Archive for October, 2010

Two Pak soldiers killed in South Waziristan by Islamic Militants

October 30, 2010

Two soldiers killed in South Waziristan : Pak Sources

 

PESHAWAR: Militants attacked a military check post on Saturday, killing two soldiers in the South Waziristan tribal region, a security official said.

The attack took place in the Badar area, 30 kilometres north of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan.

“Militants attacked a military check post today in South Waziristan and killed two soldiers,” a senior security official in the area told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Another security official confirmed the attack and casualties.

Pakistan launched a major ground and air offensive in South Waziristan last year to clear the area of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has been blamed for some of the country’s worst violence. — AFP

Courtesy : AFP.

Blast kills eight at Baba Farid’s shrine in Pakpattan during Fajr prayers

October 25, 2010

Baba Farid’s shrine in Pakpattan blast toll rises to eight

LAHORE : 25th Oct. 2010 : A bomb exploded outside the Dargah Hazrat Baba Farid Ganjshakar (shrine of Baba Farid, the holy sufi saint of 12th Century) in Pakpattan early Monday morning, killing at least eight people, including two women and injuring thirty others. The explosion occurred during Fajr prayers near the eastern gate of the shrine in Pakpattan, 190 kilometres from Lahore, our sources reported. The bomb was planted in a milk container on a motorcycle, city police chief Mohammad Kashif told Reuters by telephone. “According to initial reports, two unidentified men dressed in shalwar kameez came on the motorcycle and parked it near the gate minutes before the blast,” he said. The explosive device was remote-controlled.

At least a 100 people have been reported to be present at the time of the blast. The injured were taken to the District Headquarters hospital in Pakpattan. At least eight injured people were said to be in critical condition. According to the Regional Police Officer, the shrine was shut down following the blast and security forces had cordoned off the area. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack but Taliban militants have in the past attacked Sufi shrines.

The chairman of the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneebur Rehman said the government had failed to provide adequate security to shrines in Pakistan.

In one of the deadliest strikes, a bomb blast in July at the Data Darbar in Lahore killed more than 40 people. Eight people, including two children, were killed in an attack at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Karachi on October 8.

Source : Reuters and Agencies.

Peshtakhara Bala Mosque blast on Friday.11 killed 30 injured in two terror attacks in Pak.

October 24, 2010

Officer, soldiers among 11 killed in two terror attacks in Pak, one upon paramilitary convoy and one upon mosque.

ANI REPORT

Peshawar: A lieutenant-colonel, five soldiers and five civilians were killed in bomb attacks on a paramilitary convoy in Orakzai Agency as well as a mosque near Peshawar.

Lt-Col Mohammad Yousaf and five soldiers were killed, while two were injured in the convoy attack, the Dawn reported.

Although the area was cordoned off and a search operation was carried out, no arrest could be made.

In another incident, at least five people were killed and thirty injured in the bomb attack on the main mosque of Peshtakhara Bala near Peshawar. Most of the injured were young men and children.

Peshawar Police Chief Liaquat Ali Khan told reporters that the explosive device was placed beside a pillar in the veranda, and was detonated by a remote control.

He noted that while security had been beefed up around all the mosques in bazaars and congested areas, securing such places in villages was almost impossible.

He said that the attacker apparently entered the mosque when worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers. The explosion took place at about 1.55 pm when people had started leaving. In view of the situation, people should set up local peace committees, keep an eye on suspicious people and provide information about their movement to police, he added.

Senior provincial minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour said that terrorists, who were in disarray because of action taken against them, had started attacking innocent people in places of worship.

The government was determined to continue to mount pressure on terrorists till their elimination, he said, while announcing a compensation of 300,000 rupees for each deceased and 100,000 rupees for the injured.

Cantonment Circle SP Shafiullah Khan disclosed that a search operation had been launched in the area close to Khyber Agency.

ANI

Courtesy : AP||ANI||DAWN.

Terrorist tanzeem (groups) sponsored madrasas wage proxy war against Indian kaffirs ??

October 21, 2010

 

Pak invested heavily in proxy war against India: Indian Army chief

Indian Express News Bureau : Posted: Thu Oct 21 2010, 15:22 hrs. New Delhi

The anti-India terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan is intact and at present 42 terror camps, including new ones in Pak-occupied Kashmir, are being run, Army chief General V K Singh disclosed on Thursday.

Now even women are being trained to wage Pakistan’s proxy war against India, he told PTI in an interview.

General Singh said infiltration has gone up recently and around 600 terrorists are waiting at “launch pads” in PoK along the Line of Control and the international border to sneak into India.

Pakistan has “invested heavily in the proxy war against India” and there has been “no substantial effort” by it to act against terror groups which operate from its soil and are used as a “strategic tool” by that country.

“Currently, 42 terrorist training camps are located in Pakistan/PoK. Inputs reveal that some new camps have also been established in PoK for undertaking terrorist training,” he said.

The Army chief was responding when asked whether Pakistan has done something to dismantle the anti-India terror infrastructure as has been promised by it repeatedly.

