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Al Qaeda Threat to Pakistan’s Survival

February 7, 2008

By  Sridhar Krishnaswami
India Abroad
February 6, 2008

Al Qaeda and Taliban elements which have moved beyond Pakistan’s tribal areas are threatening the country’s survival, a top United States intelligence official has said in an unusually strong warning, asserting that only the army had the ‘strength’ to check the menace.

“I think the most significant thing in the recent situation is the threat has moved into Pakistan proper to threaten the very existence of the (state). Pakistan has now recognised that this is an existential threat to their very survival,” director of national intelligence Admiral Michael McConnell said.

He said the Pakistani leadership was taking steps to be more aggressive in getting control of the situation, with regard to not only Al Qaeda, but also the militants in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

His comments came after senior law makers, cutting across party lines, expressed serious concern at the terror threat coming out of Pakistan, especially in the FATA of the north.

“The militancy emanating from the tribal areas has grown so strong that it has spread to the settled areas of Pakistan, in the North-West Frontier province, but also reaching into the heart of Pakistan’s cities, including Islamabad. The most egregious example of this, of course, is Benazir Bhutto,” remarked senior Republican Senator Orin Hatch.

“At what point do you believe it would be better to pronounce the current Pakistani government a complete failure in advancing security for us or even their own people? And what Pakistani institutions could successfully stand against these threats?”  he asked McConnell.

“The only institution that has the strength to do what you just described is the Pakistani army,” the official said. He, however, added that the force was not adequately trained to carry out anti-insurgency operations.

“So that discussion is taking place in Pakistan now. And there will be changes in time to be more aggressive in addressing this threat,” McConnell said.

He said it was a ‘very critical time’ for the Pakistan government as the country was going through a transition to democracy. “It is a key point in Pakistani history. For the first time in their history, their legislature finished a term, and the elections are happening later this month on the 18th”.

“I’ve spoken to my counterparts in Pakistan and General Kayani, who’s chief of the army staff. I think they would agree in broad outline with your analysis,” said Gen Michael Hayden, head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Kayani speaks at the ... 
Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Kayani speaks at the test-firing of a medium-range Shaheen-1 (Haft-IV) ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in Pakistan January 25, 2008. Kayani dismissed on Friday fears that the country’s nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of Islamic militants as the military test fired a nuclear-capable missile.
REUTERS/Stringer (PAKISTAN)

Pakistani military operations in FATA have had ‘limited effect’ on Al Qaeda, the head of the Defence Intelligence Agency Gen Michael Maples said.

“However, Pakistan recognises the threat and realises the need to develop more effective counterinsurgency capabilities to complement their conventional military,” he added.

Reiterating the state department’s view that the US was not getting enough information on top militant leadership, Admiral McConnell said, “If we had the locating information, particularly of the leadership, we would be able to carry out actions to neutralise the leadership. So that specific information we seek. We do not have it”.

In his opening statement, Senator John Rockefeller pointed out the fact that after six and a half years since September 11, 2001, the Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden remains at large.

“That is a source of embarrassment and concern to all of you,” he said. “Al Qaeda has used this border safe haven to reconstitute itself and launch offensive operations that threaten to undo the stability of Afghanistan and undermine, if not overthrow, the Pakistan government,” Rockefeller remarked.

Another Democrat Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana asked the intelligence community if it would strike the balance between the United States getting involved and the risk of ‘destabilising an already fairly tenuous regime’ in Pakistan.

“How do we strike that balance? And when do we conclude that, if the Pakistanis simply can’t do it by themselves, that we have to do more and essentially say, ‘Look, if you can’t do it, we’re going to have to do more, and we’re going to do what we need to do here, because we can’t afford to have a repetition of the Afghan situation’? Bayh asked.

“I think there’s more commonality of view between us and our partners that this is a threat to both of us. In the tribal area, Pakistanis were concerned about it, but the threat emanating from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas was more a threat outside of Pakistan than it was to Pakistan, per se,” Gen Hayden of the CIA said.

