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101 Mumbai-like incidents=successful year for offensive against Taliban :: The New Equation of Success in Pakistan

January 28, 2010

Pakistan has faced 101 Mumbai-like incidents: Pakistan PM

IANS||28 January 2010, 03:03pm IST

NEW DELHI: Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism with “101 Mumbai-like incidents” having taken place, Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said and asked India to resume dialogue as both the countries “cannot afford war”.

“There are 101 Mumbai-like incidents in Pakistan after that. Dialogue is the only answer. We are both responsible nations. We can only move forward. We cannot afford war. The only way forward is talks,” Gilani said in an interview to a television channel broadcast on Thursday.

India had stopped all dialogue with Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, with the Indian government alleging that the terror conspiracy was hatched on Pakistani soil.

Gilani referred to the joint statement issued after the meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt, on the sidelines of the non-aligned leaders summit in 2009.

“That was a very good meeting. We discussed all issues. And we had understanding that we both are suffering from terrorism,” Gilani said.

The Pakistani leader said that “1.25 billion (people) should not be made hostage to one incident”.

“So (if) we are hostage to this incident, then the beneficiary is the terrorist. Therefore, we should move forward.”

“Certainly we condemn terrorism and we always believe that neither Pakistani nor Indian soil (should) be used against each other. We are the victims of terrorism. You know how we are fighting the war on terrorism,” asserted Gilani.

“What we really need is capacity building,” Ambassador Khan (R) said, adding that no other nation could do a better job than Pakistan’s forces on its own soil. “We, however, need help with capacity building in the areas of infrastructure, night vision equipment, communication gear, helicopters, and aircraft.” –APP (File photo)

‘2009 successful year for offensive against Taliban’

Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010||Safar 12, 1431

BEIJING: Terming 2009 a “successful year” in its offensive against the Taliban network in Pakistan, Islamabad Ambassador to Beijing Masood Khan said that beefing up military presence is just part of the “two-track” means to eradicate terrorism in central Asia.

Troops alone don’t work; what war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan urgently need is capacity building and development, said Ambassador Khan in an interview published in China Daily on Thursday prior to the start of an international conference in the UK to discuss measures to eliminate terrorism in Central Asia.

“What we really need is capacity building,” Khan said, adding  that no other nation could do a better job than Pakistan’s forces on its own soil. “We, however, need help with capacity building in the areas of infrastructure, night vision equipment, communication gear, helicopters, and aircraft.”

The international community should also invest in the “development track” in the region, Khan urged. “And should do so aggressively.”

“I would say that the allocation of resources for the economic development of these affected areas is only a small fraction of what is being spent for military means,” the country’s senior diplomat said, noting that Afghanistan and Pakistan are desperate for investment. “I hope this conference will prove to be beneficial in this regard,” he said.

Apart from the host nation, Britain, representatives from the International Security Assistance Force, Nato, UN and Afghanistan’s immediate neighbours are to attend the conference. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi is representing Pakistan.

In the half-an-hour interview in Beijing with China Daily, Khan discussed Pakistan’s experience eight years after joining the anti-terror campaign, commented on the US strategy under US President Barack Obama, and shared his concerns about the regional situation.

“It’s a war we have to win,” Khan remarked.

Other than beefing up the military and development, he said Islamabad is “trying to reach out to all levels of the Taliban to wean them away from violence and integrate them into the political mainstream”.

Khan said that Islamabad joined the war as it was “in its national interest” since Pakistan could not stay immune to the violence in the neighbouring state.

Islamabad’s envoy to Beijing pointed out that his country’s forces have killed more than 7,000 terrorists and apprehended about 9,000, including 901 Al-Qaeda operatives with the help of US intelligence.

The killing of Baitullah Mehsud, former head of the Pakistani Taliban, in August last year, is considered a major success for Pakistan. “I think we have dismantled the network of militants. They are scattered now,” Khan said. Read more details here.….

Courtesy: Times of India, Dawn News, APP & Others.

