Militants must be up-rooted from Pakistan.


There are no ‘good’ militants.

By Zaffar Abbas
Sunday, 11 Oct, 2009

ISLAMABAD: The band of armed terrorists that made its way through the outer security ring of the GHQ complex knew they will not be able to come out alive from the heavily guarded military headquarters. Yet they were not suicide bombers. Neither were they wearing suicide jackets nor was the vehicle they were travelling in packed with explosives.

Caught in a highly tricky hostage situation, the security agencies may take a while in revealing the identities of the attackers or the group they belonged to. But one thing is clear: these were no ‘misguided youngsters’ indoctrinated by fanatics to carry out suicide attacks.

They were highly trained terrorists who excelled in the art of making an impact through their armed attack on a chosen target.

If there are similarities they are with last year’s attacks on the police training centre at Manawa, near Lahore, and the attempt to take Sri Lankan cricketers hostage in the Punjab capital.

In both those incidents, groups of highly trained and motivated armed men launched attacks with a view to inflicting heavy damage, take a few hostages, and either die while attempting to do so or escape.

Compared with the ‘suicide attack’ in Pakistani ‘jihadi’ parlance, such terror operations are often referred to as ‘fidayeen attacks’. The description is often reflective of differences in religious beliefs.


Alleged Pakistani militants arrested by security forces present before the media in tribal region of Khyber in northwest Pakistan. – AP (File Photo)

A couple of extremist groups believe ‘suicide bombing’ was not as holy as the ‘fidayeen attack’ since in the latter case, the person instead of blowing himself up dies while fighting his adversary.

These two strands of Islamic militant movement had become quite obvious at the height of the armed insurgency in Indian-held Kashmir.

It is also a preferred method amongst a couple of sectarian militant groups or those involved in Afghanistan, although they also use suicide bombing as one of the tactics against their opponents.

Some of the Pakistan-based pro-Kashmir groups, after being banned or declared terrorist organisations in the post-9/11 scenario, instead of completely winding up their operations or disbanding, either split up or turned against the Pakistani government and the security establishment.

Since then a series of terrorist attacks away from the border region and within Pakistan were the work of these enraged but highly trained militants.

These terror strikes also included a series of organised attacks against the then president and the army chief General Pervez Musharraf, who was accused by the religious extremists of being the main obstacle in the way of what many militants believed was a ‘jihad’.


During this period such splinter factions also started regrouping, re-align and reorganise, mainly by finding refuge in places like Waziristan and Malakand. Some parts of southern Punjab also emerged as sanctuaries of such militants and a new nexus was created between Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, and tribal militants in the form of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and the so-called Punjabi Taliban.

It was also during this period when one started to hear names of all kinds of groups from Harkatul Mujhaideen al-Alami during 2002 and 2003 to groups like Jamia Hafsa Brigade in the Malakand region. And if a claim made by one of the callers to a private channel holds any weight, a new group calling itself Tehrik-i-Taliban (Amjad Farooqui group) was behind the latest attack. Farooqui was the mastermind of one of the major attacks on Gen Musharraf in Dec 2003 and was later killed in a bloody clash with security forces in Nawabshah.

Factions of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Jaish-i-Mohammed have also joined ranks with the Waziristan-based TTP, mainly to use their territory to carry out attacks within Pakistan. They are also the groups who have within them a large number of people who have come to be known as the ‘Punjabi Taliban’, and have direct links with militants in various parts of the country, stretching from Islamabad to Karachi.

Many of them are highly trained former ‘jihadis’ from the conflict zones of Kashmir and Afghanistan, often preferring to fight it out rather then blowing themselves up in suicide attacks.

A few cells of such ‘fidayeen’ groups were busted by the military and civilian intelligence agencies in recent weeks in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. But it seems there are still a few active or sleeper cells, determined to carry out attacks at an opportune moment.

Perhaps the attack on the GHQ may prove to be a watershed that compels the security and civilian establishment, as well as most of the opposition groups, to realise that the time to distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ religious militants or Taliban was over, and a consensus was needed to confront all such groups as enemies of the state.

Courtsey :~ DAWN & AFP.

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2 Responses to “Militants must be up-rooted from Pakistan.”

  1. Asif Khan Says:

    The indifference for Islamist in Pakistan for its Talibanization made this Country a poverty stricken state controlled by the Fundamentalists.

    Here are some news :

    India keen to bring peace and harmony with Pak: PM

    London, Oct 12 (PTI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that India
    is keen to bring peace and harmony with Pakistan.

    Singh stated this in a message to ‘Pakistan-India Friendship Forum,
    UK’ on the occasion of the Eid and Diwali celebrations at the C and L
    Country Club this weekend.

    “We are very keen to bring peace and harmony between the two
    countries,” the Prime Minister said in the message.

    Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, in his message to the Forum
    Chairman Rajan Sehgal, said that his country will continue efforts to
    bring the people of two sides closer.

    He said people of both sides should realise the global changes taking
    place around them. “We must prove the entire world that we are no more ‘Third World’ countries.–PM

    ‘Punjab militants joining hands with Pakistani Taliban’
    M Zulqernain

    Lahore, Oct 12 (PTI) Banned militant groups in Pakistan?s Punjab
    province are gaining strength with every passing day after having
    joined hands with the local Taliban who operate in the region with
    ease, police officials have said.

    Several members of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Jaish-e-
    Mohammed (JeM) from southern Punjab, who fought in the Afghan war,
    have tied up with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to carry out attacks
    against important installations, the officials said.

    “This Pashtun-Punjabi alliance of extremists was also behind the
    attack on the army?s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi,” a senior
    Crime Investigation Department (CID) officer told PTI.

    He was referring to an attempt by terrorists over the weekend to storm
    the army?s headquarters. Eight soldiers were killed in the attack
    while nine terrorists were gunned down by commandos.

    Nuclear physicist admits link to al-Qaeda plotters: Report
    PTI Monday, October 12, 2009 15:35 IST

    London: An internationally renowned nuclear physicist has admitted to
    French investigators that he acted as an al-Qaeda “mole”, the media
    reported today quoting French judicial sources.

    A picture began to emerge over the weekend of Adlene Hicheur, 32, who
    works at the “Big Bang” hadron collider on the Swiss-French border,
    and who is likely to be formally accused today of having “links with a
    terrorist organisation”.

    However, his brother, Zitouni Hicheur, 25, who was arrested with him
    last Thursday at their parents’ home just south of Lyon, has been
    released, The Independent newspaper reported.

    Investigators believe the elder brother, who has worked on high-level
    nuclear research projects in Britain and the United States, acted
    alone when he sent e-mails to Algerian members of al-Qaeda and listed
    potential terrorist targets in France.

    The experiment where he worked is one of a series of research projects
    along the 17-mile (27-kilometre) circular tunnel under the Swiss-French border.

  2. #Alertpak# Says:

    To: Asif Khan.

    Thanks for a highly informative feed back.

    Keep watching this site with more feed-back. Inshallah !!

    Alertpak moderators.

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