Maples said Al Qaeda has expanded its support to the Afghan insurgency and presents an increased threat to Pakistan, while it continues to plan, support and direct transnational attacks. It has extended its operational reach through partnerships with compatible regional terrorist groups, including a continued effort to expand into Africa.

“Al Qaeda maintains its desire to possess weapons of mass destruction,” Maples said.

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Pakistan: Tribal Area Governor Resigns

January 5, 2008

BBC
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.

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7173324.stm

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Pakistan: Militants kill 8 tribal elders

Pakistan: Muhammad Reports, December 29, 2007

December 29, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

Presently whole Pakistan is in complete choas and disarray. So many time we have discussed the issue that terrorists sitting in the tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border have been making plan for carrying out terrorist attacks. It is unfortunate that the rulers of Pakistan always denied the reports. But the death of Benazir Bhutto has proved one thing that terrorists have been hiding in the tribal areas.

Today the government of Pakistan also confirmed that Baitullah Masood of Waziristan region is responsible for the killing of Benazir Bhutto. I think you will not believe this, but this is the fact that Baitullah Masood is the man of the government and this is the reason that he has been leading a luxurious life in the border. He has been getting money from the officials of Pakistan.Situation in the country is very terrible.

According to reports, Army soldiers patrolled the streets of the southern cities of Hyderabad and Karachi on Friday in an effort to quell violence following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, witnesses said.

The violence has killed at least 23 people, said Ghulam Mohammed Mohtaram, home secretary for Sindh province.

In Hyderabad, soldiers patrolled the streets and refused to let people out of their houses, witnesses said. Troops were also seen in Karachi.

Mohtaram confirmed that the provincial government requested the army’s help “to control the law and order situation” in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Nawab Shah and Ghotki.Earlier, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said troops were put on alert in four cities in Sindh as a precaution but were not yet patrolling the streets.

The Pakistan interior ministry said Friday there was “every possibility” the Islamic extremist Al-Qaeda network was behind the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.”Benazir has been on the hit-list of Al-Qaeda,” interior ministry spokesman Brigadier Javed Cheema told a foreign news agency.

“Now there is every possibility that Al-Qaeda is behind this tragic attack to undermine the security of Pakistan.”

Dear Sir, again thank you very much for your kindness and cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Musharraf: Not Perfect But America’s Ally

December 28, 2007

By James Zumwalt
Human Events Online
December 28, 2007

As the lighthouse of freedom throughout the world, America has sometimes had to make tough decisions where to shine her beacon of light and where not—a decision influenced by national interests.

During the Cold War, faced with containing communism in Asia, the US supported Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos who, although an impeder of human rights within his country, was a provider of muchneeded military bases in the region. It was simply a matter of accepting a least-worst situation where a less-than-democratic
government’s policies helped contain a much more serious threat elsewhere.

We face a similar situation in Pakistan today—but with extremely devastating consequences if we fail to adequately balance conflicting interests.

In an ideal world, the US should pressure Pakistan’sPresident Pervez Musharraf to democratize his country. Having stolen power from a democratically elected government and combined control of civilian and military institutions to maximize it, Musharraf is no poster child for democracy. But that must be weighed against this: we do not live in an
ideal world and, despite Musharraf’s contrariness to democratic principles, his country, with its nuclear arsenal, lies but a heart beat away from control by Islamic extremists.

Furthermore, unlike our Cold war enemy who feared in-kind nuclear retaliation if they used such weapons first, Islamic extremists welcome retaliation as a vehicle to
expedite their journey to the rewards of an after-life they outrageously glorify.

It is clear Musharraf walks a tightrope in Pakistan, trying to contain Islamic extremism, which is most likely responsible for the recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto, while it eats away at his power base.

He must worry about internal Pakistani government agencies, such as his intelligence service, and tribal authorities, influenced by extremist mindsets and providing Osama bin Ladin with safe-haven. Should we press Musharraf to recognize the will of an increasingly volatile Pakistani population, we may well help pave the way for a far more dangerous
threat in Islamabad.

Twenty-eight years earlier, hoping for greater freedoms in Iran, we pressed the Shah to depart, enabling an Islamic extremist ideology to gain hold as a nation-state and become the greatest threat to world peace today.

