Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kurram peace deal

Friday, February 11, 2011

The fact that the peace deal between the elders of the Sunni and Shia sects in Kurram Agency was welcomed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan ought to act as a warning bell for the government. This declaration of support for peace in the area redefines the role of the militants. Those who were once considered the most dangerous villains are now becoming heroes involved in maintaining peace. That the local populace is fed up with the unrest is understandable, but the need for the Taliban to endorse such a deal is not a good sign. Their terror network has become shaky, no doubt about it, but from this arises a simultaneous need to control the area through whatever means possible. And now the peace deal has provided them a perfect opportunity to enter the power structure.

It has to be seen whether this accord will bring the harmony it promises. Will an accord buttressed by terrorists themselves actually reduce sectarian friction to unite the populace under one umbrella?

Kabil Khan




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