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Friday, August 28, 2009

Gutter Bagheecha, Amir Mir, Hakimullah On Drone Hit LIst, Liar Liar pants on fire,

A rightfully agitated Nisar Baloch is among those running the campaign for the restoration of the park and the amenity status for 480 acres of open land. He is equally critical of both the MQM and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), one for its coercion and the other for its tardiness. He said that when the people of settlements near the park staged a peaceful protest on August 26, they were attacked by members of the law-enforcing agencies. Six women and four young men were injured, one of them in a critical condition, while two protesters were arrested. Sadly, the media has, so far, not been unable to cover the story properly and for those who think that overlooking the matter will make it go away, here's some food for thought -- the politics of intimidation, profiteering, patronage and prejudice can hold us together only for so long. Harris Khalique

While demanding the withdrawal of security forces from the area and the release of his comrades in exchange for freeing the soldiers, Baitullah Mehsud had threatened to put the arrested soldiers on trial for violating the peace deal the Army had signed with him in February 2005, by launching a military operation in his area. As three abducted soldiers were beheaded in the next three days, General Musharraf had to order the release of 25 hardcore TTP militants to secure the release of the soldiers. The bizarre abduction added to Hakimullah’s stature and helped him get closer to Baitullah. Soon afterwards, Baitullah’s military might multiplied on 12 December, 2007, when a council of 40 senior Pakistani Taliban leaders commanding a pooled force of almost 50,000 gathered in Peshawar and decided to come together under a single banner of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. Baitullah was appointed the TTP Ameer, Maulana Hafiz Gul Bahadur from North Waziristan the senior Naib Ameer (senior vice chief) and Maulana Faqeer Mohammad from the Bajaur Agency was appointed the third in command. Baitullah soon rewarded Hakeemullah Mehsud by elevating him from an ordinary commander to the chief operational commander for three important tribal regions -- Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai Agencies. Yet one key factor that led to his elevation was the fact that Hakeemullah commanded almost 8,000 fighters in the three tribal agencies located in the west of Peshawar. Since then, Hakeemullah Mehsud’s star is constantly on the rise. Hakimullah next on the Drone Hit List

Four neo-Nazis were arrested in recent days for a spate of horrific killings of Roma in Hungary, where economic woes and the rise of race-bating right-wing parties has exacerbated existing ethnic tensions. Now, the Roma minority is moving to organize its defense. 'We Can Either Set Up an Army or Flee': Roma Killings Expose Social Tensions in Hungary


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