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Muhammad Reports from Pakistan April 3, 2008

April 2, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I hope you and your team will be alright. Situation in Pakistan as usual is still fluid. It seems that some officials have handed over tribal areas to Osama bin Laden and other terrorists.

I want to bring in your kind notice that terrorists have started recruitments in Bajaur Agency where according to my information Osama bin Laden with his other colleagues have been hiding.

An important meeting of the top brass was held in Islamabad where they discussed operation in tribal areas. Some of the officials have been opposing operation in the areas as they feared after the operation they will be exposed to the world.

According to a report, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kyani held meeting with President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday after briefing the ruling alliance and federal cabinet on national security.

Earlier, the COAS along with Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Maj. Gen. Shujaa and DG Military Intelligence (MI) Maj. Gen. Nadeem Ejaz briefed the ruling alliance leaders and the cabinet on national security at Prime Minister House.Gen. Kyani also informed Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani about the ongoing operation in tribal areas. Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, Asfandyar Wali of Awami National Party (ANP) and JUI’s Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Advisor of Interior Rahman Malik, PML-N Chief Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan envoy in Washington Mehmood Ali Durrani and the minister for Frontir Regions Najmuddin Khan were also present in the meeting.

Dear Sir, nowadays I am very disturbed as terrorists have been threatening me. I have also been facing some financial problems.

Please pray for me and my family and keep in mind you and your bride are in our thoughts and prayers.

A lot of thanks, as always,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

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Musharraf party to nominate PM candidate

March 22, 2008
By LAUREN FRAYER, Associated Press Writer 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Allies of President Pervez Musharraf said Saturday they would field another candidate for Pakistan‘s prime minister after withdrawing their original nominee a day earlier.
A combo of recent pictures of Pakistan's front-runners to become ... 
A combo of recent pictures of Pakistan’s front-runners to become Pakistan’s new prime minister from Pakistan’s slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto party, clockwise from top, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chaudry Ahmed Mukhtar, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Yousaf Raza Gillani, seen in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

The reversal appeared to be due to a disagreement between the country’s two main pro-Musharraf parties.

One of the parties, Karachi-based Mutahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, withdrew its candidate as a “good will gesture” to slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto‘s followers, who won the most parliamentary seats in elections last month.

The MQM withdrew Farooq Sattar’s candidacy late Friday after meetings in London and Karachi, said lawmaker Haider Abbas Rizvi.

But Musharraf’s own party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, said Saturday that it planned to field a candidate to be announced Sunday. Party chairman and president Chaudry Shujaat Hussain said the Sattar’s withdrawal did not reflect the will of all pro-Musharraf lawmakers.

“We will contest the election. We have made this decision,” Hussain told reporters Saturday in Islamabad.

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Pakistan to Talk With Militants, New Leaders Say

March 22, 2008
March 22, 2008
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Faced with a sharp escalation of suicide bombings in urban areas, the leaders of Pakistan’s new coalition government say they will negotiate with the militants believed to be orchestrating the attacks, and will use military force only as a last resort.That talk has alarmed American officials, who fear it reflects a softening stance toward the militants just as President Pervez Musharraf has given the Bush administration a freer hand to strike at militants using pilotless Predator drones.

Many Pakistanis, however, are convinced that the surge in suicide bombings — 17 in the first 10 weeks of 2008 — is retaliation for three Predator strikes since the beginning of the year. The spike in attacks, combined with the crushing defeat of Mr. Musharraf’s party in February parliamentary elections, has brought demands for change in his American-backed policies.

Speaking in separate interviews, the leaders of Pakistan’s new government coalition — Asif Ali Zardari of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Nawaz Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N — tried to strike a more independent stance from Washington and repackage the conflict in a more palatable way for Pakistanis.

They said they were determined to set a different course from that of President Musharraf, who has received generous military financial help of more than $10 billion from Washington for his support.

“We are dealing with our own people,” said Mr. Sharif, who was twice prime minister in the 1990s. “We will deal with them very sensibly. And when you have a problem in your own family, you don’t kill your own family. You sit and talk. After all, Britain also got the solution of the problem of Ireland. So what’s the harm in conducting negotiations?”

Mr. Zardari said: “Obviously what they have been doing for the last eight years has not been working. Even a fool knows that.”

