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Suicide bombers kill scores in Mohmand; over 60 injured in the PaK land of Peace

December 7, 2010

Twin suicide attacks kill 40 in Mohmand

* Bombers target jirga of Khoizai tribe at political agent’s office

* Dead include tribal elders, journalists and security personnel

* TTP Mohmand claims responsibility

PESHAWAR : 6th Dec. 2010 : Around 40 tribal elders, security personnel and journalists were killed on Monday in twin suicide bombings on a jirga being held outside the office of the assistant political agent of Ghalanai, the agency headquarters of Mohmand, to devise a strategy against terrorism in the tribal region, officials and local journalists said.

According to Mohmand Political Tehsildar Shamsul Islam, a jirga of a peace committee of Alizai and Safi tribes was in progress at the office of Roshan Khan Mehsud when two suicide bombers tried to enter into the premises, but blew themselves up when stopped by security personnel.

The attack on Khoizai tribe jirga in Ghalanai is one of the worst attacks on a jirga in the Tribal Areas since terrorism engulfed the long belt along the border with Afghanistan.

“A jirga of Khoizai tribe was attacked in Ghalanai leaving 40 dead and over 70 injured,” Mohmand Political Agent Amjad Ali Khan told reporters in Ghalanai. He said, “There were two suicide bombers who were disguised as tribal police.”

The injured had been rushed to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital where emergency had been declared. The reason for such a massive impact was that the terrorists had used live bullets in the explosives instead of ball bearing. “These bullets killed everyone who was hit,” Khan added.

He confirmed that the dead included two journalists from two private TV channels – Abdul Wahab and Pervez Khan and two tribal elders, while the assistant political agent had been injured.

One of the wounded in the attack was 45-year-old Qalandar Khan, who came to the compound to visit an imprisoned cousin and was hit by the second explosion.

“There was a deafening sound and it caused a cloud of dust and smoke and a subsequent hue and cry,” said Khan, laying in a hospital bed in his blood-soaked clothes. “There were dozens on the ground like me, bleeding and crying. I saw body parts scattered in the compound.”

But Shamsul Islam dismissed suggestions that security had been too lax to stop the suicide bombers, who travelled by motorbike.

“Routine security arrangements were in place. It is difficult to stop suicide bombers, they can go anywhere,” he told a private TV channel.

“There was a meeting underway between the local administration chief and tribal elders, members of the peace committee when the blast took place,” local official Maqsood Amin said.

The purported chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Mohmand claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Our two suicide bombers targeted people who were working against the Taliban,” Umer Khalid told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.

“Those who will work against us and make lashkars (tribal army) or peace committees will be targeted. Our war is to enforce Sharia and anyone who hinders our way or sides with America will meet the same fate,” Khalid said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain visited the Lady Reading Hospital to inquire after the injured people. Talking to reporters there, he said that his government would continue the fight against terrorism.

KP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti strongly condemned the blasts and termed them a cowardly act of terrorism. [staff reporter : daily times pak/agencies]

Courtesy : Daily Times | Dawn News |Reuters.

Wikileaks reveal the connections about Pak Terrorism

December 5, 2010

Two years before 26/11, US asked Pak to crack down on LeT, JuD

Posted: Sun Dec 05 2010, 15:13 hrs Islamabad || Indian Express . Com

Exactly two years before the 2008 Mumbai attacks, American officials pressured the Pakistan government to crack down on the Lashker-e-Taiba and its front Jamaat-ud-Dawah but were unable to make much headway, according to a secret US diplomatic cable.

A cable sent on November 27, 2006 by former US Ambassador to Pakistan Ryan C Crocker, one of the hundreds released by WikiLeaks, said the US embassy had raised the operations of the two groups with “contacts throughout the Government of Pakistan” after the LeT was designated a terrorist organisation under UN Security Council resolution 1267 the previous year.

Crocker took up the activities of LeT, Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust — all designated underFollowing the Mumbai attacks, the UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT and imposed restrictions on its assets and efforts to gain access to weapons.1267 — with the then Foreign Secretary Riaz Khan and the then National Security Advisor Tariq Aziz while other US officials engaged the Foreign Ministry’s UN Directorate and the Information Ministry.

“No (Government of Pakistan) official, however, has committed to taking direct action to close the operations of these entities,” Crocker wrote in the cable exactly two years before 10 terrorists launched by the LeT carried out attacks in India’s financial hub killing 166 people.

Following the Mumbai attacks, the UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT and imposed restrictions on its assets and efforts to gain access to weapons.

The Pakistan government launched a limited crackdown on the JuD and its leaders, including its chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

Saeed and several others were placed under house arrest in late 2008 though they were all freed within six months.

During his meetings with Pakistani officials, Crocker presented “a press report on the declaration of the Ministry of Defence Parliamentary Secretary that he was proud to be a member of LeT and that he seeks to extend support to jihadi organisations when they seek his ‘cooperation'”, the cable said.

