Friday, April 24, 2009

the Taliban in Pakistan

Opposition grows to Pakistan's Taliban pact

The Washington Post — Opposition is building among Pakistani politicians and media to a peace deal aimed at ending Taliban violence in a northwestern region after the Islamists challenged democratic rule and started taking over new areas.
Pakistan is struggling to come up with a coherent strategy to stop the spread of militant violence and influence, raising fears that the country could slowly slide into Taliban hands.
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Pakistani stocks rally, heartened by Taliban retrea

Forbes — Pakistani shares rose nearly 4 percent on Friday, as investors bought after three days of sharp declines and took heart at news that a Taliban commander had ordered his fighters to withdraw from a key valley in the northwest, dealers said.
The Karachi Stock Exchange benchmark's 100-share index was 285.15 points, or 3.89 percent higher, at 7,620.87 points on turnover of 189.3 million shares. Gainers led losers 225 to 75.
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Taliban begin leaving Buner, Pakistani Army prepares for action

Thai Indian News — Ending their standoff with the Pakistani government, the Taliban, which had occupied Buner in the country’s northwest just 100 km from this federal capital, have begun withdrawing from the area amid reports that the army is preparing to go into action against the militants.
The withdrawal followed talks between the government’s representative, Syed Mohammed Javed, and Sufi Mohammad, the Taliban-backed radical cleric who had brokered a controversial Feb 16 peace deal to impose Sharia laws in Swat, Buner and five other districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), that is collectively known as the Malakand division, in return for the fundamentalist militants laying down their arms.
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