Three killed in blast in Jaffarabad, Policemen in Quetta on duty without weapons, 14 persons killed in FATA

January 28, 2010

Police rushed to the site after the blast and shifted the bodies and injured to a nearby hospital. — Photo by AFP

Three killed in blast in Jaffarabad

Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010||Safar 12, 1431

QUETTA: Three people were killed and eight were injured in an explosion in Balochistan province’s Jaffarabad district on Thursday.

District Police Officer Jaffarabad, Syed Farid Ali, told DawnNews that the blast took place as an explosive device went off in a small restaurant in Sohbatpur town.

Police rushed to the site after the blast and shifted the bodies and injured to a nearby hospital.

The blast site was cordoned off and an investigation was underway.

Thursday’s blast comes two days after another blast in the district’s Dera Allah Yar town. — DawnNews

Policemen carrying batons take part in a demonstration here on Wednesday.—Online

Policemen in Quetta on duty without weapons

By Saleem Shahid ||Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010||Safar 12, 1431

QUETTA: Thousands of Balochistan police personnel performed their duties without weapons on Wednesday after they were not issued arms from their headquarters for the second day running.

The provincial government had sealed the armouries of the Balochistan Constabulary, Anti-Terrorism Force and Police Training College after Monday’s violent protest by policemen demanding a raise.

Frontier Corps personnel called in by the provincial government after police’s strike were guarding the sealed police koths.

Personnel of Balochistan Constabulary and ATF were seen with batons issued to them in place of AK-47 rifles used by police in the province.

“Weapons will not be issued to the personnel of the BC, ATF and PTC until legal action is completed against policemen involved in violent protest,” a government official told Dawn.

He said that 3,000 to 3,500 personnel belonging to the three institutions had been affected by the decision. “They are performing their duties with batons.”

According to sources, there is no restriction on officers above the rank of assistant sub inspector carrying weapons.

Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has asked acting provincial police chief Mohammad Akbar Arain to take strict action against police officials involved in violence, the sources said.

Footage from cameras installed at the gates and inside the CM’s secretariat and Governor’s House is being used for identifying personnel involved in firing and damaging property.

More cameras have been installed along the road near the Governor’s House and Chief Minister’s House.

Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said: “Investigation is under way and strict action will be taken against violent protesters.”

He said the situation was under control and no report of police protest had been received from any part of the province except Loralai, where a group of personnel had taken out a procession.

He said the violence appeared pre-planed because police recruits inducted just two weeks ago had been brought to the city from the training college.

He said a DSP and other police officials who had brought the recruits from the PTC had been arrested.

Frontier Corps personnel continued guarding important places in the provincial capital, including the governor’s and chief minister’s houses, the provincial assembly and main bazaars.

All vehicles moving on the Zarghoon Road and their occupants were checked. The Civil Secretariat and houses of the governor, the chief minister, several ministers and the chief secretary are located along the road.

The home secretary said the FC would remain in Quetta until required for maintaining peace and order. — DawnNews

Pakistan is always afraid of  Balooch  agitation for autonomy of the Province and consequently do not want to empower the Balooch Police Force as to avoid any suspected armed Police Revolt within the Police there on demand of Autonomous Baloochistan.

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14 persons killed in FATA

12 Taliban militants were killed and three others injured in clashes between Salarzai laskhar (pro government Tribal militia) and militants in Chinnar village of Bajaur Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on January 27, according to Daily Times. The volunteers from the Salarzai lashkar, backed by Security Forces (SFs) were on their way to Mula Said and Chinnar areas when a group of armed militants attacked them. The SFs and members of the lashkar repulsed the attack killing 12 militants and injuring three. One trooper was killed in the attack.

Further, Taliban militants killed a pro-government lashkar leader in Bajaur Agency. The body of Malik Manaris Khan, 47, was found in Salarzai town. He was abducted on January 25 along with two other tribesmen, Malik Ali Baz and Malik Muhammad Rehman. The former is still held captive by the militants while the latter has been released.