“It is assessed that Pakistan will continue to foster terrorism against India and the terrorist infrastructure is likely to remain intact in the foreseeable future,” he said.

General Singh revealed that the terror outfits are maintaining a number of officers, stores, transit accommodations and temporary training facilities at various locations in PoK.

“Launch pads are used extensively for infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir and are located all along the Line of Control and parts of International Border,” he said, adding: “As on date, approximately 600 terrorists are located in the launch pads, poised for infiltration in the near future.”

Talking about infiltration, he said it has recently gone up, with 10 incidents being recorded in June, six in July and 33 in August.

Significantly, August witnessed the peak of stone-pelting incidents and other forms of agitation in the Kashmir Valley, which also was being fuelled from across the border.

General Singh felt that about 20-25 infiltration attempts had succeeded, which is indicated by the fact that 12 to 15 terrorists were killed in the last 15-20 days. “This shows people have come from somewhere,” he said.

Noting that Pakistan perceives Kashmir as an “unfinished agenda”, he said, “it is assessed that Pakistan will continue to foster terrorism against India and the terrorist infrastructure is likely to remain intact in the foreseeable future.”

On meeting the challenge, he said the Army has a “robust counter-infiltration strategy” which has yielded “excellent results”.

He said the Army’s ability to detect and neutralise terrorists attempting to infiltrate or cross over has increased with dynamic troop deployment, proactive use of surveillance and monitoring devices and the anti-infiltration obstacle system.

“Inputs also reveal use of terrorist tanzeem (groups) sponsored madrasas for religious indoctrination of new recruits,” Gen Singh said.

To a question on ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the recent months along the LoC and the international border, he said these are “generally in few specific areas and we are trying to ensure that these remain confined as also reduce altogether.”

He said the ceasefire has generally been holding out except for a “few aberrations” and all violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistani military authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings and weekly talks between the Director Generals of Military Operations.

On the situation in the Northeast, the Army chief said the multi-pronged strategy adopted by the government and sustained operations by security forces have considerably marginalised the activities of various insurgent groups operating in the region.

He said these initiatives have also brought a few of the insurgent groups to the negotiating table, resulting in “relative peace” in the region. “However, the situation needs constant monitoring.”

Courtesy : Indian Express, AP.

Toll in Karachi bloodshed rises to 51

October 20, 2010

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a street in Karachi on October 18. — Photo by AFP

Gunmen’s spree cripples Karachi, 51 killed

October 20, 2010   6:05:46 PM

AP | ISLAMABAD

Pakistan’s largest city reeled Wednesday after gunmen opened fire in a commercial market, killing 11 people in the latest spasm of violence to underscore the poor state of law and order in this U.S.-allied nation.

At least 51 people, including several political activists, have been killed and dozens more wounded since Saturday in Karachi, a sprawling port city of more than 16 million residents that is prone to political, ethnic and religious strife.

Many killings in Karachi have been linked to gangs allegedly controlled by political parties. The attack on the market occurred late Tuesday and its victims included eight Pakistanis of Baluch descent, said Sharmila Farooqi, a provincial government spokeswoman. The wave of violence in the city has coincided with Sunday’s election to replace a provincial lawmaker killed in August.

Because of its status as the country’s main economic hub, keeping Karachi calm is of prime importance to Pakistani leaders who have already seen criminal activity soar alongside Taliban-led Islamist militant violence.

A major chunk of supplies for U.S. and NATO troops is shipped to the city before traveling overland in Pakistan and into neighboring Afghanistan.

Farooqi said police had detained 55 suspects in connection with the latest violence, and that some were linked to local political parties. Security forces were patrolling the city to prevent fresh violence Wednesday, she said.

The two parties most linked to violence in Karachi _ the Muttahida Quami Movement and the Awami National Party _ have their electoral bases in different ethnic groups that make up a large share of the city’s population.

The MQM claims to represent the Urdu-speaking descendants of those people who came to Karachi from India soon after the birth of Pakistan in 1947. It is secular and likes to speak out against the so-called Talibanization of the city, a jab at the Awami National Party, which represents the ethnic Pashtuns from the Taliban heartland in the northwest.

Raza Haider, the member of the provincial assembly who was gunned down in August, was a senior member of the MQM.

Both parties were competing for Haider’s vacant seat, but the ANP announced Saturday evening that it would boycott the election, saying the MQM would rig the vote. The MQM won the seat. MQM lawmaker Haider Abbas Rizvi said the party had handed authorities a list of 150 alleged criminals it suspects in the attacks but that nothing had come of it. He not only blamed the ANP, but also faulted the Pakistan People’s

Party, which control’s the provincial government.

ANP spokesman Amin Khattak said the MQM was to blame, noting that the killings began shortly after his party said it would boycott the election.

Also Wednesday, a police constable was wounded when someone threw a grenade at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Pakistan’s main northwestern city, Peshawar, said Liaquat Ali, a senior police official. Peshawar is right on the edge of Pakistan’s tribal belt, a lawless stretch of territory along the Afghan border where many militants shelter.

Courtesy : AP & AFP.