This is an update on the Swat situation which was posted onto the Peoples Resistance Mailing List by Dr. Riaz Ahmed on 24th April [three days back]. I believe this analysis is worth reading and understanding the ground reality from the people in swat and their concerns surrounding Sufi Mohammad and the possible incursions by the Pakistan Army. Its good to keep into perspective the ground reality merely to balance the propaganda that keeps blasting away across the media
I just spoke to a friend in Charsadda, another in Swat and yet one more in Buner. The peace accord is falling apart, people generally fear that now a huge military operation will be conducted and thousands will be killed and millions displaced, much much more than those killed and displaced in Swat / Bajour operations since November 2007. This is the forthcoming horror that must be stopped.
Sher Gul from Charsadda says ‘People fear that Sufi Mohammad is an agent. The military was forced to end the operation in Swat not because of Sufi Mohammad but because ordinary people were on the streets in thousands demanding end to military operation and attacks by the Taliban. This was going to expose the mullah military alliance. People were mobilizing in large number against the war and that is why the govt brought Sufi Mohammad to Swat to cool down the mobilization. Sufi had no role in resisting the military operation. Now he is giving wrong statements, challenging constitution, rejecting democracy, these are designed for the US and Pakistan military so that they attack with full force.”
It seems that the government has succeeded in blinding people with the horror of Taliban spreading everywhere and thus the US war on terror can now become a Pakistani peoples war on terror. Yesterday in Live with Talat the ‘leftist’ PPP minister Kaira was saying “before the PPP govt there was no ownership of the ‘war on terror’, now you can see that the way in which Taliban broke the Swat accord and their spread into Buner, people are now owning this war”, Talat interrupted ‘You did all this to make it a peoples war!’. This exposes the sincerity of the root-less PPP govt in ending violence, for their part the Swat peace accord was bound to fail and at the end of it people will be demanding a military operation. This is not a government that wants peace, it wants war.
Shaid from Swat says that people here question why US is asking for an attack on Swat Taliban. And they get answers from liberals, ANP etc who take the occupation of Buner and are now asking openly for a bombardment of Swat. It was these same political parties who call themselves secular and negotiated the peace deal with a Sufi who is know for highly fundamentalist ideas. Shahid says they made a deal with Sufi deliberately so as to sideline the ordinary people who were demanding an end to war and attacks. Shahid fears that the collapse of the Swat accord will actually eliminate any reason against the kiling of innocents.
Now what happens when the war on terror becomes Pakistani peoples war? It means ruthless bombardment of innocent civilians and further disintegration of the society, now the same government which allowed the horrific images of woman flogging on tv channels will strictly prohibit any images of its bombardments killing thousands of women, children and the old. If you dont believe it then just revisit what happened to Swat and Bajour in Nov 2007, July 2008 and January 2009.