Separately, a tribal elder, Malik Saleh Khan, had a narrow escape when a roadside bomb went off in Nawagai tehsil (revenue unit).

Meanwhile, the political administration has warned tribal chieftains of a military operation if they do not take action against terrorists who have fled Mehsud areas of South Waziristan and have taken refuge in North Waziristan.

Further, after several days of silence, rumours were once again circulating that chief of the banned militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Hakeemullah Mehsud had died of fatal injuries that he had sustained in a drone attack in Shaktoi village of South Waziristan on January 14. However, sources close to Hakeemullah Mehsud denied such reports and claimed he was in good health.

Courtesy : Dawn News, Reuters, AFP, South Asian Terrorism Portal & Others.

India lodges protest over ceasefire violations by Pakistan

January 22, 2010

A strong protest was registered by India over incidents of grave and unprovoked firing across the line of control by Pakistan. –AP (File photo)

India lodges protest over ceasefire violations

Friday, 22 Jan, 2010||Safar 06, 1431.

KARACHI: India has lodged a ‘strong protest’ against Pakistan over increased incidents of ceasefire violations, the Indian media reported on Friday.

According to media reports, Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Riffat Masood was called to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to convey the protest.

According to a spokesman of Indian External Affairs, the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan was called to the Ministry of External Affairs and a strong protest was registered over incidents of grave and unprovoked firing across the line of control by Pakistan, including the firing of rockets in the Amritsar sector on the night between January 8 and 9, 2010.

He said that the Indian government has asked Pakistan to take all necessary steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

Pakistan rejected Indian allegations of infiltration and warned of retaliation if India did not stop firing across the border. – Reuters

Pakistan lodges protest over cross-border firing

Wednesday, 20 Jan, 2010||Safar 04, 1431

RAWALAKOT: A flag meeting was held between Pakistani and Indian military commanders at the Rawalakot sector along the Line of Control on Wednesday.

Pakistan rejected Indian allegations of infiltration and warned of retaliation if India did not stop firing across the border.

The Pakistan army lodged a strong protest with its Indian counterpart over Tuesday’s unprovoked cross-border firing at Keir sector.

One soldier was killed while another sustained injuries when Indian troops fired across the Line of Control.

It was the second time Indian troops had fired across the line of control in just as many days.

Courtesy : Dawn, AP. APF and other Agencies


Pak Taliban video indicates cross-border links : Special Representative of US

January 18, 2010

Commenting on Pak-India ties, Holbrooke said that easing tensions between India and Pakistan would help western efforts in Afghanistan. However, he said it was up to Islamabad and New Delhi to find their own path towards better ties. – Alertpak  photo

TTP video indicates cross-border links, says Holbrooke

KABUL: A video of a Pakistani Taliban leader with the bomber who killed CIA agents in Afghanistan indicated cross-border links between Afghan, Pakistani and Al Qaeda militants, the US regional envoy said on Sunday.

Special Representative Richard Holbrooke said in an interview in Kabul that “shadowy but unmistakable” links between groups exposed by the video helped explain why the United States and its allies were fighting in Afghanistan.

The video released this month showed the Jordanian suicide bomber posing with Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, before carrying out the Dec 30 attack which killed seven CIA employees, the deadliest strike on the agency in decades.

“When people say to us, ‘why are you fighting in Afghanistan when the goal is to destroy Al Qaeda and

they are in Pakistan?’ I think this incident highlights the explanation for what we are doing, because there are some shadowy but unmistakeable connections here,” he said.

The video could show “the very close links between the Haqqani group, Mehsud, Al Qaeda, and it underlines the rationale for our strategy”, he said. “That was a horrifying tape.”

“They’ve all claimed credit for it,” he said of the various militant groups with some possible hand in the CIA attack.

Asked whether he had put more pressure on Islamabad to do more in border regions to rout insurgents, Mr Holbrooke said Pakistan’s military was stretched “very thin”.

“I think they are well aware of the fact that the presence on their soil of the Afghan Taliban and its leadership is not in their own security interests. They know how important this is. They are our allies,” he added.

