Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
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,
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan