Archive for March, 2011

Radical Islam puts a havoc displacement of native Muslims in Pakistan. Islam against Muslims !!

March 13, 2011

Speculations grow about operation in N. Waziristan

The official said about 50,000 families (roughly 500,000 individuals) could be displaced from the N. Wazirstan agency.

By Zulfiqar Ali From the Newspaper |Curtesy : Dawn.

PESHAWAR: The federal government has directed the Fata Disaster Management Authority to prepare a contingency plan for thousands of families likely to be uprooted after a military operation in North Waziristan Agency, an official told Dawn on Saturday.

The official said about 50,000 families (roughly 500,000 individuals) could be displaced from the agency, where speculations about the military operation against militants have been doing the rounds for quite some time.

The army has deployed over 20,000 troops, including two wings of the Frontier Corps, in the agency. The region is regarded as a bastion of Al Qaeda and Taliban.

“The FDMA has received directives from the federal authorities to chalk out a plan in consultation with the United Nations’ agencies and other humanitarian bodies to cope with the displacement,” he said.

Knowledgeable sources said the federal government had not set any timeframe for completion of the contingency plan, but the FDMA had been asked to keep the plan ready.

“We have been asked by the authorities to complete the task as soon as possible, but we have no idea about the timing of a military offensive,” the sources said.

The US government has been pressuring Islamabad, since the Times Square (New York) bomb plot in which a Pakistani national Faisal Shahzad was arrested in May last year, to launch an operation against militant groups, particularly the Haqqani network, to dislodge them from their redoubt in North Waziristan. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed that it had masterminded the car bomb plot.

Islamabad, however, has stuck to the line that it alone would take a decision on the launch of an operation, citing lack of resources as the biggest handicap.

The FDMA, according to officials, had alerted the UN and its satellite organisations to the likelihood of a big displacement in the event of an operation, advising them to make provisions for shelter, food and other assistance.

They said that sites would be identified and selected for relief camps after consultations with the UN and other stakeholders.

According to official estimates, 50 per cent of the families feared to be displaced would take shelter in relief camps and the rest would settle with relatives and in rented houses.

Sources said camps were likely to be set up in neighbouring districts.

About financial resources, they said UN agencies had expressed willingness to foot the bill for tents, food, NFIs, water, sanitation and health. Officials said the average cost of a tent was 310 dollars.

The FDMA is already looking after 148,893 registered displaced families (over 1.1 million individuals) which had been displaced due to violence and subsequent military actions in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (Fata).

About 23,505 families have been living in camps and 125,388 other displaced families have been staying with their relatives.

A recent military action in Mohmand Agency caused the displacement of some 6,000 families. They were accommodated in two camps.

On the other hand, the IDPs displaced from Orakzai and South Waziristan agencies have started returning home.

Courtesy : Dawn || Revista-Amauta || Opinion-Maker.

Talibans attacked Adezai funeral prayers in Pakistan. Targeted bombing kills 36, injured 100.

March 9, 2011

Blast in funeral procession kills 36 in Peshawar; Taliban claim responsibility and delighted with Allah ho Akbar….

PESHAWAR: Now Talibans in Pakistan are delighted with the arrangements of many funeral at a time through the holy blast in funeral prayers. A teen aged male suicide bomber attacked a funeral procession in Adezai on Wednesday (9th March 2011) killing at least 36 people and injuring 100 others, Agency News reported.

The suicide bomber was targeting members of an anti-Taliban militia attending funeral prayers for the wife of a militiaman in Adezai village, near Peshawar that leads to the border tribal regions, DCO Peshawar, Siraj Ahmed, said.

The attacker mingled with the mourners before setting off his explosives, Ahmed said.

“People had gathered and had just started praying when a boy walked in and blew himself up,” survivor Mohammad Eman told Geo News.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the responsibility of attack.

Bloodied shoes and caps littered the ground where the attack took place, on the outskirts of the city, as stunned survivors milled around or bundled the wounded into trucks and away to hospital, television images showed.

The Pashtun elder whose relative was being buried on Wednesday is involved with a pro-government militia force. It was not immediately clear if he had been killed or wounded in the explosion.

Taliban claim responsibility

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault.

Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said the insurgents targeted the militiamen because they were allied with the Pakistani government and, effectively, the United States.

”We will carry out more such attacks if they did not stop their activities,” he said via phone from an undisclosed location.

The attack came a day after militants set off a car-bomb at a natural gas filling stationin the central city of Faisalabad killing at least 25 people and wounding about 125.

Pakistani Taliban fighting to bring down the government claimed responsibility for that attack.

