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Pakistan: Muhammad Reports from Tribal Areas, February 1, 2008

January 31, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I hope that you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright.

Situation in tribal areas have been worsening with each passing day. Now the terrorists have spreaded their activities to the whole country. Reports said that a bomb exploded near a military truck on a main highway in Pakistan. No one was hurt in the remote-controlled bombing in Akora Khattak, about 120 kilometers northwest of Islamabad, a local police official said. Three air force personnel in the truck escaped harm, he said.

An air force official confirmed the bombing and “slight” damage to the truck.

Other reports said that security forces found on Wednesday bodies of 13 missing soldiers in a vehicle parked in the Tor Chappar area of Darra Adamkhel.

The soldiers were captured by militants after they had taken control of a checkpoint at the Friendship Tunnel on Friday last.“”It appears that the soldiers were killed last week but their bodies were found on Wednesday,” a security official told newsmen.

Sources said the vehicle was found in Tor Chappar on Tuesday morning but nobody was allowed to go near it for fear that it might be a booby trap.

A bomb disposal squad cleared the vehicle before security officials checked it.

The bodies were taken to the combined military hospital in Kohat in the afternoon.

It is believed that militants executed the soldiers when security forces regained control over the tunnel on Tuesday.

The soldiers had been on duty at a PTCL communication tower on the hill above the tunnel.

Bodies of five other soldiers were found on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Kohat-Peshawar road has been reopened after six days.

About 200 vehicles escorted by troops left for Darra Adamkhel and Peshawar in convoys through the hilly track, officials said.

The military operation in the area was suspended on Wednesday evening and is likely to resume on Thursday morning.District Coordination Officer Kamran Zeb said that the tunnel would remain open to traffic from 6am to 7pm on Thursday and only south-bound vehicles coming from Peshawar would be allowed to go through.

Meanwhile, people who had fled Darra Adamkhel because of the military operation have started returning to their homes.Militants retrieved and buried on Wednesday the bodies of 12 foreigners who had been killed in a missile attack on a residential compound in the Khushali Toorikhel area of North Waziristan on Monday night.

Local people said the identity of the militants killed in the attack remained unknown but according to unconfirmed reports seven of them were Arabs while the other five from central Asian.

The compound, located about three kilometres south of Mirali town, is owned by Abdus Sattar, a driver, who survived the attack.A large number of militants had surrounded the site to get the bodies which the later buried in a local graveyard.“”Militants are still keeping the local people away from the place,” a villager told on phone. He said that unmanned air vehicles had hovered over the area on Wednesday.

The attack is a mystery because it is still not known who had fired the missile.Some local people claimed that a drone had fired the missile but officials have been keeping quiet. “I heard the sound of a plane just before the explosion,” said the man who identified himself as Zaheer Gul.Several places in the North Waziristan have come under attack in the recent past.

A house was attacked in Mosaki village in Mirali tehsil in December 2005 in which Al Qaeda’s operational commander Hamza Rabia was killed.Meanwhile, militants attacked a security base in the Razmak sub-division of North Waziristan on Wednesday.

According to sources, two army soldiers were killed while another was injured in the afternoon attack.They said that the militants had sneaked into Razmak from the adjacent Makin area where security forces had launched an operation against supporters of Baitullah Mehsud.

Dear Sir, I want to present my thank and gratitude to you for your positive role during the struggle against terrorism.

We will never forget your kindness and love.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Muhammad Reports from Tribal Areas, Pakistan

October 16, 2007

Background: Because we had lost contact with our brother  Muhammad amid severe violence in the tribal areas, Pakistan; we had serious doubts about his safety during the last several days. Muhammad has had some close calls to be sure.  But this was his longest period without a pre-planned loss of communication in more than a year.  Yesterday, we breathed a sigh of relief when Muhammad made contact.  He is safe now and below is his latest report from the war zone.

John E. Carey

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for your email, your cell phone calls and your concern about me. You are really great and and I feel honour to call you as my brother.

Actually, I have spent some time near the terrorists just to observe what they have been planning.  It is dangerous situation and Pakistan Army has been bombing in the tribal areas. I have also celebretated Eid with my family so I remained out of touch with you for a week. I am sorry for not informing you in time to spare you concern.

