Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
First of all accept Merry Christmas from me, my wife, my children and all people of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border. Consider this congratulation to citizens of the United States from the tribesmen.
I want to remind you we will be also be celebrating Eidul Azha on the 21st of this month and may be away from our normal post for a day or two — just as I expect you will celebrate Vietnamese Christmas wherever you find yourself!
We are going to celebrate both the Christmas and Eidul Azha in great fear and terror as after the statement of President Musharraf that Osama bin Laden could be in Bajaur Agency the people have been anticipating big operation in the areas.
Most of the tribesmen think that the operation should be targetted; if Osama is to be neutralized. Civilian casualities should be avoided at all cost.
Despite the President’s claim that the state of Emergency has made for the control of militancy and one of Pentagon’s top officials disclosure that the US is helping Pakistan’s security forces “perform” in the tribal areas, the menace has continued to rear its ugly head and the incidents of terrorism have not become rarer. Not only the facts on the ground do not seem to corroborate Pakistan’s claim but they also show no visible improvement in the situation as a result of Pentagon’s help.
On Saturday, a bomb blast killed five in Noshehra Cantonment and a day later nine sportsmen belonging to the army lost their lives in a suicide attack in Kohat and another serious incident occurred when local militants in Bajaur beheaded a security official. In Kurram Agency eight persons, including two of paramilitary corps, were abducted, a CD centre in Mardan became the target of a bomb attack with nine shops destroyed, a suicide bomber and two of his companions were arrested and bombs planted at three places recovered. At Parachinar, tribesmen fought among themselves causing deaths to three and a hostile cleric while six others were held. Thus, if anything, militancy appears to be on the rise.
Maj-General Richard Sherlock, according to a report in The Times of India, acknowledged Islamabads role in capturing certain high-profile Al-Qaeda operatives at great cost to its armed forces. However, he did not come out with any details of the USA working with the Pakistan government to meet the challenge. At the same time, he would not elaborate, when asked, what message Defence Secretary Gates was sending when he declared that the US might take unilateral action within Pakistan. Washington has to be told in explicit terms that any armed action on Pakistan’s soil would be deemed an act of aggression.
Dear Sir, Please remember us in the prayers on the eve of Christmas.
Again thank you very and merry Christmas and happy New Year.
Thank you very much,
Khar, Bajaur Agency,
Tribal Areas Pakistan