Archive for April 20th, 2009

The Talibani Age of Darkness in Pakistan under Islamist Gun Fire

April 20, 2009

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Taliban vow to enforce Shariah throughout Pakistan

Posted: Monday , Apr 20, 2009 at 1348 hrs IST
Islamabad:
A resurgent Taliban in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat valley on Monday vowed to enforce Islamic laws across the country while ruling out the possibility of laying down arms following the implementation of Shariah in the region.
The Shariah or Islamic law regime approved recently by President Asif Ali Zardari will not be confined to Malakand division, which includes Swat, and the Taliban wants the system to be enforced in other parts of Pakistan, Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said on Monday.
“(Shariah) is not only for Malakand division, it is for all humanity, for all Muslims. So we will go more for implementation of Quran, Shariah-e-Muhammadi, not only in Malakand division (but) other parts of Pakistan also,” Khan told ‘Dawn News’ channel in an interview.
He was responding to a question on whether the Taliban believed they had achieved their goal following the federal government’s approval for enforcing Shariah in Swat.
Islamic laws were enforced in Swat, located just 160 km from Islamabad, after religious hardliner Sufi Muhammad initiated peace talks with Taliban on behalf of government.
Asked about Sufi Muhammad’s assurance that the Taliban in Swat would surrender their weapons once Shariah is enforced in the region, Khan replied: “We don’t know about that because we are Pashtuns and any Pashtun has a gun”.
He indicated that Taliban would lay down arms only if the Islamic courts in Swat asked them to do so. “If the Shariah regulation will call (on) us that Taliban you keep your arms, we will keep (them). If the order from Qazi courts is no, we will say no,” Khan, who spoke in broken English, said.

The Taliban spokesman questioned why no one was asking for the disarming of “US forces” who were allegedly in Pakistan and killing Muslims.
“We are Muslims. If somebody is coming to kill my brother, we will stay… in Afghanistan and the Pashtun areas.
You are asking me to lay down my arms and nobody (is) asking the Americans. Why?” he asked.
Khan said the implementation of the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation, which envisages the enforcement of Shariah in Swat and Malakand, is the responsibility of Sufi Muhammad, the chief of the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi.
The Taliban will keep an eye on the progress made in this regard, he indicated.
The militant spokesman also dismissed criticism of the Shariah regime in Swat by Western powers, including the US. “We don’t care about the reaction of the government in Pakistan, other foreigners and the international community. We don’t care (about) that,” he asserted.
Khan also said the Pakistani Taliban wanted all Muslims to work for the creation of a “caliphate” comprising all Islamic nations.
Asked if he had a message for Muslims, he replied, “For Muslims it is necessary to come and make a caliphate, one army, one Shariah-e-Muhammadi, one currency and make unity.
“Like the 52 states of America, we should be 56 states of Muslims and we have to make one unity,” Khan added.
Taliban fighters led by Maulana Fazlullah, the son-in-law of Sufi Muhammad, now control most parts of Swat, which till two years ago was a popular tourist destination.
The militants openly patrol roads in the area and have barred women from venturing out of their homes unless they are accompanied by male relatives.
The militants have directed men to wear skull caps and stop shaving their beards. They have also torched or blown up nearly 200 girls’ schools.
Fazlullah regularly issues edicts on his illegal radio station and Sufi Muhammad yesterday told a gathering of thousands in Swat that democracy is an “un-Islamic” system.
Source : Indian Express||20.04.2009

Taliban wrath on couple
– Militants gun down Pak duo on ‘adultery’ charges

Islamabad, April 18 (PTI): A man and a woman, who were accused of committing adultery, were gunned down by the Taliban in northwest Pakistan a few days ago.
The chilling video footage of the execution was sent to the Dawn newspaper yesterday. It shows a Taliban firing squad killing the man and woman, both apparently in their forties, after accusing them of adultery.
They were shot dead in the presence of their relatives. The newspaper quoted its sources as saying that the incident took place in Hangu district of North West Frontier Province. The execution comes just two weeks after a video of a teenage girl being flogged by militants in the Swat Valley sent shockwaves across Pakistan.
In the new video, the woman is heard appealing to the Taliban militants for mercy. “Have mercy on me, please have mercy. The charges against me are false and no man has ever touched me,” she is heard saying.
The militants first pumped several bullets into the woman’s chest and then fired a burst from their assault rifles at her and the man. Seeing that the woman was still alive after being shot, some militants are heard shouting: “She is alive, kill her.”
Pakistani leaders and rights activists had condemned the public flogging of teenager Chand Bibi in the Swat Valley. Her ordeal was filmed in a two-minute mobile phone video.
It showed the burqa-clad 17-year-old girl being held face down on the ground by three men while a fourth whipped her repeatedly. A large crowd of men watched the flogging, which reportedly occurred in the Matta area of Swat a few weeks ago.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ordered an inquiry into the matter and Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry took suo moto notice of the issue and sought regular reports from the government on the probe.
However, interior secretary Kamal Shah told a news conference at Saidu Sharief in Swat yesterday that an investigation team had concluded that the earlier video was fake.
The team, headed by a senior police official, had submitted a report on its probe that will be handed over to the apex court, he said. The team said no incident of flogging had occurred, Shah said.
Source : The Telegraph, Calcutta||19/04/09

