Wednesday, September 26, 2007

War Paper Crimes: Pakistan

Amazing. A war on up in the frontier provinces, but you would never know it from America's shit war dailies:

"If defeated, Musharraf expects to retain role; Opponents fear a grip on power" by Paul Alexander/Associated Press September 26, 2007

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President General Pervez Musharraf will stay on as army chief if he is not reelected, a government lawyer said yesterday, fueling opposition claims that he could be setting the stage to declare a state of emergency.

Attorney General Malik Mohammed Qayyum, who outlined Musharraf's plans at a Supreme Court hearing on challenges to the president's candidacy, denied any moves toward authoritarianism were being considered. "There will be no martial law," he said. "There will be no emergency."

[At least, not overtly, 'eh?]

That failed to sway members of the opposition coalition, the subject of a crackdown that has landed at least 100 party leaders and members in preventive custody - perhaps many more - and generated sharp criticism from Washington, the European Union, and the Pakistani media.

The opposition says that Musharraf is growing increasingly desperate to nail down another five-year term.

Liaquat Baloch, a leader of an Islamist party targeted in the clampdown, said he sees the signals for the "continuation of dictatorship."

"It is now for the Supreme Court to see and check the dictator's intentions and free the nation from the clutches of this illegitimate rule," Baloch said.

Imran Khan, an opposition lawmaker who has petitioned the Supreme Court against Musharraf's reelection plans, rejected the suggestion he could continue as army chief.

"He has taken the whole country hostage through the power of the gun," Khan told reporters.

[That's one way! FEAR is another!

As a U.S. citizen, I can certainly testify to that effect!]

Musharraf, a close US ally who seized power in a 1999 coup, has pledged to step down as military chief and restore civilian rule if lawmakers approve a fresh mandate Oct. 6. The opposition says he cannot run while still in uniform.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Q party confirmed that Musharraf yesterday signed the nomination papers for his candidacy, with 17 lawmakers, including Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, endorsing him.

"We have the required votes to ensure his success," said party secretary-general Mushahid Hussain."

[Yeah, I know how those kind of elections go: counting has been done already, huh?]

Never mind what the web tells us, 'eh, readers?

Sourcing is all the same, so the War Dailies MUST KNOW!

"Militants behead "U.S. spies" in Pakistan" by Reuters September 26, 2007

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pro-Taliban militants beheaded two men in Pakistan's restive tribal region on the Afghan border on suspicions they were spying for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, intelligence officials said on Wednesday.

The decapitated bodies of an Afghan refugee and a Pakistan tribesman were found dumped by the road near Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan region.

Hand-written notes were lying near both bodies, saying they were killed because they were "U.S. spies".

"Those spying for the Americans will have a similar fate," ones of the notes said.

Militants in North and South Waziristan have killed dozens of people they accuse of being Pakistani government supporters or spies for U.S. forces fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The latest killings came as tribal elders tried to secure the release of about 225 Pakistani soldiers held captive by militants in South Waziristan. The militants released 25 soldiers last week.

Violence has surged in Waziristan since militants unilaterally scrapped a nine-month-old peace deal with authorities in July."

[Then how come I rarely see it in the pages of my shit War Dailies?!!]