New Attempts to Murder Pakistani Religious Leaders

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Gruesome attacks

It is a matter of great concern that a leader of the  stature of Maulana Fazlur Rehman who with his stiff opposition to the US aggression had gained a large following particularly among the tribal folks, hardliners and virtually all America bashers had a narrow escape in two deadly bomb attacks.
The first attack occurred at Swabi Interchange on Peshawar-Islamabad motorway on Wednesday and if Maulana was not late by a minute or so for a gathering he was to address he would have become the target of the suicide bomber. Ten people died in the blast. The JUI-F leader however was unfazed and stated that the attack was carried out by the US and its CIA for his bold stance against the drone attacks. The second blast took place in Charsadda in the DCO office on Thursday close to the convoy of Maulana Fazlur Rehman and though he was again lucky, 12 people lost their lives. These attacks must be condemned because apart from attempting to assassinate a high profile religious leader, it is part of the same game of creating sectarian rift and hence destabilising the country. If leaders of his calibre are being targeted in this manner, it is pretty clear that general security is virtually non-existent. But most important of all, it is also time for different factions and outfits of the insurgent groups like the Taliban and their political bosses to avoid factional rivalries and infighting among themselves at least on Pakistan’s territory. Turning our homeland into the veritable battlefield when actually the fury of these groups ought to be directed in driving out the occupation forces from Afghanistan has put our survival at stake. It must be remembered that the only country that is benefiting from the splits within Taliban is the US. First these groups owing to the absence of a united leadership cause mayhem inside Pakistan and secondly, the US by causing unrest within their ranks neutralise the threat to its military presence in Afghanistan.

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