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Pak Troops kill 16 Taliban militants in Orakzai Agency

March 14, 2010

Fighter jets carried out the strikes in Orakzai’s Ghund Mela village, a government official said. — File photo

Sixteen militants killed as jets pound Orakzai hideouts

PESHAWAR: Fighter planes bombed Taliban positions in the northwest on Sunday, killing 16 militants and destroying three hideouts, a government official said.

Militants have gone on the offensive again after a recent lull in violence, challenging government assertions that an assault in the militant stronghold of South Waziristan had dealt a major blow to Pakistan’s al Qaeda-backed Taliban.

The airstrikes came after a week of bombings which killed 81 people, including soldiers, policemen and aid workers in the northwest and eastern regions of Pakistan.

Khaista Akbar, a government official, told Reuters the fighter jets carried out the strikes in the Ghund Mela village of Orakzai, an ethnic Pashtun tribal region.

“They carried out intense bombings and precisely targeted militant hideouts,” he said.

The bombing killed 16 militants and completely destroyed three hideouts, he said.

The Pakistani Taliban have attacked many targets, including a volleyball match and army headquarters in the town of Rawalpindi, close to the capital, Islamabad.

Courtesy : DawnNews, The International News PK & Agencies.

Militants must be up-rooted from Pakistan.

October 11, 2009

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There are no ‘good’ militants.

By Zaffar Abbas
Sunday, 11 Oct, 2009

ISLAMABAD: The band of armed terrorists that made its way through the outer security ring of the GHQ complex knew they will not be able to come out alive from the heavily guarded military headquarters. Yet they were not suicide bombers. Neither were they wearing suicide jackets nor was the vehicle they were travelling in packed with explosives.

Caught in a highly tricky hostage situation, the security agencies may take a while in revealing the identities of the attackers or the group they belonged to. But one thing is clear: these were no ‘misguided youngsters’ indoctrinated by fanatics to carry out suicide attacks.

They were highly trained terrorists who excelled in the art of making an impact through their armed attack on a chosen target.

If there are similarities they are with last year’s attacks on the police training centre at Manawa, near Lahore, and the attempt to take Sri Lankan cricketers hostage in the Punjab capital.

In both those incidents, groups of highly trained and motivated armed men launched attacks with a view to inflicting heavy damage, take a few hostages, and either die while attempting to do so or escape.

Compared with the ‘suicide attack’ in Pakistani ‘jihadi’ parlance, such terror operations are often referred to as ‘fidayeen attacks’. The description is often reflective of differences in religious beliefs.

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Alleged Pakistani militants arrested by security forces present before the media in tribal region of Khyber in northwest Pakistan. – AP (File Photo)

A couple of extremist groups believe ‘suicide bombing’ was not as holy as the ‘fidayeen attack’ since in the latter case, the person instead of blowing himself up dies while fighting his adversary.

These two strands of Islamic militant movement had become quite obvious at the height of the armed insurgency in Indian-held Kashmir.

It is also a preferred method amongst a couple of sectarian militant groups or those involved in Afghanistan, although they also use suicide bombing as one of the tactics against their opponents.

Some of the Pakistan-based pro-Kashmir groups, after being banned or declared terrorist organisations in the post-9/11 scenario, instead of completely winding up their operations or disbanding, either split up or turned against the Pakistani government and the security establishment.

Since then a series of terrorist attacks away from the border region and within Pakistan were the work of these enraged but highly trained militants.

These terror strikes also included a series of organised attacks against the then president and the army chief General Pervez Musharraf, who was accused by the religious extremists of being the main obstacle in the way of what many militants believed was a ‘jihad’.

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During this period such splinter factions also started regrouping, re-align and reorganise, mainly by finding refuge in places like Waziristan and Malakand. Some parts of southern Punjab also emerged as sanctuaries of such militants and a new nexus was created between Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, and tribal militants in the form of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and the so-called Punjabi Taliban.

It was also during this period when one started to hear names of all kinds of groups from Harkatul Mujhaideen al-Alami during 2002 and 2003 to groups like Jamia Hafsa Brigade in the Malakand region. And if a claim made by one of the callers to a private channel holds any weight, a new group calling itself Tehrik-i-Taliban (Amjad Farooqui group) was behind the latest attack. Farooqui was the mastermind of one of the major attacks on Gen Musharraf in Dec 2003 and was later killed in a bloody clash with security forces in Nawabshah.

Factions of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Jaish-i-Mohammed have also joined ranks with the Waziristan-based TTP, mainly to use their territory to carry out attacks within Pakistan. They are also the groups who have within them a large number of people who have come to be known as the ‘Punjabi Taliban’, and have direct links with militants in various parts of the country, stretching from Islamabad to Karachi.

Many of them are highly trained former ‘jihadis’ from the conflict zones of Kashmir and Afghanistan, often preferring to fight it out rather then blowing themselves up in suicide attacks.

A few cells of such ‘fidayeen’ groups were busted by the military and civilian intelligence agencies in recent weeks in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. But it seems there are still a few active or sleeper cells, determined to carry out attacks at an opportune moment.

Perhaps the attack on the GHQ may prove to be a watershed that compels the security and civilian establishment, as well as most of the opposition groups, to realise that the time to distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ religious militants or Taliban was over, and a consensus was needed to confront all such groups as enemies of the state.

Courtsey :~ DAWN & AFP.

