Jamat-ul Ahrar, New Name for Pakistani Taliban Barbarians

[SEE:   Pakistani Taliban Slaughter 100+ Schoolchildren In Peshawar ]

Ideological purification: Understanding the TTP split

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Muhammad Amir Rana

Khorasani  Jamatul Ahrar
Omar Khalid Khorasani is seen in the centre during an interview in Mohmand tribal region on June 2, 2011. —Reuters photo

There is nothing new or surprising in the news of a split among ranks of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as it had been in the process since November last year, when TTP’s head Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone attack.

While many see this split as a major blow to the terrorists’ umbrella organisation, it is worrisome that some relatively more brutal factions of the group are reorganising themselves.

The chance that this split will affect the existing militant landscape in the region is small.

The news indicates, in fact, that certain terrorist groups are in a process of transformation and are absorbing influences of newly emerging terrorist organisations like the Islamic State (previously ISIS, now IS).

The new influences and inspirations are causing ideological purification within terrorist organisations.

The newly established group Jamatul Ahrar, and its goals and objectives suggest that it is inspired by the achievements of the IS.

According to media reports, the group is the brainchild of Omar Khalid Khorasani — an ambitious Taliban commander and a member of TTP Shura who was not happy with peace talks between Taliban and the government.

Transformations and ideological purifications among terrorist groups usually entail a process of abrasion, which sometime goes deep, but should not be regarded as destruction.

Transformations do not make terrorist groups weaker.

Rather, they provide new ideological strengths, which help terrorists restructure their groups and revamp their operational strategies. When Ahrar claimed that the TTP now belonged to them, they meant to say that they had substituted the older organisational and operational formations with new ones.

Terrorist movements have passed through many transformations during the last one decade.

Much has been written about how Kashmir-based militant groups and sectarian groups in Pakistan came under al Qaeda’s ideological influence, which transformed major segments of these groups.

There were almost similar reasons behind the confrontation between the Taliban commanders Abdullah Mehsud and Baitullah Mehsud in 2004.

Abdullah wanted to speed up terrorist operations in Afghanistan, but Baitullah had come up with new ideological motives. While he did not object to Pakistani Taliban extending over help to their Afghan counterparts in Afghanistan, he stressed upon establishing the rule of Shariah in whatever tribal areas inside Pakistan were under Taliban control.

Under the influence of the Arabs and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Baitullah also developed differences with Waziri militant commanders.

In the subsequent years, differences between Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman Mehsud were primary of operational nature, but Waliur Rehman was not happy with the increasing sectarian tendencies in TTP.

When ideological transformations occurred across Pakistani militant groups within the broader concept of an Islamic state, it gradually ‘purified’ their objectives and evolved different trends among them.

Now, Pakistan has militant groups with interests ranging widely from tribal and nationalist ambitions to sectarian, regional and even global ones. There is a lot of diversity in these groups.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan appears to be one of the major reasons behind new developments within the TTP.

As the military operation uprooted militants from their safe heavens and dispersed them, many militant commanders and groups looked confused as to how to respond to this situation, particularly in absence of an agreed-upon leadership.

TTP already had cracks, and it appeared that two Mehsud factions were fighting with each other over the issue of leadership and resource distributions.

One of these groups was the Khorasani group.

Omar Khorasani was not happy with the infighting among militants. He contested Fazlullah’s leadership, had reservations on his ideological vision and believed that the latter was focused too narrowly on his native region (Swat), which damaged the operational effectiveness of the TTP across the country.

Khorasani aspires to make his group part of a broader Khorasan movement, which he believes will bring global change and help establish the Caliphate system in the world.

The emergence of the IS also influenced some TTP and other militant commanders to revamp their movement and to revisit their strategies, capacities and operational targets.