Pak-India ties

Easing tensions between India and Pakistan would help western efforts in Afghanistan, said Mr Holbrooke. However, it was up to Islamabad and New Delhi to find their own path towards better ties.

He said Washington would welcome better relations between Islamabad and New Delhi, but he had no plans to act as a mediator between the two rival countries. “President (Barack) Obama has said publicly that if India and Pakistan improve their relations, he would welcome it,” he said before leaving for New Delhi.

“But it’s up to them to do it for themselves. We are not intermediating between Islamabad and New Delhi.

“Every time I go to India people say: ‘Are you working on this problem? Are you a messenger? Are you an envoy between the two countries?’” he said. “The answer is ‘no’.”

He described his visit to India as a “consultative trip, it’s not a negotiating trip”, unlike his stops in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

His aim was mainly to explain US regional strategy to Indian officials, on his first visit since Mr Obama announced 30,000 extra troops for Afghanistan in December.

Asked if better India-Pakistan ties were necessary to resolve the Afghan conflict, Mr Holbrooke said: “Is it necessary? … It would be useful.” Asked why, he said: “For obvious reasons.”

“In this extraordinary strategic context, every country has a legitimate security requirement which has to be acknowledged if we are ever going to get to a resolution of this 30-year process,” he said of the three decades of war in Afghanistan.

“The Pakistan-India relationship is unique because of its origins on the same day in August of 1947 and the unresolved issue of the territory on their common border, which has been so disputed,” he said.

“Pakistan has legitimate security interests like any nation, based on its … geo-strategic position,” he said. “I am not going to get specific about India’s strategic interests. They will speak for themselves.”—Reuters

Courtesy : Dawn, Reuters & Google.

Coming blowback: How Pakistan is endangering the World

January 15, 2010

For a different cause of Fanatic Religion of peace inside Pakistan.

Coming blowback : How Pakistan is endangering the world

By Wilson John

Publisher : Rupa, Rs 595

Book Reviewed by CHIROSREE BASU

There are two types of reporting done on Pakistan. One, the ‘been-there-seen-it’ kind that mediamen in the West are known to have a special knack for. The other is armchair theorizing, the forte of a group that calls itself Pakistan-watchers. The second obviously lacks the thrill and personal touch of a first-hand account, but a long shot of events often provides an insight the first kind may not reveal. That is what keeps research foundations hedging their bets on the armchairwallahs. It is a tad disappointing when a work sinks in between the two stools, which this book does.

Despite the unusual data Wilson John uses, some of the startling revelations he unearths, and brief spells of clearheaded analysis, the book is lost in the heap of information that John feeds his reader. The ‘info’ breaks the narrative in the most unexpected places and leaves one groping for the line of argument. It annoys one to no end because some of this information (not altogether unknown) is repeated, sometimes verbatim, in the later sections of the book. To take just one example, a paragraph John cites with Ahmed Rashid’s quote from a Tehelka report on page 182 reappears in its exact form on page 238. There must have been others, for several times I was left feeling that I had read something similar only a few pages ago. This trait, detected in other “research works” that base themselves heavily on secondary sources, neither speaks highly of the researcher nor of those who edit such works.

The central thrust of John’s book is to look at the way the civil society in Pakistan is changing, imperceptibly but determinedly — a facet often overlooked by critics of the country’s civilian and military leadership. John, however, acknowledges that this change is steered by the Pakistan State itself in order to “justify its overt use of terrorist and extremist elements against its adversaries”. The radicalization effected not only makes the civil society encourage further radicalization but also to become an active participant in the process.

‘In its entire history, Pakistan founding father Jinnah’s vision of a modern, democratic state has never had a chance before the onrush of this hydra-headed juggernaut, the army–ISI combine, fuelled as it is by fanaticism, corporate greed, and lust for power. The single most important task before Pakistan’s citizen’s and its civilian leaders is to break up this cabal.’

