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On the pretext of Malala episode: Pakistan parliament refuses to launch military operation in North Waziristan

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As the hype created by the US-client government of Zaradi on the assassination attack on Malala Yousafzai and two of her schoolmates - Kainat and Shazia - fizzled out, Pakistan's Foreign Office said Thursday that the attack should not be linked to other matters.

When attention of Foreign Office Spokesman Moazzam Ahmed Khan was drawn that the Malala Yousafzai issue is being exploited by US and Britain to launch operation in North Waziristan- the spokesman during his weekly press briefing said there is no justification to link this with other matters.

Many people are asking: Why Malala alone? Why not a dozen of Pakistani women who die of drones every day or those who become a sacrifice in terrorist activities? Why prayers are being said for Malala and not for several other daughters attacked and bruised in various terror strikes?  

Tellingly, the government Tuesday failed to seek National Assembly's approval to launch a military operation against the militants in Northern Waziristan in the aftermath of the Malala episode.

A resolution, drafted in the wake of the heinous assassination attack on Malala Yousafzai and her school fellows, could only be tabled in the House. The draft resolution advocated a Swat-like military operation wherever and whenever needed.

The draft resolution pointed out that there exists a national consensus against barbaric acts of terrorism and people of Pakistan reject the "way of life" the Taliban is trying to impose upon them. It calls upon the federal and provincial governments to take effective counterterrorism measures, advising military operations where necessary.

However, the opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the house that the ruling party minister had clearly declared Molvi Fazallullah's involvement behind the attack on Malala. "Molvi Fazallulah is in Afghanistan and you want operation in North Waziristan, which doesn't make any sense," he said.

Nisar pointed out that military operations in Swat had not yielded any of the desired results and the launching of military operation on the pretext of attack on Malala was like "fooling the nation." He said that an operation in North Waziristan would make Pakistan further insecure.

Nisar said the entire humanity is in grief over the attack on Malala but the government should clearly identify the elements against whom it wants to take action. "Who are those people?" asked Nisar.  "The Pakistani Taliban is divided into various groups. There are some with whom the Army entered into agreements. There are other Taliban in Pakistan who have links with India," he said. "Good Taliban and bad Taliban represents a US view and he does not think that way.  Those committing terrorist activities are criminal elements who are using the name of Taliban," he said, adding the actual Taliban are in Afghanistan.

Refugees in limbo after years of Pakistan fighting

It may be pointed out that the military operations in Swat and other parts of Pakistan's northern tribal belt have created a human tragedy.   The Associated Press reported on October 16, 2012:

"Roughly 5 million people have had to flee their homes because of Taliban militants and Pakistani operations against them in both the tribal regions and the Swat Valley. Those who have returned often find destroyed homes, a lack of jobs and a militarized landscape marked by checkpoints and curfews.

"About 1 million still cannot go back, and still more are fleeing as operations against the militants continue. About 90 percent of the displaced people rent houses or live with relatives, making it challenging for the government or aid agencies to get them often urgently needed supplies. It's unknown how many have found jobs.

"Roughly 65,000 refugees from the tribal regions are currently living at Jalozai, a Pakistani government camp about 30 kilometers southwest of Peshawar and run with the help of international aid agencies. It's one of three camps in the country for Pakistanis displaced by the fighting."

Game plan on Malala episode Hype created to suck-in Army to open front in NW

As the National Assembly of Pakistan debated a new operation in North Waziristan, the Pakistan Observer, a leading paper of Islamabad, reported: "While injured Malala Yousafzai is currently in the United Kingdom receiving the best treatment in the world, a big game plan has been unearthed to suck-in the army to launch a military operation in North Waziristan."

The foreign forces coupled with some vested interests in Pakistan brought the Malala episode to such a high pitch purposefully to put Pakistan's Armed Forces under pressure to open a new front in North Waziristan. The plan was so successful that a large section of media, political leaders, and the government joined the bandwagon of such forces and launched an orchestrated campaign with a sinister objective, the paper quoted well informed diplomatic and political sources in the capital as saying.

The "emotional blackmail' on the Malala case was part of the big game as top leaders of the US, UK, and other NATO countries went ahead in support of Malala, unprecedented and unseen in the past. No doubt the attack on an innocent Swat girl was condemnable but it was blown out of proportion, smelling something rotten in it, the sources said.  

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