Archive for April, 2009

The Talibani Age of Darkness in Pakistan under Islamist Gun Fire

April 20, 2009


Taliban vow to enforce Shariah throughout Pakistan

Posted: Monday , Apr 20, 2009 at 1348 hrs IST
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



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

Pakistan Heading for What ? Zardari signs with Devils. Is Shariat coming to reign in Pakistan ?

April 15, 2009

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Swat pressure || The Terrorist of Swat will be the law maker of Pakistan || Only Brutality in the name of Islam will reign Pakistan

Islamabad, April 13 (AP): Pakistani lawmakers passed a resolution today urging the President to sign a regulation that imposes Islamic rule in a northwestern valley in exchange for peace with the Taliban.

Hours after a Taliban spokesman said lawmakers would be considered to have abandoned Islam if they opposed the Islamic law deal, the National Assembly unanimously approved the resolution aimed at President Asif Ali Zardari. However, one party boycotted the resolution.

The provincial government in northwestern Pakistan agreed in February to impose Islamic law in the Swat Valley and surrounding areas in exchange for a ceasefire with the Taliban. Western and Pakistani critics say the agreement represents a dangerous surrender to extremists behind a campaign of terrorism in the Swat Valley and more broadly across the border region with Afghanistan. Amid the criticism, Zardari has delayed signing the agreement.

His stance has long been that he won’t sign until peace is achieved in the area — but he has not defined what that means. The delay led a hardline cleric mediating the agreement to leave Swat in anger last week while also upsetting lawmakers from the region. Over the weekend, the federal government said Zardari wanted opinions from National Assembly MPs first. “The whole nation is united in its support of the Swat regulation and wants the president to approve it,” Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said at the start of a floor debate on the pact today. n The Telegraph, Calcutta|14 April,2009


Agreement of Pakistan with Devils. Zardari don’t indulge into Communal and Terroist Forces.

Pakistan has made an agreement with Taliban’s who are responsible for spreading of violence & terrorist activities, desolated the truth not only in Afghanistan but allover the world. This is a very shocking news and in all respect dangerous to whole world. President Zardari is completely unable to hold back the Talibans who are showing their frightfully face not only from Peshawar, Islamabad up to Lahore. after declaring his inability to hold back the Talibans within 48 hours, His government has sign an agreement with army of Talibans in Swat Valley. After giving permission for implementation of Islamic law ( shariyat) in swat Valley he has tried to to ensure the piece in Pakistan. From this legitimacy which Taliban’s are getting is very dangerous. American Ambassador Richard Housebroke stated that this agreement has created danger equally to India, Pakistan and America. They should collectively fight against this danger and there is a possibilities that America may asked for participation of India in a war which America is fighting against Taliban in Afghanistan. But before that we should consider, about who were responsible for flourishing of Taliban. To appose soviet supremacy in Afghanistan, America which had a blind hatred against Soviet Union, had supplied the Weapons and finance to the Taliban’s power. keeping the dangerous chemical of religion and politics boiling, it had lead to increase in devils power which has now arose against it. America has repose on Pakistan & given aid and Weapons to Pakistan for fighting against Talibans.

But Just like soviet hatred had blinded the America, the same way Pakistan had a cover of Indian hatred on its eyes, and had used all the financial aid coming from Pakistan in increasing its own power and in performing the activities against India. India which had tolerated terrorist activity from Kashmir to Mumbai, is being alerted by Hole Brooke about equal dangers. Taliban do not want difference between politics and religion. They insist that whole world’s mankind kind should adapt Islamic life style. That is why they have insisted for implementation of Islamic law. Because of that they are trying to bring black age in Swat valley which is only 80 miles north west of Islamabad. Women and common peoples are being harassed there in swat valley. Many schools of girls have been closed down by giving threats or have been blown off by exploding the bombs. A Veil is compulsory for women in the region. Spread of this current ,move is not only a challenge before elected Pakistan government but also before all civilized society. Because of that, fight against this should be with collective force. Progress or development in science has shown the light of independence to the mankind. But the forces with weapons in hand, are rising up to pull back the human race in middle age. To remove or replace this Talibani behavior excavated by cancer disease, only the Pakistan is not useful, but Global community will have to accept this challenge.

It has now become essential problem before human beings to think over the issues such as why apposition to increasing American supremacy leads in increasing the growth of blind religious belief, and why present Ideology which frees the human race from fastening of bond of popular doctrine( practice of caste, creed, and religion) is being seen as orphan. Basically one should go to the route cause of agreement made by Pakistan with devils. If such type of agreement had been made , then that means that Pakistan army would also have been surrendered before the Taliban devils. If truly such Happened, or Pakistan is playing a new game that is also to be find out.

‘Terror Kingpin’ and ‘Godfather’ Dawood supporting al-Qaeda from Pakistan

April 15, 2009

‘Godfather’ Dawood supporting al-Qaeda: US lawmaker

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Identifying Dawood Ibrahim as the “godfather” of India’s organised crime, an influential US lawmaker has said the underworld don’s D-company, which also supports al-Qaeda, is heavily involved in Bollywood and linked to piracy in a big way.

“If you think about it, the godfather of godfathers, as he’s called, of Indian organised crime, Dawood Ibrahim, is linked to piracy in a big way,” Congressman Ed Royce said during a field hearing on piracy organised by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Los Angles.