The Khorasani group has been under the influence of al Qaeda, which unlike IS, does not hold any territory. Al Qaeda is an underground organisation that operates through its affiliates, which can intensify conflicts in certain regions; but it is not capable of leading the movements on the ground. Even on an operational front, al Qaeda depends on terrorist attacks and cannot develop and lead a force like IS.

The IS is inspiring more groups other than just Pakistani militants. Boko Haram and other terrorists groups that emerged after 9/11 have also pledged allegiance to this new movement.

Though the chances that groups like Jamatul Ahrar will announce allegiance to IS are few, it is safe to say that they are getting inspired by this new entity.

With al Qaeda getting weaker in the region, these groups may imitate the operational tactics of IS in the near future.

Every Drone Assassination Kills 28 Civilians

It takes 28 civilian lives to kill a single terrorist leader – UK human rights group

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicle (Reuters / U.S. Air Force)

 

Eliminating a specific terrorist leader is a ‘targeted killing’ according to the US. However, Britain’s Reprieve human-rights group calculated that it takes about 28 innocent lives to take out a single terrorist leader, often with multiple drone strikes.

The UK human-rights group gave The Guardian the latest statistics (November 24) compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, on collateral damage from American drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

The statistics are the most striking in 10 years: attempts to kill 41 terrorist leaders resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,147 people, the vast majority – civilians and families.

“Drone strikes have been sold to the American public on the claim that they’re ‘precise’. But they are only as precise as the intelligence that feeds them. There is nothing precise about intelligence that results in the deaths of 28 unknown people, including women and children, for every ‘bad guy’ the US goes after,” said Jennifer Gibson, who headed Reprieve’s study.

Over the decade of ever-intensifying drone strikes in countries Washington has never actually declared war on, thousands of civilians have been killed – something the US has consistently denied.

“The only people we fire a drone at are confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level, after a great deal of vetting that takes a long period of time. We don’t just fire a drone at somebody and think they’re a terrorist,” The Guardian cited the US Secretary of State John Kerry as saying at a BBC forum in 2013.

Yet the statistics speak for themselves: it takes dozens, sometimes hundreds of lives to eliminate a single Al-Qaeda or Taliban warlord.

Over the last eight years there have been several attempts to eliminate an Al-Qaeda leader called Ayman Zawahiri. Drones have proved ineffective – the man is still alive. In two known attempts, in 2006, as many as 76 children and 29 adults were killed.

If Zawahiri’s name sounds familiar to some Americans, this definitely cannot be said about Qari Hussain, a former deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban.

Supporters of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an Islamic organization, burn a U.S. flag as they shout slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region, in Karachi November 8, 2013 (Reuters / Athar Hussain)

Supporters of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an Islamic organization, burn a U.S. flag as they shout slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region, in Karachi November 8, 2013 (Reuters / Athar Hussain)

In 2008-2010 there were four attempts to get this man before missiles from an American drone killed him. But there was collateral damage: the US drones accidentally killed 128 people, including 13 children.

Most of the terror suspects were targeted in Pakistan, where a drone hunt after 24 terrorist leaders resulted in the deaths of 874 people, 142 of them children. The mission registered only six successful strikes.

This makes the terrorist/civilian drone death ratio in Pakistan as high as 1:36.

In Yemen, 273 people were killed (including at least seven children) in drone airstrikes targeting 17 terror suspects (terrorist/civilian death ratio 1:16).

However, 41 terrorist deaths claimed can’t actually be confirmed. Some have apparently been proclaimed dead twice, some have disappeared from American intelligence radar, and also identities have been mistaken. Others were even found dead under circumstances different from drone strikes.

There were 33 confirmed drone kills of the named targets, yet 947 people died in the attacks.

The statistics presented by Reprieve don’t cover other types of American drone strikes. These are the so-called ‘signature strikes’ against groups of people whose activities appeared to be ‘suspicious.’

The usually conservative US Council on Foreign Relations think tank assesses that in Afghanistan and Iraq, alone, some 500 drone ‘signature airstrikes’ have killed 3,674 people.

