Archive for August, 2009

Suicide bomber kills 17 police cadets in Swat as a must of Ramazan :: Truly Islamic !!!

August 31, 2009

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17 police recruits die in suicide hit

By: Ibrahim Khankhel | Published: August 31, 2009

MINGORA – At least 17 policemen were killed and 27 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a police training camp in Mingora town of Swat Valley on Sunday.
The bomber entered the camp after climbing over the boundary wall and blew himself up when he reached amidst the policemen gathered there to receive training. Around 14 persons died on the spot while three others succumbed to injuries shortly after the incident. Approximately 27 were injured in the attack and some of them are in critical condition.
Some of the killed persons have been identified as Aftab Gul, Hazrat Yousaf, Anwar Khan, Rahmat Ali, Khaista Mohammad, Akbar Ali, Umar Bacha, Itbar Gul, Alam Khan and Azizullah.
The police training camp is located near Mingora Police Station.
Deputy Inspector General Police Malakand Range, Mohammad Idrees, while talking to media did not explicitly admitted that it was a suicide attack, but the eyewitnesses and other police personnel confirmed that it was a suicide attack.
Immediately after the attack, curfew was imposed in the city. The high-ups of law enforcement agencies reached the site and supervised the rescue activities.
Inspector General of Police, NWFP, Malik Naveed Khan, taking strict notice of suicide blast issued directive for immediate suspension of the SHO. He also ordered high-level enquiry for the incident and announced Rs 500,000 for each killed police personnel.
Reuters/AFP/Online add: The suicide attack left 17 policemen dead, a month after the Army claimed the area had been cleared of Taliban.
“The policemen were being given training in Mingora town when a suicide bomber entered the ground and blew himself up near the recruits,” Swat police chief Qazi Ghulam Farooq told AFP.
A senior administration official, Ateef-ur-Rehman, confirmed the attack and said there were a number of casualties, adding police had been put on high alert against more attacks.
Another local senior police official, Mohammad Idrees, said that a curfew had been imposed in Mingora, adding troops and police were patrolling the town and people quickly shut their businesses in fear of more bombings.

Torkham massacre a revenge for Baitullah: TTP

August 29, 2009

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Villagers visit a place of Thursday’s night suicide bombing at Pakistani border town of Torkham along the Afghanistan border on Friday. — Photo by AP

The Taliban claimed on Friday responsibility for Thursday’s suicide attack near the Afghan border that killed 22 guards and said it was their first revenge for their leader’s death.

Peshawar, Saturday, 29 Aug, 2009 | 05:07 AM PST |A suicide bomber struck a security post near Torkham on Thursday evening killing 22 Khasadar guards and wounding over a dozen others.

On Thursday, a group namely ‘Dr Abdullah Azzam Brigade’ had claimed responsibility for the attack. The Azzam Brigade, based in Orakzai tribal region, is affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and is named after the fiery Palestinian scholar, Dr Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, who was killed in a car-bomb blast in Peshawar’s University Town on Nov 24, 1989.

On Friday, the TTP came forward to claim credit for the atrocious attack.

‘We claim responsibility for the blast,’ TTP spokesman Azam Tariq said in a telephone call from an unknown location.

‘This is our first response since the death of our chief Baitullah Mehsud,’ Tariq told AFP. ‘We will continue similar attacks in the future also.’

He said ‘the victims of the suicide attack were all those supporting the United States. Anybody supporting the US is our enemy.’ — AFP

Ibrahim Shinwari adds from Landi Kotal: Twenty-two Khasadar personnel who were killed in Thursday’s suicide attack were buried in Brag and Karamna villages of Bazaar-Zakakhel area on Friday.

No official from the Khyber Agency’s political administration attended the funeral.

Some of the deceased were identified as Qutabdar Khan, Gul Mar Jan, Speen Khan, Rozi Khan, Urbal Khan, Haji Afzal, Alam Khan, Mualim Khan, Tor Khan, Nowsher, Saeed, Haji Said, Mula Mohammad, Javed and Ghayoor Khan.

