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The Boiling points of Kashmir and the Mohajir Movement in Pakistan.

July 23, 2016

PoK citizens and Indian root Mohajirs challenge the entity of Pakistan.

Dreaming Kashmir out of India? Worry about Karachi going against Pakistan….. 

Mijanur Rahaman – Alertpak News Agency – Karachi – 23 July 2016. 

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Police and Secret Service personnel had to intervene to physically separate Mohajir protesters and Pakistan military loyalists after a demonstration in front of the White House on Saturday (23/07/2016) by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), which mostly represents ethnic Pakistani migrants from India, turned into a fracas.

In the Saturday evening protest outside the White House, MQM workers claimed that the government was targeting the people of Karachi because they supported their party.

They also urged lawmakers to raise the issue in the US Congress and also with visiting Pakistani officials “to end the atrocities being committed against Mohajirs”.

Refugees mainly from  Karachi  and Lahore most of them are of Indian roots protested against genocide, extrajudicial killings, serious violations of human rights. The MQM leader Altaf Hussain’s speech and statements was broadcast by whatsapp and video conferencing. 

مہاجر کارکنان نے ہر کڑے وقت میں تحریکی جدوجہد کو جاری رکھا ہے اور اس راستے میں اپنی جانیں بھی قربان کی ہیں، آج کا عظیم الشان مظاہرہ ثابت کرتا ہے کہ قوم نے اپنا واضح فیصلہ کرلیا ہے، ندیم نصرت
عالمی دہشت گرد جو اقوام عالم کو مطلوب ہوتا ہے وہ یا تو پاکستان میں مارا جاتا ہے یا پاکستان سے برآمد ہوتا ہے ، دہشت گردوں اور انکے حمائتیوں کو ہر طرح کی ٓزادی اور سرپرستی حاصل ہے جبکہ مہاجرقوم کے لئے پابندیاں اورانکی نسل کشی ہے۔ متین یوسف 
A large demonstration of MQM workers from all across US marched in front of the White House after a party convention held in Washington DC that was addressed via video link by MQM chief Altaf Hussain , who has been in exile in London for nearly two decades. Hussain and his followers exhorted the Obama administration to intervene to stop the “rampant killing” of Mohajirs in Karachi by the Punjabi-dominated Pakistani military. Hussain, who is completely blacked out in the Pakistani media and is considered a fugitive by the Pakisani establishment, urged the “mother of all democracies” to take note of the excesses of the Pakistani army that has resulted in the “cold-blooded murder” of thousands of party activists.
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Maintaining that MQM was the only liberal, secular political party in Pakistan, he urged the Obama administration to send observers to Karachi to monitor the human rights violations+ , arguing if Washington can do it for other countries, it should do so for Pakistan to
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متحدہ قومی موومنٹ امریکہ کے زیرا ہتمام واشنگٹن ڈی سی میں پنسلوانیا اسٹریٹ ، وہائٹ ہاؤس کے سامنے عظیم الشان مظاہرہ کیا گیا۔ مظاہرے کے شرکاء نے کراچی میں جاری مہاجر کش آپریشن کے دوران غیر قانونی چھاپوں، گرفتاریوں، سرکاری عقوبت خانوں میں وحشیانہ تشدد، سیاسی وفاداریوں کی تبدیلی کے لئے دباؤ، انسانی حقوق کی سنگین خلاف ورزیوں، جنگی جرائم ، مہاجر کارکنان کے ماورائے عدالت قتل ایم کیو ایم کے قائد الطاف حسین کی تقاریر ، تصاویر اور بیانات کے نشرو اشاعت پر غیر آئنی پابندیوں، مہاجر عوم اور بالخصوص انکی واحد نمائندہ جماعت ایم کیو ایم کے خلاف جاری مجرمانہ متعصبانہ آپریشن کے خلاف اپناپرامن اور شدید احتجاج ریکارڈ کرایا ۔مظاہرے میں یم کیو ایم کے کنوینر ندیم نصرت ، ، ایم کیو ایم امریکہ کے سینٹرل آرگنائزر متین یوسف، اراکین سینٹرل آرگنائزنگ کمیٹی شمیم صدیقی، عارف صدیقی، کامران حیدر محفوط حیدری، جنید فہمی، گل محمد اور فرحین رضوی، کمیونیکیشن اینڈ میڈیا سیل، واشنگٹن، رچمنڈ، بالٹیمور، نیویارک، نیو جرسی، فلاڈلفیا، شکاگو، ڈیٹرائٹ، ہیوسٹن، سان انتونیو، ڈیلاس، آسٹن، اٹلانٹا، فلوریڈا، لاس اینجلز، البقرقی اور سان فرانسسکو سمیت امریکہ کی بیس سے زائدریاستوں کے مختلف شہروں سے کارکنان وذمہ داران سمیت واشنگٹن کے قرب وجوار کی ریاستوں سے ہمدردوں بشمول بزرگ، خواتین اور بچوں نے بہت بڑی تعداد میں شرکت کی۔