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October 24, 2011 1:18 PM   Subscribe

Pakistan's pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulam-i-Islam Party (JUI) has denounced the armed struggle by Islamist militants. "It is a unified decision of all the religious parties in Pakistan enshrined in this document that we call for an unarmed struggle within legal and constitutional limits," (via RFERL)
posted by czytm (12 comments total)

 
Taliban, opium & peace: pick two.
posted by rhizome at 1:27 PM on October 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Sort of like good cop, bad cop.
posted by resurrexit at 1:38 PM on October 24, 2011


There has to be an interesting background story to this.
posted by empath at 1:40 PM on October 24, 2011


There has to be an interesting background story to this.

I'm curious if this is a for-real thing, or a Sinn Fein-like front organization to legitimize opposition. Wish there was more meat to this post...
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:54 PM on October 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


The story doesn't distinguish between the two factions of the original party: this is the leader of one half, the JUI-F. The other half, lead by this man, is apparently closer to the Taliban, and has not followed suit.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 1:56 PM on October 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hmm... So more like IRA vs Real IRA after 1998?
posted by symbioid at 1:58 PM on October 24, 2011


Hmm... So more like IRA vs Real IRA after 1998?

That would be a little misleading, because Sami ul-Haq (the leader of the pro-violence wing) enjoys much stronger respect and legitimacy than the Real IRA leadership, at least based on my reading of Pakistani newspapers. (Which isn't to say this is meaningless: I'm sure there's an interesting story here.)
posted by StrikeTheViol at 2:34 PM on October 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I suppose it's convenient to stop murdering secularists in your country when it starts being too difficult to find any.
posted by Anything at 4:33 PM on October 24, 2011


I suppose it's convenient to stop murdering secularists in your country when it starts being too difficult to find any.

That's a needlessly ignorant comment...look at the party list this past election, and examine the vote percentages before you write a whole nation off. (I'd post an FPP about these things, but I fear it wouldn't end so well.)
posted by StrikeTheViol at 1:09 AM on October 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


StrikeTheViol, at the very least I would love you to do that.
posted by jaduncan at 1:21 AM on October 25, 2011


I suppose it's convenient to stop murdering secularists in your country when it starts being too difficult to find any.

My understanding is that it's more complicated than that. Aren't the "secularists" the ones who make the heroin?
posted by rhizome at 11:05 AM on October 25, 2011


I put up my own more comprehensive post about Pakistani politics (with a song!) here.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 7:51 PM on October 25, 2011


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