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The Face Book of Pakistani Talibans

August 23, 2009
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 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: www.kashmirwatch.com

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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

Jehadi Militants’ safe sanctuaries in Pakistan :: A Sunni-Deobandi Group is the main source of Pak Terrorism

March 18, 2009

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Military Supported Sunni-Deobanbdi Power Group is the Main Source of Pak Terrorism.

……………………… A Report of International Crisis Group, Belgium.

New Delhi, March 15, 2009 :: A very much powerful Sunni group of Deoband school is the main source and god father of all Pakistan based terrorist activities with in Pakistan and outside.
All the prime groups of action in the field of terrorist activities in Pakistan grossly rely upon the teachings of India’s Deoband based Dar-ul-uloom Deoband, an Islamic seminary over 100 years.

This Sunni-Deobandi Group had the history of the rise and rise from the eighties with the generous help and support of Pakistani Military force. Now the group is so powerful , they can control and influence the inner mechanism of Pakistan and even the international relationship of
Pakistan with India and Afghanistan including other foreign policies. This Group now operating from and outside Pakistan has the power to cast spell upon the Kashmir issue or various movements of the fanatic Islamist groups everywhere in the Indian sub-continent.

The above picture has been brought to light by a Belgian based research institute , the International Crisis Group in their latest paper on Pakistan. The report captioned as “PAKISTAN – The Militant Jehadi Challenge” says many a crisis over the democratic processes being experimented in Pakistan.

The Report also says that this rise of this Intellectual Group of Islamic Fanatics had their gradual growth record taking full support of the State under Military Regime and the situation on going. This Sunni-Deobandi Group has a close and intimate connection with the Talibanis and now they have spread their strong network beyond the territory of Pakistan. This Sunni group of Deobandi- Jehadis are operating many a numbers of communal conflicts, riots, separatism, explosions and genocides in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. This Sunni groups are the most challenges for the peace process in Punjab, North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baluchistan. The matter of Terrorist Jehadi activities of this fanatic Sunni-Deobandi group in those provinces and the rate of persecution upon the minorities in Pakistan and the opposition to the Snnis has made Pakistan as an offender to the international community.

The experts on Bangladesh Affairs now reports that the recent mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles had a very evident connection and instigation from the ISI and Jehadi groups under same Sunni-Deobandi school to dismantle a democratic process won over there.

Source : PTI , India under Attack , Agencies.

Militants’ safe sanctuaries in Pak must be eliminated: US Gen

Washington, Mar 18 (PTI) The safe sanctuaries of the militants in the tribal areas of Pakistan must be eliminated to achieve stability and security in the region, a top US military officer based in Afghanistan has said.
“Unless there is a resolution of the militant sanctuaries that exist across the border in the tribal areas of Pakistan, it’s hard for me to envision a degree of stability and security in this region,” US Commander in Afghanistan General David McKiernan told PBS news channel in an interview.

“So, I think that’s why there’s a regional outlook here, there’s an Afghan-Pakistan approach to this insurgency,” he said.

When asked about talks with Taliban, he said the ISAF and the US military favour the idea that if an insurgent wants to lay down the weapon, supports the legitimate constitution of Afghanistan, then that probably is a legitimate reconciliation that should be led by the Afghan government.

Gen McKiernan said he is not sure if the US ever should thought that it would win this war. “This is the region that sprung al-Qaeda operatives that attacked our country in 2001. Al-Qaeda still exists in this region,” he said.

“If we don’t have a successful outcome in Pakistan and Afghanistan that will allow a terrorist organization like al-Qaeda to continue to have effects globally. That’s why we’re still here. As part of that, we are committed to achieving a level of security and stability in the country of Afghanistan,” he added. PTI

Not so far Away… Days are coming Soon… Ulitimate Pakistan… Talibans Every Where.

March 10, 2009

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