Posts Tagged ‘Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’

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.

Pakistani Friends of Jihadi Fire.

May 8, 2010

As in Pakistan, terror groups have turned against the state that nurtured them in Egypt, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia.

Of friends and fire

by Nadeem F. Paracha on 05 6th, 2010||blog.dawn.com

On April 19, a Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) rally in Peshawar was attacked by a suicide bomber. The gruesome attack was allegedly engineered and undertaken by members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The irony is that the JI are one of the few mainstream political parties in the country that actually sympathise with the TTP, claiming that the terror group is fighting a war against “American imperialism” and against the Pakistani state’s “aggression” in the north-west of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

But the irony in this respect wasn’t a one-off. In early April, former ISI sleuth, Khalid Khawaja, was kidnapped along with another ex-ISI man by a group of terrorists labeled (by the media) as the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ (or Punjabi extremists having links and sympathies with the Pushtun Taliban).

On April 29, Khawaja’s murdered body was found in the turbulent tribal area of North Waziristan. He had been shot twice. A faction of the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ calling itself Asian Tigers claimed responsibility. Khawaja was an open supporter and sympathiser of the TTP, and was known to have had deep links with various Sunni sectarian organisations, and within both the Pushtun and Punjabi Taliban groups.

The attack on the JI rally and the murder of Khawaja by these groups have highlighted a bitter truth; a truth that has for long been stated loudly by the current government and various ‘liberal’ media personnel and ‘moderate’ Islamic scholars. They are right to suggest that as far as terror outfits such as the TTP and their sectarian foot soldiers are concerned, a majority of Pakistani Muslims (or for that matter, Muslims around the world) are either ‘false Muslims’ or outright infidels.

Read full article in blog.dawn.com here.