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Muhammad Reports from Pakistan, March 4, 2007

March 4, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

Thanks God that I see you in action again. What the name should be given to our relation, but I admit I have special relation with you. Actually you have played a big role in liberation of tribesmen from the cruel terrorists. We will not forget your cooperation and kindness with us. A lot of thanks.

Situation in Pakistan is critical as usual. Terrorists have been carrying out suicide attacks with immunity. I think Musharraf must assert his authorities. According to Nation editorial, in what happens to be the third deadly suicide attack in a week’s time, 40 tribal elders were killed near Darra Adamkhel on Sunday.

The attacks have taken place within days of the Interior Minister’s claim that militancy had been brought under control.

Lt Gen (retd) Hamid Nawaz, who had earlier accused India, Afghanistan and the US of being behind the prevailing lawlessness and terror attacks, has now maintained, after protests from Washington, that this was in fact the popular perception rather than his government’s view.

While the suicide attacks underline the lack of competence in the caretaker set-up headed by General Musharraf, it is highly ominous that they have increased as the time for the transfer of power draws near.

There were also other incidents of violence on Sunday.

Rockets were fired at Bannu cantonment and a Levies official was abducted and another injured in Bajaur Agency. In the meanwhile Maulana Fazlullah once again declared war against the government.

The recent suicide attacks strengthen the argument that the government’s policy to control militancy through force alone has failed to produce the desired results. The situation in the tribal areas has further worsened because of the continuing attacks from the Afghan side of the border in defiance of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

A leading American paper has claimed that a secret deal was recently concluded to allow Washington to deploy drones to attack militants inside Pakistan.

Another report in The New York Times tells of the US planning to send 100 trainers to work with the FC.

What is perturbing is that they could eventually accompany Pakistani troops on missions “to the point of contact”. This is simply unacceptable. The tribal areas of Pakistan are not Iraq where experiments of the sort have reportedly succeeded.

The fiercely independent tribesmen are likely to react sharply to any such move, with the likelihood of suicide bombing further increasing in the country.

Power is going to be transferred to the newly elected government within a couple of weeks. The leaders of the three parties who have formed an alliance to rule the Centre and the provinces have vowed to resolve the issue of militancy mainly through talks.

The caretaker set up led by President Musharraf must leave policy decisions in this regard to the next government. Those involved in suicide attacks also have to understand that their actions are destabilizing Pakistan. Instead of thus playing into the hands of the country’s enemies they must give the next government sufficient time to address whatever grievances they might have, through peaceful methods.

Dear Sir, just keep in mind that you are in the thoughts of millions of tribesmen living on Pak-Afghan border.Again thank you very muchYours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Pakistan: Fighting Taliban In Tribal Areas Intensifies

July 23, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

First, I want to congratulate you. Your Peace and Freedom is far ahead from others in war on terrorism.

Now the US administration has recognised that some dreaded terrorists have been hiding in tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border. Peace and Freedom was the was first in breaking this news. Please accept congratulation from the people of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas.

Situation in our areas is still critical as some invisible has been trying to create terror and fear among the people. I want to inform you that the people of tribal areas this time will cooperate with the United States if action is taken against terrorists. Now they have accepted that terrorists are the enemies of whole world.

According to report, security forces killed 20 militants in clashes in North Waziristan, while 10 security personnel were wounded. Army troops killed 13 militants in Ghulam Khan, 15 kilometres north of Miranshah in North Waziristan. The incident occurred about 11pm when unidentified militants attacked a Frontier Corps check-post. The army returned fire, killing 13 militants and destroying two vehicles. The army also arrested seven militants and seized a vehicle. The militants took the bodies of their colleagues with them.

Gunship helicopters killed seven militants who were shooting at an army convoy from hilltops in Qutab Khel, five kilometres east of Miranshah. Six security personnel were seriously injured in the clash. The convoy was going to Bannu from Miranshah. Unidentified militants attacked another army convoy at Khar Qamar, 20 kilometres west of Miranshah, with a remote-controlled bomb at , seriously injuring four security personnel. The convoy was heading for Datta Khel.

Inter Services Public Relations Director General (DG) Major General Waheed Arshid confirmed that 13 militants had been killed and seven arrested in the Ghulam Khan incident. However, he said only six militants were killed at the Chashmai Bridge and five security personnel were wounded in Sunday’s incident. Militants in small groups attempted to attack several army posts in the area but security forces foiled their bid, Gen Arshad said. Violence has intensified in North Waziristan after local Taliban militants pulled out of a peace agreement with the government last week.

We keep in touch our normal methods and times seem OK.

Again thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Fighting Intensifies In Pakistani Tribal Areas