All CIA or Joint Special Operations Command drone strike operations are conducted in strict secrecy. Any information that is leaked is done so anonymously. So the data compiled by Reprieve is far from being complete.

“President Obama needs to be straight with the American people about the human cost of this program,” Reprieve’s Jennifer Gibson told The Guardian. “If even his government doesn’t know who is filling the body bags every time a strike goes wrong, his claims that this is a precise program look like nonsense, and the risk that it is in fact making us less safe looks all too real,” Gibson said.

Another Infamous Pakistani Militant Is Killed for the Second Time

[EXPOSING AMERICAN FRAUD]

[Another Taliban leader killed for the second time (SEE: 56 killed in shelling by fighter aircraft, helicopters ).  The continual repetition of this demonstrated pattern of the alleged re-killing of famous militants, either confirms the total and complete unreliability of those Pak spies who identify drone victims for the Western press, or else it confirms consistent Pentagon lying about the alleged “successes” of its drone murder program.  The Pentagon never really knows for sure “who” it kills in these strikes, or whether any militants were killed at all in the isolated mountains, even though nearly every publicized strike is linked with a known militant name.  The sheer number of the drone murders -vs- the limited number of known militant names in Pakistan, necessitates the re-running of the names of the alleged victims.]   

Top Pakistan Taliban commander Asmatullah Shaheen ‘shot dead

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File photo of Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani Shaheen was driving in North Waziristan when he was attacked, reports said

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander has been shot dead in a militant stronghold near the Afghan border, security sources and relatives say.

Asmatullah Shaheen was ambushed as he drove through a village near Miranshah in North Waziristan, reports said. Two others in the vehicle also died.

It is unclear who killed them. There has been no word from the militants.

Shaheen was briefly the Pakistani Taliban interim leader after its chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed last year.

Asmatullah Shaheen, who came from the small Bhittani tribe, shot to prominence in December 2011 when his men kidnapped and killed about 15 security force personnel.

The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says he is believed to have depended on the much larger Mehsud tribe for his clout in militant circles.

Proof That Pak Army Picks CIA Drone Targets In FATA

[The CIA has helped the ISI to “disappear” one of the pesky “Adiala 11″ (SEE:  The “Adiala 11″ Disappeared Were Suspects in GHQ Bombing and Musharraf Assassination Attempt).  All of the suspects in the GHQ assault were members of the “Amjad Farooqi Cell,” (SEE:  Paramilitary Pretense, Who Controls the Predators? ), named after the top dog in Lashkar e-Jhangvi, the Punjabi root of the terrorist vine which leads back to the Army and to Special Forces commando Ilyas Kashmiri (who was allegedly killed near the site of this latest drone attack). The reported victims of CIA murders have a way of reappearing again, whenever the agency needs them in new hot spots.  We have no ability to determine who dies in these drone attacks, or even if anybody dies at all.  If there are no recognizable photos to document a celebrated terrorist leader’s demise, then it is wise to question the validity of first press reports.

The Pak Army’s publicity apparatus and “iron fist” are very effective at dominating public opinion.  Wake-up, Imran Kahn!  The culprits behind CIA drone deaths work from offices in Rawalpindi, as well as in Kabul.  The first step towards ending drone deaths is to put an end to the official lie which denies Army complicity in drone deaths.]        

Militant involved in GHQ attack injured in drone attack

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PESHAWAR: Two militants, including an accused linked with attack on Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi, were also injured in the US drone attack that targeted a compound in Miranshah town of North Waziristan.According to sources, Aslam alias Yaseen is linked with attacks on General Headquarters (GHQ) and another attack on the naval base in Karachi.The sources further said that three militants were killed in the drone strike. Two militants were from Punjab.

They said that the injured militants have been taken to hospital. The militants were fighting in Afghanistan, the sources claimed.