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Pakistan: New PM To Be Named Tonight

March 22, 2008

By Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan
March 22, 2008

Political games being played in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan have entered a decisive phase. According to a report, the husband of PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto, who was gunned by terrorists before the elections, Asif Ali Zardari has chosen a person from Pubjab province to become the prime minister.
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There are also reports of serious differences that have erupted in Pakistan People’s Party as most of the members of National Assembly think that Amir Fahim, president of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians is the right person to lead Pakistan at this critical time.
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Reports said that Pakistan Peoples Party would likely to nominate Yousuf Raza Gillani as the new prime minister of the country, sources said.
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According to Geo News, PPP has completed consultations with coalition partners about the prime minister and the allies have endorsed the nomination.
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The formal announcement of the name of prime minister is expected tonight. Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would announce the name.

Bhutto’s party to nominate Pakistan PM at weekend

March 21, 2008

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The party of Pakistan‘s slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto will name its candidate for the post of prime minister at the weekend, a spokesman said Friday.

 Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, seen here in January 2008. ...

President Pervez Musharraf has summoned the new parliament on Monday to elect a prime minister, which will clear the way for a coalition government hostile to him to start business.

“We will announce our candidate for prime minister on late Saturday or early Sunday,” Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) spokesman Farhatullah Babar told AFP.

The names of the contesting candidates have to be filed before Sunday afternoon for Monday’s vote, he added.

Bhutto’s teenage son and successor as chairman of the party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, returned to Pakistan from London this week to personally announce the candidate.

The PPP emerged as the largest party from general elections on February 18 but has struggled to settle on a candidate amid a power vacuum left by the charismatic Bhutto’s assassination. 

Muhammad Reports From Pakistan, 21 March 2008

March 21, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I hope you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright. I have been passing through a severe depression as I have been seeing with my own eyes that officials of Pakistani administration has been providing protection to terrorists.
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The terrorists have been given free hand to kill the soldiers and innocent people. Like me thousands of tribesmen have been losing the hope. Officials of the United States posted in Pakistan may be aware of the situation, but they have also been keeping complete mum.
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Terrorists and Taliban have destroyed schools in the tribal areas, but the officials are taking no action. They are just sitting in their offices enjoying the life.

Believe me Sir, sometime my heart tells me to take up the arms and kill all these terrorists who have been playing havoc with the lives and properties of the masses. But I can do nothing as I am helpless. Terrorists have been abusing and threatening me, but I can do nothing. I want to kill all these evil forces.

You are my brother you will certainly help me.

I have been talking in this way as I have already told you that I am depression. Political situation in Pakistan is also fluid.

President Musharraf has summoned the National Assembly to elect prime minister on March 24. I just placing a report of a newspaper for keeping update you and your readers.

President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday called a special session of the new National Assembly for Monday to let his political opponents elect their first prime minister after eight-and-a-half years as a parliamentary momentum seemed to leave his own office at their mercy.

An apparently swift action on a proposal from caretaker Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro came only a day after the National Assembly elected its first woman speaker and her deputy by more than two-thirds majorities, which showed the anti-Musharraf camp could muster enough numbers in a joint session of the two houses of parliament to impeach the president if they so wanted.

The announcement came also when the country waited with bated breath for the majority coalition of the winners of Feb 18 election to name their candidate for prime minister to end a bitter controversy that has robbed a historic transition of some of its lustre.

The candidate, under the coalition agreement, must be from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which has added a high drama to a prolonged suspense by calling its boy chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari from a studies break in Britain to name the person for the office that his mother, Benazir Bhutto, would have taken without question for a historic third term if she had not been assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack in Rawalpindi on Dec 27 soon after she addressed a campaign rally.

The selection of the candidate, to be made by the 19-year-old Bilawal’s father and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, has led to an unprecedented controversy in the party after one of its senior-most figures, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, who is also the president of its electoral arm PPP Parliamentarians, found his candidacy being blocked by a mysterious propaganda campaign against him and the talk of an alternative being sought from the most populous Punjab province rather than from the hopeful’s Sindh.

The National Assembly secretariat said in a statement the session for what the Constitution calls “ascertainment of the member who commands the confidence of majority of the members of the assembly” would begin at 4pm on Monday, while it would remain open on Sunday to receive nominations of candidates by 2pm and their scrutiny by the Speaker at 3pm.The election will be held through what is called division” in parliamentary parlance, in which members go to different lobbies to record their votes for candidates in accordance with the direction of their respective parties as required by an anti-defection clause of the Political Parties Act that forbids floor-crossing.It will be the fourth prime ministerial election in a little more than five years and the first time President Musharraf will find himself unable to stop an opponent from taking that office since he seized power in an Oct 12, 1999 coup that toppled then prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

After the previous October 2002 election, the president kept the anti-defection law suspended to inspire defections mainly from the PPP to help his hand-picked Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali of the formerly ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) get elected prime minister in November by only a one-vote majority for a tenure that lasted only 20 months.Mr Jamali’s two successors to complete the remainder of his five-year term — PML president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain for a transitional two months and Shaukat Aziz for more than three years — were elected with comfortable majorities.

