement of hidden
hands.

Hundreds of people are killed by the Taliban and the foreign troops. …
If the Taliban militants show no sympathy towards helpless citizens,
their counterparts (the foreign troops) are also showing sufficient
signs of brutality. The American troops are loath to spare even a
donkey rider.

In today’s world, the Pakhtun and the Taliban have become synonymous
terms. But the reality is that the Taliban are targeting the Pakhtuns
while the Parsiwans are enjoying a relatively secure life. It shows
that the Taliban are anti-Pakhtun and that they are backed by anti-
Pakhtun forces whose sole aim is to keep the Pakhtuns under-developed
and under-privileged. That is why we are witnessing the ongoing crisis
only in the Pakhtun areas on both sides of the Durand Line.

Southern Afghanistan, including the eastern wing, is faced with a
crisis. But surprisingly, the north, where Parsiwans are in a
majority, is peaceful and the foreigners prefer to stay there. In the
south, more than 50 per cent of the schools have been destroyed while
teachers have been crippled. Islam does not allow such acts … for
working for the government or educating the non-educated! Acid is
thrown on the faces of girl students or they are simply killed. The
Taliban are killing Pakhtun leaders. The Pakhtuns are caught between
the devil and the deep sea.

Who said that the Taliban are fighting for Islam? Only a fraction of
them can be called jihadis. The rest are puppets in the hands of
others. Some are asked why they didn’t attack Dostum who killed
thousands of innocent Afghans. …It seems that the Taliban are using
the name of Islam to serve some other goals. In fact they are defaming
Islam. — (Jan 21)

Translated and selected by Khadim Hussain and M. Arif

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France condemns destruction of schools in Swat

Posted in Pakhtunkhwa News by ppfcanada on January 24, 2009
Updated at: 1840 PST, Thursday, January 22, 2009:

ISLAMABAD: France sent a strong message to Pakistan on Wednesday, saying that the international law demanded of it to protect women and children who are being attacked by the forces of obscurantism and fanaticism.

The much needed and welcome message from the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, for the oppressed segment of society, came on the heels of the frenzy of attacks on schools in the Swat valley.

“France condemns in the strongest possible terms the destruction of five schools on January 19 in the city of Mingora, in the Swat valley of Pakistan,” said the statement of the French Ministry made available by the Embassy of France in Islamabad.

As the paralyzed security forces fight a losing battle against the militants and the PPP government appears a helpless spectator, the French Ministry says, “This is another example of the too frequent violence against Pakistani young girls and women who are being deprived of their fundamental right to education. Through these actions, the Taliban extremists have once more demonstrated their obscurantism and fanaticism”.

Taking a tough approach, the French ministry called upon the Pakistan government to do everything it can to protect the rights of these women. “It is however by the acknowledgment of the dignity of women that this great country (Pakistan) will achieve peace and development. Pakistani authorities have to do everything they can to protect the fundamental rights of women and children as recognized by international law. France is encouraging them to do so and stands on their side in the fight against extremism, fanaticism and terrorism,” adds the statement.

In a meeting of this correspondent with the Ambassador of France Daniel Jouanneau at his residence on Wednesday, he said that public sentiments are very high against the cruel method of these extremist forces against women and children in Swat.

In this regard he said that leading French women groups and feminists have raised their voices in Paris and also expressed their keenness to meet with Pakistan’s ambassador in Paris to convey their apprehensions.

It is to be remembered that earlier when the Taliban government in Kabul made life unbearable for women and the girl child in Afghanistan, it were on the streets of Paris that voices were raised against some very inhuman practices.

Again it was France that had honoured a Pakistani rape victim, Mukhatran Mai, during the regime of Pervez Musharraf, and she was specially invited to Paris to tell the story of her survival there.

Who said that the Taliban are fighting for Islam? Taliban kill Pakhtuns

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on January 24, 2009

DAWN INTERNET EDITION on January 24, 2009 Saturday

Taliban kill Pakhtuns

TALIBAN militants have taken responsibility for most of the attacks
and suicide bombings inside Afghanistan. They have especially been
engaged in wiping out Pakhtuns over the last seven years; and this
brings us to the conclusion that there is some involvement of hidden
hands.

