list of attacks on Hazara people in Pakistan

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List of attacks on Hazara people in Pakistan

Date Tragic Events Killed Injured
Jul 6, 1985 Police Firing on Demonstration in Quetta 18 22
Oct 6, 1999 Terrorist attack on Tribal Leader Sardar Nisar Ali, killed two
persons and injured one 2 1
Sep 13, 2001 Arshad Hassan, was killed 1 0
2000 Two Hazara person were shot dead in Eastern by pass 2
2002 Abdul Khaliq Bangulzai was killed in Mastung 1 0
2003 Haji Mohammad Jan was killed in Mach Bolan 1 0
2003 Bank Cashier Ali Madad Changezi was killed in Sibi 1 0
Apr, 2003 Firing on Suzuki Van in Kirani Road Quetta 5 3
Jun 8, 2003 Firing on Police Cadets on Saryab Road Quetta 12 11
Jul 4, 2003 Suicide attack on Imam Bargah-Mosque on McCongi Road
Quetta 53 150
Mar 2, 2004 Suicide attack on Moharram Procession 57 78
2004 Police Hawaldar Mohammad Younas was killed in Wahdat
Coloney Quetta 1 3
2004 Abdul Ghafoor Sarraf was killed in Satellite town Quetta 1 0
Sep 10, 2004 Syed Attique Hassan Naqvi was gun downed 1 0
Jul 18, 2005 Syed Tahir Hussain was killed 1 0
Aug 10, 2005 Syed Anwar Zulfiqar Abedi was killed 1 0
Sep 13, 2005 Ayaz Ali Bangash was killed 1 0
Sep 14, 2005 Syed Ejaz Ali Jaffri was killed 1 0
Oct 26, 2005 Mureed Abbas was killed 1 0
Dec 9, 2005 Syed Haider Rizvi was killed 1 0
May 04, 2006 Moulana Mola Bux Jaffri, Mohammad Amin were killed 2 0
Nov 3, 2006 Ghulam Abbas was killed in bomb blast in Suzuki van near IG
Police office Quetta 1 3
Jul 07, 2008 Ghulam Mustafa Quraishi Advocate was killed in Jan
Mohammad Raod Quetta 1 0
May 30, 2008 5 young boys were killed in Jinah Town Samungli road when
they were coming home after playing cricket match 4 3
Jan 05, 2009
Two Hazaras have been gunned down and a child a woman
injured by unknown motorcyclists on Monday near Zangi Lora,
Kirani Road, Quetta
2 3
Jul 19, 2008 Mohammad Ayyub, his brother and one other person were
killed on Brewery road Quetta 3 0
Jul 20, 2008 Police opened fire on innocent citizens when they were
protesting on Western bypass road Quetta 6 17
Nov 21, 2008 Maulana Zakiri and Ghulam Ali Police constable were killed in
Saryab Raod 2 0
Jan 10,2009 Dr. Saqlain Naqvi was killed in Sibi 1 0
Jan 12, 2009 Arif Hussain, was gunned down on Kirani Road by unidentified
gunmen 1 3
Jan 14, 2009
DSP Hassan Ali, Police Constables Nasrullah and Mohammad
Mehdi, and driver Mohammad Taqi were killed. Lashkar-e-
Jhangvi accepted the responsibility
4 1
Jan 26, 2009
Hussain Ali Yousafi Chairman of Hazara Democratic Party was
killed by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Mohammad Taqi was killed by
Police gunshot
2 5
Feb 2, 2009 Syed Hashim Raza was killed by unknown person in Chaman
Housing Society 1 0
Feb 2, 2009 Factory owner and Business man Iqbal Haider Zaidi was killed
on Sirki Road 1 0
Jan 01, 2009 Citizen Mohammad Arif was killed 1 0
Jan 10, 2009 Syed Saqlain Naqvi was killed in Sibi 1 0
Jan 23, 2009 Syed Talib UC-Nazim, Syed Jawad, and Hassan Ali were killed
in Quetta 3 0
Mar 01, 2009 Haji Sakhi and his son Asghar Ali were killed in his shop at
Saryab Road, Quetta 2 0
Mar 03, 2009 Haji Mukhtar and his sons Liaqat Ali, Zahid Ali, Nasim Ali and
Hayat-u-allah were killed in Saryab Raod, Quetta 5 0
Mar 09, 2009 Dr. Abid Raza was killed in Quetta 1 0
Mar 18, 2009 Haji Shabbir the owner of tire shop killed in Hazar Ganji
Quetta 1 0
Aug 08, 2009 RMO of Civil Hospital Quetta, Dr. Abid Raza was killed 1 0
