Archive for the ‘Swat’ Category

Did Pakistan Pay $6 Million to Taleban for Truce?

In Swat on February 25, 2009 at 10:04 am

AKI reports that Pakistan paid approximately $6 million –

“The amount has been paid through a backchannel, ” a senior security official told AKI on condition of anonymity.  It is compensation for those who were killed during military operations and compensation for the properties destroyed by the security forces. In fact, negotiations for this package were finalised well before Maulana Sufi Mohammad signed a peace deal.”


Property destroyed? Civilians killed?  Doubtful the money will reach those it is intended for-

Pak Paid $6 Mln for Ceasefire: Reports

CNN IBN, India

25 Feb 2009

(Zardari gave $6 million from “special fund” IBN).


Junoon on Swat

In Arts & Culture, Swat on February 24, 2009 at 12:38 pm

No doubt that violence is taking its toll on the arts, but what sort of art can we expect to emerge in response?

Worth the Read for the Title Alone

In Swat on February 24, 2009 at 7:56 am

Honey, I Shrunk Pakistan! in Egypt’s Al Ahram Weekly:


Successive Pakistani governments are making a habit of surrendering territory and sovereignty to the Taliban in exchange for nothing. General Pervez Musharraf lost North and South Waziristan in a similar deal a few years ago and now President Asif Ali Zardari has provided the Taliban with a foothold within striking distance of Islamabad. Pakistan is slowly shriveling up. I guess the next time Benazir Bhutto’s ghost visits her dear husband President Zardari, his one line report will say, “Honey, I shrunk Pakistan!”


In Swat on February 18, 2009 at 3:12 am