Hundreds of people are killed by the Taliban and the foreign troops. …
If the Taliban militants show no sympathy towards helpless citizens,
their counterparts (the foreign troops) are also showing sufficient
signs of brutality. The American troops are loath to spare even a
donkey rider.

In today’s world, the Pakhtun and the Taliban have become synonymous
terms. But the reality is that the Taliban are targeting the Pakhtuns
while the Parsiwans are enjoying a relatively secure life. It shows
that the Taliban are anti-Pakhtun and that they are backed by anti-
Pakhtun forces whose sole aim is to keep the Pakhtuns under-developed
and under-privileged. That is why we are witnessing the ongoing crisis
only in the Pakhtun areas on both sides of the Durand Line.

Southern Afghanistan, including the eastern wing, is faced with a
crisis. But surprisingly, the north, where Parsiwans are in a
majority, is peaceful and the foreigners prefer to stay there. In the
south, more than 50 per cent of the schools have been destroyed while
teachers have been crippled. Islam does not allow such acts … for
working for the government or educating the non-educated! Acid is
thrown on the faces of girl students or they are simply killed. The
Taliban are killing Pakhtun leaders. The Pakhtuns are caught between
the devil and the deep sea.

Who said that the Taliban are fighting for Islam? Only a fraction of
them can be called jihadis. The rest are puppets in the hands of
others. Some are asked why they didn’t attack Dostum who killed
thousands of innocent Afghans. …It seems that the Taliban are using
the name of Islam to serve some other goals. In fact they are defaming
Islam. — (Jan 21)

Translated and selected by Khadim Hussain and M. Arif

Taliban kill Pakhtuns

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on January 24, 2009

DAWN INTERNET EDITION on January 24, 2009 Saturday

Taliban kill Pakhtuns

TALIBAN militants have taken responsibility for most of the attacks
and suicide bombings inside Afghanistan. They have especially been
engaged in wiping out Pakhtuns over the last seven years; and this
brings us to the conclusion that there is some involvement of hidden
hands.

Hundreds of people are killed by the Taliban and the foreign troops. …
If the Taliban militants show no sympathy towards helpless citizens,
their counterparts (the foreign troops) are also showing sufficient
signs of brutality. The American troops are loath to spare even a
donkey rider.

In today’s world, the Pakhtun and the Taliban have become synonymous
terms. But the reality is that the Taliban are targeting the Pakhtuns
while the Parsiwans are enjoying a relatively secure life. It shows
that the Taliban are anti-Pakhtun and that they are backed by anti-
Pakhtun forces whose sole aim is to keep the Pakhtuns under-developed
and under-privileged. That is why we are witnessing the ongoing crisis
only in the Pakhtun areas on both sides of the Durand Line.

Southern Afghanistan, including the eastern wing, is faced with a
crisis. But surprisingly, the north, where Parsiwans are in a
majority, is peaceful and the foreigners prefer to stay there. In the
south, more than 50 per cent of the schools have been destroyed while
teachers have been crippled. Islam does not allow such acts … for
working for the government or educating the non-educated! Acid is
thrown on the faces of girl students or they are simply killed. The
Taliban are killing Pakhtun leaders. The Pakhtuns are caught between
the devil and the deep sea.

Who said that the Taliban are fighting for Islam? Only a fraction of
them can be called jihadis. The rest are puppets in the hands of
others. Some are asked why they didn’t attack Dostum who killed
thousands of innocent Afghans. …It seems that the Taliban are using
the name of Islam to serve some other goals. In fact they are defaming
Islam. — (Jan 21)

Translated and selected by Khadim Hussain and M. Arif

France condemns destruction of schools in Swat

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on January 24, 2009
Updated at: 1840 PST, Thursday, January 22, 2009:

ISLAMABAD: France sent a strong message to Pakistan on Wednesday, saying that the international law demanded of it to protect women and children who are being attacked by the forces of obscurantism and fanaticism.

