March 2009


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Monday, March 30, 2009
Peace talks under way in Kurram Agency

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PARACHINAR: A grand peace Jirga on Sunday held peace talks with both the rival parties and vowed to continue efforts till restoration of peace in the area. Talking to reporters, PPP Fata Chairman and Jirga member Malik Waris Khan Afridi and Farzand Ali said they held meetings with both parties in Sadda and Parachinar, saying both parties had assured cooperation.

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PARACHINAR: A grand peace Jirga on Sunday held peace talks with both the rival parties and vowed to continue efforts till restoration of peace in the area. Talking to reporters, PPP Fata Chairman and Jirga member Malik Waris Khan Afridi and Farzand Ali said they held meetings with both parties in Sadda and Parachinar, saying both parties had assured cooperation.

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PARACHINAR: A grand peace Jirga on Sunday held peace talks with both the rival parties and vowed to continue efforts till restoration of peace in the area. Talking to reporters, PPP Fata Chairman and Jirga member Malik Waris Khan Afridi and Farzand Ali said they held meetings with both parties in Sadda and Parachinar, saying both parties had assured cooperation.

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2009-03-27 India-Pakistan

Shias under siege in NW Pakistan

 

Taliban have imposed a crippling blockade on Shia communities in northwestern Pakistan raising concerns of a ‘dire humanitarian crisis’.

In a Tuesday peace summit held in northwestern city of Parachinar in Kurram Agency, political and religious leaders said the lack of government control had allowed the Taliban to pursue their aggressive agenda in the region.

The summit comes after reports of grave human rights abuses against Shias in Parachinar, which later turned in to a complete siege.

Although Shias are the majority in Kurram, they are surrounded by the Taliban-linked aggressive militants who have gone so far as to cut off roads over the past few months. The militants are also accused of kidnapping or killing those trying to deliver supplies to the Shia areas.

Shia farmers have been forced to sell their agricultural produce in Afghanistan instead of the markets in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

Taliban-linked militants in Parachinar, Hangu district and much of the Kurram tribal agency have killed 25 to 30 people on a daily basis over the last six months. Some local media say more than 1,300 Shia community members have been killed in the region since 2007.

They claim that security forces in the tribal regions are ‘under the influence of local Taliban groups’, adding that law enforcement officers have ‘willingly or unwillingly’ launched a clamp down on Shia Muslims.

The killing of Shias is to such extent that has caused international outrage with rights groups and regional countries including Iran expressing concern over the ‘genocide’.

The leading Shia figure in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has issued a ruling (fatwa) with respect to the treatment of the Shia in the Parachinar. The fatwa encourages all Shia Muslims in Pakistan to do everything within their power to help their “brethren.”

Shias say they make up one-third of Pakistan’s 160 million-strong population. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have been killed in violence-related incidents in Pakistan by extremist groups – who have embarked on an ‘ominous mission’ to ‘eliminate’ Shia elites across Pakistan.

They have killed hundreds of Shia medical doctors, university professors, lawyers and police officers across the violence-wracked country over the past few years.

Moderate Pakistani Sunni groups believe that leaving Shias at the mercy of the Taliban is a conspiracy against the country.

 

 

SOURCE: http://www.rantburg.com/poparticle.php?D=2009-03-27&ID=266175

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2009-03-27 India-Pakistan

Shias under siege in NW Pakistan

 

Taliban have imposed a crippling blockade on Shia communities in northwestern Pakistan raising concerns of a ‘dire humanitarian crisis’.

In a Tuesday peace summit held in northwestern city of Parachinar in Kurram Agency, political and religious leaders said the lack of government control had allowed the Taliban to pursue their aggressive agenda in the region.

The summit comes after reports of grave human rights abuses against Shias in Parachinar, which later turned in to a complete siege.

Although Shias are the majority in Kurram, they are surrounded by the Taliban-linked aggressive militants who have gone so far as to cut off roads over the past few months. The militants are also accused of kidnapping or killing those trying to deliver supplies to the Shia areas.

Shia farmers have been forced to sell their agricultural produce in Afghanistan instead of the markets in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

Taliban-linked militants in Parachinar, Hangu district and much of the Kurram tribal agency have killed 25 to 30 people on a daily basis over the last six months. Some local media say more than 1,300 Shia community members have been killed in the region since 2007.

They claim that security forces in the tribal regions are ‘under the influence of local Taliban groups’, adding that law enforcement officers have ‘willingly or unwillingly’ launched a clamp down on Shia Muslims.

The killing of Shias is to such extent that has caused international outrage with rights groups and regional countries including Iran expressing concern over the ‘genocide’.

