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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

" Pakistani militants abandon deal," BBC, June 30, 2009.

[Neither NATO nor the US has ever approved of Pakistan's efforts to negotiate with their tribal citizens. The result is that coalition policy and strategic behaviour sabotages whatever deals the tribal people are silly enough to make with their government. Here BBC portrays the result as evidence that you can't negotiate with terrorists. So it's the "militants" who have "abandoned" the deal--after their people have been killed in growing numbers. Pakistan, and to a lesser degree Afghanistan, is the Western Empire's battlefield. That it also happens to be the homeland of the Taliban and a good many Muslim civilians and indigenous people is, to our leaders, far less important than getting their women to give up burquas for mini-skirts and liquor stores. The West has finally got a government in Pakistan that sees Washington as a more important political constituency than NWFP. -jlt]

A wing of the Taliban based in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan say they have scrapped a peace deal with the government.

The group led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur in North Waziristan withdrew from the deal as the army stepped up its offensive against the Taliban in the north-west.

  Announcing their decision, spokesman Ahmedullah Ahmedi, also said they would now carry out attacks on military targets in the region until the army left and US drones strikes were halted.

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