Unbeknownst to many Americans, a circa 9/11 event, receiving little attention, reveals just how close we may have already come to suffering the wrath of Pakistan’s Islamic extremist mindset.

In 1987, Pakistani author Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood wrote the book “Doomsday and Life after Death—the Ultimate Fate of the Universe as Seen Through the Holy Koran.”

The title alone reflects a most disturbing perspective on life. The book ascribes to the extremist belief the 12th Imam will return to restore Islam’s greatness, but only
after an apocalyptic event the extremist can engineer. The author paints a very dismal picture of history concluding, fourteen years prior to 9/11, terrorism would play a major role in international affairs. He predicted, by 2002, a terrorist attack using a weapon of
mass destruction (WMD) would occur, claiming millions of lives.

What is frightening is this author is no Pakistani “Jules Verne,” simply airing
a very creative imagination. He is a nuclear scientist, later recognized as a key player in Pakistan’s weapons development program.

As such, he now believes, since these weapons exist, they belong to the entire Muslim world and not just Pakistan.

After 9/11, as US forces entered Afghanistan, Taliban leader MullahOmar declared no one  comprehended the devastation soon to incinerate the US. Was he alluding to a WMD attack? A post-9/11 investigation revealed significant links between al-Qaeda and Mahmood, an avid Taliban admirer. It discovered, a month prior to 9/11, Mahmood spent
three weeks in Kabul with Omar. A search of a Taliban safe-house found documents explaining how to make a radiological bomb. Later arrested and asked why he met Omar, Mahmood claimed they discussed “agricultural business.” But his failure to pass polygraph exams strongly suggested a more sinister motive—one perhaps in keeping with the timeframe of his 1987 book’s WMD prediction.

The evidence indicates Mahmood, and his al-Qaeda cohorts, were plotting a much more devastating attack than 9/11 on the US—one using a WMD. If so, the subsequent US invasion of Afghanistan—totally unexpected by al-Qaeda—may well have disrupted those plans. However, unleashing a WMD somewhere in the West clearly remains a top Islamic extremist priority.

Perhaps this is why Musharraf, dealing with civil unrest at home and wary of growing extremist support within his government, recently took control of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal himself—away from his prime minister—via a temporary law. Parliamentary approval is required within six months for the law to become permanent. If Pakistan’s parliament rejects it, the best interests of the West are served by Musharraf
retaining control of these weapons, disregarding his legislative body’s
mandate.

Unfortunately, in exceedingly dangerous times as these, we must be very mindful into which corners of the globe we shine freedom’s beacon of light. For our own security, we may wish to dim it to the darkness of some nation’s democratic shortcomings.

If we do not—instead trying to be all things to all people—we run the risk of losing freedom’s lighthouse to the more urgent threat posed by the pounding waves of
Islamic extremism. 

Pakistan: Eye Witness Account from Muhammad, December 26, 2007

December 26, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

Hoping you and your team will be alright. Today I have read a report carried by various newspapers in Pakistan. The US aid plan for Pakistan’s tribal areas is in jeopardy as there are concerns about the lack of an adequate system to keep track of the money, according to The New York Times.

The plan calls for $750 million to be used in the areas over a five-year period, but some say it’s unrealistic to think that the money could be targeted properly in a lawless region where the government has little, if any, influence and there is no US troop presence, the report published on Tuesday added.The civilian aid programme would provide jobs and schooling, build 600 miles of roads and improve literacy in an area where almost no women can read.

Some US lawmakers are concerned that a rush to spend could lead to some of the same problems that were experienced in Iraq, particularly since the plan for Pakistan would also heavily rely on private contractors that can “eat up as much as half the budget.”

As of now, the programme is scheduled to start slowly and will eschew mention of its American origins since there is so much anti-US sentiment in the region.

“My sense is they are ready to start, but who is going to be responsible for management?”  Congressman John F. Tierney asked.

Mr Tierney, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is one of several members of Congress who have begun pushing the State Department for details of how the civilian aid will be monitored.

They said they had not received satisfactory answers.

