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Pakistan: Families Terrorized in Tribal Areas

July 27, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom,

Dear Sir,

Please accept my good wishes for you and your team at the Peace and Freedom.

The story that US Congress is likely to pass a bill linking aid with elimination of terrorism and Talibanisation has given me some sort of satisfaction. I think this is the best way of putting more pressure on Pakistan to show sincerity in war on terrorism.

Situation in our areas is still tense. My whole family is in a state of terror. Constant fear and terror have been affecting my children. My little son Kamran, who is below 10, is ill and my elder Daughter Sania is also not feeling well. He is suffering from fever. The health condition of my wife is also not satisfactory. The reason is constant fear and terror.

Today the militants targetted a vehicle of security personnel with remote control. Three personnel were injured in the blast. The bomb disposal squad defused a remote control bomb in the sole degree college for girls. The college situates near my house. Taliban and terrorists have been threatening the girls not attend the schools or college otherwise they will be killed. My little daughter is now refusing to go to school.

At the moment my daughter in 7th class.

Dear Sir, the officials have been receiving funds from the United States on the name of tribal areas. They have also been committing loot and plunder in the local funds which are being collected through taxes, but doing nothing to provide security to the people. I think the Peace and Freedom can do a lot by evolving a system for the tribal areas. We have the resources, but our leaders and officials are corrupt and this is the reason the situation has been deteriorating with each passing. Pakistani government has been losing the confidence of the tribal people.

Sitution in other parts of the country is also critical as according to report, a bomb blast killed 15 people in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. The forces have been conducting operation in Waziristan tribal region.

Thank you very much. Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan


Pakistan: Tribal Areas Allow Taliban to Regroup

July 27, 2007

Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
July 27, 2007

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, provided new details of the battle against terrorists in Pakistan’s remote Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the border with Afghanistan.

In prepared testimony before the House Armed Services Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Gen. Clapper said the terrorists are using the area to regroup.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has lost some 500 troops fighting terrorists in the region and also tried to use a political agreement with tribal leaders in the region but it “has not been successful,” Gen. Clapper said.

Recent events in Pakistan are likely to spur Gen. Musharraf to take much more aggressive action in addressing the problem, he said.

The new steps include increasing funding of counterterrorist operations in the region, providing 25 U.S. helicopters and air-assault training to Pakistani troops, supplying night-vision equipment and giving $110 million in economic aid to the tribal region.

On the recent confrontation at Pakistan’s Red Mosque, Gen. Clapper said, “The behavior of the extremists who had been holed up in the mosque highlighted the threat, and extremists based in the border areas have taken both the stepped up Pakistani army presence in the FATA and along the border as well as the storming of the mosque as a pretext for resuming terrorist attacks on the Pakistani security forces.”

Also, Pakistani religious leaders are stepping up opposition to extremists, and in one recent meeting declared that suicide bombing violated Islamic law, he said.

Recent internal disputes among tribal leaders recently erupted into conflict between pro-Taliban tribesmen and pro-al Qaeda fighters, he said.

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