Anti-Taliban leader killed in Mohmand bomb attack
The deadly clashes were reported by the military as part of offensives against Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan and militants in Khyber.
‘Security forces cleared Narakai after stiff resistance…. Fifteen terrorists were killed and one soldier was injured,’ said a statement issued by the army.
Earlier a paramilitary Frontier Corps statement said troops backed by helicopter gunships had killed 15 militants in a new operation in Khyber, which lies on the main Nato supply route to Afghanistan outside Peshawar.
Soldiers from the Pakistani army and paramilitary Frontier Corps mounted the operation three days ago to crack down on militants, some of whom have attacked convoys supplying foreign troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Military spokesman Major Fazlur Rehman told AFP that three helicopter gunships pounded rebel positions and 200 soldiers took part.
The details could not be confirmed independently due to a lack of independent access to the battlefields by journalists.
Anti-Taliban Leader Killed
Further north, Shahpoor Khan, a key anti-Taliban leader and an ally of Pakistan’s embattled authorities in the district of Bajaur was killed Friday as he returned home after saying prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
The roadside bomb in the town of Badan, also in Pakistan’s tribal belt and part of the mountainous area that US officials call a headquarters for Al-Qaida, killed Khan and wounded three others.
‘The tribal leader was killed on the spot and his colleagues were seriously wounded in the blast,’ said local administration chief Jamil Khan.
Eid officially begins in Pakistan on Saturday but began in Afghanistan on Friday and some people in Bajaur celebrated the start of the Muslim festival of sacrifice on Friday.
Khan’s predecessor, Malik Rehmatullah, was killed in a suicide attack last year in Bajaur.
Officials say the militants aim to distract the army from the US-endorsed air and ground assault against home grown Taliban in their heartlands.
Security has drastically deteriorated in Pakistan since Islamabad joined the US-led ‘War on Terror’ and hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaida-linked militants fled into the tribal belt after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.
Pakistan has fought repeated offensives in the area and around 2,000 troops have died in battle against Taliban and Al-Qaida-linked militants since 2002.
Although there has been resistance in South Waziristan, many officials and analysts believe most of the estimated 10,000 Taliban guerrillas in the district have escaped into neighbouring Orakzai and North Waziristan.
The South Waziristan offensive has also seen a surge in suicide attacks targeting civilians and security officials in Peshawar, a sprawling city of 2.5 million on the edge of the tribal belt.
The United States has welcomed Pakistan’s military efforts but is reportedly pressuring the civilian government to also counter militants on Pakistani soil who attack Nato and US troops across the border in Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama, who has put Pakistan on the frontline of the war on Al-Qaida, is expected to order more than 30,000 additional American troops into battle in Afghanistan when he unveils a new strategy next week.
Pakistan has warned that the decision could destabilise its southwestern province of Baluchistan, where the Taliban have a presence and separatist insurgents rose up in 2004. — AFP
New anti Taliban force launched by public
Supporters of Afzal Khan Lala assembled at the Frontier Constabulary’s base camp in Dreshkhella where hundreds of people registered themselves as volunteers. — File photo
Hundreds join Swat’s anti-militant lashkar
By Hameedullah Khan , Sunday, 27 Sep, 2009|| updated on 27 Nov, 2009|| http://www.dawn.com
MINGORA: Hundreds of armed volunteers joined a lashkar under the command of veteran politician and former federal minister Mohammad Afzal Khan Lala in Matta tehsil of Swat on Saturday.
District Nazim Jamal Nasir also raised lashkar against militants and started patrolling in their respective areas. Witnesses said that hundreds of people brandishing heavy weapons assembled in Matta chanting slogans: Pakistan Zinda Bad and long live Swatis, resolving to fight against terrorists.
Supporters of Afzal Khan Lala, also a leader of the ruling Awami National Party, assembled at the Frontier Constabulary’s base camp in Dreshkhella where hundreds of people registered themselves as volunteers.
Provincial minister for science and technology Ayub Ashari, operation commander Brig Jamal Abdul Nasir and elders of the area addressed the volunteers.
‘Restoration of peace in Swat is like new life for the residents of the valley who lived in barbaric environment and under tyranny for three years,’ said Afzal Khan, adding that terrorists slaughtered sons in the presence of their parents and trained children as suicide bombers.
He said that people of Swat had suffered physically, socially and economically.
He said that militants had destroyed schools, hospitals, roads, agriculture, industrial sectors and infrastructure in the valley.
People of Swat and soldiers had rendered sacrifices for restoration of peace.
He said that the army and local people would jointly reconstruct Swat.
Some 3,000 people assembled at the residence of District Nazim Jamal Nasir in Shangotai who joined the lashkar. Participants of the lashkar displayed weapons and expressed solidarity with the military in fight against militants.
Meanwhile, seven militants including Commander Abdul Sattar were killed in operation Rah-i-Rast in Ser Taligram and Manglawar areas of Swat.
Officials said that 20 militants also surrendered and detected three tunnels in Chaperyal.
The ISPR said that one of the tunnels was seven meters long.
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