US setting up Radio free Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD: The US House of Representatives has passed a law for the establishment of Radio free Afghanistan to step up its propaganda against the Taliban.
The radio would broadcast programmes in different languages of Afghanistan.
By doing so the United States is launching a media campaign against the Taliban alongside the air strikes on Afghanistan in a bid to topple the latter.
The house of representatives passed the bill by two to 505 votes. The supporters of the bill say there is a need for setting up a radio to, what they call expose, Taliban to the Afghans and explain US war against terrorism.
Under the new law, 27 million dollars would be provided for the Radio free Aghanistan which would work under the auspices of radio free Europe and radio liberty. The radio would daily broadcast programmes six hours in pushto and six hours in Dari.
The moving force behind the bill was democrat member from California, Edroyace. He said Radio free Afghanistan used to work during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. But supply of funds was halted after the withdrawal of the Soviet troop from Afghanistan. Edroyce said had the radio free Afghanistan continued, Osama bin Laden and his supporters would not have got an opportunity to take ground in Afghanistan. He accused that the sympathizers of Bin Laden influenced the minds of Afghans through psychological war. They cleverly used radio to spread hatred against the US, Israel, democracy and liberal Muslims.
In his view, the establishment of Radio free Afghanistan is essential to win war of information under the auspices of radio free another democratic member Don Lantog while supporting the draft bill said there is a need for dramatic increase in the campaign of public relations not only in Afghanistan also in the entire Islamic world. Lantos also stressed the need for more funds for the voice of America. Bush Administration has yet to endorse the bill seeking establishment of radio free Afghanistan. (NNI)
- Article added at 12:26 AM (CST) on 11/10/2001.