Violence in Swat due to ‘growing influence of Talibanisation’: PPP

November 14th, 2007 - 2:55 am ICT by admin  
The Swat Valley has been under an intense grip of violence for the past many months in the face of weakening writ of the state and growing influence of Maulana Fazlullah, said PPP Information Secretary Sherry Rehman.

Rehman said that through his notorious FM channel, Fazlullah has spread fear and misinformation in the region.

“It was only early this week that the caretaker government in the NWFP facilitated deployment of 2,500 troops in Swat. October 24 attack in which 20 soldiers were killed took place a day after the military moved in to control the area,” Rehman added.

“This is the most deplorable incident and confirms our worst fears about the growing influence of violent Talibanisation in the country,” Rehman said.

“According to news reports, with this incident, the death toll, as a result of violence in the region during the last 10 months, has reached a figure of over 60 while over 140 have been injured, including many security forces personnel,” she said.

Rehman said there was no question of extremists gaining strength in the region had the issue been tackled earlier and not swept under the carpet, as was always the case.

She said that efforts to nab him have failed because of the provincial government’s reluctance to control Talibanisation in the area.

“The nation has paid a heavy price for the carrot-and-stick approach towards terrorists. Extremism cannot be nurtured and eliminated at the same time. We have wasted countless lives and several years to a policy that has shaken the ideological foundation of the country,” Rehman claimed.

“It’s the government’s responsibility to provide security to the people. No government in the world allows its citizens to become hostage to the whims of extremists,” she said.

The Daily Times quoted Rehman as saying that the PPP remained committed to eliminating extremism and militancy under Benazir Bhutto’s leadership. (ANI)

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