Then Foreign Secretary Riaz Khan asked Crocker whether the US had evidence linking JuD to terrorist activity and the envoy “replied affirmatively, noting that the (US Government) has shared such information with (Government of Pakistan) intelligence agencies”.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba planned to assassinate Narendra Modi <Click Link

Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba had planned to assassinate Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and use Kerala and Tamil Nadu as base for carrying out strikes in southern India, according to a secret US diplomatic cable.

Source : Daily Pioneer, New Delhi, India.

LeT planned to kill Modi, establish bases in Kerala, TN <Click Link

Pak-based terror outfit LeT had planned to assassinate Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and use Kerala & Tamil Nadu as base for carrying out strikes in southern India, according to a secret US diplomatic cable.

Source : PTI || The Times of India.

See WikiLeaks : Pakistani Papers in Dawn for know more : WikiLeaks: Pakistan papers <Click Link : Courtesy : Dawn . Com

Suicide bomb attack on Friday prayer kills at least 50, hurt 100 in Darra Adam Khel Mosque

November 5, 2010

  • A local official said 11 children were among the dead
  • The roof of the mosque collapsed with the force of the explosion

At least 50 killed in blast in Darra Adam Khel

Friday 5th November 2010 | Ziqa’ad 27, 1431|| Source : Dawn News, AFP.

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomb tore through a Pakistani mosque during weekly prayers on Friday, killing 50 people and bringing down the roof, trapping victims under pulverised rubble.

The attack in the volatile northwest was the deadliest in two months. Dozens of people were critically wounded and officials feared the toll could rise.

The carnage wrought havoc in Akhurwall village, part of the semi-tribal northwest area of Darra Adam Khel about 140 kilometres west of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

A local official said 11 children were among the dead and television footage showed villagers digging graves within hours of the attack, determined to bury the dead in keeping with Muslim custom before nightfall.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, a local elder blamed the Taliban and suggested that the bombers could have been targeting members of a pro-government militia set up to thwart the extremists.

“The number of dead is 50 now. There is a possibility it might rise further,” local administration official Gul Jamal Khan told AFP.

“The number of wounded is more than 100. The dead include 11 children. Some of the bodies are beyond recognition.”

Shahid Ullah, district administration chief of the northwestern garrison town of Kohat, said earlier that more than 40 people had been killed, but warned that the death toll was likely to rise.

“More than 70 are wounded and most of them are in a critical condition and have been taken to hospital.”

Ambulances and private volunteers rushed to take the victims to hospital in Peshawar, the main city in the northwest.

Television footage showed an elderly bearded man wearing a traditional white shalwar khamis drenched in blood limping into casualty while a woman shrieking in grief beat her hands against her head.

A private car sped up to the main Lady Reading Hospital with a volunteer sitting next to a body in the boot.

Khalid Umarzai, a regional administrator, said the bomber entered the mosque from the back during the main prayers.

“The roof of the mosque collapsed,” he told Geo television. “It was a suicide attack.”

Local tribal elder Sohbat Khan Afridi blamed the Taliban, saying Akhurwall is the home of Wali Mohammad, who formed a tribal militia in 2007 to rise up against the militants.

The Taliban and the militia, which is known locally as a lashkar, clashed repeatedly in the area but this year reached some kind of compromise in which blood money was paid to the Taliban, Afridi said.

“Taliban are believed to be involved in this attack,” he said, declining to go into further details on the alleged deal.

Umarzai suggested the attack could have been retaliation for military operations in the Darra Adam Khel area targeting militants.

“An operation is going on by the army and Frontier Corps (paramilitary) in the Darra Adam Khel area. We had been expecting such attacks.”

Around 3,800 people have been killed in suicide attacks and bombings, blamed on homegrown Taliban and other extremist networks, since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad three years ago. – AFP

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Important reading : Attacking shrines and the culture of peace.

by  Husham Ahmed

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.

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.

Religious Educational Institutions in Pak are getting dangerous day by day.

September 16, 2010

Arms cache seized from Madrassa

By Atif Raza || Daily Times, Pakistan

Thursday, 16 Sep, 2010 | Shawwal 06, 1431

KARACHI: The Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) and Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) recovered heavy weapons including explosive materials from a madrassa (religious seminary) and a house in Liaquatabad while arresting three alleged culprits in joint raids on Wednesday.

At a press conference in the AVCC office, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Investigation) Iftikhar Hussain Tarar disclosed that CPLC team headed by its chief Ahmed Chinoye and AVCC team headed by SSP Usman Ghani in a joint operation raided a house near Sindhi Hotel and Madrassa-e-Arabia Faizanul Quran in Liaquatabad and recovered a huge quantity of illegal weapons. Three accused were also arrested who were identified as Shafiqullah, son of Shafiullah, and brothers Noman and Faizan, sons of Mohammad Yaseen, the DIG added.

