Emergency in Pakistan will help militants to gain ground, say analysts

November 14th, 2007 - 8:35 am ICT by admin  
Musharraf cited growing militancy across the country as one of the major reasons for the move. However, the government’s clampdown has been primarily on the media and judiciary.

“Militancy will increase in pakistan,” Military Intelligence officer, Brigadier (retired) Mehmood Shah, said.

“The emergency decision is unpopular and how can an unpopular decision eliminate militancy,” he asked.

Meanwhile, militants targeted top-ranking military officers near Peshawar by a roadside remote-controlled bomb on Monday. A colonel and a major of the army’s Special Service Group were lucky to escape the blast with minor injuries.

Musharraf also accused the country’s apex court of setting militants free, but 25 militants, some of them convicted by different courts, were released to secure the freedom of over 200 soldiers from the militants’ custody in South Waziristan on Sunday, the Daily Times reported.

“Absolutely, it (release of 25 militants) goes against what Musharraf said about the Supreme Court,” Shah said, who served as security chief of tribal areas.

“The president will be fighting militancy from a position of weakness and the militants will exploit the unpopular decision of emergency,” said Tehseen Ullah Khan, chief coordinator of the National Research and Development Foundation.

Senator Saleh Shah from South Waziristan, who had helped the government to negotiate the release of over 200 soldiers, said: “Emergency is no solution to militancy.” (ANI)

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