ٓاحتجاجی مظاہرے سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے ایم کیو ایم کے کنوینر ندیم نصرت نے مظاہرے کے شرکاء کو شاندار لفاظ میں خراج تحسین پیش کیا اور کہا کہ جب جب ایم کیو ایم پر برا وقت آیاکارکنان نے ہی تحریکی جدوجہد کو جاری رکھا ہے اور اس راستے میں اپنی جانیں بھی قربان کردیں ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہاکہ وائٹ ہاؤس کے سامنے عظیم الشان مظاہرہ بت ثابت کردیا ہے کہ قوم نے اپنا واضح فیصلہ کرلیا ہے اور وہ حق پرستانہ جدوجہد کی راہ میں آنے والی ہر مشکل سے نمٹنے کیلئے تیار ہے ۔ انہوں نے ایم کیو ایم کا سب سے بڑا قصور یہ ہے کہ اسنے باطل قوتوں کی جانب سے ہر پر کشش پیشکش کو ٹھکرایا اور بکنے وجھکنے سے انکار کیا ہے یہی وجہ ہے کہ ایم کیو ایم اور اس کی قیادت روز اول سے ہی مقتدر قوتوں کی معتوب ٹھہری ہے اور اسی پاداش میں ایم کیو ایم اور اس سے وابستہ کروڑوں مہاجروں کو دیوار سے لگایا جا رہا ہے۔ انھوں نے کہا جو ظلم اور بربریت ایم کیو ایم اور مہاجروں پر گزشتہ کئی دہائیوں سے جاری اس کی ماضی میں کوئی مثال نہیں ملتی۔ پاکستان کی نام نہاآزادی کے ۶۸ برسوں نے جمہوری اور آمریت دونوں ہی دوور دیکھے ہیں او ر ہر دور میں مہاجر قوم کے ساتھ استحصالی رویہ روا رکھا گیا ہے مگر کے ماضی تمام تر ظلم و ستم کے باوجود ایسا کبھی نہیں ہوا کہ کسی عوامی لیڈر کی تقریر و بیانات اور تصاویر کی اشاعت و نشریہ پر بابندی لگائی گئی ہو یہ ظلم بھی صرف مہاجروں اور انکی نمائندہ قیادت کے ساتھ ہی ہوا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ملا عزیز اور حافظ سعید جیسے لوگ جو دنیا کو مطلوب اور طالبان قوتوں کے حمایتی و سہولت کار ہیں ،جو پاکستان کے آئین اور پاکستان کے منکر ہیں جن کے اشارے اور کہنے پر پاک افواج کے جوانوں کو گولیاں برساکر قتل کیا گیا وہ آج بھی آزاد گھوم رہے ہیں لیکن پابندیاں صرف جناب الطاف حسین، ایم کیو ایم اور اسکی فلاحی سرگرمیوں کیلئے ہیں۔
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مظاہرے کے شرکاء سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے سینٹرل آرگنائزر متین یوسف نے کہا کہ پاکستان اور اسکے وسائل پر قابض قوتوں نے اپنی ذاتی منفعت کیلئے پاکستان کے مفاد کو بالائے طاق رکھتے ہوئے اپنی مخصوص پالیسیوں سے پاکستان کو تباہ و برباد کردیا ہے۔حال یہ ہے کہ پاکستان اور دنیا بھر میں ہونے والے دہشت گردی کے واقعات کا تعلق پاکستان سے نہ صرف جوڑا بلکہ اس حوالے سے پاکستان کو مذہبی انتہا پسندوں کی جنت قراردیا جاتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ عالمی دہشت گرد جو اقوام عالم کو مطلوب ہوتا ہے یا تو پاکستان میں مارا جاتا ہے یا پاکستان سے برآمد ہوتا ہے۔ دہشت گرد اور انکے حمایتی و سہولت کاروں کو چندہ جلسہ سمیت تو ہر طرح کی ٓزادی اور سرپرستی حاصل ہے جبکہ مہاجرقوم کے لئے پابندیاں اور نسل کشی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم ایک بار پھر یہ واضح کردینا چاہتے ہیں کہ متحدہ قومی موومنٹ پاکستان کی واحد حقیقی سیکولر، لبرل اور ترقی پسند جماعت ہے جو پاکستان کو قائد اعظم محمد علی جناحؒ کا حقیقی پاکستان بنانا چاہتی ہے اور اس ہی لئے ایم کیو ایم پاکستان کو مسائل سے نکالنے اور ریاست کے استحکام سمیت اسے معاشی ترقی کے سفر پر ڈالنے کیلئے بطور ایک لبرل اور باشعور سیاسی جماعت اپنا ہمیشہ مثبت کردار ادا کرتی رہی ہے ۔ ہمارا یہ یقین ہے کہ حق آنے کیلئے اور باطل مٹ جانے کیلئے ہے۔ اور وہ دن دور نہیں جب باطل کا سورج غروب ہمیشہ ہمیشہ کیلءئے غروب ہوجائے گا ۔قبل ازیں مظاہرین نے کراچی میں رینجرز اور دیگر قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں کی جانب سے گزشتہ تین سالوں سے جاری مہاجر کرش آپریشن میں انسانی حقوق کی خالف ورزیوں، کے خلاف شدید احتجاج و نعرہ بازی کی۔ مظاہرین نے اپنے ہاتھوں میں پلے کارڈ اور بینرز تھامے ہوئے تھے جس پر ماورائے عدالت ہلاکتوں، مہاجر کارکنان کی جبری گمشدگیوں، ایم کیو ایم کے قائد کی تقریر و بیانات پر پابندی کے خلاف نعرے درج تھے جبکہ بعض شرکاء نے ایم کیو ایم کے ماورائے عدالت قتل کئے جانے والے کارکنان کی تشدد ذدہ تصاویر پر مشتمل پلے کارڈز بھی تھامے ہوئے تھے۔ شدید ترین گرمی اور حبس کے باوجود ایم کیو ایم کے مظاہرین کا جذبہ اور جوش و خروش خصوصاََ بزرگوں، خواتین اور بچوں کی استقامت قابل تحسین تھی جو شدید ترین گرمی م

