Sunday, April 27, 2008

Taliban commander calls for ceasefire in Pakistan border area

Of course that is the way of Islam- a cease fire is only a time to re-group and only if not in a position of strength. Let's hope I'm wrong.
From the UK Guardian:
A senior Taliban commander in Pakistan's tribal areas has declared a ceasefire as part of secret peace talks with the new civilian-led government.
Baitullah Mehsud has boasted of training legions of suicide bombers and has been accused of orchestrating the assassination of Benazir Bhutto last December.
Now he has posted leaflets across his mountain redoubt in the lawless South Waziristan tribal area, ordering fighters to halt attacks on Pakistani security forces or face severe punishment.
The pause is a triumph for Yusuf Raza Gilani's new government, which has promised to tackle militancy through dialogue, in contrast with President Pervez Musharraf's iron-fisted approach, which failed to stem a wave of violence that has killed hundreds in the past year. But analysts and American officials reacted coolly to the news, fearing the militants would use the ceasefire as an excuse to re-arm and intensify attacks into Afghanistan. "We have been concerned about these types of approaches because we don't think they work," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. (full story)

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