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The Face Book of Pakistani Talibans

August 23, 2009

 Imtiaz Gul launches his book on Taliban

The Al-Qaeda Connection, The Taliban and terror in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas



NEW DELHI, Aug 21 APP (APP): Pakistani journalist Imtiaz Gul has launched his book on Taliban giving first hand information on Taliban phenomenon in FATA region.Speaking at the launching ceremony here, Imtiaz Gul said his book “The Al-Qaeda Connection, The Taliban and terror in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas” is based on his personal experiences and interactions with the people there.  Referring to present on-going operation in tribal region, he said Pakistan government is serious in eliminating militancy.There was a wake up when Taliban started expanding their tentacles in Swat region by taking advantage of agreement on establishing judicial system and entered into Buner and Dir districts.He said Pakistan and India should work to remove mistrust between them and resolve all outstanding issues.The people of both countries are poor and there was a need to give relief to them by making peace in the region..Referring to Indian policy, he said India made incursions in Siachen and interfered in the then East Pakistan. It also made alliance with Northern alliance in Afghanistan.India as a big partner in the region should take initiatives for removing mistrust and creating better understanding between both the countries. 

:. Pak scribe draws linkages up FATA, Kashmir militancy

Iftikhar GilaniNEW DELHI, August 21: Eminent Pakistani author and journalist Imtiaz Gul believes that addressing Indian concerns would be a challenge for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as he draws linkages between the militant operations in Pakistan’s troubled FATA and Kashmir.In his well researched book The Al Qaeda Connection: The Taliban and Terror in Pakistans Tribal Areas, (Penguin/Viking) released here, the author while tracing Kashmir connection of the ISI, reveals that Benazir Bhutto as a prime minister in the mid 1990s had full knowledge of the agency’s operations in Kashmir.Following the trail of militancy in Pakistan’s tribal areas, Gul says that the ISI had arranged a presentation for late Bhutto at its headquarters on how the mujahideen were being trained and infiltrated into Indian Kashmir. He, however, maintained that the ISI had largely kept the civilian governments out of the loop as far as its involvement in Kashmir and Afghanistan was concerned.
Author, however, says that ISI’s Kashmir-related tactics suffered a blow when Christina Rocca, the then US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, visited Islamabad in May 2002, followed by RichardArmitage, the deputy secretary of state, both on the mission of pressuring Pakistan into changing gear on its support for Kashmir.
The author claims that ahead of ?ese high-profile visits, the ISI had called up all the components for the United Jihad Council (UJC) for a briefing. International pressure on us is becoming increasingly unbearable. You will have to halt the operations across the Line of Control, Gul quotes one of the participants in the meeting at an obscure home on the outskirts of Islamabad.Gul also quotes a Kashmiri militant who had raised an alarm whether Pakistan had changed the Kashmir policy. He was told it was just a change of tactics for the next thee months. As a result, the infiltration–or the launching of mujahideen, as the groups referred to the movement of fighters across the LoC came down.
The author states that following General Musharraf’s responses to Indian concerns, the cross-border movement by mid June in 2003 dropped by three fourths. Even the radio communication centre near the worlds highest peak, K-2, was cut off for fear of interception by American satellites and Indian surveillance along the LoC. “We are really going to suffer this summer and fall as launching is concerned,” an anxious in-charge of operations of one outfit told Gul at an Islamabad seminary.Quoting Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani, author records that ISI has undergone a transformation in outlook and approach since October 2004, when Kayani was director general of the agency. The book strengthens Indian argument asking Pakistan to deal with militants operating in Kashmir at par with Taliban and Al Qaeda. It talks about the close ties between the Taliban and Punjabi militant groups active in Kashmir, such as Harkatul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba. ? writes that in Mohmand tribal agency two groups one led by Omar Khalid with its affiliation to Beithullah Mehsud and another led by Shah Khalid Sahib affiliated to the LeT operated for several years.In mid-2008, Shah Khalid was captured and executed by the Omar Khalid group on the charge that as he was affiliated to the LeT, a group linked to the ISI. But, later under a peace agreement, the followers of the dead Khalid, following approval from the LeT leader Hafiz Saeed, agreed to abide by the rules of Omar Khalid and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.Gul writes that the role played by the HuM chief as peacemaker between a Taliban-affiliated group and another linked to a Kashmir jihadi group in a tribal area of the North West Frontier Province underlined the fact that activists of the all important organisations that had fought in Kashmir and were banned by the Pakistani government in January 200, had settled down in the tribal areas.The ISI officials, however, told the author that they could not be prevented from doing what, according to them, other agencies, such as the CIA, the MI6, Mossad and Indian intelligence were doing in the region.[Kashmir Times] / Source:


The Al Qaeda Connection: The Taliban and Terror in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

By Imtiaz Gul

(Non Fiction)

Selling Price  :  Rs 499


The face of Terror has changed dramatically. Today major terrorist attacks are marked by their meticulous preparation and deadly execution—as the Mumbai attacks of 26/11 have clearly established. The most important planning centre for these operations is the tribal region located on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Following the U.S. action in Afghanistan in December 2001 many Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters escaped and settled down in these regions where, historically, the writ of the state has always been weak. Taking advantage of the inhospitable terrain and the porous border, Al Qaeda militants of multiple ethnic origins regrouped.

In 2008 alone they launched over fifty suicide missions which have inflicted more than six thousand casualties in attacks across the world. In these remote valleys the fatal mix of ultra-conservatism, economic under-development, religious obscurantism and the absence of law and justice has resulted in a cauldron of militancy which is being fed and fuelled by the shadowy presence of the Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Ever-younger fighters are being recruited for suicide missions while music, shaving and the education of girls are proscribed by increasingly powerful clerics.

 In this book Imtiaz Gul follows the trail of militancy and the way it has evolved under Al Qaeda’s influence in tribal areas.


Published by : Penguin Books India
Published :  10-Aug-2009
Imprint : Viking
ISBN : 9780670082926
Edition : Hardback
Format : Demy
Extent : 320
Classification : Non Fiction  
Rights : World