میں بھی احتجاجی مظاہرے میں عزم وحوصلے کے ساتھ شریک تھے۔ مظاہرے کی کوریج کیلئے پاکستانی پرنٹ اور الیکٹرانک میڈیا کے ساتھ ساتھ مقامی میڈیا کی بھی بڑی تعداد موجود تھی۔میں بھی احتجاجی مظاہرے میں عزم وحوصلے کے ساتھ شریک تھے۔ مظاہرے کی کوریج کیلئے پاکستانی پرنٹ اور الیکٹرانک میڈیا کے ساتھ ساتھ مقامی میڈیا کی بھی بڑی تعداد موجود تھی۔

Hussain promised to visit the US in October after heightened MQM activity here, amid speculation that he might shift base after difficulties in London, where Pakistani establishment loyalists and his followers have clashed violently.

Key MQM leaders like Farooq Sattar and Babar Ghauri have been visiting the US lately to sensitise Pakistan experts in Washington (many of whom see the Army as a stabilising force) of the developments in Karachi.

 
But, supporters of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and Pakistan Tehrik-iInsaaf (Imran Khan’s party) see Mohajirs as traitors and fifth columnists, and allege they are controlled by Indian intelligence agency RAW .
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They forcefully countered the MQM protest, and slogans and counter slogans ensued as the two sides advanced towards each other before police intervened. The demonstrations were far larger than the ones by Khalistani activists and Kashmiri separatists, who Indian activists say are backed by Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI.
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While India has had its share of embarrassment overseas arising from the situation in Kashmir, it appears Pakistan has even greater problems, with both Mohajirs and Baloch groups overseas indicating that all is not well in the fractious country .

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Actually, the people of Kashmir are also frustrated on the Pakistan Govt running an illegal truce there without taking developmental there.
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Rahul Sinha, an executive reporter of ZEE NEWS published an interesting report on POK some days before, where many of POK resident wished to join India as they think POK is an integral part of India.
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When a news entitled as “Waiting for the day Kashmir becomes part of Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif” hit the Indian media, there are also the news like PoK erupts in protests over oppressive rule by Pakistan” or “Anti-Pakistan protest erupts in PoK” etc. are highlighted as anti-Pakistan propaganda in POK.
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The Indian Media has a habit to POK matters in a critical light. The leaders from Pakistan occupied Kashmir raised human rights issues at a side event in the United Nations during the 28th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2015 [Zee News]. The serious violation of HR in POK has attracted the attention of various forums in international levels. [Zee News].  Exiled leaders from PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan blamed then on  Pak for human rights violations. [News X]. The agitation in Muzaffarabad, the capital of POK has been a volatile spot for Pakistan.  [Zee News].
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These are the boiling points of Kashmir and the Mohajir in Pakistan as  Indian root Mohajirs challenge the entity of Pakistan and the citizens of POK are ready to reject the Pak domination there.

