Archive for the ‘extremism’ Category

China parliament delegates call for Xinjiang crackdown

March 8, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) – Delegates to China‘s parliament have vowed to step up a crackdown on ethnic unrest, separatism and religious extremism in the western region of Xinjiang, state press said Saturday.
“We will never slacken in our fight against these evil forces,” the China Daily quoted Nur Bekri, chairman of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region as saying.

“We should stay on high alert all the time to crush any attempt to damage Xinjiang’s development and stability.”

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing National People’s Congress, Bekri said extremism, terrorism and separatism were the greatest threats to Xinjiang, an area bordering Central Asia that makes up one sixth of China’s territory.

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Muhammad Comments On Events: Tribal Areas, Pakistan

February 3, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I hope you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright. As usual the situation in the tribal areas is tense.

Taliban fighters have been terrorising the people in tribal areas. But now Pakistan leaders have been accepting the fact that terrorists have been enjoying the support of some politicians and officials.

Today the leading newspaper of Pakistan Dawn discussed the situation in its editorial.  Caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan’s insistence that all political parties must make their stance on terrorism clear deserves to be noted.

In a television interview, the minister said many parties were going soft on terrorism, and this could help the militants. One wishes the minister had named the parties he had in mind, but one can see that many parties on the extreme right have maintained an attitude that often appears paradoxical, if not intriguing.

All political parties are, of course, quick to condemn an act of terrorism when it occurs, but often it appears that this is done for record’s sake. The Lal Masjid affair was more than an act of terrorism, and the stand-off leading finally to the crackdown in July last year provided ample evidence of the various parties’ stance on terrorism.

The issue gets mixed up with politics. Even the secular parties criticised not the Lal Majid brigade but the government in harsh terms. But here they were acting the way all opposition does — to make capital out of a situation, any situation, and embarrass the government. But, regrettably, many religious parties refrained from using their influence with the Rashid-Ghazi duo to end the stand-off peacefully. This was surprising because almost all madressah heads had distanced themselves from the Lal Masjid clerics, so blatantly criminal were their activities.

Similarly, many parties have chosen to keep quiet on the issue of suicide bombing. Suicide attacks have been planned and executed in cold blood as is evident from the targets that have been chosen — mosques, imambargahs, religious gatherings including Eid congregations, shopping centres and at least one school bus. Those in the opposition today ought to know they could be in power tomorrow and they will have to deal with the monster of terrorism, to which they are at the moment indifferent but which gets stronger by default.

Unfortunately, civil society on the whole has failed to stand up to extremism. The religious militants are a microscopic minority, but they have combined terror with their misguided concept of religion to frighten the majority into silence. This could prove disastrous for the nation.

Also, those fighting for human rights causes ought to know that the threat to freedom does not merely come from the government of the day; it also comes from parties with a fascist outlook and groups that preach persecution of women and minorities and wage war on culture in the name of Islam. Unless society itself stands up to terrorism, it is difficult to see how the state alone can deal with this monster.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khrushid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Pakistan’s One-Man Calamity

November 17, 2007

 By Nawaz Sharif
The Washington Post
Saturday, November 17, 2007; Page A17

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — My country is in flames. There is no constitution. Judges have been sacked on a whim and arrested, political leaders locked up, television stations taken off the air. Human rights activists, lawyers and other members of civil society are bearing the brunt of a crackdown by a brutal regime. Extremism has assumed enormous and grave proportions.

All of this is the doing of one man: Pervez Musharraf. He first struck at the core of democracy on Oct. 12, 1999, when he dismissed my government at gunpoint. My government was chosen by the people of Pakistan in free and fair elections. But Musharraf so feared my popularity that he banished me from the country and won’t allow me to return. After Pakistan’s Supreme Court declared this year that I have a right to return, I flew into Islamabad in September. But Musharraf brazenly refused me admittance to my own country.

Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif

On Nov. 3, Musharraf struck again at democracy. He abrogated the constitution and declared a state of emergency. For Musharraf, the constitution is nothing but a piece of paper that can be crumpled and discarded. After the Supreme Court stood up to him early this year and attempted to restore the fundamental rights of the people, he dismissed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. Stung by the successful civil society movement that led to Chaudhry’s reinstatement, Musharraf acted quickly after suspending the rule of law. The Supreme Court was considering Musharraf’s eligibility to be elected president despite being the army chief, but before the court could rule, Musharraf dismissed the entire judiciary. 

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Russia, China and allies play war game

August 11, 2007

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers
August 10, 2007

BEIJING — Russia , China and four former Soviet Central Asian republics have sent some 6,500 troops to participate in a multinational war game, in which they’ve deployed paratroops, 80 aircraft and hundreds of armored combat vehicles to suppress an Islamic uprising, similar to one that occurred in Uzbekistan in 2005.

The joint exercise, which started Thursday and runs through next Thursday, is the biggest organized yet by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization , a six-year-old security forum that languished in near-obscurity for some time but may be turning into a form of security alliance.

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War By Every Possible Means

Pakistan’s Musharraf Rules Out US Troops, Strikes

July 27, 2007

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Friday firmly rejected US threats to strike militants holed up near the Afghan border, saying that American forces will not be allowed to operate in the area.

Military ruler Musharraf’s remarks come amid mounting anger at warnings from key ally Washington that it will not allow Osama bin Laden‘s rejuvenated terror network to use the South Asian nation’s e,frontier regions as a safe haven.

“Inside Pakistani territory only Pakistani forces will operate and they are fully ….

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Fantastic View Of Rakaposhi From Aliabad

Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the Nagar Valley approximately 100 km north of the city of Gilgit. Rakaposhi means “shining wall” in the local language. At a height of 7,788 metres, It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest and is said to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.