“Frankly he is a big supporter of al-Qaeda, and in the past, also the LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba),” Royce said and held him responsible for the series of Mumbai blasts in 1993. The Republican lawmaker said at the hearing last week that “D-Company is the operation” run by Dawood now.

“It’s (D-Company) now integrated into every part of the Indian filmmaking industry, from distribution to loan-sharking, and I guess a special irony here, for those of you who saw ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is the fact that a lot was made of organised crime there and the way in which corruption has that insidious effect,” he said.

“Think, for a minute: the very people portrayed, the very organised crime syndicate, are involved today in pirating and undermining Bollywood, and undermining Hollywood,” he said during the hearing, according to a transcript made available to PTI.

“If they weren’t tied to terrorists that were engaged in this kind of activity we’d have enough to worry about; but this should really focus our attention, I’m afraid. The high profit margins in this kind of crime make it little wonder why gangsters and terrorists have turned to piracy,” Royce said.

In his opening remarks, Congressman Howard Berman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said India needs to seriously address the issue of Intellectual Property Rights protection and prevent piracy of movies, which is resulting in huge loss to the entertainment industry both in Hollywood and Bollywood.

“Its own homegrown entertainment industry, Bollywood, is subject to many of the same concerns that plague Hollywood. We need to do better at protecting Bollywood films when pirated copies are sold in mom and pop shops here in the US,” the Democrat said.

“As evident with the crossover success and number of pirated copies of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ viewed in India, India needs to enforce adequate protections for multinational innovation as well,” he said.

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is the prime suspect in various blasts in Mumbai and a Kingpin of different Terrorist activities in India and Abroad. Interpole has issued red corner alert for this internation criminal earlier and Dawood is in the top of most wanted list by India from Pakistan.

Input : Indian Express||Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 1213 hrs IST

Taliban Reign Of Terror Inside Pakistan

April 12, 2009

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Taliban will soon capture Islamabad, says Mullah Nazeer

MINGORA: Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Nazeer Ahmed said in an interview with Al Qaeda’s media arm, Al-Sahab, that the Taliban would soon capture Islamabad.

Pakistani Taliban factions had united and would take their war to the capital, he said.

“The day is not far when Islamabad will be in the hands of the mujahideen.”

He accused the Pakistan Army of sending spies to facilitate US drone strikes against Al Qaeda and Taliban, and said Pakistani authorities were misleading the public by saying it was the United States carrying out the attacks.

“All these attacks that have happened and are still happening are the work of Pakistan,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview posted on Al-Sahab’s website.

Alarmed by deteriorating security in Afghanistan, the United States has since last year stepped up drone strikes in Pakistan. Pakistan objects to the strikes, calling them a violation of its sovereignty.

Mullah Nazeer Ahmed also blamed the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency for sowing divisions between factions, saying the ISI was the Taliban’s main enemy.>>reuters


Pak Taliban fighters uniting to take over Islamabad: Reports

PTI | Islamabad

Taliban fighters from Pakistan’s restive Swat valley have begun extending their influence to other areas even as a top militant commander said that the rebels would also take over the federal capital.

Some 400 to 500 Taliban militants from Swat have taken over two villages near Buner, 100 km northwest of Islamabad, after two days of clashes with a ‘lashkar’ or tribal militia formed to stop their advance, TV channels reported today.

Militant commander Rizwan Bacha told Dawn News channel that Maulana Fazlullah, chief of the Taliban in Swat, had ordered them to remain in Buner despite calls from tribal elders for militants to leave the area. The Taliban have set up a base in Buner after torching several houses.

A group of clerics is mediating with the Taliban and tribal elders after the two sides agreed to a ceasefire in Buner. At least eight militants, two members of the lashkar and three policemen died in clashes that erupted after the Taliban moved into Buner on Monday.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Nazeer Ahmed said various militant factions had united to take over the federal capital.

“The day is not far when Islamabad will be in the hands of the mujahideen,” he said in an interview with Al Qaida’s media arm, Al-Sahab. Ahmed accused the Pakistan Army of sending spies to facilitate US drone attacks against Al Qaida and Taliban. He claimed Pakistani authorities were misleading people by saying it was the US that was carrying out the missile strikes.

He also blamed the Inter-Services Intelligence for sowing divisions between militants factions and said the spy agency is the Taliban’s main enemy.

Tensions ran high in the Buner region after gun battles between the local lashkar and militants over the past two days. The militants have rejected calls by the tribal jirga to leave Buner district.

Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan told BBC Urdu that nobody could oust the militants from Buner.

The militants have also occupied a police post and a government school. They have set up a camp in an area about four kilometres from the district headquarters of Daggar. A large number of people have left the area due to the violence.

Plot of Persecution upon Hindus in Pakistan

April 11, 2009

This is the Face of Pakistan……………

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Minority Rights Violated in Pakistan………………

Minority legislator speaks up on kidnappings, conversions

By Imtiaz Ali (News International, April 9, 2009)


Increasing incidents of kidnapping of Hindu community members and “conversion” have caused concern in Sindh. Approximately 30 to 35 minority members had been kidnapped; one of them was killed. Seven are still believed to be in the custody of abductors. Around 18 Hindu girls had been converted to Islam; one of them was reportedly killed this year.

Some say that these incidents should not be seen in isolation and should be viewed as part of the general law and order problem. Similarly, girls have increasingly shown a tendency to marry with their consent.

Others say there is a plot against the minority members who are being targeted for various reasons. Of particular concern is the alleged blasphemy case in Umerkot, which had remained closed for a few days recently following violent protests. Sindh Home Minister Zulfikar Mirza was of the view that there was a conspiracy to grab the property and business of the Hindu community.

These issues were also highlighted during the last days of parliamentary year of the Sindh Assembly by the Pakistan People’s Party-Parliamentarian (PPP-P) minority legislator, Pitanbar Sewani.

Sewani was born in Bagarji, Sukkur, in 1953 and has been associated with the PPP since 1974. Starting from his political career as a member of district council Shikarpur in 1979, he had been elected as a member of the provincial legislature twice. He is among three senior legislators of the minority community. Two others were late P.K Shahani and Rana Chander Singh. One striking aspect of his personality is that he prefers a simple lifestyle. He spoke to The News about these issues.

KIDNAPPINGS: Three Hindus were kidnapped in Salih Pat. The kidnappers demanded Rs1.5 million as ransom. When the relatives sold their property to pay the ransom money, the abductors increased the original amount to Rs2.5 million. As the poor relatives were not in a position to pay the ransom, the abductors killed Mahender Kumar on the Hindus’ religious festival (Holi) recently “as if to present a ‘gift’ to us,” Sewani said. Two were still in their custody.

On the same day on which Kumar was killed, the criminals kidnapped three more Hindus in Ghotki. “The home minister personally visited the area and we hope that they would be recovered,” Sewani said.

The robbers gunned down Dr Darshan Lal in Larkana and snatched Rs2.4 million from him. The police made some arrests in the case but showed only Rs16,000 as recovery from the accused.

In this year, around 30 to 35 Hindus had been kidnapped, out of them seven were still in the custody of criminals. Among them is PPP-P district Jacobabad minority wing President Darshan Lal. Apart from kidnappings, robberies had also been increased, targeting the Hindus. The robbers stormed a temple in Jacobabad and snatched 450 “tolas” gold from 250 women. The police made some arrests but had shown recovery of only 10 to 15 Tolas gold.

Criminals stormed another temple in Daharki and robbed people. In the third incident, robbers stormed a temple in Ghotki and robbed people. However, the then district police officer (DPO) Irfan Baloch made arrests and recovered each and everything, which was appreciable. This is first time that the religious places had been robbed.

The minority community’s houses have also been looted. The robbers entered Natho Mal’s house in Sakrand city and took away Rs1.4 million. The police made arrests but had shown recovery of Rs500,000 to Rs600,000 only. In Shikarpur, a Panchayat leader’s (Mukhi) house was looted.

RELIGIOUS CONVERSION: Around 18 Hindu girls had been kidnapped and “converted” this year. Some of the events might be the result of love affairS. “We do not have objections over their becoming Muslims but we have objections over the method through which they had been ‘converted’,” Sewani said.

“First they kidnap the girl, marry her and subsequently she is presented before the court. We demand that first, the girl should be kept at a ‘neutral place’ then it should be decided as to whether she had been converted. How we would be convinced that she had not been converted under duress as there are incidents that girls were kidnapped for ulterior motives. One Hindu girl who was reportedly converted and married in Sukkur, was thrown from the third floor of the building on Eid-ul-Azha day and died. Her husband was arrested but later released on bail,” he said.

PLOT: The Hindu community in Pakistan was first targeted in 1972-73 when their women were insulted in Kandhkot under a conspiracy. It inspired Amar Jalil to write a short story on it. Subsequently, a pattern was set that whenever the PPP comes in power, the minority members are targeted as it is the only party, which strives to improve the condition of minorities and empower them, Sewani said. Certain elements want the government in Sindh to fail, and they target Hindus who are loyal to the party, he maintained.

When the PPP came in power in 1988, around 19 Hindus were killed in Karachi and their property was looted. When the PPP assumed power in 2008, Jagdesh, a factory worker was killed over alleged blasphemy. Hindus were targeted on their religious festival (Holi) in Umerkot and the home minister on the Sindh Assembly floor said there was conspiracy against the minority.

Mgr Saldanha slams murder of Hindu, killed for alleged blasphemy
by Qaiser Felix

Jagdeesh Kumar was a young Hindu man who was killed by his Muslim co-workers. Like in cases involving Christian victims, blasphemy charges such as these conceal the persistent violation of religious minority rights.

Karachi (AsiaNews, 04/09/2008 From Archive) – Sentenced to death by his Muslim co-workers, 22-year-old Jagdeesh Kumar was beaten for almost half an hour and left to die in the leather factory where he worked. Charging him with blasphemy the workers arbitrarily enforced the country’s infamous law which imposes the death penalty for anyone guilty of defiling or blaspheming against Islam and the prophet Muhammad.

Mgr John Saldanha, archbishop of Lahore and chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan and of its National Commission for Justice and Peace, harshly slammed the killing.

“Changes to the blasphemy law to prevent abuses have not improved ordinary people’s lives; they are still victims of people led by emotions and instincts who take the law into their own hands,” he said. “The government should heed demands from the population for the law to be scrapped.”

The archbishop said that killing someone without solid evidence and without a trial is clearly an irresponsible act. He urges the authorities to investigate this case.

“Incidents such as this in which people take the law into their own hands, meting out justice to alleged offenders, are shocking and upsetting,” Monsignor Saldanha said.

This case must become a test for the new government to show that “laws are applied and that all citizens are considered equal before the law.”

Police arrived on the scene after the incident and confirmed that Jagdeesh’s alleged blasphemous statements provoked his co-workers into beating him to death.

But the blasphemy accusations have not convinced the family who believe that religion had nothing to do with it. For them it is just a personal vendetta.

Jagdeesh’s brother-in-law Raju said that “he was a simple young man and knew little about religion. We came to Karachi to earn a living, not to take part in religious disputes. It is very easy to kill a member of a minority and then accuse him of blasphemy. This is why we want the inquiry to go ahead.”

In Pakistan blasphemy is punishable by the death, but no one has officially been sentenced. However, some 30 people have been the victims of illegal summary justice, even in police custody.

The places of worship of religious minorities and the homes of their members have often come under attack.

In Pakistan Hindus are minority representing 1.6 per cent of the population of this Muslim nation of about 160 million people.

Talibans have no religion. Is Islam is a religion at all ? Why Allah is reluctant to protect Pakistan from these Talibans and to save the men at prayer ?

April 7, 2009

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“Outside the mosque, blood was splattered over the gate and walls while shoes and other possessions were strewn on the ground. Three mangled motorcycles lay outside the gate. Over 30 splintered and piecemealed dead bodies were scattered here and there in the majlish venue. Some broken parts of the dead bodies were collected out of gate and boundaries of the Masjid Complex. The pain, suffering and anguish of the injured people as numbered over 200 made the situation heart rendering. All these happened in a prayer convocation cum discourses of Shiaite people assembled at a Shia Mosque in the town Chakwal in Punjub Province of Pakistan. The attack was made again by the fanatic Talibans , who have no religion and they made their Islam as a fake religion and indeed a Satanic Verses.”

Pak mosque blast kills 30

Press Trust of India

ISLAMABAD, April 5: Close on the heels of two suicide attacks yesterday killing 25 people, a teenage suicide bomber today struck a religious gathering of the Shia community killing at least 30 people and injuring nearly 200 others in the town of Chakwal in Punjab province.
The suicide attacker detonated his explosives near the gate of an Imambargah or prayer hall in Chakwal, some 90 km south of Islamabad, when he was barred from entering the complex by persons guarding the entrance.
About 2,000 worshippers had gathered for majlis at the Imambargah when the attack occurred a little after 12.30 p.m. local time.
Thirty people were killed by the blast, state-run APP news agency reported. There was no official word on the incident though witnesses and reporters said nearly 200 people were injured in the blast.
Witnesses said the suicide bomber was aged about 16 or 17 years and was dressed in black. TV channels beamed footage of blood and body parts spattered on the wall near the gate of the Imambargah. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Earlier reports had said the bomber had managed to enter the Imambargah. Witnesses said the death toll would have been much higher if the attacker had not been stopped at the gate.
A massive rescue operation was launched with dozens of ambulances being used to ferry the injured to hospitals in nearby cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Officials in a hospital in Chakwal said about 20 of the injured were in a serious condition. Interior Ministry chief Mr Rehman Malik said President Asif Ali Zardari had ordered the deployment of two helicopters to shift the injured to hospitals in Islamabad.
The terrorist assault came a day after a suicide bomber struck a paramilitary camp in the heart of Islamabad, killing eight security personnel and injuring five others. The Pakistani Taliban today claimed responsibility for the attack, and warned it would carry out two attacks a week to avenge US drone strikes in the tribal areas.
In the wake of the series of blasts in Pakistan, India said it was in Islamabad’s own interest to dismantle terror infrastructure.

“Talibani Tea in the morning break-fast for Pakistanis is made as new prescription by Dr.Baitullah Mehsud. This tea is prepared from the blood of innocent Pakistani People killed in blasts and gun-fire by the Taibani Medical Team. The blasting or the firing equipments are made in their ITRF (Islamic Terrorism Research Factories) in different locations in and outside Pakistan. Sources said that these factories were financed earlier by US. The Talibani doctors are overconfident to give a relief to the ailing patient named Pakistan through a major operation, separating brain and heart, legs and hands or like that. Experts apprehend that the separation will be in five parts i.e. Pakhtunistan, Punjabistan, Jinnhaastan, Sindhustan and Kashmirstan.

However, in the morning (5th April) one Pakistani Terrorists group attacked the security force near UNO Head Quarters in Islamabad. 8 died and 12 injured in that attack. Yesterday (4th April) the Islamic terrorists got a success by a human bomb explosion tolling 17 civilians in North Waziristan and critically injured 21 persons. The next production of International Talibani Film Corporation(ITFC) is just to arrive in the market to cut the sensation with a new Talibani slogan : We Talibanis Love Teen Cheek , We will blast twice in every week.”