Peace be Upon All. #Alertpak# has been returned in the web again. Inshallah…

January 10, 2012

Due to prolonged illness of this blogger you were not alerted by our part for last quarter of the 2011. In the new year of 2012, we have decided to run this blog jointly with our friends once again. We have started a new page in the  name “PAKISTAN DAILY TERROR DIGEST” , which will give you a current account of the Terror Trips by our Peace Loving Terrorist Brothers !

What may we do while Allah made them all insane !!!! This is maintained in this way.

List of Islamic Peace (Terror) Attacks in Pakistan on and from 01-01-2012.

Date

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City

Killed

Injured

Description

2012.01.10 Pakistan Jamrud 35 69 Three dozen people waiting in line at a gas station are torn to pieces by Islamist bombers.
2012.01.09 Pakistan Dabori 10 0 The bodies of ten local troops, abducted during a Taliban raid, are found brutally beheaded.
2012.01.05 Pakistan Thal 16 0 Sixteen captured Pakistani troops are brutally tortured and executed by Tehrik-e-Taliban fundamentalists.
2012.01.04 Pakistan Bhittaiabad 1 0 A woman is strangled, shot and then burned to death by her brother-in-law on suspicion of immoral behavior.
2012.01.04 Pakistan Bara 1 1 Lashkar-i-Islam kill a defender in an assault on a village.
2012.01.04 Pakistan Warki 1 0 Islamic hardliners behead a former peace committee leader.
2012.01.04 Pakistan Mansehra 1 0 A ‘disloyal’ woman is honor killed by her husband for refusing to divorce.
2012.01.03 Pakistan Peshawar 2 19 A bomb planted on a motorcycle near an internet cafe leaves two dead.
2012.01.03 Pakistan Landi Kotal 3 7 Three people are left dead when Abdullah Azzam Brigade bombers target a market.
2012.01.03 Pakistan Shalkanabad 1 1 A married woman is shot to death by her father-in-law on a rumor that she was seen talking to another man.
2012.01.01 Pakistan Bajaur 1 3 Islamic bombers take out a 7-year-old boy.

See it in a minute. 

Many killed in deadly Jihadi Blast at Quetta, Pakistan.

September 8, 2011

A Jihadi hell always stays in Pakistan

Many killed in Pakistan’s Quetta blast.


Source : World Bulletin – The attack targeted and wounded a brigadier of a paramilitary unit involved in Pakistan’s capture of Younis al-Mauritani and two other al Qaeda operatives in Quetta in an operation announced on Monday.

Suicide bombers targeting a paramilitary brigadier killed at least 20 people in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, apparently to avenge the capture of an al Qaeda leader, a security official said.

The attack targeted and wounded a brigadier of a paramilitary unit involved in Pakistan’s capture of Younis al-Mauritani and two other al Qaeda operatives in Quetta in an operation announced on Monday.

“Our fidayeen (suicide bombers) have carried out this attack. It is a revenge for the arrests of our brothers in Quetta,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“If they make more arrests then the reaction will be much more forceful.”

“This (Wednesday’s) attack has all the hallmarks of the Taliban. It seems to be revenge for the arrest of al-Mauritani,” said a senior security official.

Intelligence officials put the death toll from the Quetta attack at about 25. Sixty-one people were wounded.

The head of one of the suicide bombers had been found, and the features indicated he may have been from Afghanistan’s Tajik ethnic group, said the senior security official.

One of the suicide bombers blew himself up in a vehicle packed with explosives near the car of the deputy head of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Baluchistan, Farrukh Shehzad.

Shehzad’s wife was killed, police said.

The other suicide bomber struck inside his house. The dead also included a colonel in Pakistan’s paramilitary forces and seven of Shehzad’s guards. The explosions brought down the walls of his house and nearby offices.

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Afghan behaind Quetta Blast.

ANITA JOSHUA | THE HINDU.

As many as 24 people were killed and 70 injured in two suicide attacks in quick succession at the residence of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Frontier Corps (FC) in the high security Civil Lines area of Quetta on Wednesday morning.

According to the police, the first suicide bomber rammed his car into a FC vehicle parked outside the DIG’s residence. In the melee that followed, the second bomber entered the residence and detonated himself. The dead includes the wife of the DIG and a FC officer.

Since the house is located near the Commissioner Office, traffic was heavy at the time of the attacks and several security personnel — present in the area in strength in view of the restive nature of the entire Balochistan province — were killed in the twin blasts.