Bodies found

Five bodies were found in the Bara subdivision on Friday as target killings continued in the Khyber region.

The bullet-riddled body of Misri Khan, a Khasadar, was found in Sur Kas Shalobar area and headless bodies of two health workers, Noor Khan and Mohammad Rafiq, were found in Dogra Chowk.

Headless bodies of Taj Mohammad and Said Wali were found in front of the Dawlat Khan mosque. According to sources, the five men had gone missing on Thursday.

Over a dozen people have lost their lives in target killings in Bara during the last one and a half months.

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Devotees offer the first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramazan at the Data Darbar mosque in Lahore on Friday. – AFP

Alertpak Friends urge a total peace in the Holy Month of Ramazan.

First Big Offerings of Talibans dedicated to Martyr Baitullah :: Pre-Iftar suicide blast kills 22 border guards in Ramadan

August 28, 2009

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Attack Kills at least 18 Pakistani Triabal Gaurd Officers

Suicide Bomber Struck at Main Crossing Point Into Afghanistan in Iftar preparation

8-27-2009_48335_l ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 27 — A suicide bombing at the main border crossing for NATO convoys traveling between Pakistan and Afghanistan killed at least 18 Pakistani Tribal security officers (Khasadar employees) Thursday, according to witnesses and officials.

The bomber detonated his explosives amid the government offices and barracks of the Torkham checkpoint in northern Pakistan as guards were preparing to break their daily fast (Iftar ) for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with an evening meal. Dozens of officers were injured, officials said. 

The suicide bombing came just two days after the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan announced a new successor to Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone missile attack early this month.

 The top political official in the area, Tariq Hayat, said the bomber was a young boy who had walked among the tribal police carrying water while they were preparing the meal. Hayat said he suspected that the Taliban had carried out the attack in retaliation for Pakistani military operations against the militant group in recent months.

Pakistani Taliban fighters are trying to regroup after the apparent death of their leader, Baitullah Mehsud, who officials and Taliban members said was killed this month in a U.S. missile strike in the South Waziristan tribal region where he operated.

Pakistani intelligence officials reported a similar strike Thursday afternoon in the same border district. Officials said three missiles were fired at a Taliban member’s house, killing about eight people.

“Local Taliban volunteers were seen engaged in relief activities, pulling out bodies and the injured from the debris,” said a tribesman from the area who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was afraid. “The house was completely destroyed in the drone attack.”

The Torkham checkpoint is on a busy road through the Khyber Pass and is frequently used by U.S. military and NATO supply convoys traveling between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Previous attacks have targeted the convoys, but officials did not say whether any of the vehicles were hit in the bombing Thursday.terrorism-in-trible-area

A political appointee in the Khyber district administration said by telephone that the bombing killed 18 tribal policemen and injured more than 10. A doctor at a nearby hospital put the death toll at 21.

Saeed Khan Afridi, who lives near the checkpoint, said the attack leveled a single-story building that tribal security forces were using for residential purposes.

Partlow reported from Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan. Courtesy : www.washingtonpost.com

Free them All………. Let Taliban Reign in Pakistan. LeT,TTP,TNSM, JuD are the torch bearers of Islam. They can do no wrong. They can only set ablaze this unholy world of Kaffirs and Murtads.

August 26, 2009

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Sufi Mohammad’s detention challenged in court

Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 | 04:47 PM PST |

  PESHAWAR: Tehreek-i-Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Sufi Mohammad’s detention has been challenged at the Peshawar High Court, DawnNews reported court sources as saying on Tuesday.

Detention of Sufi Mohammad and his three sons was challenged under the 3-MPO, sources said.

Justice Dost Mohammad Khan of the Peshawar High Court subsequently summoned the District Coordination Officers of Peshawar and Swat and ordered them to present records before the Peshawar High Court on August 30. — DawnNews < www.dawn.com >

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Pak court releases Sufi’s three sons for lack of evidence

Report by Rezaul-H-Laskar

Press Trust Of India , Islamabad, August 26, 2009

Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release from detention of three sons of hardline cleric Sufi Mohammad, who was arrested last month for his links to the Taliban in Swat, saying the authorities failed to provide ‘sufficient proof’ of their involvement in acts of terrorism.