Aug 21, 2009 Terrorist attack on Maulana Maqsood Ali Domki 0 2
Sep 07, 2009 Engineer Ahmed Ali, Owner of Noorban Wood Factory was
killed in Sirki Road, Quetta 1 0
Oct 01, 2009 Walayat Hussain Advocat was killed in Kasi Road Quetta 1 0
Oct 10, 2009 Engineer Mohammad Ashraf, Chief Mine Engineer, was shot
dad in Saryab Road Quetta 1 0
Oct 13, 2009 Dr. Mohammad Aslam was killed 1 0
Oct 15, 2009 Altaf Hussain injured by firing, who died later in Dec 04, 2009 1 0
Oct 15, 2009 Haji Asif Jaffari was killed in front of his shop in Jinah Road
Quetta 1 0
Jan 12, 2010 Dr. Nadir Khan and his guard were injured, driver Shabbir was
killed in Quetta 1 2
Apr 16, 2010
Syed Arshad Zaidi, Manager Allied Bank of Pakistan was killed.
Upon rushing him to the hospital, second attacked was done,
which killed 9 Police Officials and others persons named as
Syed Ayub Shah, DSP Zahir Shah, DSP Ghulam Mohammad,
Hadi & Mohammad Hussain (ATF force), Haji Dawood Hazara,
Abdul Khaliq, Malik Arif (SAMMA TV Camera man) and Mujtaba
Kararvi and injured 6 persons
10 6
May 14, 2010 Abdul Samad and Babu Hussain Alizai were killed in Mastung 2 0
May 20, 2010 Abdul Haleem was killed in Quetta 1 0
May 22, 2010 Dr. Qamar Hussain Zaidi and Murtaza were killed 2 0
Jun 06, 2010 Ahsan and Hassnain were killed, one person injured in Quetta 2 1
Jul 02, 2010 Ustad Ali Mohammad, President Kashmirabad Trust Mosque
Quetta was killed 1 0
Aug 28, 2010 Mohammad Ali, Murad Ali and Ahmed Shah were killed and 3
persons were injured 3 3
Aug 31, 2010 Police Constable Zulfiqar Shah was killed 1 0
Sep 03, 2010 Terrorist attacked on protester in Mizan Chowk Quetta 75 160
Nov 11, 2010 Business man Haji Idris was kidnapped and his security guard
Mohammad Ali killed in Taughi Road, Quetta 1 0
Dec 10, 2010 Inspector Javed Hussain was killed 1 0
Dec 12, 2010 Barat Ali, Muhammad Hussain and Baby Mehdi were killed in a
Taxi going home and one person was injured 3 1
Apr 04, 2011 Dr. Mumtaz Haider, Professor Bolan Medical College Quetta
was first kidnapped and then killed 1 0
Apr 10, 2011 Secretary General Hazara Yakjehti Council, Qurban Ali was
killed in Karachi 1 0
May 06, 2011 Rocket Attack and firing in football ground Hazara Town
Quetta, killed 9 persons and injured 15 9 15
May 18,2011 Vegetable seller van, Ali Ahmad, Qurban, Ghulam Nabi, Ishaq,
mohammad hussain, haji juma,occurred in Hazargani , 6 5
May 28,2011 Police constable Essa and is-haaq, killed in spiny road Quetta,
women along with his child and taxi driver was injured 2 3
June 11.2011 Assistant sub-inspector Manzoor hussain, killed nawakili 01 0
June 23,2011 04 pilgrims were killed,11 injured at hazarganji 04 11
June 16,2011 Olympian boxer syed ibrar hussain killed at jail road , he was
deputy director of Pakistan sports board 01 0
July 02,2011 Ustad Ali Mohammad, president of mosque of kashmirabad
trust Quetta 1 0
July 10,2011 1.Abdul Qayum,Ashiq hussain,amjed hussain killed at
qambrani road Quetta 03 0
July 29,2011 At Saryab Road Bus station, 7 shia pilgrims killed and 07 12
July 30,2011 11 people killed and at spiny road quetta, including women 11 04
Aug 31,2011
Major Mohammad Ali shaheed road, near Eidgah, suicide
bomber exploded, killed 11 people, including women’s and
children and 20 people injured
11 20
Sep,20,2011 29 pilgrims were killed at Mastung District and five injured 29 05
Sep 23,2011 04 people were killed at Saryab road and 03 seriously injured 04 03
Total= killed and injured 400 548

Has Iran or Saudi Arabia Acquired Soviet-Era Tactical Nukes?