An identification card retrieved from the remains of one of the bombers revealed him to be an Afghan national. Given the intensity of the blasts and the nature of injuries sustained by some of those battling for their lives in hospitals across the city, police fear that the death toll could rise.

The Taliban have reportedly claimed responsibility for the blasts. The attack is being linked to the role played by the FC in nabbing three al-Qaeda operatives in Quetta recently. The announcement of their arrest was made on Monday by the Army without disclosing when exactly the trio were picked up.

According to the Army, the FC had coordinated with the ISI in the “intelligence driven operation” to nab the three operatives including Younis Al Mauritani who was reported to have been tasked directly by Osama bin Laden to target U.S. and European economic facilities. The Army also acknowledged the technical support provided by the CIA in these arrests.

U.S., U.K. condemn

The U.S. and the U.K. have condemned the attacks through their respective diplomatic missions in Islamabad. In a statement, the U.S. Embassy said: “Nothing can justify immoral and indiscriminate attacks against innocents including Pakistan’s security forces.” Saluting Pakistan’s “brave security forces”, the statement reiterated U.S. resolve to stand with the people of Pakistan as they work for a future free of the violence and destruction wrought by al Qaeda and associated groups.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague in a related statement described the attack as a stark reminder of the threat Pakistan faces from terrorism. “The UK is committed to standing together with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and we will continue to work together to counter this threat.”

Courtesy : AP | Reuters | World Bulletin | The Hindu | Agencies.

A painful Eid in Quetta. Sunni Jihadi blast kills 11 Shia, injures 20 on Eid day. Eid in Pak style.

September 1, 2011

Celebrating Eid in Pak Style : August 31,2011 : A Pakistani looks to burning cars after a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan : Pic. AP.

Clebrating Eid Day : Pak Sunni Style.

Quetta blast kills 11, injures 20 on Eid day.

A police official says a car bomb has exploded in Quetta, killing at least 11 people.

QUETTA, Pakistan ||Shawwal 01, 1432  || Wednesday, 31 August 2011 –  A suicide car bomber attacked worshippers in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday as they were heading home after morning prayers at the start of an Islamic holiday. The blast killed at least eleven people, officials said.

The attack occurred in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, which is home to both Taliban militants and nationalists who have waged a decades-long insurgency against the Pakistani government. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

There were conflicting reports about the death toll from the blast.

Initially, Quetta police chief Ahsan Mahboob said five people were killed in the suicide attack. But Babul Baluch, a member of the Edhi Foundation, which runs ambulance services throughout Pakistan, said 10 people were killed.

The blast also wounded at least 17 people and damaged nearby vehicles and buildings, said Mahboob.

Now, the sources confirmed the death toll of 11 people injuring another 20.

The attack was a somber beginning to Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday that comes at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. In Pakistan, the three-day holiday started

Abdul Jamil, a resident nearby says the blast occurred on Wednesday as hundreds of people were leaving a mosque in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

The crowd had just finished morning prayers to mark Eid al-Fitr. Jamil says at least 20 people were wounded in the attack.

No group immediately claimed responsibility. A car bomb Wednesday killed at least 11 people and wounded 20 others in the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

The bomb exploded in a parking lot after Eid prayers, senior police official Mohammad Hashim told media.

“At least 11 people were killed and 20 others wounded,” Hashim said.

“The bomb was planted in a car and an unidentified man parked it at the site and left.”

Hashim said there had been no immediate claim of responsibility and police could not speculate who could be behind the bombing, although the blast site was in an area populated by minority Shiite Muslims.

Hospital official Rasheed Jamali said there was one woman among the five dead brought to hospital.

Witnesses said several cars parked nearby also caught fire and a house was damaged.

Live television footage showed swirls of thick, black smoke as people ran into the street, some pushing their cars to safety, while ambulances carried away the wounded.

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Eid Mubarak.

I prayed to Allah to give a chance to convey a peaceful Eid greetings to all. But I am unfortunate enough. A painful Eid Mubarak to all.

These days, I am very much unwell. This blog is not updated. It could not be. Who are requesting me again again for this, I am saying sorry to my brothers and sisters. Please make dua for me for a prompt recovery and world peace.

Mijanur Rahaman.

Blog Manager, ALERTPAK.

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Osama bin Laden breathed last on Pakistan soil.

May 2, 2011

Full text of Obama’s speech confirming bin Laden’s death

Yahoo! India News – Mon, May 2, 2011 10:49 AM IST

Washington D C || 1st May, 2011 : Good evening. Tonight I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history.The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory. Hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky, the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground, black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon, the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction. 

And yet, we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world, the empty seat at the dinner table, children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father, parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. 