The Peshawar High Court accepted a petition from Mohammad’s sons – Rizwanullah, Hayatullah, and Ziaullah – challenging their detention.

It granted bail to them and ordered that they should be released from prison if no other cases were pending against them. The court noted that the government of the North West Frontier Province had not given ‘sufficient proof’ of the three men’s involvement in acts of terrorism.

The three men were arrested along with their father, the head of the banned Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi, from their residence in Peshawar on July 22. They were later sent to prison under the provision of the Maintenance of Public Order law, which allows people to be detained without charges being filed against them.

Police in Swat have booked Sufi Mohammad under the Anti-Terrorism Act and other laws for his links with Taliban fighters led by his son-in-law Maulana Fazlullah. He has also been charged with treason.

 

Pakistan a RCN to the World

August 26, 2009

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Interpol issues Red Corner notice against Hafiz Saeed

Times Now 26 August 2009, 12:00am IST

NEW DELHI: Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) on Tuesday against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been chargesheeted for Masterminding the 26/11 Mumbai attack carnage. ( Watch Video )

The notice will make it difficult for Pakistan to let the dreaded chief of JuD roam freely.

Earlier, government sources said that the CBI, which acts as the nodal agency for all dealings with Interpol, has already written to the world police body, based on the 26/11 chargesheet, to get an RCN issued against Saeed who was let off by the Lahore High Court as Islamabad didn’t press charges against him.

Interpol issues an RCN against any accused after it receives all information and evidence against him from the country in which the crime has been committed.

“The RCN will be issued on the basis of the non-bailable warrant issued against Saeed by a Mumbai court earlier and also all the evidences gathered against him by the Mumbai police. These have been handed over to the CBI to let the agency take up the case with Interpol,” said a source to Times Now.

While Saeed is known for his venomous utterances against India for several years, 26/11 is the first time his name has featured in a chargesheet. According to the evidence provided by India to Pakistan, Saeed motivated terrorists to attack M_Id_90414_Hafeez_SaeedMumbai and was also involved in their training.

The Mumbai police have said that Saeed was among the 35 people who provided training to all the terrorists who executed 26/11 between 2007-08 at Muridke, Manshera, Muzzafarabad, Azizabad and other places in PoK.

Ajmal Kasab, in fact, had admitted in his confession before the Mumbai police that Saeed personally saw the terrorists off in Karachi a few days before the Mumbai attacks. Pakistan has defended its refusal to act against Saeed by saying that India has not given evidence against him. This slim dossier which was delivered to Pakistan on Friday focuses on Saeed’s role in 26/11 and emphasises Saeed being officially declared terrorist by UN Security Council should be strong enough reason for Pakistan to nail him.

In keeping with India’s bid to keep the pressure going on Pakistan, foreign minister S M Krishna on Saturday said that India will keep providing more evidence on 26/11 to Pakistan. “As and when, we collect more evidence we will keep sending it across to Pakistan and that is what the foreign secretary did yesterday,” Krishna said. Sources said that a Blue Corner Notice, which is meant to collect additional information about a person’s identity and activities in relation to a crime, was already in place against Saeed. The RCN, once issued, can prevent Saeed from moving out of Pakistan.

An RCN, however, is not an international arrest warrant and Interpol cannot force Pakistan to arrest Saeed. India had earlier managed to get an RCN issued against Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar but it could not force Pakistan take any tangible action against him. There are some countries though which look upon an RCN as a valid warrant for provisional arrest, especially if the accused caught is wanted by a country with which it has an extradition treaty.

According to Interpol, RCN is issued in two types of cases; the first type is based on an arrest warrant and is issued for a person wanted for prosecution and the second is based on a court decision for a person wanted to serve a sentence. Saeed was placed under house arrest by Pakistan in December after the UN Security Council Taliban and al-Qaida sanctions committee banned JuD in December 2008 and declared Saeed a terrorist.