These past three days in Pakistan were a microcosm of the many conflicts tearing the country apart. The bomb blast against Frontier Corps soldiers in Islamabad is a reminder of the most pressing danger facing India’s neighbour: the Taliban’s inroads into the Punjabi heartland. The suicide bomber who attacked a Shia mosque in Chakwal the day after was a continuation of a decades-long campaign by Sunni extremist groups against religious minorities. A girls’ school was bombed in a small town. The Pakistani military used troops and airstrikes to kill militants in Mohmand agency in the on-and-off struggle in the tribal areas. Taliban chieftain Baitullah Mehsud’s supposed claim of responsibility for an unrelated shootout in New York added spice to an already overflowing cauldron.

Why Pakistan is tormented with Terrorism ??
Pakistan will suffer if it has no change in vission !!

India, not Taliban, is Pak’s main enemy

Islamabad, April 6: President Obama’s strategy of offering Pakistan a partnership to defeat the insurgency here calls for a virtual remaking of this nation’s institutions and even of the national psyche, an ambitious agenda that Pakistan’s politicians and people appear unprepared to take up.

Officially, Pakistan’s government welcomed Obama’s strategy, with its hefty infusions of American money, hailing it as a “positive change”.

But as the Obama administration tries to bring Pakistanis to its side, large parts of the public, the political class and the military have brushed off the plan, rebuffing the idea that the threat from al Qaida and the Taliban, which Washington calls a common enemy, is so urgent.

Some, including the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and the President, Asif Ali Zardari, may be coming around. But for the military, at least, India remains priority number one, as it has for the 61 years of Pakistan’s existence.

How to shift that focus in time for Pakistan to defeat a fast-expanding Islamic insurgency that threatens to devour the country is the challenge facing Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Richard C. Holbrooke, the special envoy to the region, as they arrive in Pakistan for talks.

Strengthening Pakistan’s weak civilian institutions, updating political parties rooted in feudal loyalties and recasting a military fixated on yesterday’s enemy, and stuck in the traditions of conventional warfare, are generational challenges. But Pakistan may not have the luxury of the long term to meet them.

Some analysts here and in Washington are already putting forward apocalyptic timetables for the country. “We are running out of time to help Pakistan change its present course towards increasing economic and political instability, and even ultimate failure,” said a recent report by a task force of the Atlantic Council that was led by former Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.

The report, released in February, gave the Pakistani government 6 to 12 months before things went from bad to dangerous.

A specialist in guerrilla warfare, David Kilcullen, who advised General David H. Petraeus when General Petraeus was the American commander in Iraq, offered a more dire assessment. Pakistan could be facing internal collapse within six months, he said.

General Petraeus, in Congressional testimony last week, called the insurgency one that could “take down” the country, which is home to Qaida militants and has nuclear arms.

Even before the insurgency has been fully engaged, however, many Pakistanis have concluded that reaching an accommodation with the militants is preferable to fighting them. Some, including mid-ranking soldiers, choose to see the militants not as the enemy, but as fellow Muslims who are deserve greater sympathy than are the American aims.

It is problematic whether the backing of Zardari, and the Obama’s administration’s promise of $1.5 billion in aid for each of the next five years, can change the mood in the country, said a former interior minister, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, who visited Washington last autumn.

There are questions, too, of whether the Obama offer of nearly $3 billion in counterinsurgency aid can quickly convert the Pakistani military from a force trained to fight India on the plains of Punjab into an outfit that can conquer the mountains of the tribal areas, where the militants operate.


Pakistan is the Most Dangerous Terrorist Country in this World As it is tagged with Taliban and Afghanistan

April 4, 2009

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France, Germany endorse Obama’s Afghanistan plans
DEBORAH SEWARD • Associated Press Writer • April 4, 2009

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — France and Germany fully endorsed President Barack Obama’s new Afghan war strategy but continued to firmly resist U.S. demands for more combat troops today in a rift that overshadowed symbols of unity at NATO’s 60th-anniversary summit.

Obama told NATO leaders the alliance should remain open to new members, another stance that is likely to meet resistance from his allies. Germany, France and many other NATO nations believe that any more eastward expansion will further damage ties Russia that the alliance is trying hard to mend.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and two dozen other NATO leaders walked across a bridge separating Germany and France in a moment of unity before the summit began. The leaders met French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the halfway point on the Europa bridge spanning the Rhine river — a symbolic departure from the enmity that once tore apart Europe and a setting aside of current differences, at least for a few minutes.

NATO’s ability to succeed in Afghanistan is seen as a crucial test of the power and relevance of the alliance founded to counterbalance the Soviet Union and now fighting a rising insurgency far beyond its borders. European leaders and voters remain deeply skeptical about whether more troops can stabilize a country devastated by decades of war.

As the summit itself got under way, Obama took a moment to welcome Albania and Croatia to being alliance membership to 28. Obama said he looked forward to the day when Macedonia will join NATO. Macedonia’s accession to NATO has been blocked over a dispute the country has with Greece.

Obama also said that “the door to membership will remain open” for countries that meet NATO standards and can make a meaningful contribution to allied security. He did not specify whether future members could come from the former Soviet Union, which Russia opposes.
“We cannot afford to lose,” Sarkozy said in opening remarks, “because there (Afghanistan), some of the freedom of the world is at stake.” Merkel, the summit co-host, said that Afghanistan was a “test” case for the alliance.

Good will toward Obama, who worked the room patting leaders he had just met on the back, was in ample evidence.