On September 11th, 2001 in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. 

On that day, no matter where we came from, what god we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family. 

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda, an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocence in our country and around the globe. 

And so we went to war against al Qaeda, to protect our citizens, our friends and our allies. 

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. 

In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. 
And around the globe, we’ve worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot. 

Yet, Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world. And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat his network. 

Then last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. 

It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. 

I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside Pakistan. 

And finally last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. 

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. 

After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. 

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

 Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad. As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. 

I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam, because bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. 

So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity. 

Over the years, I have repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people. 

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates. 

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. 

After nearly 10 years of service, struggle and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as commander-in-chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded. 

So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet, as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. 

And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done. 

Tonight we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work or know their names, but tonight they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice. 

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they’re a part of the generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day. 

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores. 

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people. The cause of securing our country is not complete, but tonight we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens, our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things, not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 

Thank you. May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America. 

Pak Islamist leader escapes 2nd attack in deadly blast, 12 killed 30 injured

April 3, 2011

The JUI-F chief indirectly blamed the United States and ‘some other elements’ for the attacks. — File Photo

Pak Islamist leader Fazl escapes second attack in two days

Islamabad:  Fri Apr 01 2011 || Pakistan’s hardline JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had a narrow escape for the second day in a row on Thursday, when a suicide bomber targeted his motorcade in the country’s restive northwest, killing at least 12 people and injuring over 30 others. The Maulana escaped unhurt anyway.

The JUI-F chief indirectly blamed the US and ‘some other elements’ for the attacks because, he said, they were unhappy with his criticism of their policies and actions.

“Apparently I was the target; the attackers sprayed my vehicle with bullets,” he told reporters at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar where he had gone to visit the injured.

“Who is behind these attacks? I don’t know,” he said in reply to a question.

“I am opposing drone attacks, criticising the release of Raymond Davis and US policies and raising voice for the release of Aafia Siddiqui, which are not acceptable to some people.”

The US embassy condemned the attack. “We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims,” said a statement issued in Islamabad.

A security official said the JUI-F leader had been warned about an assassination plot during his speech at a public meeting in Dera Ismail Khan but the warning was ignored.

“We are working on the group behind the threat to the Maulana in Dera Ismail Khan but it is premature to say anything now,” the official said. “The Maulana has long been on the hit list of the terrorists and he knows it.”

He said a suicide bomber wanted to attack Maulana Fazl in Swabi on Wednesday but security personnel stopped him on suspicion and he blew himself up.

He said he had seen several policemen who were injured by the blast.

Rehman cancelled his meeting in Charsadda after the blast.

A car in which senior JUI leaders Akram Khan Durrani and Azam Swati were travelling too was damaged in the attack, though they escaped unhurt.

Footage on television showed several cars that were damaged by the blast. The walls of a nearby mosque were pitted by ball bearings that were packed into the bomber’s explosive vest.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far.

Rehman escaped an attempt on his life on Wednesday as well when a suicide attacker tried to target his motorcade at Swabi in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. That attack killed 10 people, including two policemen.

The attacks have surprised political observers as the JUI is perceived as being pro-Taliban.

Rehman has repeatedly called on the federal government to halt military operations against the militants.

Rehman told the media on Thursday that he had not received any threats. He refused to say who could be behind the two attempts on his life.

The bomber struck just after the motorcade of 57-year-old Rehman, a member of the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament, entered Charsadda town in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where he was to address a gathering at Darul Uloom Islamia seminary.

The powerful blast occurred near a government office and a private school, witnesses said.

“Twelve people, including two members of Rehman’s security detail and a woman, were killed while over 30 others, including policemen and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) workers, were injured”, officials said.

“I am fine. There was a powerful explosion near my car and the windscreen was shattered. Another car in my motorcade was damaged,” Rehman told the media.

Courtesy : Indian Express | Dawn News.

Dozen killed in Friday (25th March 2011) peace by the Islamists in Pakistan. Eight in Kurram and Four in Karachi.

March 25, 2011

The area of Kurram district in Peshawar has a history of sectarian clashes between Pakistan's majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shias. — Photo by AFP

Gunmen kill eight Shi’ites in Pakistan

  • From:AFP
  • March 25, 2011 10:11PM

EIGHT people were killed and five wounded today when gunmen opened fire on two vehicles carrying Shi’ite Muslims in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region in suspected sectarian violence, officials said.

The vehicles were ambushed in Bagan town of Kurram district, near the Afghan border, and the victims “were all Shi’ite Muslims”, a security official said.

The area has a history of sectarian clashes between Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shi’ites.

