Monday, November 2, 2009
Shambulio jipya latokea Pakistan
Takriban watu 30 wameuawa katika shambulio la bomu linaloshukiwa kuwa la kujitolea mhanga mjini Rawalpindi nchini Pakistan.
Maafisa wa Polisi waliambia BBC kwamba washambuliaji wawili wakiwa kwenye pikipiki walijilipua kwenye barabara moja yenye shughuli nyingi karibu na benki moja.Zaidi ya watu 40 walijeruhiwa.
Mlipuko huo ulitokea sehemu ambayo wanajeshi wanadhibiti,siyo mbali sana kutoka kwa makao makuu ya jeshi.
Wiki iliyopita,zaidi ya watu 100 waliuawa baada ya bomu lilotegwa ndani ya gari kulipuka katika soko lenye shughuli nyingi huko Peshawar.
Unless the United States and other allies provide the required money to reconstruct Swat, Pakistan risks losing the "hearts and minds" of those who had to flee the operation that fought the Islamic extremists who'd overrun the region. Islamabad doesn't have the money, Pakistani officials said.
Mashambulio kama hayo yamewaua takriban watu 300 tangu katikati mwa mwezi Oktoba pale wanajeshi walipoanzisha operesheni dhidi ya wapiganaji wa Taliban Waziristan kusini.
By Saeed Shah
Jul. 2- Major Western countries, after applauding Pakistan's military crackdown on Islamic extremists in the Swat valley in the country's northwest, haven't pledged the money needed to resettle the population now that the fighting is mostly over, and humanitarian organizations fear that 2 million people will be sent back home before it's safe to go.
The rehabilitation cost is estimated at $2.5 billion , according to Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed , the head of the military's special unit set up to look after the internally displaced.
The national government is expected to announce shortly that the Swat refugees will begin returning later this month. So far, however, the government in Islamabad has promised only $300 million to the North West Frontier Province , mostly to beef up police in Swat.
Ahmed said he was optimistic that the international community would provide money once Pakistan presented its "game plan" for rehabilitating Swat.
"There is a good understanding that Pakistan is fighting a war that it can't afford to lose," he said in an interview.
In fact, however, the money has yet to be pledged. The United Nations said Thursday that it had managed to raise only $195 million after an urgent appeal for $543 million to deal with the refugee crisis. On the larger challenge of stabilizing and securing Swat, the situation appears dire.
Richard Holbrooke , the U.S. special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan , told a G-8 conference of the eight leading industrial countries in Trieste, Italy , at the end of last month that the true test will be when the refugees go back to Swat.