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War of Terror in Pakistan: Interview with Saadia Toor

Posted by Ka Frank on November 11, 2009

Pakistan militaryA War of Terror in Pakistan: Interview with Saadia Toor

by Ashley Smith, MRzine, October 27, 2009

Saadia Toor is an assistant professor at Staten Island College, author of a forthcoming book on Pakistan from Pluto Press, and part of the group Action for a Progressive Pakistan.

The Pakistani Army has launched a major offensive against Taliban forces in the province of Waziristan.  What is behind this assault, and what impact will it have on the people there?

The Army had been warning ever since it attacked in Swat earlier this year that its next move would be in South Waziristan.  This area is incredibly undeveloped and has become a stronghold of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (or TTP), which had been led by Baitullah Mehsud until he was killed in drone attack conducted by the U.S. earlier this year

In the run-up to this assault, there was a series of attacks and suicide attacks on state facilities across Pakistan as a warning to the Army to back off from the incursion.  The TTP took responsibility for most of these.

However, under a lot of pressure from the U.S., and with full U.S. military support, the Pakistani Army has unleashed its terror in South Waziristan.

Just as we witnessed in Swat, the Army is causing another humanitarian catastrophe.  It has already driven 150,000 people from the area, and experts estimate that at least 250,000 people — over half the population — will be forced to flee from the fighting.  The government has stated that it is not going to make any arrangements to accommodate the refugees, because they supposedly all have families they can stay with! Read the rest of this entry »

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Prachanda Expects Maoist-led Government by Next Week

Posted by Ka Frank on November 11, 2009

NEPAL-POLITICS-MAOISTMaoist led govt in Nepal by next week: Prachanda

Express India, November 8, 2009

Kathmandu: Former prime minister Prachanda on Sunday claimed that the current political deadlock in Nepal will end within a week and a Maoist-led national “consensus government” would be in place by dissolving the ruling CPN-UML led coalition, formed through “unconstitutional means”.

“A way out will be found from the current deadlock within a week,” Prachanda said talking to journalists in southern Nepal’s town Birgunj. The Maoists will show maximum flexibility to allow the endorsement of the budget for the current fiscal year, he said.

“It is essential for the dissolution of the present Madhav Kumar Nepal led government, formed through unconstitutional means, to bring about political consensus,” he added. “The new government will be formed based on national consensus and that will be led by the Maoists.”

Maoists are ready to be part of the high level political mechanism to draft the constitution and to take the peace process to the logical end as proposed by Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and everything should be dealt within a package. Prachanda said that his party is not hungry for power. “I could have been the Prime Minister three months back, if I had wished for that,” he claimed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal’s Prachanda: No Current Links to Indian Maoists

Posted by Ka Frank on November 11, 2009

NEPAL-POLITICS-MAOIST

This article appeared at the same time as the Nepali Maoist leader responsible for international relations confirmed  support for the revolution in India.

Nepal Maoists have no links with Indian Maoists: Prachanda

TGW, November 9, 2009

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the Unified Maoists’ Party chairman has said that there exists no links between the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist and the Unified Maoists’ Party of Nepal.

Mr. Dahal’s remarks came just a day after the Indian Home Secretary Mr. Goal K Pillai, addressing a joint press conference after the completion of a two day Home Secretary level security talks between India and Nepal, November 7, 2009, had said that there existed some sort of links between the two Maoists’ Parties and that the government of India was fully aware of that.

Addressing a press meet in Birgunj, Sunday, November 8, 2009, Dahal said that in the past the two parties had political relationship but with the Maoists’ Party in Nepal becoming a part of the peace process, the political link as such has been broken.

“After we joined the peace process in Nepal, they have been blaming our party as to have turned a revisionist one, in such a situation there is no chance of having ideological links with the Indian Maoists”, he continued.

“Even while we were carrying out peoples’ war in Nepal, we never asked for physical support from them”, he told the journalists.

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