Local administration official Fazal Hussain told AFP the Shi’ites were heading in a three-vehicle caravan from the northwestern city of Parachinar to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

“The attackers came in two vehicles. They opened fire and fled, leaving eight people dead, including a woman and a child,” he said.

Khalid Umarzai, another senior administrative official, confirmed the incident and said the attackers also kidnapped over 20 Shi’ites travelling in three coaches before fleeing.

Entrenched militants oppose jobs and education for women in the deeply conservative tribal region of Kurram, which has for five years been a flashpoint for violence between Shi’ite and Sunni communities.

Shi’ites account for some 20 per cent of Pakistan’s mostly Sunni Muslim population of 160 million.

More than 4,000 people have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence between the groups since the late 1980s. (eNewsdotComau)

Another four killed in Karachi violence

 

A bullet-riddled body of a youth was recovered from under a bridge in the city’s Karimabad area. The victim was identified as one Adnan. - Dawn File Photo

KARACHI, Friday 25th March 2011 | Rabi-us-Sani 19, 1432: At least four people were killed in Karachi on Friday as incidents of target killings continued in the city by unidentified gunmen, DawnNews reported.

The number of targeted killings in the city has risen to 166 in the month of March, DawnNews reported.

A bullet-riddled body of a youth was recovered from under a bridge in the city’s Karimabad area. The victim was identified as one Adnan.

In another incident, an unknown motorcyclist shot dead one Abdul Sattar in the Liaquatabad area. Moreover, the body of an unidentified man was recovered from a playground in Landhi’s sector 36-G.

Courtesy : NewsdotComau | Dawn | AFP | Agencies.

One killed and eleven injured in mine and improvised bomb blast in North West Pakistan

March 23, 2011

Militants in Pakistan’s northwest often target police and other law enforcement agencies. — Photo by Reuters

Bomb blasts kill one, wound 11 in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Mine and bomb attacks targeting police in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday (23/03/2011) killed one person and wounded 11, including nine officers, police said.

One person was killed in a landmine blast in the Adezai area of Peshawar on Wednesday.

Sources said the landmine was planted near Maryamzai area of Matni. The explosion killed one and injured another person.

In the first attack a donkey cart went over a mine buried by the roadside on the outskirts of Peshawar, police said.

“Both the donkey cart owner and donkey were killed. Basically the mine was planted to target police,” Kalam Khan, a senior police official, told AFP.

A Van was patrolling the Doabad area of Hangu when it was blown up by an IED. PHOTO: FILE

In the second incident a remote control bomb hit a police patrol pick-up, injuring 11, in the village of Darsamand, in Hangu district.

“Nine policemen and two passers-by were wounded in this bomb blast. Taliban militants are responsible for this attack,” Abdur Rashid Khan, district police chief told AFP by telephone.

Hangu lies 150 kilometres south of Peshawar and has a history of sectarian clashes between Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shias.

The area borders the tribal regions of Kurram and Orakzai, where entrenched militants oppose jobs and education for women.

Militants in Pakistan’s northwest often target police and other law enforcement agencies and are engaged in a campaign of violence against security forces in the country.

The bombings have been blamed on terror networks linked to the Taliban and al Qaeda.

More than 4,000 have died in suicide and bomb attacks across Pakistan since 2007.

Courtesy : Dawn | The Express Tribune | AFP | Agencies.

Karachi to Quetta, Pak Govt failured to give security to civilians and tame terrorist outfits.

March 22, 2011

Gunmen kill 11 road workers in Gwadar

Four attackers hit the camp of road construction workers before fleeing on motorbikes, said a government official.—AFP/File photo
QUETTA|| Dawn News || 21-03-2011 : A security official says gunmen have attacked a camp for road construction workers in an area of Balochistan where rebels are active, killing 11 people.

Azittalah said the attack late Monday took place close to the port town of Gwadar.

Azittalah, who heads a tribal security force, says four attackers hit the camp before fleeing on motorbikes.

Azittalah, who goes by a single name, did not identify the victims, though many laborers in Balochistan are settlers.

Karachi death toll climbs to 18 as terror returns


Sattar blames Mirza for crisis

by Nasir Mahmood in Pak Observer

Karachi—At least six more people, most of them political workers, were shot dead on Sunday in ongoing violence spree in the city, bringing the dead toll in politically-motivated killings to 18 in past 24 hours yesterday.
According to details, some 6 people were reportedly killed in the mega city within one hour in separate incidents. The unrest gripped Kharadar, Lyari, Orangi Town, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Liaqat Abad, Burns Road and others areas of the city after a week-long incidents of shootout.
Three policemen were targeted by miscreants in the city as police force and law enforcement agencies seemed to be helpless before the ghost attackers who easily targeted people and fled the scene successfully.
On Sunday, unknown attackers riding a bike opened fire on two people in Kharadar area, killing one of them on the spot while the other died on way to hospital.
A MQM worker, Shehzad was gunned down near Mosmiat area at Gulistan-e-Johar. In the same area, police found dead body of a man from a nullah. He was not identified.
Meanwhile, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, two people were killed and at least four injured when unidentified armed men targeted them on a shop.
In another incident, unknown bikers hurled a hand grenade on local office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement at Aram Bagh area, but it did not explode. Police said the grenade was defused.

