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Pakistan Sends More Troops Against Taliban

October 24, 2007

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: (AP) The Pakistan army has sent 2,500 troops into a remote valley in the country’s northwest to combat followers of a militant cleric calling for Taliban-style rule, a spokesman said Wednesday.

But the cleric appeared to be unruffled, and thousands of his supporters gathered to hear him speak just a few miles from where the soldiers deployed.The paramilitary troops deployed Tuesday and were setting up checkpoints across Swat, a mountain valley popular with tourists until violence flared there this summer, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said.

Militants responded by detonating a remote-controlled bomb….

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Pakistan: New violence at reopened Pakistan mosque

July 27, 2007

By SADAQAT JAN, Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A suspected suicide bomber killed 13 people at a hotel near Islamabad’s Red Mosque on Friday as the government reopened the religious complex for the first time since a bloody army raid ousted Islamic militants from the site.

Hundreds of students clashed with security forces outside the mosque and occupied it for several hours before being dispersed. They denounced President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and demanded the return of a pro-Taliban cleric who was detained during the siege earlier this month.

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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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Pakistan, Tribal Areas: War Against Militants

July 25, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom,

Dear Sir,

Please convey my good wishes to all members of Peace and Freedom. I prey for your happiness and prosperity.

Situation in the tribal areas of Pakistan has been worsening. The government forces have launched a full scale war on terrorists in the tribal areas. But instead of killing the terrorists some of the innocent people including women and children are also being killed.

According to latest reports, some 15 people were killed in rocket attacks on the Bannu city of North West Frontier Province. It is interesting to note that NWFP Chief Minister belongs to the town where the alleged terrorists have carried out the attack. This incident of violence has furhter increased terror in the areas.

According to report of news agency, militants kidnapped two soldiers from a troubled tribal region, slit their throats and dumped the bodies with a warning note to others, officials said on Tuesday. The soldiers from the paramilitary Frontier Corps were abducted from a checkpost near Khar, the main town in the north-western Bajaur tribal region bordering Afghanistan, local official Sardar Yusuf stated.

The militants slashed their throats and dumped the bodies near a bazaar early Tuesday, with a note saying: “Those who support Musharraf and Bush will meet this fate,” he said.

As we all know President Gen Pervez Musharraf is a key ally in US President Bush’s “war on terror” but is under growing pressure to curb the trouble in the unruly tribal belt.

The killings come amid an unprecedented wave of attacks and suicide bombings sparked by this month’s bloody army raid on militants holed up in Islamabad’s Lal Masjid-Jamia Hafsa complex.

Militants in the same area last week beheaded a man accused of spying for US forces across the border.

Dear Sir, situation in Pakistan is also critical as the terrorists have increased their activities.

Some of the officials have been holding talks with Taliban and terrorists. I think the Pakistan administration has been showing double standard. I do not how the US administration can influence Pakistan to show sincerity in the war on terror, but I want that US must play a positive role at this time.

Thank you very much; Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan

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Pakistan: Muhammad Reports on 35 Killed Monday

July 24, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

Thank you very for your continued cooperation. Situation in the tribal areas has been worsening as the terrorists have been making desperate moves. I think President Musharraf has been showing some seriousness in the war on terror, but his officials have still been providing support to Taliban and terrorists.

The big news of the day is the killing of a dreaded terrorists who was heading Taliban movement in Waziristan region. But it is interesting to note he was killed in Balochistan province of Pakistan. According to report, wanted militant leader Abdullah Mehsud was killed in an operation in Balochistan and three others including his two brothers have been arrested, Federal Minister of Interior Aftab Ahmed Sherpao here said.

Talking to Geo News in Islamabad Sherpao confirmed Mehsud’s death in an operation of security forces in Zhob.

Federal Interior Ministry officials have said that Abdullah Mehsud, blew himself up to avoid arrest and some other militants were also killed in the operation.Two brothers of Mehsud Abdul Rahman and Muhammad Azam and a relative and local Taliban leader were arrested in the raid, officials said. The arrested men have been shifted to an unknown place for investigations, interior ministry officials added.

According another report, four security personnel killed and six injured in attacks on security forces check posts and camp in various areas of North Waziristan.According to sources, last night miscreants attacked Darrakhel, Kambar check posts and Gharlamay camp with automatic weapons and rockets. Four security officials were killed and six wounded in these attacks.Also, miscreants attacked Gosh check post near Miranshah.

During retaliatory action, electric cables fell shutting 3 out of 7 feeders of Miranshah grid station. An office of town committee has been destroyed in Miranshah. Security forces destroyed a car at Chashma Bridge, however no causality was reported.

On Monday, 35 miscreants were killed by security forces operation in different parts of North Waziristan. But it is ironic to note that NWFP governor is still trying to broker a peace deal with Taliban and terrorists. I think this is not the time of deal as giving further time to terrorits will be dangerous for the whole world.

