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Attacks on Sri Lankan Cricket team: Miss Pakistan World

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The recent attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan, was another score for the terrorist groups. Natasha Paracha, Miss Pakistan World 2007 said, "The attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team is the most tragic incident in Pakistani sports history. It is extremely disheartening as cricket has been one of Pakistan's most coveted sports.  A tragedy this shocking will affect the future of our country and impact the future of our youth. The government of Pakistan needs to take action and fully condemn this act of violence." Pakistan has been the centre of attention for the past two years as there have been terrorist groups inflicting the country and affecting the people of Pakistan. Recently, the present government made a deal with the Taliban movements in the Swat Valley. Denouncing the Sharia laws in Pakistan's Swat Valley as surrender before terrorists, Miss Pakistan World Natasha Paracha said that the world should pressure Pakistan to stop implementation of rigid Islamic laws.

The 23-year-year-old Islamabad-born Paracha, who won the 2008 beauty pageant in Toronto last year, told IANS: "I cannot bear to see that the people who have burnt down schools are being heeded to. "These nomads (the Taliban) coming from the Middle East and other countries are taking over our nation. I strongly urge the United Nations to intervene and help the Pakistani government tackle these forces and throw them out.

"The world has to put pressure on the Pakistani government to stop the Sharia Law enforcement."

She said: "The government should never compromise with terrorists. We cannot have basic rights taken away from women." Paracha, who is a graduate of the University of California in Berkeley, said she feared that "if they have the Sharia Law imposed in the Swat Valley then, it will spread to the whole of Pakistan. Rigid Islamic laws are not a solution for Pakistan and Pakistanis."

She added: "Pakistan should be a secular Muslim nation and the constitution of Pakistan should be followed throughout the country." Toronto-based Sonia Ahmed, who started the beauty pageant for Pakistani girls from around the world in 2002, said: "It is disappointing to see that President (Asif Ali) Zardari has proved himself wrong just in the first year. It is a shame that people who are not even Pakistanis (Taliban) are running Pakistan." Calling the implementation of Sharia laws beginning of the downfall of Pakistan, she said: "This act of compromise by the Pakistani government clearly shows that it is a failed nation. Taliban has no place in Pakistan and the people of Pakistan should kick them out. They are invaders and barbaric people."
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