To John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
November 3, 2007
First of all I want to say thank you to your goodself for your kind cooperation. Believe us Sir, your positive approach towards the situation in tribal areas and Pakistan has now been showing positive result. But at the moment situation is very very fluid and critical.
Terrorists have been making last-ditch effort make their presence felt. I along with my family have been facing threat at the moment as terrorists have increasd their activities. Last night militants and security forces night exchanged fire in various parts of Bajaur Agency, wounding four Levies personnel.
Militants blew up a Levies Aurang checkpost in Utman Khel tehsil and Qamarsar and Sahui checkposts in Mamoond tehsil. Levies at the checkposts opened fire on the attacking militants. Havaldar Bacha and soldiers Ali Rehman, Jehangir and Farooq were injured in the crossfire and were shifted to a hospital. The assailants also snatched four Kalashinkovs from the security forces and fled.
Meanwhile, armed men kidnapped an Afghan shopkeeper from his shop in Nawagai market for allegedly spying on militants. Also, officials arrested several suspects thought to have robbed Education Department officials of teachers’ salaries amounting to Rs 15,000,000.
According to reports, Maulana Fazlullah met with a delegation of clerics and local politicians and called for the withdrawal of troops from Swat to open the way for negotiations to end days of fighting.
“Fazlullah has said he is ready to hold talks with the government,” said Mohammad Amin, a local tribal politician. He said Fazlullah set three conditions for the talks, including withdrawal of security forces from Swat, enforcement of Sharia and that all cases against his followers be dropped.
Militants loyal to pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah paraded on Friday 48 men said to be paramilitary troops who surrendered during a week of fierce clashes. Masked followers of Fazlullah brandished assault rifles, rocket launchers and Swati swords as they displayed the men to the media in Swat.
Military and government spokesmen had earlier denied that any troops were captured. They were not immediately available to comment on Friday’s display.“They (militants) told us that we would not be harmed if we surrender. If not, then the entire population from the village below will climb up the hill and may kill you,” a soldier told reporters.
The men were given Rs 500 each and freed later on Friday, reported a news agency. The kidnapped officials told a radio that they do not want to fight with their Muslim brothers who are fighting for the implementation of Sharia, reported Online.
Officials vacated the Khawazakhela police station and shifted to the Madian police station, while the Taliban set fire to the Charbagh police station, Saleem Athar added. The police also vacated the Matta police station and shifted to another location.
Meanwhile, local Taliban have captured three vehicles of the Malakand Area Development Project from the Chukrial and Biha areas in Matta tehsil of Swat.
Dear Sir, again thank you very much.
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan