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Muhammad’s Update from Tribal Areas, Pakistan, November 3, 2007

November 3, 2007

To John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
November 3, 2007

Dear Sir,

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.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan

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Update From Muhammad, Tribal Areas, Pakistan

November 2, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
November 2, 2007

Dear Sir,

First of all I want to say thank you very much to your goodself for your kind contribution in efforts for liberating the innocent and poor tribesmen from the clutches of terrorists. You have done a great job and we will never forget your services. You have also saved the United States from the likely disaster as now after the government of Pakistan action terrorists are on the run having no time to prepare plans for terrorist attacks.

But situation in the country is still critical as the terrorists have increased their activities. The most disturbing thing is the surrender of security forces to terrorists.

According to reports, Around 60 to 70 militants were killed during clashes between the security forces and the alleged militants in Khawazakhela town, a commercial centre near Upper Swat and Shangla and other parts of Swat, the authorities claimed Thursday. The army gunship helicopters also pounded the suspected hideouts of militants in the region.

However, the militants on the other hand claimed to have besieged more than 80 personnel of the security forces and made hostages several others including two foreigners. They also claimed to have killed two persons on the charges of spying, including a school employee and abducted two more personnel of the security forces from Sakhra area.

According to detailed reports, clashes between the militants and security forces erupted in Khawazakhela’s mountainous region in the wee hours of Thursday. NWFP Home Minister Shehzada Gustasaf Khan and Home Secretary Badshah Gul Wazir at press conference said that around 600 militants had attacked the security forces camp at 4.00am Thursday morning.

They also added that the security forces, bringing the situation under control, repulsed the attack and killed approximately up to 70 militants during the clashes.He defended the figures of deaths on the part of the militants and said that independently the verification of the death was difficult as the militants took away dead bodies of their accomplices with them.

Regarding Pakistan Electronic Media Regulations Authority (PEMRA) Ordinance enforcement, the Home Security said that the personnel of the security forces have not yet reached the areas from where these illegally FM Radio channels operating.

He said that jammers installation could affect the communication lines of the security forces also. However, Shehzada Gustasaf Khan made it clear that all such illegally installed FM channels would come to an end very soon.

Talking about collection of donations, the NWFP Minister and Home Secretary claimed that police had prevented the militants from collecting donations in Barikot town. They, however, said that in certain areas, taliban were stated to be collecting donation from the common people on religious grounds. In response to a question, Shehzada Mohammad Gustasaf Khan reminded that Qazi courts functioning in all over Malakand Division since January 1999. Now the government decided to make it more active and in this respect a committee was already established. The committee, he said, was going to consult the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court. Answering another question, Shehzada Gustasaf Khan said that in a bid to handle the situation peacefully and politically, the government encouraged the constitution of the local committees. Constitution of such committees meant to convince the people of extending help to the security forces in establishing the writ of law and discouraging the militancy. He made it clear that government is determined to ensure writ of law in the area.

However, the leaders of the militants, on the other hand, have contradicted such claims made by the government officials and said that they cordoned off a camp of the security forces and besieged more than 80 personnel.

They have also claimed of causing heavy human and property losses to the security forces and making hostages a number of personnel of the security forces, including two foreign journalists.

However, the local people of Khawazakhela confirmed the killing of around 20 militants and injuries to several others. Apart from Khawazakhela, fierce fighting also occurred at Sambat Chawk, Baryam Bridge and adjacent mountains at Matta Tehsil, Kanju and Pir Keley in Kabal.The local people confirmed that militants had fired around 70 rockets against the security forces and government installations in the area and the security forces had hit the suspected hideouts of the militants with gunship helicopters.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan