Archive for the ‘tribal belt’ Category

Missile strike kills 16 as Pakistan unrest grows

March 16, 2008

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A missile strike in Pakistan‘s tribal belt killed 16 people Sunday, witnesses and state media said, a day after a bomb targeting foreigners at an Islamabad restaurant left a Turkish woman dead.

Pakistani policemen and journalists gather after a bomb blast ...
Pakistani policemen and journalists gather after a bomb blast at a restaurant in Islamabad. A missile strike in Pakistan’s tribal belt killed 16 people, witnesses and state media said, a day after a bomb targeting foreigners at an Islamabad restaurant left a Turkish woman dead.(AFP/Farooq Naeem)

The deteriorating security in nuclear-armed Pakistan, a key ally in the US-led “war on terror”, piles pressure on the incoming government which is set to be sworn in when the country’s new parliament meets on Monday.

With the country on alert after Saturday evening’s blast at an Italian eatery in the capital, one of several missiles fired into the South Waziristan tribal region slammed into a suspected militant compound, residents said.

Foreigners linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda were believed to be staying at the compound in Doog village. Residents said they heard a series of explosions.

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Hearts and Minds on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

February 18, 2008

By Ashley Bommer
The Washington Post 
Monday, February 18, 2008; Page A17

The United States has counterterrorism operations in places all over the world — but not in Pakistan, the center of world terrorism. Last month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made an offer: “We remain ready, willing and able to assist the Pakistanis and to partner with them, to provide additional training, to conduct joint operations, should they desire to do so.” Within hours, fearing a backlash on Pakistani soil, President Pervez Musharraf rejected the American offer.

But there is another counterterrorism strategy option for Pakistan: Empower millions of oppressed people who live there to be native allies against the insurgents, through the establishment of a Global Tribal Fund.

We cannot win the war on terrorism when we are losing the border to insurgents. The heart of the Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgency is in Balochistan, the Northwest Frontier Province and the tribal belt along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, known as the Durand Line. Top al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists — Osama bin Laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, Muhammad Omar, Jalaluddin Haqqani and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar — are believed to be operating from there….

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Pakistan’s Musharraf Rules Out US Troops, Strikes

July 27, 2007

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Friday firmly rejected US threats to strike militants holed up near the Afghan border, saying that American forces will not be allowed to operate in the area.

Military ruler Musharraf’s remarks come amid mounting anger at warnings from key ally Washington that it will not allow Osama bin Laden‘s rejuvenated terror network to use the South Asian nation’s e,frontier regions as a safe haven.

“Inside Pakistani territory only Pakistani forces will operate and they are fully ….

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Fantastic View Of Rakaposhi From Aliabad

Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the Nagar Valley approximately 100 km north of the city of Gilgit. Rakaposhi means “shining wall” in the local language. At a height of 7,788 metres, It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest and is said to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.