Iran’s Black Market Nuclear Warheads Are an Open Secret

THEY CONTINUE TO RESTRAIN WESTERN MILITARY ACTION

Kabul Press

by Matthew Nasuti

On March 21, 2008, this author was among a group of Foreign Service officers and diplomats who received a briefing at the State Department on Iran. The Department’s Middle East expert, under questioning by this author, told the group that it was “common knowledge” in the region that Iran had acquired tactical nuclear weapons from one or more of the former Soviet Republics. Using the vague term “common knowledge” allowed the expert to discuss the information in an unclassified presentation. This disclosure was consistent with reports that have been circulating for years. On April 9, 1988, the Jerusalem Post reported that Iran had acquired four tactical nuclear weapons from Kazakhstan. The Post cited Iranian documents obtained by the Israeli government and authenticated by U.S. Congressional investigators. In March 1992, “The Arms Control Reporter” published an article confirming that Iran had acquired four nuclear warheads from Russia. A May 1992, report in “The European” claimed that Iran had acquired two nuclear warheads from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. These reports were all generally confirmed in a 2002 interview given by General Yuri Baluyevsky, then Russia’s Deputy Chief of Staff. A report in the Cleveland Jewish News, dated January 27, 2006, reported that there were 20 sites in Iran in which dispersed tactical nuclear warheads were being stored. Finally there was a report that Iran had acquired four 152mm nuclear artillery shells from Kazakhstan that were shipped to Iran through Bulgaria.

The State Department’s 2008, admission that Iran was already a nuclear power was raised by this author in open e-mails and other communications with State Department legal advisor Stephen Townley. He would neither comment on the admission nor did he raise any claim that the information was classified. This author then notified the State Department’s Inspector General that the Secretary of State was making public statements and official statements to Congress regarding Iran that were not correct, but Deputy General Counsel Karen Ouzts told this author that her office would not investigate the allegations, giving no explanation for ignoring potential criminal offenses.

On July 26, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on the NBC news show “Meet the Press” and stated that the U.S. will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. This follows her April 22, 2009, testimony to Congress that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon and vowed that the U.S. would employ “crippling sanctions” to prevent that. She was to make similar statements in 2010 and 2011. It needs to be determined if Secretary Clinton intentionally misled Congress and the American public.

The question of whether any State Department officials have ever misled Congress about this matter is currently the subject of two investigations by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The OSC has assigned case numbers of MA-12-0180 and DI-12-0250 to its separate inquiries.

A further element of corroboration is that the possession of tactical nuclear weapons by Iran suddenly makes sense out of some inexplicable Western efforts to-date in the region. For example:

1. Israel does not need 400 nuclear warheads to defend itself against non-nuclear neighbors.

2. Israel does not need its Arrow-2 and the U.S. Patriot (PAC-3) anti-missile systems simply to deal with some Iranian missiles such as the Shahab-4. Even if they were loaded with chemical agents, the risk to Israel is minimal. This author served as a Captain with the U.S. Air Force’s 487th Tactical (Nuclear) Missile Wing and he was trained in chemical warfare. Chemical dispersion by ballistic missile is difficult and clumsy and more of a nuisance than a weapon of mass destruction. These very expensive anti-missile systems make sense only if the threat is from existing nuclear warheads.

3. The United States does not need to maintain between 60 and 90 B-61 nuclear gravity bombs at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey unless there is a localized nuclear threat.

4. The United States and some of its European allies have been promoting a very costly ballistic missile shield for Europe, even at the risk of antagonizing Russia. The vehemence of this expensive effort only makes sense if the threat is current and real, and if it is a nuclear threat.