Situation in the tribal areas is still critical as there are still some officials who have been providing support to terrorists including Taliban. I want to inform you that the terrorists have been strengthening their positions. Now that Ramadan is over, some fear increase in violence all around. Some local influential people and government officials have been providing financial support to Taliban and terrorists. They have almost established their government in parts of tribal areas. Armed Taliban have been patrolling the roads. People are in state of fear and terror. Dreaded terrorists of international fame have also arrived in the tribal areas. They have been training the tribesmen.

Again thank you very much for your email and love.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur AgencyTribal Areas Pakistan

Editors note: A tentative peace is now holding in the tribal areas. See:
Ceasefire after Pakistan border bloodshed: tribal elder

Senior U.S. Diplomat Negroponte to Visit Troubled Region: Pakistan, Afghanistan

September 6, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
September 7, 2007

Deputy U.S. Secretary of State John Negroponte will travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan starting September 10 to consult with key allies in the war against terror.  The trip will last at least one week, we were told at the State Department.

Mr. Negroponte, the former director of all U.S. intelligence activities, is the deputy to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He will hold talks with Pakistan’s military leader President General Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and representatives of Pakistan’s civil society including Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) during his visit to Islamabad.

John Negroponte
John Negroponte

Mr. Musharraf’s future remains uncertain.  Media reports have said he is engaged in a power sharing negotiation with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.  The Prime Minister that Musharraf deposed in a coup in 1999, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, said he planned to return to Pakistan from exile on September 10.  Pakistan’s supreme court has ruled that Mr. Sharif’s continued exhile is unnecessary and illegal. 

Both of Pakistan’s former P.M.s have wide support in different areas of Pakistan.  But it is Mr. Musharraf who commands the most loyalty from Pakistan’s military.

Earlier this week, militant Islamic insurgents staged a terror bombing in the home of Pakistan’s military, Rawalpindi. Mr. Mussaraf himself lives in Rawalpindi.

A U.S. Department of State press release says Mr. Negraponte will discuss counter-terrorism, education, science and technology, and expansion of economic opportunities while in Pakistan.

In Afghanistan, the Deputy Secretary of State will meet with President Hamid Karzai. 

Mr. Kharzai has been critical of Pakistan for not rooting out what he says is a nest of protected terrorists in the tribal areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mr. Kharzai has sometimes said that Pakistan harbors the Taliban, al Qaeda, and perhaps even Osama bin Laden.

Our friend in the tribal areas, journalist Mr. Muhammad Khurshid, has sources that verify Mr. Kharzai’s claims.

Related:
U.S. Frustrated by bin Laden, Musharraf in Pakistan Tribal Areas

Saluting and Honoring Colleagues

July 25, 2007

By John E. Carey

Every now and again it is proper and appropriate and just gosh honest enjoyable to, out of the blue and without warning, offer thanks, congratulations and admiration to the members of the family or extended family.

Today I thought it a good idea to salute some of those special members of the extended family that have made life worth living, enjoyable and educational.

My interest and involvement in Pakistan would be unfulfilled were it not for Muhammad Khurshid who operates in our behalf in a most rugged and dangerous part of the world: Khar, Bajaur Agency, Tribal Areas, Pakistan. In our workshops and offices his name is always uttered with dignity and utmost respect. He provides timely, insightful information from a place of vital interest to nations and terror groups alike. When Muhammad and I lose contact, even for a few days on either end; there is extreme anxiety and sleeplessness. I am proud to call Muhammad my brother and thank him for his dedication and service.

Mike Benge and I have had an email and internet contact for about four years. I first “met” Mike because of his insightful work writing for the Washington Times on Vietnam. We share a passion for freedom and human rights, a love of the peoples of Vietnam and a desire to contribute in the world community. Mike would be my half brother as I can never fully honor or equal his time held captive himself by communists or his stellar contributions to the History Channel. We cannot regain the past; so we both now man the gates of justice and reality and attempt to keep honest and aware those that might overlook different problems in far away lands.

Debbie Hamilton runs a web site called “Right Truth” and we invite all readers to pay a call upon her there. Her daily contributions are, as she has named her site, “Right” on the button. Debbie is also an accomplished author and everything she writes is “must read.”
http://righttruth.typepad.com/

Miguel Sanchez keeps his eyes and ears open for us in Mexico and Central America. He says he has a plan to stray as far as Honduras to meet Cha Chuc, who walks the dusty paths and hills there. Hearing that we were interested in all things Harry Potter, last week Miguel mounted his motorcycle and, braving death in Mexico City traffic, headed to the Diocese of Mexico City to interview clergy there. He returned home with a wonderful scoop and our continued respect and admiration for his grit, determination and acumen under difficult circumstances.