Now, whoever is nominated as the PPP candidate, possibly on Saturday or Sunday, will face only a token contest from Mr Farooq Sattar of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement as the joint candidate of the new PML-led opposition alliance.

Wednesday’s election of Dr Fehmida Mirza as the first woman to become the National Assembly speaker and Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, both of the PPP, by more than two-thirds majorities of the 342-seat house — securing 249-70 and 246-68 votes respectively against the opposition rivals — served as a stark warning to a strong but an isolated president whom his opponents want to be out of their way to restore full parliamentary democracy.

The vote, which at least two of its members missed, showed the coalition could impeach the president on the oft-repeated charge of violating the Constitution as well as “gross misconduct” as it would have the required two-thirds majority in a joint sitting of the 342-seat National Assembly and 100-seat Senate with the help of a six-member anti-Musharraf “like-minded” group formed in the Senate last month and independents.

The Senate is presently left with 96 members because three members have opted to take National Assembly seats they won on Feb 18 and the death of one PML member from Balochistan.

While the coalition can hope to bag all these four seats to be filled through by-elections, the present Senate strength leaves the pro-Musharraf camp with 50 members (minus the six rebels) and his opponents with 46, whose addition to its 251 supporters in the National Assembly takes the total to 297, which will be one vote more than the 296-vote two-thirds majority of the total 443 members of both houses needed for the passage of an impeachment resolution.But the new would-be ruling coalition, which had dismissed an impeachment move against the president in the recent past on the ground of not having the required numbers, does not seem to be seeking such a course immediately in order to allow itself to settle down in power.

It still remains short of a two-thirds majority in the Senate to be able to pass constitutional amendments passed by a two-thirds majority in each house, such as one to clip the president of his controversial powers to sack a prime minister, dissolve the National Assembly and appoint provincial governors and armed forces chiefs at his discretion.

Dear Sir, just pray for our safety. You are nice brother and a honest and lovely man.

Thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Pakistan: Bhutto party says PM candidate to be named next week

March 15, 2008

By MUNIR AHMED,Associated Press Writer AP –
Sunday, March 16

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – After winning Pakistan’s parliamentary elections last month, the party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto will name a new prime minister next week, a spokesman said Saturday.

Followers of Bhutto, a two-time prime minister who returned to Pakistan last year only to die in a December suicide attack, won the largest number of seats in Feb. 18 polls _ ousting allies of U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf and easing Pakistan back toward democracy after years of military rule.

Her Pakistan People’s Party has pledged to form a coalition government with the party of another former premier, Nawaz Sharif, after the new parliament convenes Monday.

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Muhammad Reports from Pakistan, March 13, 2008

March 12, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I am sorry for delay in establishing contact with you during last few days. Actually I was in Bajaur Agency, my home town, where terrorists and security forces have pounded each other positions.

The security forces used heavy weapons against terrorists. Mortor shells hit several houses in parts of the agency killing dozens of people. The whole areas remained closed. No one was allowed to enter the areas.

I also remained trapped in the cross firing. The bang bangs of canons have created great fear among the people. During the firing I run for a mile for saving myself.

Small children were also ranning with me. They were screaming.

The exact death toll is not availabale, but people say that dozens of people were killed. I think now the security forces have been showing seriousness, but there are still some officials, who have been supporting these terrorists. I want to bring in you kind notice that now the terrorists have been losing support of the tribesmen.

Situation in other parts of Pakistan is also critical. According to a report, suicide bombers have struck Lahore for the third time since January this year. The eight-story building of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been blown up, with many fatal casualties.

Pakistani lawyers offer funeral prayers in absentia for the ... 
Pakistani lawyers offer funeral prayers in absentia for the victims of suicide bomb blasts in Lahore, a day after the attacks. Mourners offered funeral prayers Wednesday for 27 people killed in two suicide blasts in Pakistan, as violence in the northwest of the country left another dozen people dead, officials said.(AFP/Arif Ali)
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Another strike in Model Town by suicide-bombers riding a vehicle has killed four. One can say that the FIA bombing is a part of the series of attacks aimed at the security agencies of the country. The earlier two attacks were on policemen near the General Post Office and the Naval War College located in the city’s heart.