The militants were living in the attacked compound for four months, the sources added.

CIA Kills Jalaluddin’s Son Nasiruddin in Islamabad, Another Taliban Who Sought Peace

[This marks the beginning of Fazlullah’s reign of terror at the helm of the TTP and the re-blossoming of the spy wars in KP.  It is unknown what relationship new TTP deputy, Khalid Haqqani, has to Jalaluddin, but the removal of Naseer-uddin and the simultaneous rise of Khalid within the Haqqani clan cannot be coincidental.

Nasiruddin supported pursuing peace talks with both the Afghan and Pakistani governments.  In his position as an intermediary between  the Haqqani network and its generous Gulf donors, he made regular trips to the Gulf, where he is alleged to have made contact with Tayeb Agha, who runs the office of the “Taliban Emirate” in Doha (SEE:  Taliban group share peace talks draft with Pakistan).  This means that he has been tainted by contact with the Qatari pig, which immediately draws a line between him and the Saudis.] 

“There are reports that Nasiruddin and other senior Haqqani leaders also maintain residences in the immediate vicinity of ISI headquarters in Islamabad.”  He was no doubt killed in the vicinity of ISI HQ in Islamabad.

[Just down the road from ISI HQ, is Bhara Kahu, the spot where he was alleged to have been killed, according to Afghan Taliban spokesman.]

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A photographer takes picture of the spot where Nasiruddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the feared militant Haqqani network, was assassinated. AP
A photographer takes picture of the spot where Nasiruddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the feared militant Haqqani network, was assassinated. APRead more at: http://www.firstpost.com/world/pak-haqqani-chiefs-son-nasiruddin-gunned-down-in-islamabad-1223107.html?utm_source=ref_article

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Haqqani’s son murdered in Islamabad

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KABUL (PAN): A son of the Haqqani Network’s leader has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, a militant leader said on Monday.

Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son, Dr. Nasiruddin Haqqani, was gunned down in front of his residence in Islamabad last night, a senior Taliban leader confided to Pajhwok Afghan News.

There was no immediate of claim of responsibility for the murder that happened in the Barakau area Barakau area, the source said, adding the attackers managed to escape on a motorbike.

Dr Nasir came under attack while returning home from a mosque. His body has been dispatched to Miranshah for burial, scheduled later in the day.

He was in charge of political affairs of the militant outfit that has been engaged in an armed struggle against US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan.

In August 2012, another son of the top insurgent leader, Badruddin Haqqani, was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan.

Regarded as a fierce commander of the network, Badruddin was struck with missiles from the CIA-operated pilotless aircraft while leaving his hideout in Shawal Valley.

Pakistan Forced To Trade American Agent Hakeemullah For Even Worse US/Saudi Agent Fazlullah

[Sad to admit the hard facts about Pakistan, but militant/terrorist leaders tend to tell the truth there, more often than the actual government leaders do.  I can find no fault with the following TTP claims.  The first quotes are from the Dawn article on Fazlullah, blaming the Pak govt. for killing Hakeemullah.]

“Pakistani rulers are slaves of the Americans and Pakistan is a US colony. The rulers are keeping the people in the dark and deceiving the nation by speaking about talks while conspiring with the US to harm the Taliban.”

The TTP holds “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for the death of Hakeemullah. `He bargained and sold out Hakeemullah to the Americans and we hold Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League responsible for his death.”

“We are one hundred percent sure that Pakistan fully supports the United States in its drone strikes.”

[No matter what the lying Pakistani or Western press says to the contrary—There is NO DAYLIGHT between the Pakistani and American militaries on the drone assassination program, a hard fact that the militants have always understood.  All of this nonsense about “good” or “bad Taliban” is tabloid journalism, intended to mislead the viewing or reading public.  Consider the words of the most disputed “good/bad Taliban,” before he too was murdered by one of Obama/Kayani’s drones, Mullah Nazir had the following to say:

[SEE: Paramilitary Pretense, Who Controls the Predators?]