“We trust him,” Sarkozy said. “We were expecting and waiting for the words we heard.”

However, both Merkel and Sarkozy stressed the need for Afghanistan’s government and security forces to shoulder an increasing share of the burden. They gave no sign they were prepared to send more troops. Both countries believe civilian aid and training for police are what is needed to stabilize Afghanistan.

“What we need to do is to understand Afghanistan is a test case for all of us,” Merkel said. “We need to promote Afghanization.”

At the summit’s opening on Friday, Obama promised to repair damaged relations with Europe and asked for support of his new strategy, which has him adding 21,000 U.S. troops to the force of 38,000 struggling against Taliban advances alongside a like number of European, Canadian and non-NATO forces

Obama said upon his arrival in Strasbourg on Friday that Europe should not expect the United States to bear the combat burden alone.

“This is a joint problem,” Obama said. “And it requires a joint effort.”

But Afghanistan remained at the heart of the summit. Sarkozy and Merkel again stressed their support for the new strategy on Afghanistan that Obama was formally unveiling.

“Provision to stop supporting terror in India by Pakistan as proposed in US bill is not sufficient one to check sponsored terrorism” – alertpak analysis.

Washington: A US bill seeking to triple non- military aid to Pakistan to a massive USD 1.5 billion annually has asked Islamabad to stop supporting Terror groups active in India, recognising that certain elements in its establishment, specially ISI, have aided and trained such organisations over the past few decades.

The Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement (PEACE) Act, carrying bi-partisan support, has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Howard L Berman, Chairman of powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee.

An identical bill is scheduled to be tabled in Senate soon. The bill aimed at trippling the aid to Pakistan to USD 1.5 billion per annum for the next five years is part of the new Af-Pak policy of US President Barack Obama.

Unlike the Bush Administration wherein there was no accountability of the USD 10 billion given to Pakistan post 9/11 attacks, the new bill not only tends to make Islamabad accountable for the every penny spent, but also lists out do’s and don’ts for the Islamabad Government.

Noting that certain elements in Pakistani establishment, especially ISI, have supported, aided and trained organisations to carry out terrorist activities in India over the past few decades, the PEACE bill imposes condition on Pakistan not to “support any person or group that conducts violence, sabotage or other activities meant to instil fear or terror in India.”

Without directly naming disgraced Pakistani scientist A Q Khan, the bill asks Islamabad to ensure access of US investigators to individuals suspected of engaging in worldwide proliferation of nuclear materials and restrict such individuals from any travel or any other activity that could result in further proliferation, the 59-page bill, a copy of which has been obtained by the PTI, enjoys bi-partisan support. Besides Berman, it has been co-sponsored by Congressmen Ron Kirk (Republican from Illinois), Gary Ackerman (Democrat from New York), Edward Royce (Democrat from California), Sheila Jackson-Lee (Democrat from Texas), Brad Sherman (Democrat from California) and Robert Wexler (Democrat from New York).

The bill has the support of Obama, who last week urged the Congress to approve USD 1.5 billion per annum non-military aid to Pakistan for the next five years at the earliest.

Among other prominent conditions imposed on Pakistan in lieu of the massive US aid are closure of madrassas having links with terrorist organisations and a strict scrutiny and control of the syllabus of these madrassas, which have been a breeding ground for terrorists.

Pakistan, particularly the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, as well as areas under central Government authority such as Quetta in Balochistan and Muridke in Punjab remain a sanctuary for al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and affiliated groups from which these groups organise terrorist acts against Pakistan and other countries, the bill says.

Making it tougher for Pakistani Army to organise another military coup, the bill calls for a strong parliamentary democracy and independent judiciary. The US aid after January 1 next year could be received only by the civilian government constituted through a free and fair election.

It expects Pakistan to take steps to improve counter- terrorism financing and money-laundering laws and redouble its efforts to prevent the presence of the Taliban and Taliban- affiliated groups in Pakistan that support insurgents in Afghanistan.

The bill rules that every year before the USD 1.5 billion non-military aid is released, the US President would have to certify to the Congress that Pakistan has made progress with regard to “ceasing support, including by any elements within its military or intelligence agency, to extremist and Terror groups, particularly to any group that has conducted attacks against US or coalition forces in Afghanistan, or against the territory of India or the people of India.

ISI’s links with Haqqani, Hekmatyar a matter of concern: US
4 Apr 2009, 1434 hrs IST, PTI

WASHINGTON: United States has said it was concerned about the ISI’s contacts with the extremist groups including those led by Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and the Haqqani network.
“The ISI’s contacts with some of these extremist groups — with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Haqqani network, Commander Nazir and others — are a real concern to us, and we have made these concerns known directly to the Pakistanis,” Defence Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview to Afghan TV.

While top officials of the Obama Administration have now started publicly acknowledging the connection between ISI and extremist networks, this is possibly for the first time in recent times that the Defence Secretary has himself named the terrorist groups that have links with the ISI.

According to transcripts of the interview made available by Department of defence, Gates hoped that the Pakistani establishment would put an end to this nexus between ISI and extremist groups.

In response to a question, Gates said the US would continue with its drone attacks.