The much needed and welcome message from the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, for the oppressed segment of society, came on the heels of the frenzy of attacks on schools in the Swat valley.

“France condemns in the strongest possible terms the destruction of five schools on January 19 in the city of Mingora, in the Swat valley of Pakistan,” said the statement of the French Ministry made available by the Embassy of France in Islamabad.

As the paralyzed security forces fight a losing battle against the militants and the PPP government appears a helpless spectator, the French Ministry says, “This is another example of the too frequent violence against Pakistani young girls and women who are being deprived of their fundamental right to education. Through these actions, the Taliban extremists have once more demonstrated their obscurantism and fanaticism”.

Taking a tough approach, the French ministry called upon the Pakistan government to do everything it can to protect the rights of these women. “It is however by the acknowledgment of the dignity of women that this great country (Pakistan) will achieve peace and development. Pakistani authorities have to do everything they can to protect the fundamental rights of women and children as recognized by international law. France is encouraging them to do so and stands on their side in the fight against extremism, fanaticism and terrorism,” adds the statement.

In a meeting of this correspondent with the Ambassador of France Daniel Jouanneau at his residence on Wednesday, he said that public sentiments are very high against the cruel method of these extremist forces against women and children in Swat.

In this regard he said that leading French women groups and feminists have raised their voices in Paris and also expressed their keenness to meet with Pakistan’s ambassador in Paris to convey their apprehensions.

It is to be remembered that earlier when the Taliban government in Kabul made life unbearable for women and the girl child in Afghanistan, it were on the streets of Paris that voices were raised against some very inhuman practices.

Again it was France that had honoured a Pakistani rape victim, Mukhatran Mai, during the regime of Pervez Musharraf, and she was specially invited to Paris to tell the story of her survival there.

France condemns destruction of schools in Swat

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on January 24, 2009

Updated at: 1840 PST, Thursday, January 22, 2009:

ISLAMABAD: France sent a strong message to Pakistan on Wednesday, saying that the international law demanded of it to protect women and children who are being attacked by the forces of obscurantism and fanaticism.

The much needed and welcome message from the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, for the oppressed segment of society, came on the heels of the frenzy of attacks on schools in the Swat valley.

“France condemns in the strongest possible terms the destruction of five schools on January 19 in the city of Mingora, in the Swat valley of Pakistan,” said the statement of the French Ministry made available by the Embassy of France in Islamabad.

As the paralyzed security forces fight a losing battle against the militants and the PPP government appears a helpless spectator, the French Ministry says, “This is another example of the too frequent violence against Pakistani young girls and women who are being deprived of their fundamental right to education. Through these actions, the Taliban extremists have once more demonstrated their obscurantism and fanaticism”.

Taking a tough approach, the French ministry called upon the Pakistan government to do everything it can to protect the rights of these women. “It is however by the acknowledgment of the dignity of women that this great country (Pakistan) will achieve peace and development. Pakistani authorities have to do everything they can to protect the fundamental rights of women and children as recognized by international law. France is encouraging them to do so and stands on their side in the fight against extremism, fanaticism and terrorism,” adds the statement.

In a meeting of this correspondent with the Ambassador of France Daniel Jouanneau at his residence on Wednesday, he said that public sentiments are very high against the cruel method of these extremist forces against women and children in Swat.

In this regard he said that leading French women groups and feminists have raised their voices in Paris and also expressed their keenness to meet with Pakistan’s ambassador in Paris to convey their apprehensions.

It is to be remembered that earlier when the Taliban government in Kabul made life unbearable for women and the girl child in Afghanistan, it were on the streets of Paris that voices were raised against some very inhuman practices.

Again it was France that had honoured a Pakistani rape victim, Mukhatran Mai, during the regime of Pervez Musharraf, and she was specially invited to Paris to tell the story of her survival there.