The second attack in Model Town is not clear in its intent. The place blown up by the bombers was near the house of an army officer and not too far from the houses owned by the PPP leader Mr Asif Ali Zardari. The message concealed in the second attack could be political, a link in the chain of events leading us to the assassination of Ms Benazir Bhutto in December last year.

Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of opposition Pakistan People's ...
Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of opposition Pakistan People’s Party addresses a news conference in Karachi March 3, 2008.REUTERS/Athar


A stupid interview given by Osama bin Laden’s son Umar in Egypt has the boy saying that his father was a “good friend” of Mr Nawaz Sharif, thus unwittingly queering the political pitch in Pakistan.

The war is between Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies on the one hand and the state of Pakistan on the other. Under the new army chief Pakistan has been able to counteract the inroads made in many parts of Pakistan by the soldiers of the terrorist organisation. But unfortunately the army is increasingly worried about the lack of sufficient support from the public at large so that it can face up to the terrorists.

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An injured Pakistani man and others run after the bomb explosion in front of a badly damaged building of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Lahore. Mourners offered funeral prayers Wednesday for 27 people killed in two suicide blasts in Pakistan, which have piled pressure on the incoming government to tackle Islamic militancy.(AFP/Aameed Qureshi)
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Political activism in Pakistan is focused on the restoration of the judiciary and the ouster of President Pervez Musharraf. What the politicians and the media are ignoring at great risk is the country’s response to the takeover of its territories and the virtual free run of the country that the suicide bombers have today.

To give just one example: a case unfolding in a court in Rawalpindi, where the boys who had formed the suicide squad to kill Ms Bhutto are under trial, has been totally ignored despite confessions on the part of the bombers.

Public reaction to the destruction of the FIA building yesterday came in the shape of a protest march by citizens — most of them flag-bearing members of the PPP — who raised slogans against the government of President Musharraf without uttering a word against the terrorists.

The misplaced assumption is that it is the state only which has the responsibility to protect the citizens and must be blamed for falling down on its job.

This draws our attention to the task of the democratically elected politicians to evolve a strategy against terrorism. So far their very rudimentary thoughts on the problem are encapsulated in three words: “talk to them.”

This of course is not enough. The people will expect the coalition government to take substantial steps to prevent the suicide-bombers from attacking at will.

Dear Sir, the people of tribal areas recognise your role in war against terrorism. Now the liberation of tribal areas from terrorists is imminent. We will never forget your kindness and love. Again thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Bhutto party set to name Pakistan PM candidate

March 6, 2008
by Rana Jawad

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was expected Thursday to nominate Pakistan‘s new prime minister to lead a parliament that could decide the fate of President Pervez Musharraf.

Vice chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Makhdoom ...
Vice chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Makhdoom Amin Fahim (L), who is widely expected to be nominated for the post of prime minister and former premier Nawaz Sharif attend a joint meeting of MPs from three coalition partners in Islamabad, on February 27.(AFP/File/Aamir Qureshi)

Pakistan People’s Party vice-chief Makhdoom Amin Fahim is the frontrunner to be nominated by the party’s MPs, who are meeting in Islamabad just over two weeks after the PPP scooped the most seats in parliamentary elections.

Musharraf, a key ally in the US-led “war on terror”, saw his backers trounced in the polls and must now deal with a coalition that includes not only the PPP but also his archfoe, former premier Nawaz Sharif.

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Pakistan coalition partners thrash out PM choice

February 22, 2008
by Danny Kemp

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan‘s two biggest opposition parties sought to thrash out their choice for premier Friday after agreeing to form a coalition government that could drive President Pervez Musharraf from power.
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An  anti-Musharraf lawyer throws a teargas shell towards police during a protest rally in Karachi on February 21. Pakistan’s two biggest opposition parties sought to thrash out their choice for premier after agreeing to form a coalition government that could drive President Pervez Musharraf from power.
(AFP/Rizwan Tabassum) 

Ex-premier Nawaz Sharif and the widowed husband of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto said their parties, once bitter rivals, would join forces after trouncing Musharraf’s allies in elections earlier in the week.

Officials from both parties said the frontrunner to be prime minister was Makhdoom Amin Fahim, the widely respected vice president of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

After Friday's prayers, Pakistani Muslims shout slogans as they ...