The leading Shia figure in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has issued a ruling (fatwa) with respect to the treatment of the Shia in the Parachinar. The fatwa encourages all Shia Muslims in Pakistan to do everything within their power to help their “brethren.”

Shias say they make up one-third of Pakistan’s 160 million-strong population. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have been killed in violence-related incidents in Pakistan by extremist groups – who have embarked on an ‘ominous mission’ to ‘eliminate’ Shia elites across Pakistan.

They have killed hundreds of Shia medical doctors, university professors, lawyers and police officers across the violence-wracked country over the past few years.

Moderate Pakistani Sunni groups believe that leaving Shias at the mercy of the Taliban is a conspiracy against the country.

 

 

SOURCE: http://www.rantburg.com/poparticle.php?D=2009-03-27&ID=266175

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2009-03-27 India-Pakistan

Shias under siege in NW Pakistan

 

Taliban have imposed a crippling blockade on Shia communities in northwestern Pakistan raising concerns of a ‘dire humanitarian crisis’.

In a Tuesday peace summit held in northwestern city of Parachinar in Kurram Agency, political and religious leaders said the lack of government control had allowed the Taliban to pursue their aggressive agenda in the region.

The summit comes after reports of grave human rights abuses against Shias in Parachinar, which later turned in to a complete siege.

Although Shias are the majority in Kurram, they are surrounded by the Taliban-linked aggressive militants who have gone so far as to cut off roads over the past few months. The militants are also accused of kidnapping or killing those trying to deliver supplies to the Shia areas.

Shia farmers have been forced to sell their agricultural produce in Afghanistan instead of the markets in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

Taliban-linked militants in Parachinar, Hangu district and much of the Kurram tribal agency have killed 25 to 30 people on a daily basis over the last six months. Some local media say more than 1,300 Shia community members have been killed in the region since 2007.

They claim that security forces in the tribal regions are ‘under the influence of local Taliban groups’, adding that law enforcement officers have ‘willingly or unwillingly’ launched a clamp down on Shia Muslims.

The killing of Shias is to such extent that has caused international outrage with rights groups and regional countries including Iran expressing concern over the ‘genocide’.

The leading Shia figure in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has issued a ruling (fatwa) with respect to the treatment of the Shia in the Parachinar. The fatwa encourages all Shia Muslims in Pakistan to do everything within their power to help their “brethren.”

Shias say they make up one-third of Pakistan’s 160 million-strong population. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have been killed in violence-related incidents in Pakistan by extremist groups – who have embarked on an ‘ominous mission’ to ‘eliminate’ Shia elites across Pakistan.

They have killed hundreds of Shia medical doctors, university professors, lawyers and police officers across the violence-wracked country over the past few years.

Moderate Pakistani Sunni groups believe that leaving Shias at the mercy of the Taliban is a conspiracy against the country.

 

 

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Saturday,March 28, 2009,

Rabi-ul-Awwal 30, 1430 A.H.

 

<!––>Tension after beheading of kidnapped passengers F.P. Report

PARACHINAR: Thousands of tribals on Friday protested against the beheading of two kidnapped passengers of Turi and Bangash tribes by militants which has created tension in troubled kurram Agency. The mourners present in the funeral procession raised slogans against what they called as “state supported terrorism” against the Turi and Bangash tribes of Kurram Agency beside chanting slogans against the militants. According to details militants beheaded two persons named Javed Hussain and Ali Asghar belonging to Upper Kurram, two of the twelve passengers kidnapped on Feb 23 while travelling from Parachinar to Peshawar at Lower Kurram area near Chapari Check post. It is worth mentioning here that on the same day i.e. Feb 23 a school clerk Ashtar Hussain was also murdered on the spot who tried to resist the militants. After the murder of the school clerk for more than a month the main Parachinar-Peshawar Road remained blocked by the armed militants for the people of Turi and Bangash tribe, which has increased the miseries of common people creating shortage of daily use commodites, food stuff and life saving medicines. After the recovery of the two dead bodies the elders of Turi and Bangash tribes called thier emergency meeting and Tribal Jirga on Friday in which they accused the authorities of state terrorism against the innocent people of Upper Kurram. They said this was the 29th incident of kidnapping and beheading the passengers of Turi and Bangash tribe on main Parachinar-Peshawar Road in bright day light by violating the peace treaty and tribal Jirga ceasefire, but no action had been taken against militants. The elders said majority of these incidents took place a few metres away from the security forces checkposts especially Chapari check post, the last checkpost of Kurram Agency touching down districts. Elders of Turi and Bangash tribe also warned the government and the authorities concerned to punish the militants responsible for this inhuman incident, otherwise they will take revenge according to tribal traditions.

 

SOURCE:  http://www.thefrontierpost.com/News.aspx?ncat=ts&nid=4367&ad=28-03-2009

 

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