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News Analysis: Hope for peace fades after recent terror attacks

English.news.cn   2014-04-10 19:55:55

ISLAMABAD, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Hope for an end to violence has faded in the wake of recent terror attacks allegedly bearing the mark of Pakistani Taliban, analysts said.

The militant group's denial of involvement in the attacks did not help dissipate distrust of their sincereness toward the peace process, they added.

The government had suspended airstrikes against Taliban hideouts in Waziristan tribal region in return for a month-long ceasefire declared by Taliban on March 1 to pave the way for peace talks.

The Taliban leadership extended the truce by ten days after the government freed over a dozen Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture, although Taliban blamed the government for lack of progress in direct peace dialogue as the government has not " positively responded" to their demands, including release of all non-combatant prisoners.

However, analysts said that it is high time for the government to deal squarely with the insurgency with an iron fist since it is obvious that the militants do not intend to honor their own ceasefire which expired on April 10.

A little known militant group, Ahrar-ul-Hind, had claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a court in Islamabad on March 3, but many in Pakistan did not believe the capability of the mysterious group to carry out such a well-organized attack.

On Wednesday, a bomb attack in a crowded fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad killed 21 people and injured 86 others.

Again, the Taliban spokesman denied involvement in the blast and rejected a request from the government to help find out the group behind the attacks, saying it is not their job to go after the attackers. However their statement was rejected outright by political leaders.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the main opposition Pakistan People's Party, ridiculed the Taliban statement. "I don' t know whether to laugh or cry at the Taliban spokesman's claim, who even said that the attacks on public places with many casualties are deplorable and that such acts are illegal and forbidden in Islam," Bilawal said.

Altaf Hussaain, leader of the Mutahida Qaumi Movement, also condemned the deadly attack, saying that it was "a slap on the face of those who continue to believe in talking with the Taliban. "

But Information Minister Pervez Rashid was reluctant to blame any group for the attack, defending the government's stance that the peace dialogue should be given a chance.

Rashid merely said that an investigation was still underway and it was premature to point finger at anyone.

Analysts also question the logic behind the short duration of the ceasefire and want the militants to declare a permanent ceasefire if they are truly for the success of the peace dialogue.

One analyst said that if the Taliban are sincere in forging peace with the government then it must help the government track down the perpetrators of the attacks and bring them to justice.

He said that if the authorities again failed to expose the real culprits behind the gruesome attack, the confidence in the government would shake and Pakistanis would continue to live in fear.

Editor: Fu Peng
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