The Lahore High Court, however, let Saeed off in June citing the fact that no evidence had been provided by the government to justify his detention. The Punjab government later backtracked from its statement that it would challenge his release in the Supreme Court. The Punjab law minister, Rana Sanaullah Khan, had then made the startling confession that the federal government had not shared the “confidential evidence” it had with the state government.

Source : http://www.timesofindia.com

Rigorous in Ramzan :: No way out in Pakistan

August 26, 2009

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Pak rules out ceasefire with militants for Ramzan

PTI 24 August 2009, 07:14pm IST

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has ruled out a ceasefire against Taliban during the holy month of Ramzan, interior minister Rehman Malik has said, asserting that the militants had not kept similar commitments made in the past.

Malik declared that the security forces would continue their operations against the Taliban even during the holy month of Ramzan, considered a time of peace.

“There will not be a ceasefire during Ramzan. We are not interested in a ceasefire. They haven’t kept their commitment in the past. We will continue targeted actions against the Taliban,” said Malik.

His comments assumes significance as Pakistan Army is poised to strike against Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds in Sacristan and is continuing operations against militants in Swat, Dir and Buner.

The minister ruled out a brief halt in the fighting even as a powerful North Waziristan-based Taliban faction led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur declared a 40-day unilateral ceasefire for Ramzan and asked its fighters to stop attacks on security forces and government facilities.

The interior minister said the government has not accepted this ceasefire as the Taliban violated accords with the authorities in the past.

Malik also said that the father-in-law of Baithullah Mehsud and some of his relatives had been killed by the militants after being accused of providing information that led to the rebel commander’s death in a US drone attack on August 5.

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Ramzan Schedule                                          Fiqa-i-Hanafi

  Date          Sehar        Iftar …………..Date          Sehar        Iftar 

 22.8.2009 5.47 am 8.02 pm ……….23.8.2009 5.47 am 8.01 pm

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26.8.2009 5.49 am 7.59 pm…………27.8.2009 5.50 am 7.58 pm

28.8.2009 5.50 am 7.57 pm………..29.8.2009 5.51 am 7.56 pm

30.8.2009 5.52 am 7.55 pm………..31.8.2009 5.52 am 7.54 pm

01.9.2009 5.52 am 7.53 pm…………02.9.2009 5.53 am 7.51 pm

03.9.2009 5.53 am 7.50 pm………..04.9.2009 5.54 am 7.49 pm

05.9.2009 5.54 am 7.48 pm…………06.9.2009 5.55 am 7.47 pm

07.9.2009 5.55 am 7.46 pm………….08.9.2009 5.56 am 7.45 pm

09.9.2009 5.56 am 7.44 pm………….10.9.2009 5.57 am 7.43 pm

11.9.2009 5.57 am 7.42 pm………….12.9.2009 5.58 am 7.41 pm

13.9.2009 5.58 am 7.40 pm…………14.9.2009 5.59 am 7.39 pm

15.9.2009 5.59 am 7.38 pm………….16.9.2009 6.00 am 7.37 pm

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Talibans in Pakistan acknowledged Baitullah’s Death and asserted their unity to fight last.

August 25, 2009

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Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud is seen after a meeting with security forces in Sara Rogha, located in Pakistan’s South Waziristan in  February 7, 2005 file photo. -Reuters Picture

Pakistani Taliban admit Mehsud killed in US strike

Tuesday, 25 Aug, 2009 | 08:45 PM PST |

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Pakistani Taliban acknowledged Tuesday that the militants’ top leader, Baitullah Mehsud, was dead, ending weeks of claims and counterclaims over his fate following a US missile strike on his father-in-law’s home this month. Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman said that Baitullah was wounded in the missile attack but only died Sunday.

Two of Mehsud’s top aides, Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman, called The Associated Press on Tuesday evening to say that he had died Sunday of wounds from the Aug. 5 strike near the Afghan border.

‘He was wounded. He got the wounds in a drone strike and he was martyred two days ago,’ Hakimullah Mehsud said. Rehman later repeated the same statement.