The importance of the issue, they said, was underlined by the scores of investigations into corruption connected with huge amounts of money and equipment for reconstruction and strengthening Iraq’s army and police forces that cannot be accounted for. “We’re not quite certain about it,” Mr Tierney said. “I have concerns that it not be a repeat of situations in Iraq.”

The new programme is meant to start slowly, with about $350 million to be made available for bidding initially. Among the handful of companies invited to bid are DynCorp International and Creative Associates International Inc, both of which won substantial contracts in Iraq. How effective they will be in the tribal areas is equally uncertain.The Pakistani authorities have ruled out using foreign non-profit groups, known as NGOs, shorthand for nongovernmental organizations. But neither do they approve the American choice of private contractors. They would like the money to go through them.

“We are living in times when NGOs are considered to be all out to convert tribesmen,” Javed Iqbal, until recently the additional chief secretary of Fata told the Times.

“To deal with the tribesmen, you have to understand the tribes,” Mr Iqbal said.  “You cannot ask a woman how frequently she takes contraception, which was one of the questions on an NGO questionnaire. The first reaction is going to box you in the face, and then tell you to get lost”

But Mr Iqbal said he was convinced that the for-profit companies would take a disproportionate amount of the programme money. “Forty-eight per cent of the programme money goes to consultants,” he said.

Dear Sir, I want to bring in your kind notice that Peace and Freedom can deliver positive result in the tribal areas if the task was given to it. It has been enjoying the support of people of tribal areas. The corrupt Pakistani officials should be ignored in this plan.

According to report from other parts of tribal areas, Violence spread to more areas in the Kurram Agency on Tuesday amid reports of infiltration of militants from nearby areas, sources said.

Four people were killed and 10 others were injured in clashes during the day, raising the death toll to 12 in three days. Doctors said that 32 injured people had been admitted to the agency headquarters hospital in Parachinar. However, the exact casualty figures could not be ascertained.Political Agent Zaheerul Islam confirmed only seven casualties in three days of clashes.

A senior official told Dawn in Peshawar that the Civil Secretariat, Fata, had sought more army troops to cope with the situation. “The authorities have formally requested the 11 Corps Headquarters to send more troops to the agency to control the situation,” the official said.

The ISPR’s Director-General, Maj-Gen Waheed Arshad, however, said that an adequate number of troops had already been deployed in the region. If local authorities needed reinforcements, the army would take their demand into consideration, said Maj-Gen Arshad.

A security official, Shakil Qadir, confirmed that skirmishes continued in different parts of the agency and there was a likelihood of reconvening the peace jirga to broker a ceasefire.A 15-member jirga from Hangu had left the area after it failed to broker a truce. It was constituted by the NWFP governor.

Heavy clashes were reported from Sadda, Balishkhel, Alizai, Tangai, Anzeri and Shashu. Security was tightened in Parachinar city and authorities did not relax curfew restrictions on Tuesday.

In the Balishkhel area, rival groups set houses on fire, displacing a large number of people.

Dear Sir, thank you very much again!

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

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

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

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

Message for U.S. Government from Pakistan

August 17, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for your continued cooperation. Today the whole Bajaur Agency, tribal areas in state of sorrow as they buried their beloved prince who was made target by the terrorists.

The terrorists have been killing the innocent tribesmen and planning attacks in the whole world, but NWFP governor the controlling authority of the tribal areas have been blaming the international media for distorting the image of the tribal areas and Pakistan.

He is not ready to accept the fact that terrorists have been ruling the tribal areas. While addressing a jirga in tribal areas he threw blame on the media for terrorist attacks in the tribal areas.

I want to bring in your notice that the terrorists have been hiding in the tribal areas and they have been enjoying the support of Pakistani officials. Please convey a message to the US administration to take immediate steps otherwise the terrorists will make the attacks in the world which will more horrible than 9/11.

Please Sir, do some thing for saving the world from further destruction. Now the people of Bajaur Agency have also decided to take action against the terrorists and Taliban. But at the moment the terrorists and Taliban are more powerful as they have enjoying the support of government officials.

Please consider this letter as SOS. Again thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid

Khar, Bajaur AgencyTribal Areas Pakistan