5. Finally, the United States and Israel have all but ruled out air strikes on Iranian nuclear targets, which only makes sense if Iran has the ability to respond with tactical warheads. For Iran, giving such warheads to terrorists or having its own special operations forces covertly use the warheads would leave no Iranian fingerprints because the radiation signature from any detonation on a Western target would merely reveal that they were Soviet warheads, which would not implicate Iran. Without credible and hard evidence of Iranian involvement, a nuclear counterstrike on Iran would not be possible. The question is whether Iran has been blackmailing the West for decades with these warheads.

The actual number of tactical nuclear weapons manufactured by the former Soviet Union is stunning. Rough estimates have it producing 4300 nuclear missile and air dropped warheads, 2000 nuclear artillery and mortar rounds. 1500 nuclear torpedoes and other Naval ordinance, and 14,000 nuclear land mines. That does not include specially designed Spetznaz warheads. Many of the tactical weapons were dispersed in Soviet republics which underwent revolutions when the Soviet Union broke up. In January 2006, the prestigious Washington, D.C.-based Council on Foreign Relations, in a background paper entitled: “Loose Nukes,” rejected the above estimates and stated that the Soviet Union had even more nuclear warheads. Its estimate was 27,000. The reality is that no one in the West knows for sure how many tactical and strategic warheads were produced or where they are today.

President Obama’s National Security Advisor reportedly has a list of lost or missing nuclear warheads from both U.S. and Soviet stockpiles (the U.S. reportedly has lost at least 11 warheads). Thomas E. Donilon should be pressed to reveal the total number of warheads that are not unaccounted for. The number is likely to be shocking.

On May 13, 2009, Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller sent a cable to the U.S. State Department in which she recounted a briefing that Egypt’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maged Abdelaziz, gave to her and other officials during meetings on May 5th and 7th. Abdelaziz stated that Egypt had been offered nuclear weapons after the breakup of the Soviet Union but had declined them. Under questioning Ambassador Abdelaziz stated that he had personal knowledge of this as a result of his being in Moscow. The cable was reported by the Guardian newspaper on December 19, 2010, in its story: “Egypt Turned Down Nuclear Weapons After Collapse of the Soviet Union.”

On March 22, 2004, Fox News reported on Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir’s interview with al-Qaeda’s No. 2, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. Dr. Zawahiri told Mir that so-called suitcase nuclear weapons (each weighing 50-80 kilograms) were available on the black market in central Asia for anyone with $30 million. He stated that al-Qaeda had sent representatives to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and to one other regional country (allegedly Kazakhstan) and had purchased several.

Western news reporters need to pose carefully phrased questions to Secretary Clinton and to State Department, Pentagon and White House spokespersons in order to eliminate any wiggle room. They also need to insist on yes or no answers. One suggestion question is:

“Does the United States have any intelligence that suggests that Iran ever acquired any type of nuclear warhead?”

The answer has to be “Yes” and then the inquiry can continue forward regarding the specificity and reliability of the intelligence information.

There has been much criticism from Republicans in the United States regarding President Obama’s policy of reconciliation with Iran. If all the facts be known, that policy may be a reasonable one. If Iran does possess nuclear weapons, then those proponents who recklessly advocate preemptive air strikes on Iran and the commencement of a new war are acting irresponsibly. A nuclear conflict should not be risked solely so that politicians can score points with fringe elements of their political base.

Part of the problem is that there is deliberate short-term memory within the U.S. Government regarding Iran. Some of the facts regarding Iran’s nuclear program are never discussed in the West as they are uncomfortable reminders of Western mischief. One such basic question is:

“How did Iran’s nuclear programs begin?”

The answer is that in 1975, Shah Reza Pahlavi signed a multi-billion dollar deal with a German joint venture company to construct two nuclear reactors outside of Bushehr, Iran. Then in 1977, in meetings between representatives of the Shah and President Jimmy Carter, the U.S. Government endorsed Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology. It did so even though the Shah had no civilian need for nuclear power at the time. The American motivation was money. The Shah proposed to purchase four nuclear reactors from the United States, specifically from Westinghouse. There were no reported Israeli objections to the Westinghouse sale. While that specific deal was never finalized the Shah continued his construction at Bushehr, Iran. Its two reactors were later completed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In conclusion, the Iranians know they have tactical nuclear warheads, as do Western governments. Everyone else is being kept in the dark. Secrecy in this instance is counterproductive. The world’s policy regarding Iran needs to be formulated, but only after a full discussion of all the facts, options and risks. That is what democracy is supposed to be all about. The world community also needs to engage in an open debate about the true scope and perils of black market nuclear warheads. Finally, the citizens of those nations that are potential targets for these weapons need to be better prepared for the consequences of their possible use.

