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Muhammad’s Dispatch from Tribal Areas, Pakistan, Thursday, July 26, 2007

July 26, 2007

Note from Peace and Freedom: We have known Muhammad, a professional journalist working in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, for some time now. Yesterday we paid tribute to him, first among many who participate in our work for Human Rights and justice. Below you shall find his daily dispatch to us, as always, written in the form of a letter to Mr. John E. Carey.

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir, Oh Sir!

Today I am really short of words to explain what is in my heart. Your kind words have really given immence pleasure and happiness. I shall repeat my words you are great. It is due to your kind cooperation that now the terrorists in the tribal areas are on the receiving end. The defeat of terrorism in the tribal areas will certainly have positive impact on war on terrorism in other parts of the world.

Though the situation in the tribal areas is still critical, but now I think the some tengible steps are being taken by the government of Pakistan. I firmly believe if Pakistan sincerely desires to eliminate terrorism then there will be no terrorism in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Now the situation has been changing to the better.

There is still reports of violence in parts of Pakistan. I think this is the last desperate moves of the terrorists. According to report, at least nine people were killed and 41 others, including seven policemen, were injured when five rockets, fired by militants, hit heavily-populated parts of the city in early hours of Wednesday, officials and residents of the area said. At least five rockets, fired from different locations, hit two houses and a bookshop in the heart of the city. Police said that three rockets exploded, while two were defused.

Residents said that most of the casualties were caused by a rocket which fell and exploded in the middle of a crowd which had gathered in the Chai Bazaar area to carry out rescue in the house of Sher Daraz which was earlier hit by another rocket at about 1.30am that did not explode.
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The rocket, which fell in the middle of the crowd, left seven men and a woman dead, and 41 others wounded. “The rescue work was going on when the second rocket landed in the middle of the crowd, causing huge casualties,” said a resident.

The victims, including three students of a nearby madressah, have been identified as Farman, Qasim Khan, Imran, Shakirullah, Hafiz Roohullah, Umar Siddiq Khan, Zainullah and Farzana. The name of one victim could not be ascertained.

Hospital sources said that the condition of five injured men was critical and they had been shifted to Peshawar.

Witnesses said that shortly after the first two rockets, three more rockets landed in residential areas in the middle of the city. Two rockets, one of which failed to explode, hit a house in the Gohakhel locality, while the third landed on the upper storey of Rehmania Kutubkhana, a book shop, destroying it completely. The building immediately caught fire but no loss of life was reported.NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani, who belongs to Bannu, condemned the attack and announced a compensation of Rs100,000 for each of the dead and Rs50,000 each for the injured. Residents said that fear and tension had gripped the Bannu city, which is situated near the tribal region.

On Wednesday, a religious organisation, Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat, took out a procession to protest against the attack. The local leadership of the MMA on Wednesday announced that a strike would be observed in the city on Thursday to condemn the rocket attacks.

Dear Sir, I am really grateful for your kind words about me in your articles.

I prey to God Almighty to give me a chance to serve you further.

You have been great.

Your my brother and friend. Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely.

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Defense Officials Testify on al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Defense Officials Testify on al-Qaeda in Pakistan

July 26, 2007

By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The United States would be willing to launch a military strike against al-Qaeda in a tribal region in Pakistan if it had the information and opportunity to do so, U.S. defense and intelligence officials told a House panel today.

In testimony about a new National Intelligence Estimate on al-Qaeda, the officials were pressed on what can be done to eliminate what they conceded is a “safe haven” for the terrorist organization in the North Waziristan area of Pakistan, a rugged area that the Islamabad government does not control.

James R. Clapper Jr., undersecretary of defense for intelligence, told a joint hearing of the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees….

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