Wilson John is a well-known investigative journalist, specialising in matters of defence and security. He has been credited with exposing many controversial deals and decisions in the defence establishment. He is at present a Consulting Editor with The Pioneer, New Delhi.

Much of this change happens through education. As the co-founder of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (a major focus of John’s analysis) and colleague of Hafeez Saeed, the JuD chief, pointed out, it would be impossible to establish the “system of Allah in the world” without education. There are two things that John emphasizes here. One, he tries to dispel the notion that madaris alone promote Islamic education and popularize the notion of jihad. The failure of the State school system has brought in major players in the form of religious organizations and jihadi parties which have set up chains of their own brand of model hybrid schools that make religious education and jihad just as popular as the traditional madaris. (They, in fact, follow the guidelines laid down by the curriculum wing of the ministry of education that makes it mandatory for the schools to enable a Class V child to “make speeches on jihad and shahadaat” and “understand Hindu-Muslim differences”.) And they educate women in enormously large numbers to have control on the mental universe of the future generation.

The second thing John wants to stress is that jihadi outpourings in Pakistan are not the function of economic disparities that have resulted in a class war. Yes, the typical population in madaris may be poor, but the students there are not necessarily more predisposed to terrorism than the products of Pakistan’s elite secular institutions. In fact, the research he accesses show that since the latter lacked basic knowledge about Islamic teachings and the value attached to life, they may be more “amenable to getting involved in ruthless acts of terrorism”. In Pakistan, and elsewhere, that is precisely what is happening. Children of elite institutions are quitting school to rough it out in the terror camps with the blessings of their parents. Or else products of renowned international institutions are coming home to take on their share of the mantle of the global jihad.

The last indicates a fundamental change in the profile of the jihadist. A class apart from the recruits in madaris or those indoctrinated through intense courses in religion who fight side by side with the literate or illiterate in the fronts in Afghanistan and Kashmir, the net-born, e-coached, highly-educated, jeans-clad jihadist is a loner who forms his linkages with global jihad in his room, is less amenable to control than the innumerable fidayeens on the battlefield and perhaps more devastating in his impact on the world.

John goes into intricate details of how the JuD is fostering changes of all kind and linking up the jihadist world through its associations with the like-minded in the Arab nations, in India, the West, and within Pakistan’s bureaucracy and the army. There are fascinating accounts of Lashkar-e-Toiba camps, of indoctrination meetings where women sacrifice their sons as easily as their jewels to the cause. Incidentally, many of these are attributed either to reporters or analysts who are not named in the text or in the footnotes, which appear generously at the end of the pages.

John’s analyses, when they are not swamped by information, are remarkable. Consider the Pakistan army operation in Waziristan, the failure of which he blames as much on the inaction of the allied forces as on the sentimentalism of the Pakistan army officers. He also does an enormously useful summary of the jihadi movement in India and the jihadist linkages in Kashmir. However, one cannot rate his sensational account of ISI officers and Pervez Musharraf as highly. Nor can one give him the credit he lays claim on for prophesying that terrorist groups will “adopt new techniques or a combination of old modus operandi” to launch future attacks on India. That, one dares say, is obvious.

Posted by : MR.

Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata.

“Pakistan Security Report 2009” …….. A True Face of Religion of Peace in Pakistan.

January 11, 2010

Pakistani Face of Islam 2009. `12,632 people dead and 12,815 injured’.`380 killed in 8 attacks targeting mosques in 2009’. ‘Over 12,800 Islamic militants caught in 2009’.

by Mijanur Rahaman.

What these religious Muslims are doing ?? Over 12,800 suspected militants were arrested during operations conducted by law-enforcement agencies and armed forces across the country in 2009. — Photo by AP

Most of the Muslims believe Islam as a Religion of Peace. Most of them are also proud of it.  The actualities can be derived from the recent report published by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), a self acclaimed independent think-tank, under the title “Pakistan Security Report 2009”. Every proud Muslim have to ponder over the situation under Practical Islam of increasing violence and the deterrent development of Pakistan in all respect.