“The President has made clear that we will go after al-Qaida and their planning cells and their training centers, wherever they are in the world,” he said

Al-Qaida leadership resides in Pak tribal areas: US
4 Apr 2009, 1508 hrs IST, PTI

WASHINGTON: Al-Qaida’s top leadership is hiding in Pakistan’s troubled north-western tribal region, “harboured and supported” by the Taliban, a key US military commander has said, declaring that defeating the terrorist network is the principal focus of the Obama administration.

“Their leadership resides in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the western border of Pakistan,” said Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Al-Qaeda leadership is “harboured, supported, given areas to rest and train by the Taliban,” who move across that border freely, Mullen said in his address to the Hudson Union Club yesterday.

“While we have a democratically elected government in Afghanistan, it is very important that over the next couple of years for sure, we’re able to turn around what is a trend of increased violence in security for the Afghan people so that they can essentially vote out and eliminate the Taliban from their country, as well,” he added.

Pakistan’s Afghan border regions world’s most dangerous place: Obama

Fri, Mar 27 09:45 PM

Washington, March 27 (ANI): The U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said that Pakistan’s Afghan border regions had turned into “the most dangerous place in the world.
Obama pledged a major effort, including through a spike in economic assistance, to bring stability to Pakistan, warning that its Afghan border regions had turned into “the most dangerous place in the world.”
The President made such observations while unveiling his new Pak-Afghan strategy on Friday.
Obama ordered 4,000 extra troops and a major boost in the civilian presence in Afghanistan, vowing to “disrupt, dismantle, and defeat” the Al-Qaeda extremist network.
Obama said that Pakistan must demonstrate its commitment to root out Al-Qaida.
“We cannot and we will not give a blank cheque to Pakistan,” said Obama, adding: “extremists are a cancer that is killing Pakistan from within”
“We will pursue constructive diplomacy with both India and Pakistan,” Obama added.
The US President has proposed 1.5 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan. (ANI)

The Baitullah Volcano Shaking the Pakistani Earth frquently

April 3, 2009

Lahore Police Academy attacked by Talibani Outfits, 35 Died at clash, 6 Terrorists captured alive

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Pak cops held hostage for 8 hrs

The Nation/ANN & PTI/The Statesman, Kolkata

LAHORE, March 30: Barely a month after the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters in Dhaka was taken over by mutineers allegedly at the behest of Islamic militants operating in Bangladesh, heavily-armed terrorists today gunned down at least nine persons, including eight police officers, and injured 90 others as they stormed into a police academy near here. The eight-hour siege that followed ended with four terrorists being shot dead and several being captured alive by security forces.
Earlier reports had put the death toll at 27 (35 as reported by other sources) but the figure was scaled down after security forces conducted a sweep of the training centre after killing or overpowering the attackers. The attack came within a month of a brazen attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in this city. Thanks God ! This time the Cops took the pro-active stand unlike the reluctant contingent on 3/3 at Gaddafi Stadium duty point.
Lobbing grenades and firing indiscriminately, the terrorists, said to number between 10 and 16, struck the academy as trainees prepared for the morning drill, killing guards at the gate and later holed up inside with hostages. Authorities clamped a curfew, and called in the army and paramilitary rangers who along with police laid a siege to the sprawling complex where an estimated 800 unarmed policemen were present. Helicopters and armoured carriers were deployed by the security forces to monitor the situation inside, which authorities described as a hostage crisis.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Interior ministry chief Mr Rehman Malik said suspicion was on the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Taliban. Mr Malik said the attack bore resemblance to the Mumbai terror strikes. But India, which expressed deep concern, refused to draw a parallel between the incident and the Mumbai attacks. “We are deeply concerned. We condemn these terrorist attacks…,” home minister Mr P Chidambaram said in New Delhi. External affairs minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee said the incident proves that terrorism has not been eliminated in Pakistan and was continuing unabated.
Prior to the attack, which started between 7-8 a.m, a series of at least five blasts were heard at the training centre at Manawan, 12 km from the Indian border at Wagah. This was followed by an exchange of fire between the attackers and policemen that continued for more than eight hours. Most of the casualties occurred near the gate of the centre when the terrorists lobbed several grenades and then fired indiscriminately. DIG (investigations) Mr Mushtaq Sukhera said 850 recruits were present in the centre at the time of the attack. Lahore police commissioner Mr Azam Suleman said 34 people had been admitted to hospitals.
Elite commandos and security personnel surrounded the premises and used teargas shells to flush the terrorists out. “The operation has ended with overpowering of a number of terrorists. While four were shot dead, several more were arrested,” interior ministry chief Mr Malik said. One of the captured terrorists is 19-20 years old and is an Afghan national, he said. A joint investigation team has been formed to probe the attack, Mr Malik said.
The USA today asked the ISI to sever all its ties with extremists groups including Al Qaida, the Taliban and LeT. “What we need to do is try and help the Pakistanis understand these groups are now an existential threat to them…,” US defence secretary Mr Robert Gates told Fox News today. US state department spokesman Mr Gordon Duguid called today’s attack an attack on Pakistan’s institutions and said Pakistan needs the USA’s help, and that of the international community in fighting terrorism successfully.

