‘Pak Army, Taliban are friends, only innocent civilians are being killed’: Report

May 9th, 2009 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban New York, May.9 (ANI): The Pakistan Army has been claiming that it has sanitized scores of Taliban militants in the Swat Valley and other adjoining areas, but if hundreds of people who have been displaced by the ‘war’ are to be believed, the army is gunning down innocent and hapless civilians in its vow to clear the ‘mess’.

If statements of the hundreds of displaced people are any thing to go by, it appears that the army and the Taliban are treating each other like ‘friends’, and inspite of targeting each other, they are spraying bullets at the civilians.

“The army and the Taliban are not killing each other, they are friends,” The New York Times quoted a displaced woman, as saying.

“They are only killing civilians. When civilians are killed, the government says they have killed a bunch of terrorists,” she added.

Scores of people, who have been forced to flee their home in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), as well as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), are furious over the military operation and have been criticizing both their government and the Taliban.

“We have no blankets and no food. The government is bombing us from the mountains, and the Taliban is shooting at us from the city,” the newspaper quoted another displaced woman, as saying.

People, who have now moved to refugee camps in Mardan, said the government is not even bothered about providing things necessary for their survival.

“The fighting had succeeded only in ruining the lives of people with no hand in the conflict,” another woman said.

On the other hand, amid the massive exodus, the Pakistan army is joyous over the ’success’ against the extremists.

“Helicopters have strafed militants in Swat over the previous 24 hours, and 140 militants have been killed so far,” the ISPR spokesperson Major General Athar Abbas said. (ANI)

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