Taliban truce seems in flux in Pakistan

(HH here: In FLUX? is that what we call it now when a dishonorable enemy forces a cowardly government into foolish concessions then the dishonorable enemy acts dishonorably and defies the agreement? Flux hunh? Useful word, very compact given the detail of human betrayal it conveys. This little piece from the International Herald Tribune should give you a valuable vocabulary lesson.)

By Jane Perlez and Ismail Khan Published: February 22, 2009

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: A provincial government official in the disputed area of Swat announced details of what he called a “permanent cease-fire” with the Taliban on Saturday.

But hours later, the most powerful Taliban leader in Swat, Maulana Fazlullah, said over his FM radio station that he had only agreed to a 10-day truce and would consider an extension at the end of that period.

The different positions suggested that the truce agreed to five days ago by the national government, under which the army would stop hostilities in exchange for being allowed to put in place a system of Islamic law, remained in flux.

(HH here: you have to just love how the author use this word, flux, to cover for criminal extortion by forces who have no intention of making a peace short of total victory.)

That deal was widely criticized by Western governments and moderate Pakistanis who described it as a government surrender to ruthless militants. Now it appears that Fazlullah, whose forces have swept through the territory in the past six months, has not signed on to it.

(HH again: It really has to hurt when you are totally willing to surrender to your enemy if they will just leave you alone. But to find out that those who threaten you in order to change you might be less than golden in their word has got to pile insult to injury. What part of a murderous thug behaving like a murderous thug does this writer not understand?)

The national government said Monday that it had agreed to a deal with another Taliban leader, Maulana Sufi Muhammad, who lacks the powerful forces of Fazlullah, his son-in-law. Fazlullah has the backing of the umbrella group of Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban.

(HH: Oh, well, that is so understandable. I guess making a deal with someone who is unable to enforce it means we can forgive them for making it in the first place. I am sure that if they had dealt with the most powerful thugs they would have been assured of a permanent peace. Lets all plant daisy’s now. I will get the milk and cookies!)

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