After weeks of uncertainty in the middle of Nepal’s contention parliamentary elections, the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) is now set to last four more months. The country’s acting government and the opposition UCPN Maoists have reached an agreement to extend the UNMIN’s mandate, which was to end on September 15.
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Even though Nepal is not a safe haven for international terrorists, the United States has cautioned India that Nepal could pose a threat.
A report from the US State Department was made public last week warning India that members of extremist groups could transit from Nepal. The report claimed that Muhammad Omar Madni, a member of the terrorist group Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LT), traveled through Nepal en route to New Delhi in June of last year.
“The large ungoverned space along the Nepal/Indian border exacerbates this vulnerability, as do security shortfalls at Tribhuvan Airport, Nepal’s international airport,” the report says.
However, the report has given Nepal a clean sheet on international money laundering, saying, “There were no indications that the country was used as an international money laundering center. There were no prosecutions or arrests for money laundering in 2009.”
Regarding the bombing of a Catholic Church in May, the report said that it was conducted by the Nepalese Defense Army (NDA), a Hindu extremist group that was responsible for shooting a Catholic priest and bombing a mosque in 2008. The leader of this group has since been arrested and their activities appear to have ceased, the report said.
- Rajneesh Bhandari
As published on: http://filmat11.tv/2010/08/us-report-suggests-nepal-terrorism-threat/
As published on http://filmat11.tv/2010/07/it-works-nepal-police-claim/
After Maoists rebels laid down their arms to join the Nepalese peace process in 2006, no fewer than 109 separate armed outfits–gangs and rebel groups–sprang up to replace them in the southern plain of Terai, which sits on the border with India.
People ages 16- 35 joined these gangs and were involved in killing, abduction, extortion and even attacks on police posts in some places.
The criminal activity got so bad that, a year ago, businessmen throughout the country–tired and frightened after several kidnaps, murders and ransoms–demanded the government do something, and even the UN described the area as “a tinderbox that could spiral out of control.”
Now, according to the Nepal Police, the Special Security Plan that was implemented has worked.
“There were 109 armed groups, now there are only 10 outfits in Terai,” said police spokesman Bigyan Sharma. “Most of the people involved in the groups are arrested, and they are in the jails.”
Sharma added that out of the ten groups remaining at large, only a few are politically motivated. The deadly
splinter group Goit–which killed parliamentarian Krishna Shrestha in 2006–and Jwala are among those still active.
It’s two weeks now since Nepal’s political leaders swore that they’d have some kind of consensus to run the country after they missed the May 28th deadline to finish the new constitution. They promised Nepalis that they’d have one done in another year. Meanwhile, they would come up with a plan.
But the plan they came up with includes two tricky parts: first, the integration and rehabilitation of Maoists militants; second, the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Sources say there was an understanding between the parties that if Maoists agreed to start integration process, then the prime minister would resign within five days. And that is the problem.
Maoists are saying that the prime minister should resign first, while the ruling parties are saying that Maoists should integrate first.
So who is running the country in the meantime? The current government, but even its ministers are not sure for how much longer. Despite considerable confusion among officials, they are managing necessary works, like the budget.
Meanwhile, meetings continue. Inter-party and tri-party and multi-party meetings happen every day, but without much progress.
Citizens remain unimpressed. “Leaders spend more time in bargaining who should be the next prime minister rather than how to make a new constitution on time,” grumbled Nepal Yatayat as he rode a city bus in Kathmandu.
As published on http://filmat11.tv/2010/06/whos-running-nepal/