Another Northern Alliance Minister Targeted for Elimination

[A Tajik general.]

Afghan Minister Survives Attempted Assassination

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says a key Cabinet minister has survived an assassination attempt just north of Kabul.

The government says bodyguards for Afghan Interior Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber who was waiting for the minister’s convoy Sunday in Sayyed Khel district of Parwan province, north of the capital.

The Interior Ministry says the bodyguards checking security ahead of the minister became suspicious of the assailant.

When the man continued walking toward them, they shot him dead.

The ministry says the minister was not yet on the scene.

Parwan provincial police chief Sher Mohammad Maladani says the attacker was wearing a suicide bomb vest, and he was killed before he could detonate his explosives. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

U.S.-Afghan strategic pact a serious threat to region: diplomat

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U.S.-Afghan strategic pact a serious threat to region: diplomat

TEHRAN – An Iranian Foreign Ministry says the strategic pact between the United States and Afghanistan is a serious threat to security in the region.
“This pact is a serious threat to security in Afghanistan and the region. The U.S. has not readily pulled out of any region it has entered after the Second World War,” Mohsen Pak-Aeen, the director of Foreign Ministry department for Afghan affairs, told the Mehr News Agency.
The establishment of U.S. permanent military bases in Afghanistan, which is one of the key points included in the document, will pave the way for the permanent presence of the U.S. in Afghanistan, enabling the U.S. government to pursue its objectives outside this country, Pak-Aeen commented.
“If this agreement would be concluded, on the one hand, Afghanistan will become the scene of rivalry between other countries like Russia and China, and on the other hand, the deployment of Americans in the region will set the stage for the U.S. to pursue its hegemonistic goals in the region,” he stated.
The main motive behind Washington’s decision to establish strategic relations with Afghanistan is to control Russia and China, threaten Iran, and have access to Afghanistan’s natural resources, the diplomat opined.
On the planned international conferences on Afghanistan in Istanbul and Bonn in November and December, Pak-Aeen said that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports any action to help establish peace and security in Afghanistan and regards such conferences as positive moves.
But, he said, Iran’s decision to take part in these conferences depends on future developments regarding the issue of Afghanistan.
“We believe that Afghanistan’s neighbors (should) have an important and key role in adopting security measures and helping the establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Pak-Aeen underlined.
He said the presences of foreign forces in the region and ignoring the role of Afghanistan’s neighbors have increased insecurity and violence in Afghanistan over past 10 years.
Any international conference, which takes these issues into consideration and recognizes the key role of Afghanistan’s neighbors, could yield positive results, the diplomat noted.

US Military Escalates Violence To “Prove Their Manhood” To Taliban

[As usual, nothing but bullshit is spewing from Hillary's "Silk Road" lips, as she explains that our contradictory policies will "convince some to come to negotiations and will remove others who are totally opposed to peace."  She is trying to cover-up a military "pissing contest" with illusory verbiage.   This latest anti-Haqqani offensive is just the US Army falling-back on its principle fallacy, wrong institutional ideas concerning basic human nature--"Real men are warriors, everyone else is a pussy,"  anything less is cowardice and lack of moral fiber and sense of patriotic duty.  Macho bullshit!   It is NOT natural for men to be murderers, or to serve an Empire intent on subjugating all mankind.  "Jarhead" Warrior culture teaches that the Taliban warrior culture will respect American soldiers, even though they hide behind body armor and air support.  If they wanted to make the Taliban think that they were Real Men and not cowards, then they would fight on the Taliban level.  If you want to convince the Taliban that you are real men, then fight them hand-to-hand. 

You empty-headed  military assholes, who believe that we deserve to rule the world, you couldn't be more wrong.  We deserve to lose the world, as repayment for our aggression against Muslim nations.]

Is U.S. policy in Afghanistan a contradiction?

Can the battle against the Taliban push the insurgents to the negotiating table? (Photo by AFP)

Can the battle against the Taliban push the insurgents to the negotiating table? (Photo by AFP)

By AFP
KABUL

The latest U.S. catchphrase in the decade-long Afghan war may be “fight, talk, build,” but analysts ask if it is a fundamental contradiction, or can battle offensives push the Taliban to the negotiating table?