Tarar claimed the police have recovered a light machine gun, a rocket launcher, one 7mm rifle, one submachine gun, a 12-bore repeater, one .44-bore rifle, one 30-bore pistol, a 9mm pistol, 1,000 bullets, 5 boxes of explosive materials, 8 boxes of wires and religious literature. Meanwhile, three motorcycles and a car were also recovered from the possession of the suspects.

The suspects were involved in the kidnapping of Hanif Memon on August 27, who was released on September 1 after a ransom amount of around Rs 750,000 was paid to the kidnappers, the DIG informed.

He said under section 365/A, FIR No 547/2010 was registered at the Aziz Bhatti police station, while during investigation, two hideouts of the alleged kidnappers were located in the Liaqatabad area, adding that the police team raided and arrested the said accused. Two accused identified as Imran Yaseen and Amanullah managed to escape, he added.

Initial interrogation has revealed that the arrested accused were not affiliated with any political or militant groups but the seized arms cache reflected that the accused might be associated with a terrorist group, Tarar remarked.

CPLC Chief Ahmed Chinoye, Special Investigation Unit SSP Raja Umar Khattab, AVCC SSP Usman Ghani and other AVCC and CPLC officials were also present at the press conference.

Source Courtesy : Daily Times (Pak).

Five militant groups banned in Balochistan || Two killed in an explosion at Karachi

September 8, 2010

Interior Minister Rehman Malik. — Photo by AFP

Pak Govt bans five militant groups in Balochistan

Wed, 08 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 28, 1431

QUETTA: Pakistan announced a ban on five militant groups operating in the restive southwest and froze their assets on Wednesday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.

Violence has surged this year in Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran and is rife with separatist unrest as well as militancy and sectarian violence.

“Today five of them have been proscribed. They will not be allowed to undertake any activity, their offices will be closed and action will be taken against their office bearers,” Malik told reporters.

“Their bank accounts have also been seized,” said Malik, speaking in Quetta, where a suicide bomber killed 59 people on Friday at a Shia Muslim rally.

The banned groups are the Balochistan Republican Army, Baloch Liberation Front, Balochistan Liberation United Front, Baloch Defaee Tanzeem and Lashkar-e-Balochistan, Malik said.

Malik said any organisation using the terms “liberation”, “military” or “Lashkar” (army) in Balochistan would also face a ban.

The interior minister also announced that the federal government had given Balochistan’s Chief Minister the authority to award police powers to the Frontier Constabulary (FC) to tackle the province’s law and order situation.

Malik said every law enforcement action in the province will be led by the police, adding that this involves targeted action based on intelligence inputs.

He said police and FC will gather the intelligence in this regard and denied saying that there would be a Swat-style operation in the province.—AFP/DawnNews

Alertpak says :But it is not clear that how the same “liberation”, “military” or “Lashkar” (army) names will be tagged with other Pak Terrorists Groups in other provinces in Pakistan ?

This is simply a matter of persecution of Balooch People who wants autonomy within Pakistan. Balooch are not Talibans. Then why this discrimination upon Balooch people ??

Explosion near hub-chowki in Karachi on 8th Sept. 2010. – AP Photo

Two killed in an explosion near Hub chowki

No Peace in Ramazan

Wed, 08 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 28, 1431

KARACHI: In an explosion near Rind market in Hub chowki on Wednesday, two people died while eight were injured.

The injured were shifted to Hub civil hospital immediately where two of the injured succumbed to their injuries.

Those severely injured were shifted to a hospital in Karachi. Few of the injured were sent home after treatment.

The nature of the explosion has not been determined yet. – Dawn News

Alertpak says : No Peace in Ramazan.

Courtesy : AP, AFP and Dawn.

Blast targeting Kohat police colony kills 21 in the final days of Ramazan

September 7, 2010

Burning in the Islamic Peace : A man with burn injury by an explosion as admitted at a local hospital in Kohat.—AP

Car bomb kills 21 near police complex in Kohat

Tue, 07 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 27, 1431

KOHAT: Twenty-one people were killed and 70 wounded in a bomb attack targeting police residential quarters in Kohat on Tuesday, Geo News reported Tuesday.

“Twenty-one people have been killed and 70 wounded, and there were women and children among the injured,” a senior police official said.

“It was a big explosion. I am on site and can see the smoke. Several people have been wounded,” he said.

“It was a car bomb blast, we are investigating whether the car was parked or was exploded by a suicide bomber,” Khalid Khan, Commissioner Kohat said.

Rescue workers were facing difficulties as electricity was suspended after the blast.

The law enforcement personnel have cordoned off entire area. Police said a nearby police residential complex had also been severely damaged and houses had collapsed, trapping several people in the rubble.

Police said it was a bomb blast but they were investigating whether a suicide bomber had targeted the area or someone had planted a bomb.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik strongly condemned the Kohat bomb blast and sought an inquiry report from the Inspector General Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Police.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Kohat and termed it as the most heinous crime against innocent civilians on the sacred day of 27th Ramazan.

Militants have launched a series of attacks in the past week as Muslims mark the final days of the holy month of Ramazan.

Courtesy : Dawn, The International News, AP and Agencies