Pakhtunkhwa Times

Canadian House of Common Discused Swat Issue and PPF Peace Rally

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on March 22, 2009

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  1. Javed Akhtar said, on March 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Dear Friends,

    On March 10, 2009 the Canadian House of Common discussed the Swat-Pakistan issue.Our member of Parliament congratulated Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum for its successful peace rally and requested Canadian Government to provide Humanitarian aid to the affected people of Swat and Pakhtunkhwa. For details please watch the movie by going any of the following link….

    You can also read the transcript of the Speech of our Honorable Member of Parliament..

    Thanks and regards,

    Javed Akhtar

  2. Anonymous said, on March 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    US agenda to re-map Pakistan
    Col Ghulam Sarwar (R)

    Dear Col Ghulam Sarwar (R),

    I refer to your above article and comment on:

    “In case of Pakistan, the plan will not be easy to accomplish. While no prevention role is expected of Pakistan’s political leadership, Pakistan military – as guarantor of national security and supported by pro-population will fight off such moves. Hopefully, the military will stand a much better chance in successfully maintaining national integrity.”

    In my opinion and in this regard, the “army” is far more “BEMAN” than the “political leadership” because if the army cannot stop the deadly-attacks by US drones and troops inside Pushtun’s tribal territory inside of Pakistan, how can it prevent the US agenda to re-map Pakistan.

    Or is it, perhaps if these deadly-attacks by US drones and troops were taking place inside Punjab, killing Punjabis rather than Pakhtuns, than the army will do something about them.

    This would mean that, the Pakistan army is even more “BEMAN” but in Pakistan, Punjab is the “MOTHER” of “BEMANI”, the Pakistani army is the perpetrator of this “BEMANI” and the current misery of the Balochi, Pakhtun population of Pakistan is as a result of this “BEMANI”.

    Shouldn’t cowards like you keep your big mouths shut.

    Should you at this point shout out coward at me.

    I am a civilian, not paid to be brave and protect “all” the people of a country(NOT just the Punjabis).

    Yours sincerely

  3. Anonymous said, on April 8, 2009 at 6:31 pm (press release)

    Wednesday, 8 April 2009, 2:48 pm
    Press Release: Asian Human Rights Commission Pakistan: State Authorities Support The Taliban, And Responds Weakly To Public Outrage Over The Public Flogging Of A Girl

    The Internet-broadcasted public flogging of a young girl by Taliban members in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has enraged sections of Pakistan society, and given a taste of the newly-brokered brand of religious justice in Swat. The beating has refreshed debates on religion-backed violence against women in the country, but equally as disturbing, is the light it has thrown on the working relationship between state actors and the Taliban. In the days since the girl was beaten, she and her family have been stifled, the crime has been denied and the blame has been shifted to a variety of unlikely players.

    Cruelty under the guise of spirituality

    17-year-old Chand Bibi was reportedly found out of her home, buying groceries while unaccompanied. Weeks before, the Taliban and an extremist group led by Soofi Mohammad had brokered an agreement with the government that enforced religious rules, including a law that obliges women to stay inside the house unless with close males relatives.

    On In the mid of the March, 2009, the religious authorities made Chand Bibi their first example of Taliban justice, suggesting that spectators record the punishment on their mobile phones. The video shows the teenager pinned face-down on the ground, clothed, with two men on her upper body and one holding down her legs, while a fourth flogs her buttocks with a stick in front of a large crowd, thirty-five times. Afterwards positive, proud statements were issued by Taliban spokesmen and journalists for religious news publications.

    A swift about-turn

    However when the local population started to react against the video — followed by the rest of the country in the media and street protests — the Taliban changed their account of the incident; the girl’s charged was changed to fornication. She is reported to have been quickly married to a young man, Mr. Adalat Khan, also now implicated, and her punishment was heralded as ‘lenient’.

    After the Supreme Court took up the case in a suo moto action, the Inspector General of the area was pressured into lodging a First Information Report with the police. He lodged it against ‘unknown persons’, though the men beating Chand Bibi can be identified in the video. Social organizations have reported that the family can’t be reached for comment, and when the case went to court, the judges were unable to try the case without the victim present.

    Local organizations say that Qazis, the Islamic courts judges and other Taliban members are pressuring the family to keep quiet. Mr. Abdul Latif Afridi, President of Peshawar High Court Bar Association has said that Chand Bibi, was forced by various Taliban leaders, along with officials from the provincial government, to confirm the new charges and not to attend the hearing. The girl’s family, in turn, has said that their religious traditions do not allow the girl to be produced before a large group of men. However the Inspector General’s FIR mentions Chand Bibi’s first report to a number of men, including the Commissioner of the Malakand division Mr. Syed Javed and Islamic court judge Mr. Qazi Riaz.

    Having failed to sway public opinion in favour of the girl’s flogging, Taliban members have begun to suggest that the video was staged — a conspiracy of NGOs, or Americans.

    A loss of credibility

    The case has served to quickly discredit the strain of Taliban justice that is being meted out in Swat Valley and condoned by the government. It has also shown the weakness of the government, once again, in the face of the Taliban and other religious radicals. And again it has taken civil society and media commentators to question and condemn the violation of basic women’s rights, and the hypocrisy of a punishment broadcast as titillation by a group that claims to uphold the highest of moral values.

    About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

  4. Anonymous said, on April 9, 2009 at 6:11 am

    The News International

    The good, the bad and the flogged
    Thursday, April 09, 2009

    In the aftermath of the ‘flogging video’ scandal, Taliban apologists in the media and some political parties have come up with the following mutually contradictory and laughable ‘excuses’:

    1. It happened before the ‘peace deal’ was signed;
    2. It did not happen at all;
    3. It happened, but not in Swat;
    4. The girl is lucky; if it had happened before the ‘peace deal’, she would have been stoned to death;
    5. It should have happened indoors;
    6. The men holding the girl down are ‘mehram’; 7. The people criticising the act of flogging are ‘enemies of peace’;
    8. It is a US-UK-Indian-Israeli conspiracy plotted by the CIA-MI6-Raw-Mossad jointly;
    9. It is all because of the drones;
    10. The NGOs are enemies of Pakistan.

    All these mental acrobatics are from supposedly educated people, but not one word of criticism of the barbarism of the Taliban.

    Afzal Siddiqi


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