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Pakistan: Muhammad Reports January 9, 2008

January 9, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir, I hope you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright. Some interestings events have been taking place in tribal areas.

These events give a clear indication that now the government of Pakistan at last decided to finish Taliban and terrorists. It is not yet clear after Taliban and terrorists to the whom the areas will be given.

A change of governor, the controlling authorities has also taken place.

According to reports, security forces resumed artillery fire on miscreants’ hideouts in the Matta and Kabal areas of Swat, as there were reports that rebel cleric Maulana Fazlullah may have been killed in the shelling.

A Daily Times Monitoring report quoted Geo News as saying that rumours about Fazlullah’s death arose following the security forces’ shelling of rebel hideouts, but neither security officials nor Taliban leaders confirmed them.

Also on Tuesday, security forces targeted militant positions in Piochar and Ocharaee Sar in Swat. The troops also arrested a paramedic, Hilal Ahmad, on charges of providing first-aid to militants.

Meanwhile, official sources told Daily Times that more than 500 miscreants – some of them close confidantes of Fazlullah’s and would-be suicide bombers – had been arrested by security forces since the launching of the operation in the valley. The sources said the detainees were being investigated at different locations and some of them had provided key information to interrogators. Meanwhile, the government said its writ had been restored in 90 percent of Swat, adding that Kabal was on high alert following a suicide bombing on Sunday. Curfew was also in place in areas between Baryam Bridge and Venai on Tuesday.

Report from Wana, the headquarter of Waziristan said that smultaneous attacks on the offices of pro-government peace committees supporting commander Maulvi Nazir will lead to “serious consequences” for Baitullah Mehsud, officials and tribal elders said. Baitullah is being chased by the government for his alleged involvement in the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.

“Anyone who is from the Mehsud tribe is leaving Wana following the late Sunday night attacks in which ten comrades of Maulvi Nazir were killed,” the officials told Daily Times.

“The current situation will help the government and endanger Baitullah Mehsud’s life,” the officials said. Maulvi Nazir’s men retaliated and killed a Mehsud Talib and captured four others hours after the attacks. A Mehsud tribesman said that there was tense situation for non-Wazir residents in Wana where announcements were being made via loudspeaker-mounted vehicles asking the Mehsuds to “leave the Wana soil.”

Most Ahmedzai Wazirs believe the attacks were orchestrated by Baitullah Mehsud and that Maulvi Nazir people can retaliate,” he said.

Separately, Nazir summoned a meeting of elders of his clan on Wednesday to discuss the situation after the killings, his aides told AFP. The Mehsud tribe also held a meeting and decided to send a delegation for talks with aides of Baitullah Mehsud, local administration official Khaista Rehman said.

Dear Sir, at the moment the situation is very critical and tense. Any mishandling may lead to bloodshed and more killing.

Please pray for us. Situation in Bajaur Agency is normal to some extent, but there is tension as the people are expecting full-scale operation against the militants.

Thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

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