Both also confirmed an earlier Taliban announcement that Hakimullah Mehsud now leads the Pakistani Taliban, while Rehman would lead the movement’s wing in South Waziristan.

The Taliban had insisted for weeks that Baitullah Mehsud was still alive following the missile strike, while US and Pakistani officials said he was almost certainly dead and a leadership struggle had ensued.

Hakimullah and Rehman, who had served as top aides to Baitullah, said they were calling together, handing the telephone back and forth to each other, to dispel reports of disunity in the Taliban leadership.

They spoke to an Associated Press Reporter who had interviewed both and recognized their voices. ‘Our presence together shows that we do not have any differences,’ Rehman said. Another source said that the TTP (Therik-i-Taliban Pakistan) leadership vowed for an unity to fight last in the line of the Martyr Leader to Talibanize the Islamic World and the Whole World as its final goal.

Godhra train carnage :: Key Accused sheltered in Pakistan ?

August 25, 2009

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Godhra train carnage accused Ibrahim held in Munabao near Pakistan Border

 Report by Vimal Bhatia.

Source :TNN 24 August 2009, 03:53am IST || www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

JAISALMER: Ibrahim Dhantiya, a key accused in the Godhra train burning case who is believed to have fled to Pakistan after the Gujarat riots, was arrested from25slde1 Munabao border railway station in Rajasthan on late Saturday night, immigration officials said.
Immigration officers said on Sunday that they apprehended Dhantiya, who was accompanied by his wife, when he alighted from the Thar Express at the Munabao station in Barmer district bordering Pakistan. Dhantiya, a resident of Panchmahals district (Godhra is the headquarters of the district) in Gujarat, was coming from Pakistan. The Thar Express runs between Karachi and Jodhpur.

Panchmahals SP J R Mothaliya told TOI that Dhantiya’s name figured in the investigation into the Sabarmati Express fire, which killed 58 people, three days after the incident. “He was mentioned as a member of the core group, which planned the Godhra conspiracy,” said Mothaliya.

20081024252103301The Godhra incident triggered the riots in 2002. Dhantiya had been absconding ever since.

A look-out circular had been issued against Dhantiya when he fled from India allegedly by Samjhauta Express and took shelter in New Karachi of Pakistan in August 2004. Immigration officers claimed that the ISI had given him shelter in Pakistan.

Hetudan Charan, an immigration officer at the Munabao police station told TOI that when the passports of Dhantiya and his wife were examined, it was discovered that his passport had expired in 2007. “He had tampered with the year entry and extended the validity of the passport to 2017,” said Hetudan. “His wife was released as there was no case against her.” Sources said a team of Godhra’s GRP was on its way to Jodhpur to take custody of Dhantiya.

Hakimullah Mehsud declared as the New Taliban Chief in Pakistan, Faqir Muhammad is not the Chief :: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan

August 23, 2009

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Pakistan Taliban name Hakimullah Mehsud as new leader

REUTERS 23 August 2009, 01:23pm IST

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban ( Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan,TTP)  announced a successor to slain commander Baitullah Mehsud, but intelligence officials said on Sunday it was probably a smokescreen meant to hold together a movement left leaderless for almost three weeks. ( Watch Video )

Taliban officials rang journalists in northwest Pakistan on Saturday to say Hakimullah Mehsud, a young militant who commands fighters in the Orakzai, Khyber and Kurram tribal regions, had been chosen as the new chief by a leadership council, or shura.

Western governments with troops in Afghanistan are watching to see if any new Pakistani Taliban leader would shift focus from fighting the Pakistani government and put the movement’s weight behind the Afghan insurgency led by Mullah Mohammad Omar.

A BBC report quoted Faqir Mohammad, head of the Taliban in the Bajaur tribal region, as saying Hakimullah was selected. fkr

Tribal elders told Reuters that Hakimullah was named after Faqir Mohammad was dissuaded from taking the leadership, although earlier he had said he was taking temporary command.

“There’s confusion. Two days ago, Fariq Mohammad claimed he’s acting chief and now he says Hakimullah is,” one senior intelligence officer in northwest Pakistan said. “It’s a trick.”