Again thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

War In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas: Real Trouble in the Mountains

July 23, 2007

Dear John E. Carey, Peace and Freedom.

Dear Sir,

The double standard of Pakistani rulers has deteriorated situation in tribal areas. A full-scale war is going on in Waziristan region. According to reports, so far hundreds of people were killed or injured. Getting exact figure of death toll is difficult as the troops have cardoned off the whole areas.

It is pathetic to note that the one hand the government forces have been fighting against Taliban and terrorists, but on the NWFP governor, the controlling authority of the tribal areas has been holding talks with the same Taliban. An official handout issued here stated that the All FATA Grand Tribal Jirga, which had proceeded to Miranshah on 19th of this month returned to Peshawar on Monday and called on the NWFP Governor Lt. Gen. (R) Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai at Governor’s House.

The Jirga, comprising elders from all the seven tribal Agencies and six FRs. briefed the Governor on progress of their negotiations with Utmanzai tribesmen of North Waziristan. While briefing the Governor, the Jirga members said that while some progress has been made during the two days negotiations with the tribesmen of North Waziristan Agency, more time and effort would be required for conclusive and purposeful dialogue.

The Jirga will re-assemble at 9 AM on 24th July 2007 in Governor’s House before proceeding to Miranshah.Dear Sir, I have already told you that the officials have still been deceiving the world about the affairs of tribal areas.

Actually they have been providing support to Taliban and terrorists, but giving wrong impression. I think Pakistani government has failed in fulfilling its commitments made with the United States. Now I want to play a role in war on terrorism. Do you think that we can play a role in elimination of terrorism?

Sir, your role is vital and decisive at this critical juncture. Winning war on terrorism in Pakistan means a victory in Iraq and other parts of the country. We can set a example for other people.

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan.

Fighting Intensifies In Pakistani Tribal Areas

July 23, 2007

By Griff Witte and Imtiaz Ali 
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, July 23, 2007; Page A11

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 22 — Fighting intensified between the Pakistani army and insurgents in a volatile tribal area near the Afghan border Sunday, a week after the collapse of a controversial cease-fire.

At least 19 extremist fighters were killed in the battle, which involved army helicopters strafing positions in North Waziristan, security officials said. The fighting began Saturday when insurgents attacked an army checkpoint, prompting a battle that continued through the day Sunday and into the night, said an official in Miram Shah, the area’s main town. Residents also reported hearing artillery being fired in the area Sunday night.

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Pakistan: Fighting Taliban In Tribal Areas Intensifies

July 23, 2007

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

First, I want to congratulate you. Your Peace and Freedom is far ahead from others in war on terrorism.

Now the US administration has recognised that some dreaded terrorists have been hiding in tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border. Peace and Freedom was the was first in breaking this news. Please accept congratulation from the people of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas.

Situation in our areas is still critical as some invisible has been trying to create terror and fear among the people. I want to inform you that the people of tribal areas this time will cooperate with the United States if action is taken against terrorists. Now they have accepted that terrorists are the enemies of whole world.

According to report, security forces killed 20 militants in clashes in North Waziristan, while 10 security personnel were wounded. Army troops killed 13 militants in Ghulam Khan, 15 kilometres north of Miranshah in North Waziristan. The incident occurred about 11pm when unidentified militants attacked a Frontier Corps check-post. The army returned fire, killing 13 militants and destroying two vehicles. The army also arrested seven militants and seized a vehicle. The militants took the bodies of their colleagues with them.

Gunship helicopters killed seven militants who were shooting at an army convoy from hilltops in Qutab Khel, five kilometres east of Miranshah. Six security personnel were seriously injured in the clash. The convoy was going to Bannu from Miranshah. Unidentified militants attacked another army convoy at Khar Qamar, 20 kilometres west of Miranshah, with a remote-controlled bomb at , seriously injuring four security personnel. The convoy was heading for Datta Khel.

Inter Services Public Relations Director General (DG) Major General Waheed Arshid confirmed that 13 militants had been killed and seven arrested in the Ghulam Khan incident. However, he said only six militants were killed at the Chashmai Bridge and five security personnel were wounded in Sunday’s incident. Militants in small groups attempted to attack several army posts in the area but security forces foiled their bid, Gen Arshad said. Violence has intensified in North Waziristan after local Taliban militants pulled out of a peace agreement with the government last week.

We keep in touch our normal methods and times seem OK.

Again thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

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Fighting Intensifies In Pakistani Tribal Areas

US angers Pakistan over Al-Qaeda claims

July 22, 2007

by Jitendra Joshi

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States Sunday sparked heated verbal skirmishes by refusing to rule out military action against Al-Qaeda leaders sheltering inside Pakistan, one of its closest “war on terror” allies.

The US director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, said Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was in all likelihood alive and sheltering in a frontier zone where pro-Taliban Pakistani tribal leaders hold sway.

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