Pak security at alert……
Amid warning by Intelligence agencies that 14 terrorists had sneaked into the federal capital and Lahore, Pakistan Premier Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday ordered authorities across the country to beef up security at key institutions and remain vigilant to thwart possible militant attacks.
Mr Gilani chaired a high-level meeting in Islamabad and asked Interior Ministry chief Mr Rehman Malik to enhance security at important institutions and ensure the safety of people, an official statement said.
The meeting came as Pakistani Intelligence agencies warned authorities that 14 terrorists had entered Islamabad and Lahore in the guise of Islamic preachers (Moulavi) to carry out strikes. The warning follows Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud’s threats that his group planned to carry out more attacks across the country in retaliation for continued US drone attacks in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, says AP from Islamabad.

Suicide attack kills 11 in northwest Pakistan
26 Mar 2009, 1116 hrs IST, AFP

PAKISTAN: A suicide bomber struck a restaurant in volatile northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 11 people including militants opposed to the country’s top Taliban commander, intelligence officials said.

Pockets of northwest Pakistan are strongholds for Taliban, al-Qaida and other militant groups, not all of whom get along.

Even as Pakistan has battled the extremists and the U.S. has carried out dozens of missile attacks against the militants, including a suspected American strike that killed eight on Wednesday, the armed groups have also attacked one another.

The attack on Thursday morning occurred just outside the South Waziristan tribal region near the town of Tank at a roadside restaurant where some two dozen militants loyal to Turkistan Bittani were eating, two intelligence officials told The Associated Press.

Several other people were wounded in the attack, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly to the media.

Bittani was not present. South Waziristan is the stronghold of Baitullah Mehsud, a Bittani rival.

The tribal region also was the target of Wednesday’s alleged US missile strike, whose death toll included several foreigners, according to two other intelligence officials said. Wednesday’s strike damaged two vehicles near Makeen, a town that borders Afghanistan.

The strike came as President Barack Obama’s administration prepares to unveil a new strategy to quell Islamist insurgents threatening Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

American officials have indicated that attacks along Pakistan’s un-policed western frontier, apparently carried out by unmanned CIA aircraft and stepped up since last year, will continue despite protests from the Pakistani government.

The officials discussed the missile strike on condition of anonymity because they also were not authorized to speak to the media. Reporters cannot verify reports from the area because authorities and militants limit access.

US officials say the strikes have killed a string of militant leaders and put al-Qaida on the defensive in an area considered a possible hiding place for its fugitive leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri.

However, the Pakistani government argues that the tactic is counterproductive because it kills civilians, stokes anti-American feeling in the Islamic world’s only nuclear-armed country and undermines its own efforts to isolate extremists.

US announces $5m reward for info about Haqqani, Mehsud
26 Mar 2009, 2101 hrs IST, Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN

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WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday offered $5 million bounty each for Sirajuddin Haqqani, believed to have been involved in the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul at the instance of Pakistan’s ISI, and Baitullah Mehsud, a suspect in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

The remuneration, under the state department’s Rewards for Justice scheme, is for ”information leading to the location, arrest, and/or conviction,” of Haqqani and Mehsud, officials said. A separate $1 million reward was also announced for Abu Yahya al-Libi, described as a prominent member of al-Qaida.

The reward for Haqqani particularly will interest New Delhi since Washington believes the Haqqani network executed the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul at the instance of ISI.

US electronic intercepts is said to have yielded ”ISI fingerprints” on the operation in the form of communication about the attack, which some experts believe was conducted by Pakistan to warn India about its growing influence in Afghanistan.

The US reward incidentally covers only Siraj Haqqani while leaving out his father Jalaluddin Haqqani, who was once seen as an American ally during the Afghan War when Washington used the mujaheddin to oust the then Soviet Union. Haqqani sr. is also believed to be ailing and close to death.

Terrorism analyst Bill Roggio told ToI that the reward for the junior Haqqani alone was probably made at the behest of ISI, which believes it can cause a rift between the father and son.

Pakistan has routinely tried the strategy of playing off one faction of extremists against another to achieve its tactical goals. In Swat, Islamabad has signed a peace deal with what it regards as a moderate Talibanist, Sufi Mohammed, in an effort to rein in his more extremist son-in-law Maulana Fazlullah.

Subsequent to the Kabul attack, Pakistan’s army chief Pervez Ashraf Kiyani, a former ISI Director General, had described Haqqani as a strategic asset. It was not clear whether he was referring to the father or son or both.

In another example of the wages of Pakistan’s divide-and-rule tactics, a suicide bomber sent by Baitullah Mehsud on Thursday blew himself up in a restaurant near the town of Tank in an effort to kill a pro-government militant named Turkistan Bitani, resulting in the death of 11 Bitani men. Bitani himself escaped the attack.

The Mehsud and Bitani clans have been at loggerheads in Pakistan’s restive frontier province. Mehsud had killed Bitani’s brother, who was strangely named Hindustan, in an attack last year to avenge the death of 35 of his men. Such internecine fighting is in any case common in the Frontier region.

The rewards for justice program has unclaimed booty of $ 25 million each for Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri, both accused in the 9/11 attacks and on the lam in nearly a decade since.

However, the program has paid more than $77 million to over 50 people who provided information that ”prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring to justice those involved in prior acts.”

Those reported under the program include Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusai, first World Trade Center attack accused Ramzi Yousef, and Mir Aimal Kansi, who was charged with the brazen assassination of CIA analysts right outside the agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

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