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Wednesday, 25 February 2009

SWAT Valley Ceasefire Extended, Not An Appeasement, Minister says

The SWAT valley ceasefire has been indefinitely extended, prisoners released on both sides, and the Pakistani government is at pains to point out that this is 'not an appeasement.'

Interestingly, the usually fairly reliable Huffington Post, quoting AKI and Salon, writes that the Pakistani government has allegedly paid $6m to the Talibanis. This money, reports Huffington, includes US funds.

"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.

Huffington quotes Susanne Koelbl writing in Salon;

'government officials in the affected region admit that "the Taliban are using the truce to rearm...
In effect, Pakistan, a nuclear power, has relinquished its sovereignty over an important part of the country.'

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