With NATO combat troops due to leave in 2014, the need to find a settlement in Afghanistan is becoming ever more urgent, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week admitted the United States had met the Haqqani network.

The Taliban faction is singled out as America’s most potent enemy in eastern Afghanistan, and since the talks in the summer the U.S. has blamed it for attacks including a 19-hour siege in Kabul that targeted Washington’s embassy.

Clinton herself acknowledged an apparent discrepancy in the U.S. approach during her visit to Pakistan, saying Washington plans to continue the ground fight while simultaneously trying to talk to insurgents.

“I will certainly admit that much of what we see that needs to be done in the region may, at first, appear inherently contradictory,” she said in a meeting with business and civil society leaders in Islamabad.

“But it has been our experience over many years that unfortunately, it is both, simultaneously, that will convince some to come to negotiations and will remove others who are totally opposed to peace.” she said.

The question is, will it work? And on that, most analysts are at best divided and at worst dismissive, believing that after 10 years the Americans still have no answers for ending the war.

“The thing I found important in what Hillary Clinton said is that she doesn’t rule out a political solution with the insurgents and I think that’s the right thing to do,” said Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

He believes there should be exploratory talks but disagrees that hardliners can be bombed into talking.

“I’m not convinced the Taliban can be beaten and weakened to the negotiating table. I think it will make them more defiant,” he said.

Early hopes of progress towards peace were derailed on September 20 when a purported Taliban emissary wearing a bomb in his turban assassinated the Afghan government’s pointman for talks, former president Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Afghan and U.S. forces are now waging a “major operation” designed to squeeze the Haqqanis and other Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, and Clinton called on Pakistan to step up pressure on its side of the frontier.

But with NATO-led forces and the U.N. offering different estimates about the level of violence in Afghanistan, it is difficult to assess whether increased military operations are having the desired effect.

Pakistan − which arranged the U.S.-Haqqani meeting − has refused to take on the Haqqanis, who operate on both sides of the border, militarily.

Few in the region believe the Americans know how to end a war that has killed thousands of people and dragged on far longer than anyone imagined when the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001.

“They’re scrapping around, I would say,” said Imtiaz Gul, executive director of the Islamabad-based Centre for Research and Security Studies.

With federal elections held in the United States every two years, he told AFP: “This problem makes a coherent, long-term strategy very difficult for Obama, for any president for that matter.”

Wadir Safi, a political science lecturer at Kabul University, warned that Rabbani’s murder underscored the need for an “impartial commission more acceptable to the armed opposition.”

Another complication, said Ruttig, was lack of consensus on a power-sharing deal in Afghanistan, given opposition in the Tajik and Uzbek-dominated north to negotiations with the Taliban who are blamed for Rabbani’s murder.

“The Taliban might not be ready to accept a pluralist Afghanistan − that’s what we need to find out,” he said, suggesting that an undeclared ceasefire may be a better way to test Taliban reaction.

“The U.S. should try not to humiliate them,” Ruttig added.

Taliban threatens to attack Shell Pakistan, Pakistan State Oil

Taliban threatens to attack Shell Pakistan, Pakistan State Oil


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban have threatened to attack installations of Shell Pakistan and the state-run Pakistan State Oil if the two firms do not pay a total of Rs 400 million within 20 days as extortion money, a media report said on Sunday.

“I had personally spoken to the managing directors of the Pakistan State Oil and Shell Pakistan and demanded that they arrange to pay us Rs 200 million each. Otherwise, I had warned them that we would start attacking their installations anywhere in the country,” a senior Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commander told The News on phone.

The unnamed commander claimed officials of the two oil companies had sought time to consider the Taliban’s demand. The commander further claimed the Taliban had never warned the companies to halt supplying fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

He said officials of the companies “wrongly linked” the Taliban’s threat to ending oil supplies to the foreign forces.

The commander claimed the PSO had issued a statement to the media that said the the Taliban wanted the company to halt oil supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan.

“It isn’t true. We never asked them to stop fuel supply to the US or NATO forces in Afghanistan. We had nothing to do with whatever they are doing. I just asked them to pay us Rs 200 million within 20 days, otherwise we would target their installations,” the commander was quoted as saying.