I have known and admired Benjamin Allen for something like five years now and we each admit that we wish had been allowed to share the same office spaces longer.  Ben and I recently teamed to write about medical issues of importance that sometimes get overlooked for the Washington Times.  I prize Ben’s frequent guidance and comments by email and look forward to our next opportunity to make a contribution together.

Others in China and Southwest Asia have our daily eye until their projects are complete or they reach safer ground. We salute each and every one of you dedicated soldiers and journalists.

Finally, we are newly acquainted (a few month of just touching base) with Les Lothringer in ShangHai, China. Les is a veteran business consultant with over 30 years of commercial experience including Business Renovation, Management Consulting, Interim Management and Workshop based Training in diverse industries throughout the Asia Pacific Region.  Les brings together the best ideas and interests of Asia and the West (as we say here at Peace and Freedom, “Asia and the rest”). Today Les honored us with a learned essay that has enhanced the understanding of many readers. Please visit Les at his site and remember his team when those perplexing issues within his areas of expertise arise. http://www.strategywestasia.com/

This marks the end of today’s honors ceremony but it is with extreme pride that we call all in our family and extended family friends, professionals and allies.

Mosque Siege Impacts All Pakistan

July 10, 2007

People who came with us fom Peace and Freedom to Peace and Freedom II may recognize the inputs of Muhammad.  Since we innaugurated Peace and Freedom on July 4, 2006, Muhammad has been a frequest contributor.  A professional journalist, Muhammad has been operating in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan between that country and Afghanistan.  He filed this report on July 10, 2007.

Dear John E. Carey,

The Pakistani authorities have launched the operation against the militants in the Islamabad Red Mosque, as you had predicted to me yesterday.  This mosque, as you know, is actually the headquarter of terrorits.

Actually the religious leaders in the Lal Majid have been spoiling the minds of tribal youths for the last several years. I think after their elimination the situation will be change to the better. Thank you very much.

Situation in Pakistan’s capital is still fluid as the troops have been trying to take control of the mosque, but so far they failed in their mission. Resistence from the mosque shows that the militants have huge quatity of arms and ammunition. A report said that troops stormed mosque and attempted to flush out the remaining militants entrenched inside a women’s religious school in fierce fighting that left at least 50 militants and eight soldiers dead.

Events in Islamabad have also been affecting the tribal areas and other parts of the country as according to several officials were killed or injured in the attacks by the militants.

At the moment Swat district and Dir district of North West Frontier Province are the places where the militants have been hitting the government officials through bombs.

Several police officials were killed and maimed.

According to a report, following an attack on a military convoy that killed four troops, including a major and a lieutenant, army contingents have moved to Swat to apparently launch a military operation against the banned Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi.The military is moving ahead from bunker to bunker to search for the “militants”, sources said. “The deployment of troops will be completed within two days and an operation against the Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) is expected within a week,” they added.“For the first time we have seen such a huge army deployment in the Swat valley,” Ali Zaman, a resident of Chakdara, told Daily Times by phone. According to him the entire valley and Dir district were in the grip of fear.Swat District Coordination Officer Syed Muhammad Javed said the army had been called in to maintain law and order.

“The district administration was left with no option but to call the army to curb growing militancy and attacks on officials of the law-enforcement agencies,” Javed said. “The army has been deployed at the airport, bridges and at government installations,” the DCO said. TNSM activists led by their acting Ameer Maulana Fazlullah have called the army deployment a violation of the peace deal signed by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA)-led NWFP government and TNSM on May 22, 2007.The government had allowed Fazullah to continue to run his FM radio station. Fazlullah in return had agreed to support a polio vaccination campaign, education for girls and government efforts to maintain law and order in the district. He also agreed to shut all weapon-manufacturing units and training facilities for the militants.

Recently, the maulana asked his followers through his illegal FM radio station to “carry out my mission in case I die in a military operation.” “We are not supporting the militants in Swat and will retaliate if the army attacks us,” he said.

Dear Sir, some of the government officials have been supporting Taliban and terrorists. So far hundreds of terrorists were brought to Bajaur Agency for sending them to Afghanistan to fight against the US forces. I want to stop these people, but at the moment I am helpless.

Just please bring this matter into the notice of US administration as they can pressure Pakistan to take action against the militants in Bajaur Agency tribal areas.

I think compromises at this point will affect war on terrorism. Again thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan