Archive for the ‘North West Frontier Province’ Category

Pakistan Faces Crucial Elections Today

February 18, 2008

By Paul Wiseman and Zafar M. Sheikh
February 18, 2008

The Peshawar shopkeeper, 35, put up posters and went door to door for Islamic fundamentalists who promised to bring honest, competent and pious government to Pakistan’s backward North West Frontier province.

Never again. Aslam has abandoned the clerics after watching what happened when they grabbed power here five years ago.

“They promised to give us justice,” Aslam says. “They gave us nothing.” He’ll vote in parliamentary elections today for the non-religious Awami National Party (ANP).

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Pakistan: Notorious Arms Bazaar Threatened

February 5, 2008

By Ralph Joseph
The Washington Times
February 5, 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A notorious arms bazaar that provides a source of weapons for al Qaeda-backed fighters in Pakistan’s northwestern areas faces closure after heavy fighting between government troops and Islamic militants late last month, reports from the area said.

Pakistani soldiers carry their weapons as they patrol on a street ...
Pakistani soldiers carry their weapons as they patrol on a street in Swat in January 2008. Political turmoil in Pakistan has not seriously threatened the military’s control of its nuclear weapons “but vulnerabilities exist,” US intelligence said in a report Tuesday.
The fighting erupted Jan. 25 when militants loyal to South Waziristan insurgent commander Baitullah Mehsud blocked the strategic Kohat Tunnel, 30 miles south of Peshawar, and seized four civilian trucks carrying ammunition and other supplies for the government troops.
The troops staged a major operation to recover the ammunition, and both sides suffered heavy casualties in five days of fighting around Darra Adam Khel, a town in the North West Frontier Province….

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Pakistan: Tribal Area Governor Resigns

January 5, 2008

January 5, 2008

The governor of Pakistan’s restive North West Frontier Province, Ali Mohammad Jan Orakzai, has resigned.

The development comes amid continuing violence linked to Islamist guerrillas hiding in remote, mountainous villages near the Afghan border.

Retired Lt Gen Orakzai, one of the few officers of tribal origin in the upper echelons of the Pakistani army, cited personal reasons for his departure.

But the continuing violence in tribal areas may have brought it about.

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Pakistan: Militants kill 8 tribal elders

Terrorist Siege Continues in Tribal Areas, Pakistan

October 22, 2007

The letter below came today from our brother Muhammad in the tribal areas, Pakistan.  He is deeply concerned about the terrorism among his people and family members.

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

We continue to suffer the pain of the terrorists. Believe me I am not telling you lies as I consider you the most honest and sincere person in this meterialistic world.

The real terrorists here are the rulers of Pakistan and those who have been committing the crimes in various parts of the country particularly in tribal areas are on the pay roll of these rulers. They have been hoodwinking the world. On the one hand they have declared themselves the enemies of terrorists, but on the other hand they have been providing full support to terrorists. Believe me they have been providing security to Osama bin Laden and other dreaded terrorists.

I want to inform you that when I have started speaking against terrorism I have faced a lot difficulties at the hands of these rulers. If the rulers withdraw their support to terrorists even I can control them single handedly. I do not understand why the United States has still been providing support to these rulers. I suspect that the 9/11 horrible attacks were carried out at the behest of Pakistani rulers as they are the main beneficiary of these attacks. They have received billions of dollars from the United States besides fleecing the people in tribal areas.

I have already told you that in meetings with US officials here I have brought all the facts into their notice, but I do not know why they have been keeping their eyes closed. I am not against President Bush, but why he has chosen wrong people for elimination of terrorism?

There is still no attention given to the activities of terrorists in the tribal areas. These terrorists are busy in gathering the strength for carrying out terrorist attacks in the United States and other parts of the world.

Why are the rulers of Pakistan so reluctant to establish rule of law in the tribal areas?

Today the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) governor, who is also the controlling authorities of tribal areas, said that the government has been considering the option to withdraw troops from tribal areas. Why the troops are being withdrawn from tribal areas where the terrorists have been preparing plan for carrying out attacks in world?

According to a report, an explosion at the office of a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the town of Karak in NWFP killed a man and wounded two others on Monday, police said. Three persons were planting explosives with the wall of the NGO when the explosives went off resulting in the death of a militant and injuries to his two accomplices, police said. Police found two hand grenades and two home-made bomb devices from the possession of the injured.

One thing which is encouraging is the statement of Benazir Bhutto in which she announced that she will fight against terrorists. But she must keep one thing in mind — terrorists are within the government. Shrugging off terrorist threats, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto came out of her Bilawal House residence for the first public outing since Thursday’s massive attack on her procession, to visit various hospitals and comfort hundreds of her injured supporters. She vowed that the attempt on her life would not deter her from meeting her people.

Ms. Bhutto declared that the PPP would confront terrorists and not be distracted from its mission. She surprised even her party people when she arrived at the Jinnah Hospital on an unannounced visit, with a security escort of police and Jannisaran-i-Benazir.’After visiting the injured and inquiring after their health, Ms Bhutto declared that her party would create a fund to provide relief to the injured and the families of the deceased. She declared that those who sacrificed their lives on Oct 18 had saved the struggle for democracy.

Ms Bhutto, who was accompanied by party leaders, including Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Aftab Shaaban Mirani, Nisar Khuhro, Safdar Abbasi, Naheed Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi, lauded the resolve of her jiyalas and said the PPP represented aspirations of the poor and the downtrodden. She went to each of the injured and assured them that the party would take care of them.A large number of people had gathered outside the hospital and when she came out they chanted pro-Bhutto slogans.

Dear Sir, I again invite you to undertake a visit of the tribal areas again soon. Do not worry I can arrange security for you. This is the desire of people of Bajaur Agency to see you among themselves. Now is the time of practical steps. Being a soldier you will certainly consider my invitation. Your visit will be in the interest of both the United States and tribal areas.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Pakistan: Militants Kidnap Government Soldiers

September 19, 2007

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pro-Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan attacked a military checkpost on Wednesday and captured seven paramilitary soldiers, security officials said.

The raid was the latest in a series of bloody militant attacks on security forces and abductions of soldiers since July, when a pact with militants broke down and commandos stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad.

The violence has raised fresh doubts among many Pakistanis about President Pervez Musharraf‘s unpopular alliance with the United States and its war on terrorism….

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U.S. Warned: “Terrorists of International Fame” Hiding In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

August 10, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I hope you and your team will be in the best spirit of life.

Situation in the tribal areas is still tense as the government forces have been fighting the tribesmen. The tribesmen at the moment are in very difficult position as on the one hand the terrorists and Taliban have been making them target and other hand the government forces have also been killing them.

Dear Sir, now they have been calling for help, but still no one has coming to their rescue. I have personally been passing through from a difficult time. At the moment the people have been considering me the US man. So many times they have tried to finish me, but they failed as my own tribesmen have been supporting me.

I want to inform you that some dreaded terrorists including terrorists of international fame have been hiding in the tribal areas.

The officials of government of Pakistan have been denying the presence of terrorists because they have brought them to tribal areas. According to my information these officials were paid heavily by the terrorists.

I think the US should not waste time as the terrorists have been making plans for carrying out terrorist attacks in the world. According to my information, these terrorists have been guiding events in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They have also been training the suicide bombers in the tribal areas. I think the government of Pakistan has no right to oppose the US operation in the tribal areas. Pakistan never considers tribal areas as its part. According to the law of the land, tribal areas are not the part of Pakistan.

Please Sir, convey a message to the US administration that the people of tribal areas are with you in war on terrorism.

Again thank you very much; Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan
August 10, 2007

Car Bomb Kills 9 at Pakistani Bus Depot

August 5, 2007

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 4 (AP) — A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a busy bus station in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least nine people and wounding 35 others, officials said.

Elsewhere in the region, four soldiers and 10 militants were killed in a checkpoint shootout.

The attacker rammed an explosive-laden car into another vehicle near a bus packed with passengers in Parachinar, a town in North-West Frontier Province, said Muhammad Kamal, a local police official.

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Mosque Siege “Badly Affecting” People Across Pakistan

July 9, 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 9, 2007.

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Muhammad Khurshid
Bajaur Agency, Tribal Areas, Pakistan
July 9, 2007

Dear John E. Carey,

Thank you very much for love and kindness with with me and poor people. You are really good.

Yesterday there was some problem in the net and this was the reason that I have not extablished contact with you. Today when I open my email inbox I have found five emails from you. Again thank you very much for your kindness.

I have been working on a very important story about the presence of terrorists in tribal areas, but situation has been worsening with each passing day. The Lal Masjid has been badly affecting the tribal areas and North West Frontier Province as the terrorists have sped up their activities.

According to a report, unidentified gunmen shot dead three Chinese workers in the city of Peshawar late on Sunday, police said.

Khazana police station Moharrir Ghaffar said that the four Chinese nationals had been attacked at around 9.30pm near the Landi Sarak area, where they were building three-wheeled Qinqi auto-rickshaws.

Capital City Police Officer Abdul Majeed Marwat confirmed that unidentified gunmen who had been riding in cars had killed three Chinese citizens. He said the man who was injured had been admitted to the Lady Reading Hospital here. Police have registered a case and started an investigation.Witnesses said several bearded men came to the house in a jeep and barged into the house that was serving as the Chinese men’s residence and auto-rickshaw factory.

“We do not know what was the motive behind the attack and an investigation is underway,” police officer Aslam Khan said.The wounded Chinese man said, “My son and two nephews were killed, everything is finished.” The incident comes in the wake of a spate of attacks in recent days on security forces in the region bordering Afghanistan.

The attacks have coincided with an ongoing confrontation between security forces and Lal Masjid. China on Thursday, voiced support for the Pakistani government’s crackdown on the mosque, but also urged Islamabad to do a better job of protecting Chinese nationals.In our own area, Bajaur Agency tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border the situation is very critical as the terrorists and Taliban have started patrolling the roads.

There is great terror in the area. Reports said militants blew up a Levies force vehicle by a remote controlled bomb on Sunday, killing one jawan and wounding seven others.The bomb was planted on a roadside at Yousufabad, around three kilometres north of Khar, the agency headquarters. The tribal policemen were on routine duty and were returning from Qazafi when the bomb exploded. Jawan Akhtar Zada died at the scene.

Subedar Sardar Khan and jawans Muhammad Ali Jan, Noor Wali, Fazl-e-Subhan, Zubair Ali, Muhammad Akram and Abdul Azeem were rushed to a hospital. On Saturday night, militants fired two rockets at the Warbano Levies checkpost in Nawagai tehsil and kidnapped Hawaldar Izzatullah, and jawans Bashir, Farhatullah and Sahibzada.

The militants snatched wireless sets and weapons from the Levies personnel.The political administration arrested Qalam Khan, a pro-Taliban tribesman, on Saturday and the rocket attack may have been a reaction to his arrest. The political administration has called a grand jirga of elders.I think the terrorists have been using the operation against Taliban in Islamabad in their favour.

Now they have been trying to create a state of terrorism in the tribal areas.

It is ironic that some of the officials have still been extending support to them.  I tnink urgent steps are required for elimination of terrorism. I have read the story, which was sent by your goodself. Compromises on various stages deteriorated the situation.

Dear Sir, now the time of compromises has gone. Now is the time of practical work.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid

Bajaur Agency, Tribal Areas, Pakistan