The report titled “Pakistan Security Report 2009” released by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an independent think-tank, said that compared to 313 operational attacks conducted in 2008, 596 were carried out by security forces in 2009.

As per the report published on last sunday, over 12,800 suspected militants, 75 of them belonging to Al Qaeda and 9,739 local Taliban or members of other banned groups, were arrested during operations conducted by law-enforcement agencies and armed forces across the country in 2009.

“If the casualties in terrorist attacks, operational attacks by the security forces and their clashes with the militants, inter-tribal clashes and the cross-border attacks of the US and Nato forces in Fata are counted, the overall casualties amount to 12,632 people dead and 12,815 injured.”

In 2009, the report says, 2,586 terrorist, insurgent and sectarian-related incidents were reported that killed 3,021 people and injured 7,334.

The highest number of 1,173 attacks was reported from the NWFP, followed by 792 in Balochistan and 559 in Fata; 46 attacks took place in Punjab, 30 in Sindh, 12 in Islamabad and five each in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

The Taliban seem to have changed their tactics and they are now carrying out coordinated attacks, instead of using a lone suicide bomber. Part of that change was evident in choosing different and increasingly civilian targets, such as a university in Islamabad and markets in Lahore and Peshawar, the attack on the military’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, and drive-by shootings targeting senior military officers in Islamabad.

Although the number of terrorist attacks and casualties increased in 2009, the government forces were able to inflict heavy damage on terrorist networks and infrastructure in Fata and adjacent areas.

Earlier, as per a report of the Interior Ministry of Pakistan,  it was conveyed that  at least 380 innocent Pakistanis have been killed and 941 injured in the year 2009 in eight bloody incidents of terrorism across Pakistan, targeting mosques with the help of suicide bombers as well as explosive-laden vehicles.

According to the figures compiled by the Pakistani ministry of interior, 52 people were killed on average per month in the eight gory incidents, most of which were claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). On average, 33 people were killed every month in the mosque-related acts of terrorism in the first 11 months of the year 2009. The weekly and daily average for those killed during the same period comes to eight and one persons respectively. The odious ploy of targeting jam-packed mosques at prayer time is now increasingly being used by the Tehrik-e-Taliban as this has become a lethal way to create horror. According to the available data, over 50 mosques have been targeted since 9/11 either by the Pakistani Taliban or their like-minded jehadi groups like the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Harkatul Jehadul Islami (HUJI), Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM) and Jamaatul Furqaan.

Claiming responsibility for the Friday’s mosque attack, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said the Parade Lane mosque was similar to Masjid-e-Zarrar that was built in Madina by the munafiqeen, and was “demolished on the orders of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)”. Talking to BBC after the attack, TTP commander Waliur Rehman Mehsud said that his men had actually attacked senior army officers. “Our militants attacked the military officers who were our primary target and we will continue to attack the army,” he said, adding that the civilians killed in the attack were relatives of army personnel and their deaths “did not matter”. The fatal mosque attack comes just a day after the attempted bombing of the Naval Headquarters in Islamabad.

According to the compilation of figures by the ministry of interior and sources of different news agencies, the first such incident took place on February 5, 2009 when a suicide bomber blew himself at the main gate of Al Hussainia Mosque in Dera Ghazi Khan, killing 33 persons and injuring 54 others. The second incident took place on March 27, 2009 in which 92 persons, including 16 Security Force personnel, were killed and over 113 injured. The target of the suicide bomber was a mosque at Peshawar-Torkham Highway in the Jamrud sub-division of the Khyber Agency in FATA during the Friday congregation. The huge explosion reduced the single-storey roadside mosque to rubble. The dead included the prayer leader, his brother, four personnel of the Frontier Corps and a dozen Khassadars (tribal police).