An outer Karachi after severe violence

MQM has blamed criminal elements of People’s Aman Committee for targeting its workers, alleging Pakistan People’s Party for backing the group.
PPP’s Sindh Home Minister had initially announced his support for the group, before Sindh government’s decision to close all the offices of the organization in the province following President Asif Ali Zardari’s high-level talks with MQM leadership.
According to more details: In Teen Hatti area, an exchange of fire between protestors and the Rangers resulted in the killing of a youth named Danish.
Armed men opened fire and injured six people near Disco Bakery in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Two of the wounded later died while the other four were stated to be in critical condition. Two MQM workers were gunned down in Agra Taj Colony and Gulbahar. Another political worker who got injured earlier in Gulastan-e-Jauhar succumbed to his injures. A body was also recovered from the same area.
In another incident, a policeman named Arshad Kundi was murdered in Sohrab Goth and a tent-house owner was shot dead on Burns Road. Bomb Disposal Squad defused a hand grenade found near Aaram Bagh mosque in the same locality. In Surjani Town and Mehmoodabad, two people were gunned down.
Angry mobs, while protesting against target killings and extortion, burned tyres and blocked main arteries in Liaqatabad, Burns Road, Nazimabad, Lasbela Chowk and other areas.
Miscreants torched three vehicles including two buses in Gulastan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e–Iqbal and Orangi Town.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar has urged President Zardari to take notice of the fresh wave of killings in the city. He held Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza responsible for the wave of violence in the city, but said he was not directly involved in the unrest.
Talking to media persons, MQM leader Waseem Aftab urged Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of the Karachi killings.

Courtesy : Dawn | Pak Observer | AFP | Agencies.

Ethnic violence continues unabated in Karachi; 12 more killed

March 21, 2011

Karachi hit by fresh wave of killings,arson

KARACHI, 2oth March 2011 : Demonstrations were held in different areas of Karachi on Sunday in protest against a new wave of killings across the city, mainly on political and ethnic grounds, claiming over a dozen lives on Sunday.

The protesters turned violent at a few places where exchanges of fire between armed men and law-enforcement personnel left one person dead. Three vehicles were set on fire.

The protests began when dozens of people, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers, staged a sit-in for about half an hour on Shahrah-i-Pakistan near Liaquatabad during the funeral of Shahzad Hussain, a party activists killed on Sunday. They set tyres on fire and chanted slogans against the killing and the ‘extortion mafia’.

Violence intensified when armed men opened fire near Teen Hatti Bridge, prompting law-enforcement personnel to act.

“There was a group of armed youngsters who were firing shots into the air and attacked a Rangers vehicle parked there,” Jamshed Town SSP Amir Farooqi said.

 

Desolated roadways in Karachi with heavy police patrolling. Photo - The International News.

“The firing elicited retaliation from the law-enforcers that left a man dead, but it’s not yet clear whose bullet had hit him,” he added.

There was no official version from the Sindh Rangers on the incident.

Demonstrations were also held in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Burns Road and Federal B. Area.

Parts of Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Qasba Colony, Nazimabad, Lyari, Kharadar and Site areas were paralysed by incidents of intense gunfire.

A passenger coach was set on fire in Nazimabad and a truck and a bus in Safoora Goth near Gulistan-i-Jauhar.

By the time a ministerial committee of the PPP and MQM decided to meet to discuss the incidents of violence, the guns had fallen silent, although tension and fear kept the residents of the strife-hit areas indoors and business suspended.

Despite repeated attempts, the newly-appointed city police chief Saud Mirza avoided to say anything about the situation.

Sindh Home Minister’s Adviser Sharfuddin Memon said a meeting of the ministerial committee had been called to discuss the Karachi situation and law-enforcement agencies had been placed on high alert.

He said suggestions from leaders from both sides always helped to stem violence. “We have seen that workers from all parties have been targeted in recent killings.”

He said a positive result of law-enforcement measures would be evident soon.

Mr Memon said the Rangers had special powers and its action had always proved effective in such situations.

Courtesy : All sources and Agencies.