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Pakistan’s Police Losing Terrorism Fight

December 4, 2008

If India’s reaction to the revelation that Pakistan was involved in the Mumbai terrorism didn’t get your attention; this headline might.  Pakistan is roiling from the impact of a widespread terror insurgency, combined with total financial bankruptcy of the nation and internal disputes and rivalries added to decades of unrest with India.  Pakistan’s Army is pinned down in the tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan; trying to wrestle control and influence from the Taliban and al-Qaeda.  And last weekend, in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, rival groups went on a riotous rampage…..


Brothers Mushtaq and Ishaq Ali left the police force a month ago, terrified of dying as their colleagues had — beheaded by militants on a rutted village road before a shocked crowd.

They went straight to the local Urdu-language newspaper to announce their resignation. They were too poor to pay for a personal ad, so the editor of The Daily Moon, Rasheed Iqbal, published a news story instead. He has run dozens like it.

“They just want to get the word out to the Taliban that they are not with the police anymore so they won’t kill them,” said Iqbal. “They know that no one can protect them, and especially not their fellow policemen.”

Pakistani police officers launch an operation against criminals ... 
Pakistani police officers launch an operation against criminals in Karachi’s troubled area of Lyari, Pakistan, on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. Criminals and police exchanged fire during the action that killed one person and injured three, local police said.(AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Outgunned and out-financed, police in volatile northwestern Pakistan are fighting a losing battle against insurgents, dozens of interviews by The Associated Press show. They are dying in large numbers, and many survivors are leaving the force.

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press Writer

The number of terrorist attacks against police has gone up from 113 in 2005 to 1,820 last year, according to National Police Bureau. The death toll for policemen in that time has increased from nine to 575. In the northwestern area alone, 127 policemen have died so far this year in suicide bombings and assassinations, and another 260 have been wounded.

The crisis means the police cannot do the nuts-and-bolts work needed to stave off an insurgency fueled by the Taliban and al-Qaida. While the military can pound mountain hideouts, analysts and local officials say it is the police who should hunt down insurgents, win over the people, and restore order.

A Pakistani police officers seen outside the heavily guarded ...
A Pakistani police officers seen outside the heavily guarded Badaber police station at outskirt of Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday Nov 4, 2008. Police officers left the police force a month ago, terrified of dying as their colleagues had — beheaded by militants on a rutted village road before a shocked crowd.(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

“The only way to save Pakistan is to think of extremism and insurgency in North West Frontier Province as a law enforcement issue,” said Hassan Abbas, a South Asia expert at Harvard University’s Belfer Center Project for Science. “Rather than buying more F-16s, Pakistan should invest in modernizing its police.”

In the Swat Valley, militants have turned a once-idyllic mountain getaway into a nightmare of bombings and beheadings despite a six-month military operation to root them out. About 300 policemen have fled the force already.

On a recent evening in Mardan, Akhtar Ali Shah had just slipped out of his deputy police inspector’s uniform to head home. In an escort vehicle, a half-dozen of his guards had inched outside the giant white gates of the police station for a routine security check.

The bomb exploded minutes later. Through a cloud of dust and dirt, Shah saw five of his six guards lying dead near the blood-smeared gate. The head of the suicide bomber rested nearby.

“We are the ones who are getting killed by the terrorists that we are facing,” Shah said later.

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US military: 10 militants killed in Afghan raids

November 16, 2008

A raid by U.S. coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan killed five al-Qaida associated fighters and detained eight others, including a militant leader, the U.S. military said in a statement Sunday. Two U.S. troops were wounded in a suicide attack in the west.

Another five insurgents were killed in a firefight in a southern province, said the U.S. military, which has vowed to keep up attacks throughout the winter to keep pressure on insurgents trying to overthrow Afghanistan‘s pro-Western government.

The detained al-Qaida associated militant leader is accused of assisting the Taliban with the movement and training of Arab and other foreign fighters into Afghanistan, the coalition statement said, without identifying him.

The troops made the raid in Paktia’s province Zurmat district Saturday. Five armed militants were killed and eight detained, the coalition said.

Afghan police officers look at the wreckage of a car used by ... 
Afghan police officers look at the wreckage of a car used by a suicide bomber in the western city of Herat November 16, 2008. Two U.S. soldiers were wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack on their convoy in the western city of Herat, a U.S. military spokesman said.REUTERS/Mohammad Shoaib (AFGHANISTAN)

Violence by various insurgent groups has spiked this year to the highest level since a U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban’s hard-line Islamist regime in 2001 for sheltering Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders.

Attacks are up 30 percent from 2007, military officials say. More than 5,400 people — mostly militants — have died in insurgency-related violence this year in Afghanistan, according to a tally by The Associated Press of figures provided by Afghan and international officials.

A suicide car bomber, meanwhile, struck a U.S. convoy in the western Herat province on Sunday, wounding two troops and damaging two of their vehicles, said Col. Greg Julian, the spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

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Russia’s Medvedev urges vigilance after bomb blast

November 7, 2008

Russia faces a lingering terrorist threat and cannot drop its guard, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday, a day after a suspected suicide bombing killed 12 people.