The third such incident took place on June 5, 2009 when a suicide bomber killed 57 worshippers, including 12 children, at a mosque in a remote village of the Dir Upper District of NWFP. Dozens more were injured as a young man detonated explosives fastened to his body minutes before the Friday congregation in the Hayagay Sharqi village. In the fourth incident that took place in the same month a week later on June 12, 2009, 12 worshippers were killed and 105 others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden van into a mosque during the Friday prayers in the Cantonment area of Nowshera in the NWFP. The congregation was in the second Rakat (part) of their prayer when the bomber in the vehicle, carrying 125 kilograms of explosives, struck the wall of the mosque near the Army Supply Depot. Two soldiers were among the four persons killed on the spot.

The fifth such incident took place on October 28, 2009 when a remote-controlled car bomb killed at least 117 people, including women and children, and injured around 203 others. The bombing completely destroyed Masjid Umme Habiba, a famous mosque of Peshawar, which was situated in the famous Meena bazaar. At least 150 kilograms of explosives were used in the remote-controlled blast. In the sixth incident on November 16, 2009, 12 persons were killed and 32 others sustained injuries in a suicide car bombing which targeted the Badaber Police Station and an adjacent mosque situated on the Kohat Road near Peshawar. The powerful blast razed to the ground the mosque as well as a large portion of the Police Station. The December 4 attack on the Rawalpindi mosque was the seventh such assault this year, specifically targeting mosques.

The December 4, 2009 armed attack targeting the parade ground mosque in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, which killed 44 people including 17 children, was the latest in the series. In one of the worst incidents of terrorism in recent years, a group of six fidayeen attackers belonging to the Tehrik-e-Taliban stormed the crowded Parade Land Askari Mosque close to the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army during Friday prayers and sprayed gunfire at worshippers besides throwing hand grenades. A serving major general of the Pakistan Army, a brigadier, two lieutenant colonels, a major and a number of soldiers were among those killed in a multi-pronged attack which was carried out in cold blood while violating the sanctity of a mosque by those who claim to be fighting for the glory of Islam. The blood-spattered episode eventually came to an end after two suicide bombers blew themselves up.

The eighth such incident took place on October 28, 2009, when a suicide bomber rammed a car into a mosque during Friday prayer. At least 13 people were killed and 40 other wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque situated in Khurshid Police Line, Temar Garah in North-West region of Pakistan.

The Islamists in Pakistan prefer explosion in Friday prayers in Mosques, mostly they enjoy bloodbath in Friday, they prefer blast among the children in school, in shopping mall, in un-alerted  innocent Muslims in crowded place. Obviously, all these are the signs of peace in Islam or the conspiracy of India, Israel or USA. But all these under the total control of Great Allah through his Quranic doctrines. Great indeed !! Allah ho Akbar !!! Allah ho Akbar !!!!

Karachi Clash for Islamic Peace.

January 7, 2010

Seven people killed in Karachi violence

Thu, 07 Jan, 2010 | Muharram 20, 1431

KARACHI: At least seven people have been shot dead and several others injured in a firing incident in Karachi.

According to the police, violence erupted after the body of an MQM worker packed in a gunny bag was found in Chakiwara area of Lyari.

A senior police official told DawnNews that Lyari gangsters are trying create friction between the Baloch and Urdu speaking communities and the main agenda of the violence to sow their influence in the area.

Police said gangsters opened fire in the Ranchore Line, Lyari and other areas of the city.

According to security force the situation is now under control and they are patrolling the affected areas.

After the violence a restaurant was torched in Goli Maar area of the city.

Prime Minister Gilani has taken serious notice of target killing and directed immediate inquiry and arrest of culprits. -DawnNews

Death toll in Karachi firing climbs to 8

KARACHI: At least eight people were killed and nine others wounded in different incidents of firing at Garden Town in Karachi on Thursday.

While another man was gunned down in Orangi Town.

Following the firing incidents, shops and business activities were suspended in the troubled areas.

According to police, the firing incidents began when a beheaded body was found in Garden area. The deceased was later identified as Aamir.

Meanwhile, his death triggered incidents of firing reported in Usman Abad, Dhobi Gath and Eid Gah areas.

So far eight dead bodies have been brought to different hospitals of the city.