After Baitullah, Is Hakeemullah Dead? Is this time a chance for Faqir Mohammad ?

October 3, 2009

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 In this Nov. 26, 2008 photo taken in Orakzai tribal region of Pakistan shows Hakimullah Mehsud who has become the leader of Pakistani Taliban faction after death of Baitullah Mehsud.-AP

Tehrik-i-Taliban chief Hakeemullah Mehsud dead?

WASHINGTON: US intelligence agencies believe the newly named leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, might have been killed in a firefight with a rival faction weeks ago, officials said on Friday.

Militants tapped Hakimullah to replace the group’s previous leader, Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed by a missile fired from a CIA-piloted drone aircraft in his South Waziristan stronghold on the Afghan border on August 5.

Hakimullah’s death, which officials said has yet to be confirmed definitively, would be another setback for a group that has mostly been fighting against Pakistani security forces but also sends militants to join the battle against US and NATO forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

‘We’re pretty clear that we think he’s dead,’ a US defence official said of Hakimullah.

A counterterrorism official said: ‘While there’s no final confirmation of his death, it’s a distinct possibility.’

The officials, who spoke about the intelligence on condition of anonymity, said Hakimullah was believed to have been shot weeks ago during a clash with a rival group in South Waziristan.

US intelligence agencies are still reviewing information to make a final call on his death.

baiBaitullah Mehsud, who led an alliance of 13 militant groups known as the Taliban Movement of Pakistan, was blamed for a series of suicide bombings in Pakistan, including the one that killed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Hakimullah had been described as even more aggressive than Baitullah.

Washington believes the Taliban has been weakened by infighting between factions vying to take command since Baitullah Mehsud’s death.

‘The point is there is a succession crisis going on,’ the defence official said, adding there were other contenders to lead the movement. ‘There’s a variety of factions within the Mehsud tribe.’

Military aircraft and artillery have been hitting Taliban targets in Waziristan for months, and it is unclear if and when ground forces will move in force.hakeem316

As part of its campaign to weaken the Taliban, US officials said the Pakistani army has been trying to negotiate with various factions, trying to split them off from harder-line groups loyal to Baitullah.

Several top members of his group, including one of his aides and the spokesman from the Swat valley, have also been captured in recent months.

The Pakistani army believes it has cleared nearly all of the former Taliban bastion in Swat, 80 miles northwest of Islamabad, with an offensive launched in April.

While largely forced out of Swat and Bajaur, there are still thousands of well-armed fighters in South Waziristan and other regions.-Reuters

fkrFaqir Mohammad will be sowrn in as a Chief of  Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan,TTP, if  Hakeemullah is realy dead . This is a high chance. But the media persons do not know exactly after how many days they have to prepare a story of suspected death next Taliban Chief of Pakistan. But it is sure that after so many casualties, the Talibans in Pakistans hardly changed their mind set to give up the way of Violence in order to be humane, rational and fit for civil soceity in the days of present advancement.

Face Book of Pakistani Terrorism :: Faqir Muhammad declared as New Chief of Pak Talibans

August 20, 2009

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Militant commander Faqir Muhammad takes over Pak Taliban

Press Trust Of India

Islamabad, August 20, 2009

First Published: 12:03 IST(20/8/2009)

Last Updated: 13:23 IST(20/8/2009)

 Militant commander Maulvi Faqir Muhammad declared himself the head of the Pakistani Taliban, saying he was temporarily replacing Baitullah Mehsud, whom Washington and Islamabad have said was almost certainly killed in a drone attack.

Maulvi Faqir, the commander of Taliban fighters in Bajaur tribal region bordering Afghanistan, contacted journalists on phone and declared himself as the new chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan on Wednesday.

He denied reports of Mehsud’s death, saying he is “alive but seriously ill” and that is why he had gone into hiding. He claimed that there would be no impact on the Taliban movement even if Mehsud was martyred.

Faqir said no meeting of the 42-member Taliban council known as a shura has yet been convened to elect a new head and reports about the meeting were baseless.

He also said commanders Wali-ur-Rehman and Hakimullah Mehsud had no right to elect a new Taliban chief without consulting all militant factions.

US and Pakistani officials have said they are certain that Mehsud was killed with his second wife and several bodyguards during a Predator drone attack in South Waziristan on August 5. Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said authorities are gathering evidence to confirm his death.

Several Taliban commanders and spokesmen have denied reports of Mehsud’s death but have not provided any evidence that he is still alive.

Maulvi Faqir, who was appointed deputy chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan when it was formed in December 2007, also named Swat-based Muslim Khan as the new spokesman for the group.

He said Khan would replace Maulvi Omar, who was arrested by security forces in Mohmand tribal region on Monday.

Pakistani officials who have questioned Maulvi Omar have said he too has confirmed Mehsud’s death in a drone attack.

Though Maulvi Omar was not a military commander, he is believed to have considerable information on the Taliban’s organisation and strategy as he was a close aide of Mehsud.

Maulvi Faqir claimed authorities had “forcibly extracted” a statement from Maulvi Omar regarding Mehsud’s death.

60 Taliban militants surrender in Swat

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20 th August 2009,  Source : www.nation.com.pk

At least 60 Taliban militants on Thursday laid their arms and surrendered before the authorities in Swat, report said. Those who led their arms belong to Maulana Fazlullah-led Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat and also include two of his first-cousins and two other prominent commanders of the banned outfit. They were presented before the media here in Mingora, it was reported.