Intelligence officials insisted Hakimullah was killed or gravely wounded in a shootout with a rival days after Baitullah Mehsud was killed by a U.S. missile strike on Aug. 5.

“The announcement is real, but the man isn’t,” the officer said. “The real Hakimullah is dead.”

Another senior officer, who requested anonymity, speculated that the Taliban leadership was trying to buy time until one of Hakimullah’s brothers returned from fighting in the Afghan insurgency to take command of his men.

Verifying anything in the Taliban-held tribal regions is difficult and the past few weeks have seen a spate of claims and counter-claims by the Pakistani authorities and the militants.

Taliban officials say Pakistani intelligence agents were spreading misinformation to create divisions in the movement.

The Pakistani authorities say the Pakistani Taliban is in disarray and the statements made are meant to preserve some sense of unity until a new leader embaierges.

The Taliban have denied that Baitullah Mehsud was killed in the missile strike, but say he is seriously ill.

After the reports of a shootout between Hakimullah and a rival, a Reuters journalist subsequently received calls from both of them denying that there had been any fight.

Intelligence officials doubt whether the callers were who they said they were, even though the journalist knew both men’s voices and believed they were genuine.

Baitullah had united 13 militant factions in northwest Pakistan to form the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in late 2007, and the Pakistani authorities are hoping that death would hasten the disintegration of the loose-knit alliance.

A virtual silence over the succession issue in South Waziristan, the stronghold of Baitullah and region where the largest number of fighters is concentrated, made intelligence officials doubt if consensus on a new leader had been reached.

South Waziristan lies at the southwest end of the tribal lands bordering Afghanistan, and Bajaur is at the northeast end.

Tribal elders said Faqir Mohammad was told to drop ideas of leading the Taliban as it would only bring more trouble to Bajaur, a region where the army declared victory in March after a six-month campaign against the militants.

Security forces have surrounded Baitullah’s redoubt in the mountains and carried out bombing raids, though a ground offensive does not appear imminent.

The Face Book of Pakistani Talibans

August 23, 2009
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 Imtiaz Gul launches his book on Taliban

The Al-Qaeda Connection, The Taliban and terror in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

     

 

NEW DELHI, Aug 21 APP (APP): Pakistani journalist Imtiaz Gul has launched his book on Taliban giving first hand information on Taliban phenomenon in FATA region.Speaking at the launching ceremony here, Imtiaz Gul said his book “The Al-Qaeda Connection, The Taliban and terror in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas” is based on his personal experiences and interactions with the people there.  Referring to present on-going operation in tribal region, he said Pakistan government is serious in eliminating militancy.There was a wake up when Taliban started expanding their tentacles in Swat region by taking advantage of agreement on establishing judicial system and entered into Buner and Dir districts.He said Pakistan and India should work to remove mistrust between them and resolve all outstanding issues.The people of both countries are poor and there was a need to give relief to them by making peace in the region..Referring to Indian policy, he said India made incursions in Siachen and interfered in the then East Pakistan. It also made alliance with Northern alliance in Afghanistan.India as a big partner in the region should take initiatives for removing mistrust and creating better understanding between both the countries. 

