It’s more than a little surreal watching your country crumble before your eyes:
ANP leader says Swat out of govt’s control
By Daud Khattak
PESHAWAR: The NWFP government has ‘lost control’ of Swat district, Awami National Party (ANP) Senior Vice President Haji Adeel said on Saturday.
The ANP leader also questioned the role of thousands of army and paramilitary troops engaged in combatting militancy in the valley for more than a year.
“What will be the credibility of the military operation in Swat when houses of ministers are destroyed and their family members are queued up for shooting,” Adeel said at a one-day seminar organised by the Joint Action Committee.
“What I see is that the situation has gone out of control of both the federal and provincial governments and the people have lost confidence in the government and the army,” Adeel said. The ANP leader said that in spite of the fact that Swat did not share a border with Afghanistan, it was still restive, adding that the armed forces failed to control the Taliban. He once again offered an olive branch to the Taliban and said the ANP government in NWFP was ready to revive the May 21 peace agreement if the Taliban agreed to lay down weapons.