Pakistan has seen a wave of bombs in the past three years, many in the northwest near the border with Afghanistan, where the military is battling al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban insurgents.

The army says that several military offensives have weakened the militants but bomb attacks are still common.

Courtesy : DawnNews | The News | Agencies | AP.

Pre-planned Islamic attacks on the business holds of the Hindu, Sikh and Christian groups now took 22 lives in Faisalabad CNG refueling station.

March 8, 2011

Islamist Blast at refueling station at Faisalabad kills at least 22 in Pakistan, wounded another 100

Car-bomb kills 22 at Faisalabad CNG station

Three buildings and 10 cars have also been destroyed by the explosion.

An office of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and a local gas station were severely damaged in the blast, AP reported.

Senior government official Naseem Sadiq said explosives were planted in a vehicle parked at the gas station, which also lies near police offices as well as the PIA building.

Regional police chief Aftab Cheema confirmed the attack in Faisalabad, the country’s textile-making capital.

“It was a car bomb blast. The explosive was planted in a car. We are investigating whether a suicide bomber was involved or not,” Cheema said.

Television pictures showed the station had been reduced to a pile of bricks and gnarled metal as rescue officials worked to remove rubble from the scene to search for survivors and ambulance vehicles ferried the injured away.

City commissioner Tahir Husain told a private television channel that rescue officials were heaving bricks and metal away to save those trapped.

“There are some people trapped under the building rubble. We have deployed our cranes and machinery to rescue them very soon,” he added.

Husain told a private television channel that no suicide attacker was involved.

“It was not a suicide attack. It was a planted bomb blast. The bomb exploded near the gas cylinders that triggered a bigger blast,” he said.

Husain said that the attack could have targeted government buildings close to the gas station site, some of which he said were damaged in the blast.

Pakistan has been wracked by violence, mostly targeting security officials.

Some 4,000 people have been killed in bomb blasts, suicide and gun attacks blamed on Taliban and al Qaeda fighters since July 2007.

#Alerpak# observs that a large crater at the blast site suggested the explosion was caused by a device planted at the pump, he said. And when it went off, it triggered a second explosion at the gas station, he said.

The station is located close to several government buildings, he said. A building belonging to the intelligence agency was not damaged, but the offices of Pakistan International Airlines partially collapsed.

Though Tahir Hussain, commissioner of Faisalabad put the death toll at 15 and the number of wounded at 85, but said people were believed trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building and the toll may be higher in reality.

Pakistan has the highest number of vehicles running on compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as the most refueling stations in the world, according to December 2009 figures from the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles.

The New Zealand-based trade group placed the number of CNG stations in Pakistan at 3,068.

Tahir Hussain, commissioner of Faisalabad — where the blast occurred — called it an act of  heinous terrorism.

Talibans are now attacking the business holds of the Hindu, Sikh and Christian groups as a certain plan to remove them from Pakistan economy.

Courtesy : Dawn|| CNN || Reuters.

Is Pak authority tightening over militants to save the situation ?

March 6, 2011

Three suspected terrorists arrested in Lahore

Three suspects were arrested from Makkah Colony in Lahore. – AFP

Dawn News || Lahore : Police on Sunday (6th March 2011) arrested three suspects in Lahore and also seized two suicide jackets and numerous mobile phone SIMS from their possession, Dawn News reported.

On a tip-off from security agencies, the raid was inducted in Makkah Colony and the suspects belong to Waziristan and reported to be members of the banned organisation Tehreek-e-Taliban.

Apart from the 18 mobile SIMS and suicide jackets, two pistols have also been recovered from the suspects.

Five militants killed in Mingora skirmish

The Nation  News || Islamabad : At least five militants were killed in skirmish with the security forces near Mingora late on Saturday ( 5th March 2011) , report said. Officials said the battle took place near Mingora when a group of insurgents associated with banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan attempted to enter Swat. “The security troops stopped them at a checkpoint but the Taliban opened fire,” an official said. In retaliation by the army, he said, five of them were killed while many others wounded, adding that a soldier also suffered bullet injuries in the fight with militants.

Kurram: Security forces kill six militants

The Nation  News || Lahore : At least six militants were killed and several others were wounded as security forces attacked militant hideouts in northwest Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region on Saturday ( 5th March 2011), report said. The hideouts were situated in central Kurram’s Chanarak region and surrounding areas. At least two significant militant hideouts were destroyed in the army action. The Pakistani military had launched an operation in the tribal region and had managed to clear most regions in central Kurram of militants. However, militants continue to operate in areas surrounding central Kurram and in lower Kurram.

