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Tribal Areas, Pakistan: “The U.S. Should Study With Great Care”

July 21, 2007

Dear John E. Carey, Peace and Freedom:

Dear Sir, Thanks a lot for your continued cooperation and kindness. You are absolutely right that Pakistan has been passing through a very critical phase of its history. As after your interest now the truth has been coming to surface.

The terrorists, among them are government officials, have been trying to destroy the whole country so the people like you may not see their misdeeds. They have actually deceived the whole world. Believe it or not but this is the fact that war in Iraq has been directed from Pakistan. The government has given the impression that tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border are lawless so they have converted it into a base for terrorists. For that the rulers were paid heavily.

In other words you can say that the tribal areas have been sold to terrorists.

But the rulers have forgetton one thing that millions of tribesmen have been living in the areas.

So now they have started a campaign for elimination of tribal people. This impression is totally wrong that the government forces have been fighting against the terrorists. Actually they have been fighting to secure the tribal areas for the terrorists. Terrorists are their own people. They have been getting every type of support from the government of Pakistan.

Just look to Waziristan where the situation has been worsening with each passing day. Four people including a Frontier Corps (FC) soldier and two civilians were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a security checkpost in North Waziristan after a 45-member jirga began talks with pro-Taliban militant leaders to resurrect a peace deal and stem spiraling violence.

The security checkpost at Boya, 25 kilometres west of Miranshah, was attacked at 11am. “The jirga members are holding talks with the local elders and clerics and then they will negotiate with the Taliban commanders,” a jirga member said. The jirga is likely to return to Peshawar on Saturday.

A spokesman for pro-Taliban militants, Abdul Hayee Ghazi, said: “One of our comrades carried out this suicide bombing as others did in the last few days. We will not stop such attacks.”

As the tribal elders were meeting with militant leaders, security forces backed by a helicopter raided an alleged militant hideout, a security official said.

Dear Sir, the jirga sent by the government has been pressuring the tribal elders not to disturb Taliban and terrorists. Do not mind if they are going to Afghanistan for fighting the American forces. The Pakistani media most of the time has been telling lie.

Tribal areas have its own. We have customs and traditions through which we have been running our affairs. There is no system, no police no security agencies, but there is still peace. So we have the law.

The administration of the United States should study the situation and take a new decision about its war on terrorism being fought in tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border.

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency, Tribal Areas Pakistan

[Muhammad is a professional journalist who is on assignment in the tribal areas, Pakistan]