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The much-hyped Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009,better known as the “Swat Deal” and erroneously generalised as ‘Shariah...

Written by Ruchika Talwar |
April 18, 2009 12:48:29 am

The much-hyped Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009,better known as the “Swat Deal” and erroneously generalised as ‘Shariah’,has finally got parliamentary approval and presidential endorsement. The regulation is now in its final stages of implementation. An all-party jirga will meet TNSM chief Sufi Muhammad next week to bargain for its smooth enforcement,the highest priority being surrender of weaponry by the Taliban. Despite the major flak this idea of reconciliation has received,some voices responded positively. A usually non-conformist Ansar Abbasi,senior journalist at The News,backed the process,writing on April 14: “The collective wisdom of the National Assembly of Pakistan has put its weight behind the Swat peace deal to save the people of the valley from ruthless killing and complete lawlessness,which has been the hallmark of this once enchanting tourist resort of Pakistan. Going well beyond their personal philosophies,ideologies and political thinking,these members of Parliament supported the peace deal,which in normal circumstances would not have been acceptable to most of them. Their priority was to secure the people of Swat from being pushed back to the pre-Feb 16 situation when innocent people were beheaded,butchered,looted,harassed and even flogged at the whims of a group of armed individuals. The resolution adopted by the National Assembly was unanimous and voted by almost all the political parties. The only exception was the MQM,which too did not oppose it but opted to abstain.”

Daily Times,in its April 17 editorial wondered why the residents of Swat hailed the regulation,but seemed to have found the answer as well. “No one can blame the people of Swat for celebrating the enforcement of Nizam-e-Adl. After being completely disappointed with the capacity of the state to protect them against the onslaught of the Taliban,their minimalist approach is justified…the consequences of that will be predictably destructive for the state of Pakistan.”

Show me the money

President Asif Zardari,in Tokyo for the Donor’s Conference to bail Pakistan out if its multitude of problems,wrote an article in the Japan Times,which Dawn carried on its front page on April 17. Attempting to sum things up for the ‘friends,’ he spelt out the panacea for Pakistan’s downswing — ‘a sort of Marshall Plan,’ taking off from the post World War II bailout. Zardari wrote: “Pakistan alone cannot bear the huge social and economic burden of this war…..Clearly we need massive international assistance. Pakistan needs a sort of Marshall Plan in the fight against militancy.”

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