Courtesy : Dawn News || The Nation News || APF.

Nowshera mosque (Sufi Shrine) bombing ‘kills ten’ in Friday Prayer

March 4, 2011

People gather after the bomb blast at the shrine in Nowshera. PHOTO: AFP

Terror strikes Pak mosque at Friday prayers; 10 killed

Peshawar, March 4, 2011

A heavy explosion took place in a mosque in the NW region, damaged the local houses also. — Photo by Reuters

The blast took place near the mosque in Nowshera’s Akbarpura area when food was being distributed to the poor after midday Friday prayers, a Reuters report said.

A shrine is also situated near the mosque.

Ten worshippers, including a child, were killed and 30 others injured when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a mosque within a Sufi shrine at Nowshera in northwest Pakistan today.

The explosion targeted the mosque inside Akhun Punjo Baba mazar (shrine) in Akbarpura area of Nowshera, about 15 km from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa capital Peshawar.

Scores of people were offering Friday prayers at the mosque while hundreds had gathered to take food from a ‘langar’ or community kitchen. Ten worshippers, including a child, were killed, the police said.

The blast ripped through the mosque just after prayers - Photo BBC

At least 30 others were injured and the condition of eight was described by the officials as serious.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Nowshera, Pubbi and Peshawar. A witness told Geo News channel that the blast occurred just after the prayers ended. “The blast occurred within the mosque,” he said.

He estimated that over 1,000 persons were present in the shrine. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast. The explosion was heard from several kilometres away.

Reports said the blast was caused by a remote controlled bomb hidden in a cupboard within the mosque.

Footage on television showed caps and shoes strewn within the mosque. Windows were blown out by the blast, which also caused extensive damage to the walls of the mosque.

Witnesses said many worshippers were hit by shrapnel. They added that there was almost no security at the shrine complex.

The Pakistani Taliban are opposed to the practice of worshipping at Sufi shrines and consider it “un-Islamic”. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for several recent attacks on Sufi shrines in cities across Pakistan, including Lahore and Karachi.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the bomb blast in the mosque.

In a message, Zardari described the attack as an “abhorrent act” and said its perpetrators were the enemies of Islam.

“The government would continue to take a firm stand against extremist and terrorist elements across the country and would not be cowed down by such acts of violence,” he said. Nowshera has been targeted by militants in the past too.

On June 12, 2009, at least six persons were killed and over 90 injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden truck into a mosque within an army supply depot in the city. — PTI & Agencies.

Blast outside police post kills 7 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful explosion targeting police in Pakistan‘s troubled northwest killed three officers and four civilians Thursday (3rd March,2011) police said.

The attack happened in the Hangu area, just outside the tribal regions along the Afghan border where al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters have long operated, said senior police official Rasheed Khan. It underscored the continued strength of the militants, despite army operations against them.

The bomb was hidden in a vehicle in a residential area where a small police station was located. It went off as a police vehicle carrying officers drove by, Khan said. The blast also wounded 30 people and damaged around a dozen houses, he said.

The U.S. has pressed Pakistan to eliminate hide-outs used by Islamist insurgents, saying they threaten not only American and NATO troops in Afghanistan but also the stability of nuclear-armed Pakistan itself.

But even as Pakistan has carried out some operations against militants, it has found itself challenged on other fronts that threaten to bring down the weak civilian government, notably a struggling economy.

After months of delaying it, the government this week raised fuel prices 9.9% because of spikes in international markets spurred by strife in the Middle East and North Africa.

The price increase has angered opposition parties and even some allies of the ruling party, who have urged the government to reverse the hike. Earlier this year, the ruling party narrowly avoided a collapse of its governing coalition over another attempted fuel price hike.

Public transportation workers in the southern port city of Karachi went on strike over fuel prices Thursday. The strike crippled much of the city, which is Pakistan’s most populous with 18 million people as well as its main economic hub. Many schools were closed.

Irshad Bukhari, the president of the Karachi Transport Union, said more than 25,000 buses and other vehicles stayed off the roads. Millions of commuters could not travel as a result, he said, expressing confidence they supported the strikers.

“People respond to our strike call because it is not only the transporters’ problem but also the people who have to bear the cost of higher fares,” he said.

Courtesy : Reuters || AFP || AP || PTI || Agencies.

Allah Ho Akbar.. Hello my friends….. Alertpak in the web again.

March 4, 2011

Assalamu~Alaikum.

Allah Ho Akbar.. Hello my friends….. Alertpak in the web again.

Due to the serious illness of the blogger, the #Alertpak# was out of date.

Here it is to start with again…

Regards,

Mijanur Rehman.