Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
Thank you very much for giving good news to me and the people of tribal areas. Believe me your news about the Pentagon confirmation of US involvement in correcting the situation has been received by the people of tribal areas with great joy and happiness. Now they think that the situation will take a better change. But Sir, there is still confusion as how the US will deal with the tribesmen. Believe me Sir, Peace and Freedom has been enjoying the support of majority of tribesmen. It can a play role in bridging the gap between the US administration and people of tribal areas.
I think there are still people who want to spend the funds allocated for tribal areas at the hands of Pakistani officials. Actually the Pakistani leadership due to their dishonesty and corruption has lost the confidence of tribesmen. It will be appropriate to involve the Peace and Freedom in the tribal areas.
Situation in the areas is relatively better, but there is still cases of terrorism and violence.
According to a report, Security forces backed by helicopter gunships and heavy artillery advanced a little further towards Alpuri, the headquarters of the Shangla district.
Security personnel said that around 30 to 35 militants were killed when troops regained control of Manai Sar, a strategic height overlooking the road connecting Alpuri with Besham, a major town in Shangla.
However, a militant spokesman refuted the claim and said the militants had killed about 40 soldiers in fierce clashes in Shangla district.
“We are very much in control of the area and the claim made by the security forces is a lie,” said spokesman Sirajuddin from an unknown location.
There were reports that six civilians were killed when shells hit two houses.
Local people of Kabal said that about 20 houses and two schools were damaged in the Kabal sub-division, which remained the target of intense artillery shelling on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
One shell hit the residence of one Sardarul Mulk in Kabal’s Kala Kalae area, resulting in the death of his wife, two sons and a daughter. Mr Mulk, his other son and two sisters suffered serious injuries. People in the neighbourhood retrieved the bodies and the injured from the debris of the house.
Witnesses said that another shell struck the house of one Haji Toor Khan in Kabal town, killing his two grandsons.
Two school buildings, including the Government Girls Primary School and the private Hira School, were badly damaged by the shelling.
An official spokesman said at the media centre in Swat that security forces used artillery after their base in Kabal had come under a rocket attack.
About the civilian casualties, he said the forces had asked the inhabitants to vacate the Akhund and Dagai villages, and the people of the nearby Kala Kaley should have left their homes.
There were unconfirmed reports that two soldiers were killed and two others were injured when rockets landed in a security forces’ camp in Kabal.
Reports of clashes were received from several parts of the Kurram Agency on Wednesday.
Security forces have moved to Piwar, Terimingal, Balishkhel, Sadda and Arawali areas of upper and lower Kurram and are reported to be trying to force the rival groups to stop firing and vacate their positions.
Meanwhile, 45 bodies were buried in a graveyard amid tight security on Wednesday.
Twelve inured people were taken to Kohat from the agency headquarters hospital in a military helicopter. Army and paramilitary troops were patrolling Parachinar roads and streets.
Security personnel recovered five more bodies from the debris of houses in the town.
The five-day clashes have caused widespread damage to infrastructure and residential areas.
The town has been without electricity and water and hospitals are short of life-saving drugs.
Over 200 people belonging to rival factions and some outsiders, who had taken refuge in the Toori tribe area, have been handed over to the political administration. Earlier, these people had been reported killed.
Dear Sir, thank you very much for your continued cooperation. I shall repeat the words that the people of tribal areas will never forget your cooperation and kindness.
Thank you very much
Khar, Bajaur Agency,
Tribal areas, Pakistan