Archive for May 8th, 2010

Pakistani Friends of Jihadi Fire.

May 8, 2010

As in Pakistan, terror groups have turned against the state that nurtured them in Egypt, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia.

Of friends and fire

by Nadeem F. Paracha on 05 6th, 2010||blog.dawn.com

On April 19, a Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) rally in Peshawar was attacked by a suicide bomber. The gruesome attack was allegedly engineered and undertaken by members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The irony is that the JI are one of the few mainstream political parties in the country that actually sympathise with the TTP, claiming that the terror group is fighting a war against “American imperialism” and against the Pakistani state’s “aggression” in the north-west of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

But the irony in this respect wasn’t a one-off. In early April, former ISI sleuth, Khalid Khawaja, was kidnapped along with another ex-ISI man by a group of terrorists labeled (by the media) as the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ (or Punjabi extremists having links and sympathies with the Pushtun Taliban).

On April 29, Khawaja’s murdered body was found in the turbulent tribal area of North Waziristan. He had been shot twice. A faction of the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ calling itself Asian Tigers claimed responsibility. Khawaja was an open supporter and sympathiser of the TTP, and was known to have had deep links with various Sunni sectarian organisations, and within both the Pushtun and Punjabi Taliban groups.

The attack on the JI rally and the murder of Khawaja by these groups have highlighted a bitter truth; a truth that has for long been stated loudly by the current government and various ‘liberal’ media personnel and ‘moderate’ Islamic scholars. They are right to suggest that as far as terror outfits such as the TTP and their sectarian foot soldiers are concerned, a majority of Pakistani Muslims (or for that matter, Muslims around the world) are either ‘false Muslims’ or outright infidels.

Read full article in blog.dawn.com here.

Islamic Militants killed Four cops in an attack on Mansehra police check-post in Pakistan.

May 8, 2010

Police inspect a security checkpost after an attack by gunmen in Mansehra. Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, killing four policemen before speeding away in a getaway vehicle, police said. The attackers sprayed bullets at policemen sheltering from rain inside a checkpost building in Ghazi Kot town in the mountainous Mansehra district. –AFP Photo

Four killed in attack on Mansehra police post

By Nisar Ahmad Khan, The Dawn News ||Saturday, 08 May, 2010

MANSEHRA: Terrorists attacked a police check-post on Friday on the outskirts of Ghazi Kot town, killing four personnel.

The gunmen arrived in a vehicle and fled after the attack. The deceased policemen were identified as head constable Mushtaq and constables Mohammad Naseem, Mohammad Zahid and Mohamad Naeem.

The bodies were taken to the King Abdullah Teaching Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Funeral prayers for the slain personnel were held at the police ground.

Provincial ministers Nimroz Khan and Shuja Salim Khan, former district nazim Sardar Mohammad Yousaf, and the commissioner and DIG Hazara attended the funeral.

Officials said that militants had sneaked into the tribal area of Kala Dhaka from Malakand and Swat and were carrying out terrorist attacks in the area.

Sources said two key militants who were arrested last month had provided important information to security forces about the presence of terrorists in the area.

SP (Investigation) Naseem Afzal said that important evidence had been collected from the scene of the attack.

On March 10, terrorists stormed the offices of a US charity, World Vision, in Mansehra.

Seven employees, including two women, were killed in that attack.

Courtesy : DawnNews, AFP and Agencies.