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Muhammad Reports From Tribal Areas, Pakistan, December 26, 2007

December 26, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom,

Dear Sir,

First of all accept greetings on the Christmas on my behalf and behalf of my wife. This Christmas may bring you all happiness. I am sorry for delay in establishing the contacts with you, but actually I was in Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border celebrating Eidul Azha with my family.

Situation in the areas is still tense as Taliban or terrorists have taken full control Bajaur Agency. I just spent my time in home as the Taliban and terrorists have been roaming freely in the markets and other places. A suicide bombers attacked former interior minister during the Eid. Scores of people were killed or maimed. I want to inform you that there is still some officials, who have been providing support to Taliban and terrorists.

Reports said that several trenches were destroyed as several gunship helicopters pounded Taliban positions in the Bamakhela area of Matta tehsil in Swat, while the death toll from Sunday’s suicide attack rose to 14.Mingora Media Centre In-charge Colonel Nadeem informed that the helicopters had targeted Taliban positions at Bamakhela this (Monday) evening. He, however, did not disclose the number of militant casualties.

The troops had earlier targeted militant positions using artillery on Sunday night.

However, no casualties were reported.Officials said the troops controlled the area from Charbagh to Kalam after the two-day operation. He said people had welcomed the soldiers as they reached Kalam with heavy weaponry and handed over control of a police station and police post to local administration.According to Online, when the Pakistan Army reached Kalam, local dignitaries, including Union Council nazim Kalam Habibullah, Haji Seikhi Malik, Hameed Kalami, Haji Shah Jehan Kalami and local media person Rehmat Din Siddiqi, accorded them a warm welcome and presented flower garlands to them.Two civilians killed: Separately, two people were shot dead by the security forces for violating the curfew in Swat on Monday. One of the dead has been identified as Akbar Zada, while the identity of the other is not known. Also on Monday, the local administration relaxed the curfew from 7am till 6pm in Mingora.

However, a curfew has been imposed till 6pm in the areas of Thal Kabal and Fiza Ghat to Kalam, reported Online.Strict security arrangements were also made in Mingora to facilitate the shifting of a convoy of security forces from Circuit House Saidu Sharif to Kabal. Security forces personnel were deputed in important locations of the city for the first time and used aerial firing to disperse crowds of people. Local media personalities were not allowed to report the event, even after the issuance of special entry passes.

Blast toll mounts to 14: Meanwhile, the number of those killed in Sunday’s suicide attack has mounted to 14 as two more dead bodies, identified as Sakeena of Madian and Nawab of Amankot, were shifted to the Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital from the blast scene.

Around 12 people, including four security personnel and eight civilians, were killed as a suicide bomber struck a military convoy at Nawe Kalay near Mingora on Sunday. A bomb disposal squad also defused a bomb planted along the roadside in Charbagh.

Dear Sir, again accept Merry Christmas and thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid,
Khar, Bajaur Agency,
Tribal Areas Pakistan

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