Islamist Terrorists attacked again in Pakistan||Suicide Blast in Hangu, 23 Killed

April 20, 2009

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Bomber eliminates 23 troops in Hangu attack

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By Abdus Sami Paracha|| The Dawn Media Group
Saturday, 18 Apr, 2009 | 10:16 PM PST | 10:54 PM PST |KOHAT

The country’s security apparatus suffered a devastating blow on Saturday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a military checkpost in Hangu, eliminating 23 soldiers.
Seven policemen, 10 security personnel and nine civilians were injured in the blast.
‘A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into our check-post close to a police station in Doaba,’ a security official said. ‘We suffered the most casualties.’
Some officials said the bomber had rammed his vehicle into a Thall-bound military convoy in Doaba, on Hangu-Parachinar highway.
They said 11 vehicles, which were part of the convoy, had been destroyed in the attack, which happened not far from the army camp. The military, however, denied its convoy had been hit.
Eyewitnesses said security forces cordoned off the area and blocked the Kohat-Parachinar highway at Doaba and nobody was allowed to go near the scene of the explosion.
The army called its own bomb disposal squad from Thall Garrison. The check-post was located on the Hangu-Parachinar road, which remained closed for more than a year when militants blocked the artery to stop food and fuel supplies from reaching Parachinar, the Kurram Agency’s headquarters.
In another incident earlier on Saturday morning, one person was killed and three were injured in a blast in Malikabad area of Hangu bazaar.
The SHO of Doaba police station, Ammal Khan, and constable Asal Murad, who were sitting in a mobile van close to the army camp, were injured.
Police said the bomber had used 100kg of explosives. They blamed the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan for the strike, but the banned militant outfit did not claim responsibility for the bombing.
The dead and the seriously injured were taken to the civil hospital in Hangu and the Combined Military Hospital in Thall, a police spokesman for the Kohat region said.
Preliminary reports suggested that the suicide bomber had come to the area on Friday and took up residence in Hangu. ‘It was in the knowledge of the terrorists that a convoy would pass through the camp on Saturday afternoon,’ a local said.
Hangu has seen bloodletting bred by sectarianism over the past two years. A total of 48 people had died in sectarian clashes during Muharram last year.
The military had carried out a major clean-up operation in Doaba in August last year to flush out militants who had infiltrated from nearby Kurram and Orakzai regions.
Helicopter gunships have been attacking suspected militant hideouts in Orakzai during the last couple of weeks. ‘Most of the casualties are security forces and some policemen have also been killed,’ a security official said.
‘The bomber was driving a pick-up truck which he rammed into a convoy passing by a security checkpost,’ senior police officer Fareed Khan said in Kohat.
President Asif Ali Zardari, who is in China attending an international economic conference, ‘condemned the attack and vowed to root out terrorism and extremism from the country’, the presidency said in a statement.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ‘strongly condemned’ the incident, describing the suicide attack as ‘a cowardly act of terrorism’, his office said in a statement.

alertpak adds: Actually , the Police Check Post in Doaba, Hangu has been made into ruins and the contingent forces posted there were not prepared anyway to combat such Talibani disasters. No body from Talibani Forces or other Mujaheedin outfits did not claim this great credit so far. But the expert sources confirm that all these Talibani attacks , severe blasts or suicidal attacks are occurred out of design of Baitullah Mehsud , “ Blast once in Two Weeks” or Blast Twice in a Week” as far as practical. The disturbed zone of Hangu Districts is encompassed by some tribal areas like – North Wazirstan Orakzai, Kurram etc. On 15th April, 09 another blast tolled 16 lives including 10 police personnel in Harichand locality in Charas Adda. The Talibanis were successful to destroy an office of a NGO and a Cable TV Office through a big blast in NWFP on 16th April, 2009. So Baitullah is not only a man of words , He is also a man of deeds.

Some Details of Blast on 15th April ,2009
Islamabad, April 15,2009

At least 16 people, including 10 policemen, were killed and several more injured Wednesday in a suicide bombing in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, officials said.
The bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a police checkpoint in the Tangi area of the province’s Charsadda district, said Mohammad Yar, the district’s police officer.
“Nine policemen, including two officers, and six civilians died on the spot, while one officer succumbed to his injuries at the hospital” Yar told DPA.
He feared that death toll might increase as some of the around one dozen injured are in critical condition.
“I see here six civilian vehicles, all of them destroyed,” local journalist Sabaz Ali Tareen told DPA over telephone from the scene.
“It’s hard to believe that anyone on board these vehicles would have survived,” he added.
“The road is littered with human blood and flesh and I can still smell gunpowder,” Tareen said.
Last updated on Apr 15th, 2009 at 22:25 pm IST–DPA