By Denis Dyomkin, Reuters

Security officials said they suspected a woman had blown herself up in Thursday’s blast at a bus stop in Vladikavkaz, a city in Russia’s North Caucasus region where Moscow has been struggling to contain a wave of violence.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev arrives for his annual state ... 
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev arrives for his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, November 5, 2008.(RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov/Reuters)

“This event shows that the terrorist threat in our country remains. It is no time to relax,” Medvedev said at a meeting with senior law enforcement officials in St Petersburg.

“Even though active terrorist attacks in our country have been suppressed, the conditions for these kinds of crime exist.”

Alexei Malashenko, a security analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center, said the use of a female suicide bomber could point to militant Islamists who have not used the tactic on this scale since a spate of deadly attacks that culminated in the 2004 Beslan school siege, in which more than 300 people were killed.

In a separate explosion on Friday in Ingushetia, also part of the North Caucasus region, a police officer with the organized crime unit died after a bomb went off under his car as he opened the door, Interfax news agency reported.

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Muhammad Comments On Events: Tribal Areas, Pakistan

February 3, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I hope you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright. As usual the situation in the tribal areas is tense.

Taliban fighters have been terrorising the people in tribal areas. But now Pakistan leaders have been accepting the fact that terrorists have been enjoying the support of some politicians and officials.

Today the leading newspaper of Pakistan Dawn discussed the situation in its editorial.  Caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan’s insistence that all political parties must make their stance on terrorism clear deserves to be noted.

In a television interview, the minister said many parties were going soft on terrorism, and this could help the militants. One wishes the minister had named the parties he had in mind, but one can see that many parties on the extreme right have maintained an attitude that often appears paradoxical, if not intriguing.

All political parties are, of course, quick to condemn an act of terrorism when it occurs, but often it appears that this is done for record’s sake. The Lal Masjid affair was more than an act of terrorism, and the stand-off leading finally to the crackdown in July last year provided ample evidence of the various parties’ stance on terrorism.

The issue gets mixed up with politics. Even the secular parties criticised not the Lal Majid brigade but the government in harsh terms. But here they were acting the way all opposition does — to make capital out of a situation, any situation, and embarrass the government. But, regrettably, many religious parties refrained from using their influence with the Rashid-Ghazi duo to end the stand-off peacefully. This was surprising because almost all madressah heads had distanced themselves from the Lal Masjid clerics, so blatantly criminal were their activities.

Similarly, many parties have chosen to keep quiet on the issue of suicide bombing. Suicide attacks have been planned and executed in cold blood as is evident from the targets that have been chosen — mosques, imambargahs, religious gatherings including Eid congregations, shopping centres and at least one school bus. Those in the opposition today ought to know they could be in power tomorrow and they will have to deal with the monster of terrorism, to which they are at the moment indifferent but which gets stronger by default.

Unfortunately, civil society on the whole has failed to stand up to extremism. The religious militants are a microscopic minority, but they have combined terror with their misguided concept of religion to frighten the majority into silence. This could prove disastrous for the nation.

Also, those fighting for human rights causes ought to know that the threat to freedom does not merely come from the government of the day; it also comes from parties with a fascist outlook and groups that preach persecution of women and minorities and wage war on culture in the name of Islam. Unless society itself stands up to terrorism, it is difficult to see how the state alone can deal with this monster.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khrushid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Al Qaida Using Retarded As Suicide Bombers

February 1, 2008

(AP)  WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday the use of mentally retarded women as suicide bombers in Baghdad proves al-Qaida is “the most brutal and bankrupt of movements” and will strengthen Iraqi resolve to reject terrorism.

“It certainly underscores and affirms the decision of the Iraqi people that there is no political program here that is acceptable to a civilized society and that this is the most brutal and the most bankrupt of movements that would do this kind of thing,” she said.

“It says to me that the Iraqi people have been right to turn against these terrible violent people in their midst who will do anything….

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Wanted: Inflammatory Spiritual Leader

September 6, 2007

James G. Zumwalt
The Washington Times
September 6, 2007

Several months ago, Shi’ite cleric Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr crawled out of hiding in Iran to incite followers to violence in Iraq. His rhetoric leaves one only to imagine the kind of job description that might have attracted Sheik al-Sadr and those of his ilk to their calling:

Wanted: Inflammatory spiritual leader to enrage listeners to become suicide bombers or to commit other acts of violence; candidate need not practice what he preaches; extensive religious training not required but claiming a father who was a spiritual leader is helpful; compensation determined by candidate’s ability to influence followers to tithe 20 percent of income — which candidate can, at his own discretion, use to distribute to the poor or retain for himself; candidate must be HIV-positive i.e., able to preach Hatred, Intolerance and Violence so as to effectively infect followers and spread this disease.Such is the world of the Islamofascist imam.Read the rest at:

Suicide blasts kill 51 as Pakistan chaos worsens

July 19, 2007

by Rana Jawad

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Three suicide bombings, one of them targeting an army mosque, killed at least 51 people in Pakistan on Thursday, amid a growing backlash against a government raid on an Islamabad mosque.

As Pakistan reeled from one of its bloodiest days in years, authorities said the blasts were likely part of a wave of attacks that has killed almost 200 people sparked by last week’s storming of the pro-Taliban Red Mosque.

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