There is no presence of police or rangers in the troubled areas while narrow street lanes make is impossible for armored vehicle to enter the area.

While on the other hand, police remains mum on the firing incidents. They said that no details could be given until the situation was unclear.

Declared 1000 Years Pak War against India is the Basics of Pak Terrorism. Pakistan proves Islam and Terrorism equal.

January 5, 2010

‘Pak terror groups have strategic intent to strike India’

Press Trust of India

Washington, January 05, 2010

Pakistan-based terror groups have a “strategic intent” to launch major new attacks on the Indian soil to trigger a conflict between the two countries, according to a US intelligence and security think-tank.

In its annual forecast released today, Stratfor predicted that 2010 might see the US intensifying its drone strikes in Pakistan as the bulk of the al-Qaeda leadership is believed to be hiding there. against

As the nature of the war shifts to Pakistan, Stratfor said, there is a strong jihadist strategic intent to launch a major attack against India in order to trigger a conflict between India and Pakistan.

“Such an attack would re-direct Pakistani troops from battling the jihadists in the country’s west, towards the Indian border,” the think tank Stratfor said in its security forecast for South Asia in 2010.

But the think tank said both Washington and New Delhi were well aware of such tactics and since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, India and the US had garnered better intelligence on groups with such goals, making success less likely.

“But that hardly makes such attacks impossible,” the Stratfor said.

The Mumbai terror attacks, orchestrated by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2008, left Indo-Pak relations severely strained and stalled the composite dialogue process.

POK Politices will jeopardize Pakistan. Pakiastan Can’t solve his own Problems. How they dare to interfere Kashmir Politics ?? Anti-Indianism is not the solution. We should be a real friend of India and Kashmir to solve Pakistani terrorism.

January 5, 2010

President   Asif    Ali    Zardari.    —    Reuters   photo.

‘Fighting for Kashmir’s liberation is Pakistan’s duty’ – Pak President Asif Ali Zardari.

MUZAFFARABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said all super powers should come forward to settle the Kashmir dispute.Addressing a joint session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and the Kashmir Council, President Zardari said India wanted to suppress the voice of the Kashmiri people through use of force.

President Zardari said fighting for Kashmir’s liberation was Pakistan’s responsibility.

Regional peace would not be possible without the Kashmir dispute’s resolution, he said.

The president told the session that a committee on Kashmir Affairs had also been constituted. He also announced a countrywide increase in number of seats for medical students from the region.

Meanwhile, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq complained regarding the poor performance of the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). — DawnNews

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India hands over another Mumbai dossier to Pakistan. Can any dossier solve the issue of Terrorism from India or Pakistan ?? Pakistan should take Kasab to own custody to hang him.

November 18, 2009

India hands over another Mumbai dossier to Pakistan

Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009

ISLAMABAD: India has handed Pakistan more information about the deadly Mumbai attacks ahead of the first anniversary of the carnage that killed 166 people, Islamabad said on Wednesday.

‘The dossier was handed over to our high commission in New Delhi by the Indian ministry of external affairs,’ Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

India and Washington blamed the November 26-29 siege on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the attacks stalled a fragile four-year peace process between the two south Asian rivals.

‘Arrangements have been made for the receipt of the dossier in Islamabad,’ Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

The ministry gave no details on the contents of the file, which it said would be forwarded to the interior ministry ‘for examination’.

New Delhi has put pressure on Islamabad to speed up its investigations into those who carried out the attacks.

Pakistan has put on trial seven suspects accused by India of involvement in last year’s attacks, but Interior Minister Rehman Malik has repeatedly asked India to provide more information to bring the perpetrators to justice.

India had previously provided four dossiers to Islamabad with information relating to suspects and the logistics of how 10 heavily armed gunmen targeted luxury hotels, Mumbai’s main train station, a restaurant and a Jewish centre.

Those in custody in Pakistan include alleged mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and alleged key LeT operative Zarar Shah.

India has put on trial Pakistan’s Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving gunman of the attacks, who made a dramatic confession. —AFP