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    Pakistani villagers and their mullahs back Musharraf's reforms

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/wor...00/1780226.stm

    In the Pakistani village of Mehlu, 40 kilometres west of Islamabad, the men pass their days drinking tea and gossiping.

    Apart form watching the crops grow there is nothing else to do.

    When it comes to politics the villagers seem agreed - they say they were pleased by General Musharraf's recent speech in which he said he would confront Pakistan's religious extremists.

    Many in Pakistan's Westernised elite have already welcomed the general's remarks.

    But the majority of Pakistanis live in the countryside.

    If the reaction of the villagers in Mehlu is anything to go by, then rural communities also believe that religious extremists have been given too much leeway.


    "Its very positive," said Siraj ul Haq, one of the three mullahs in the village.

    "Last year 1,172 people died in sectarian violence. Now I don't think there will be any more killings."


    The Mullah says that, far form worrying about religious fanaticism, his main problem is getting enough people to attend his mosque to say their prayers five times a day.

    "On Fridays we have over 300 people," he said, "but on other days only 30 or 40 turn up."

    Nearby his mosque lies the village school.

    Each morning more than 100 children sit in the open air ready for their classes.

    They have no chairs or desks and often they do not even have a teacher.


    "We keep asking the teacher to come to school on time but often he doesn't arrive," said Mohammed Aslam, a farmer who has a 12-year-old boy in the school.

    "What will be the future of our children?"

    The villagers say the two most pressing issues for them are getting a reliable teacher for the school and persuading he government to build a road into the village.

    Religious extremism is the least of their worries. "There are no fanatics here," says stone mason Allah Rakha.

    "But whatever Musharraf has done it is good."
    Muslims are so good at dividing that they can divide the atom. If you see two Muslims, probably they belong to 3 parties.
    Al-Ghazali

    #2
    It is not only the Villagers or the Mullahs who support the reforms.

    I think it is high time the seeds of fanaticism, (sowed by Gen. Zia), were weeded out, and the fanatical policies reversed.

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      #3
      The fact is every Pakistani wants a peace in their neighbourhood. The Musahraf annoucement was long over due and this is reason that people are so wellcome such actions.

      I agree with the article in BBC, the fact is most of sectarian killing took place in cities. In small towns and villages, people know each other so well that it is impossible to plane such things. So villages are not affected as cities especially Karachi.

      I think if BBC asked a residence of Karachi, he would have a different priority from a person living in village.



      [This message has been edited by Insaaniat (edited January 26, 2002).]

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        #4
        The mess in the cities has also died down to a certain extent. For instance, you dont have the terrorist mohajirs running around Karachi with weapons and torture cells - like they did during nawaz sharifs first tenure. The secretarian violence has also died down due to the crackdown Musharaff launched last summer.

        The majority of our people have no interest in fanatics - their support for the governments moves was expected.

        Those who know and understand the reality of life in Pakistan are fully aware that is is a small but vocal and fanatical minority who have brought violence into our cities over the years. They are being flushed out at present - it should have been done a long time ago but better late than never.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Yasir -:
          Those who know and understand the reality of life in Pakistan are fully aware that is is a small but vocal and fanatical minority who have brought violence into our cities over the years. They are being flushed out at present - it should have been done a long time ago but better late than never.
          The VOCAL of this fanatical minority was abuse from LOUDSPEAKERS. The driving power behind them was MONEY, from contributions for jehads etc. Since none this available to them, they died down.

          However, still many analyst beleive that these fanatics and religious parties will not back down so easily, they will try ONE BIG PUSH to topple Musharaf Government before they completely died down. So lets wait and see, and hope that this may not happen and this chapter of fanticisam and sectrisam is last in Pakistan's history.

          [This message has been edited by Insaaniat (edited January 28, 2002).]

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