As Islam’s prophet lived and preached, so war is deceit. Just another reminder of how futile the “Swat deal” — supposed peace in exchange for sharia — is; something the U.S. government should keep in mind as it prepares to hand over one billion dollars to Pakistan. “Taliban deceived govt, staged withdrawal drama: ISPR,” from the Daily Times, April 29:
MINGORA/ISLAMABAD: Security forces backed by warplanes and helicopter gunships launched a new operation in Buner district near the Swat valley on Tuesday, bombing suspected Taliban hideouts in Kalil, Shera Turf, and Kandao areas.[…]
Nearly 300 Taliban entered Buner from April 2 to 4 and began to terrorise the locals, in violation of the Swat deal, Gen Abbas said. “The government warned the militants but they refused to listen and staged only a symbolic withdrawal. They [sic] government was left with no option expect to use force,” he said.
According to several news agencies, he said it would take up to a week to clear an estimated 500 Taliban from Buner…