:. Pak scribe draws linkages up FATA, Kashmir militancy

 
Iftikhar GilaniNEW DELHI, August 21: Eminent Pakistani author and journalist Imtiaz Gul believes that addressing Indian concerns would be a challenge for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as he draws linkages between the militant operations in Pakistan’s troubled FATA and Kashmir.In his well researched book The Al Qaeda Connection: The Taliban and Terror in Pakistans Tribal Areas, (Penguin/Viking) released here, the author while tracing Kashmir connection of the ISI, reveals that Benazir Bhutto as a prime minister in the mid 1990s had full knowledge of the agency’s operations in Kashmir.Following the trail of militancy in Pakistan’s tribal areas, Gul says that the ISI had arranged a presentation for late Bhutto at its headquarters on how the mujahideen were being trained and infiltrated into Indian Kashmir. He, however, maintained that the ISI had largely kept the civilian governments out of the loop as far as its involvement in Kashmir and Afghanistan was concerned.
Author, however, says that ISI’s Kashmir-related tactics suffered a blow when Christina Rocca, the then US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, visited Islamabad in May 2002, followed by RichardArmitage, the deputy secretary of state, both on the mission of pressuring Pakistan into changing gear on its support for Kashmir.
The author claims that ahead of ?ese high-profile visits, the ISI had called up all the components for the United Jihad Council (UJC) for a briefing. International pressure on us is becoming increasingly unbearable. You will have to halt the operations across the Line of Control, Gul quotes one of the participants in the meeting at an obscure home on the outskirts of Islamabad.Gul also quotes a Kashmiri militant who had raised an alarm whether Pakistan had changed the Kashmir policy. He was told it was just a change of tactics for the next thee months. As a result, the infiltration–or the launching of mujahideen, as the groups referred to the movement of fighters across the LoC came down.
The author states that following General Musharraf’s responses to Indian concerns, the cross-border movement by mid June in 2003 dropped by three fourths. Even the radio communication centre near the worlds highest peak, K-2, was cut off for fear of interception by American satellites and Indian surveillance along the LoC. “We are really going to suffer this summer and fall as launching is concerned,” an anxious in-charge of operations of one outfit told Gul at an Islamabad seminary.Quoting Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani, author records that ISI has undergone a transformation in outlook and approach since October 2004, when Kayani was director general of the agency. The book strengthens Indian argument asking Pakistan to deal with militants operating in Kashmir at par with Taliban and Al Qaeda. It talks about the close ties between the Taliban and Punjabi militant groups active in Kashmir, such as Harkatul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba. ? writes that in Mohmand tribal agency two groups one led by Omar Khalid with its affiliation to Beithullah Mehsud and another led by Shah Khalid Sahib affiliated to the LeT operated for several years.In mid-2008, Shah Khalid was captured and executed by the Omar Khalid group on the charge that as he was affiliated to the LeT, a group linked to the ISI. But, later under a peace agreement, the followers of the dead Khalid, following approval from the LeT leader Hafiz Saeed, agreed to abide by the rules of Omar Khalid and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.Gul writes that the role played by the HuM chief as peacemaker between a Taliban-affiliated group and another linked to a Kashmir jihadi group in a tribal area of the North West Frontier Province underlined the fact that activists of the all important organisations that had fought in Kashmir and were banned by the Pakistani government in January 200, had settled down in the tribal areas.The ISI officials, however, told the author that they could not be prevented from doing what, according to them, other agencies, such as the CIA, the MI6, Mossad and Indian intelligence were doing in the region.[Kashmir Times] / Source: www.kashmirwatch.com

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The Al Qaeda Connection: The Taliban and Terror in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

By Imtiaz Gul

(Non Fiction)

Selling Price  :  Rs 499

 

The face of Terror has changed dramatically. Today major terrorist attacks are marked by their meticulous preparation and deadly execution—as the Mumbai attacks of 26/11 have clearly established. The most important planning centre for these operations is the tribal region located on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Following the U.S. action in Afghanistan in December 2001 many Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters escaped and settled down in these regions where, historically, the writ of the state has always been weak. Taking advantage of the inhospitable terrain and the porous border, Al Qaeda militants of multiple ethnic origins regrouped.

In 2008 alone they launched over fifty suicide missions which have inflicted more than six thousand casualties in attacks across the world. In these remote valleys the fatal mix of ultra-conservatism, economic under-development, religious obscurantism and the absence of law and justice has resulted in a cauldron of militancy which is being fed and fuelled by the shadowy presence of the Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Ever-younger fighters are being recruited for suicide missions while music, shaving and the education of girls are proscribed by increasingly powerful clerics.

 In this book Imtiaz Gul follows the trail of militancy and the way it has evolved under Al Qaeda’s influence in tribal areas.

 

Published by : Penguin Books India
Published :  10-Aug-2009
Imprint : Viking
ISBN : 9780670082926
Edition : Hardback
Format : Demy
Extent : 320
Classification : Non Fiction  
Rights : World