Archive for August 25th, 2009

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

August 25, 2009


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


Godhra train carnage accused Ibrahim held in Munabao near Pakistan Border

 Report by Vimal Bhatia.

Source :TNN 24 August 2009, 03:53am IST ||

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.