“Pakistan has misled the common population that America carries out these attacks and we cannot do anything to stop them. All the spies that we have caught turned out to be employees of Pakistan. The location-tracking SIMs that they use had been provided by Pakistan. We have also released their video clips. The spyware and intelligence is fully associated with the Army. A couple of days ago, an American CIA officer confessed that Pakistan’s airbases are being used for these attacks and that Pakistan itself is involved in them. They have even threatened us themselves that it is we who are striking you and that either you should renounce Jihad or we would attack. The assertion that America is behind this and we are helpless is only meant to deceive the public. All these attacks that have happened and are still happening are the work of Pakistan.”

“Pakistan serves America. 70% of the assistance America receives is provided by Pakistan. They have martyred our Mujahid brothers; those of them who were leading us and were our elders. Whenever we raise our head, Pakistan pursues us. Thus we are compelled to war Pakistan. It is not because India or Russia has bribed us…not at all…rather, we have been compelled to do so. Pakistan does not leave us alone.”

“Actually, it is the ISI that executes operations at mosques, not the Mujahideen. They are enemies to us and so they scare people about us being thugs and things like that. We are Mujahideen and we never carry out martyrdom operations in the vicinity of Muslims. It is the Army upon which we execute such operations. The Army is our target because it has aided the Americans. We do carry out martyrdom operations throughout Pakistan but we renounce and condemn those of them in mosques and marketplaces. It is our enemy that does it.”

[Before the drone campaign blossomed under Obama, we have the following testimony on Pakistani Army culpability from an anonymous Mehsud militant.]

[Fazlullah has promised to wage an intensive bombing campaign across Punjab in revenge for Hakeemullah’s murder, which is anticipated to force the Army’s hand,  achieving the long-sought North Waziristan offensive that the Pentagon has been screaming for (SEE:  ‘Red rag to a bull’: New TTP chief could push army to military action).  Fazlullah is the CIA/Saudi agent who started a war against the Pak Army in Swat and Bajaur, before the Army drove him into Afghanistan’s Nuristan/Logar region.  He has maintained his attacks upon the Army from the sanctuary there.  Having him in charge of the TTP is the CIA’s “wet dream” come true.  There will be no drone attacks upon Fazlullah.  While Fazlullah was in control in Swat, there were zero drone assassinations there, after the single disastrous attempt to kill Ayman Zawahiri there in 2006, blowing-up a religious seminary in Chenagai village, claiming the lives of 82 boys and their teachers.

Whoever was the traitor that planted the CIA tracking chip on Hakeemullah, effectively silencing the new govt attempts to negotiate peace, did a very great disservice to his country.  The Pakistani people just jumped from the frying pan right into the middle of the fire.]

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Ruthless Fazlullah is new Taliban chief

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By Sailab Mehsud and Pazir Gul

MIRAMSHAH, Nov 7: The outlawed Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan chose on Thursday Mullah Fazlullah, a fugitive militant ensconced in Afghanistan, as its new leader.

The umbrella organisation representing dozens of militant groups vowed to take revenge from Pakistani rulers and security forces f or the killing of its leader Hakeemullah Mehsud in a drone attack last week.

Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, reverberated with gunfire in celebration after the announcement of the selection of the 39-year-old militant leader from Swat, who ruled the northern district for two years before he was driven out in a military operation in 2009.

He had entered into a peace deal with the then ruling Awami National Party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through his father-in-law Maulana Sufi Muhammad, leading to enforcement of the Nizam-i-Adl Regulation in 2009. But the deal collapsed when militants refused to lay down arms and a full-fledged military operation was launched in Swat.

According to intelligence officials, Fazlullah, who was known as Radio Mullah for his use of FM frequencies to broadcast sermons to the people of Swat, was in Afghanistan`s eastern Nuristan province from where his fighters carried out raids on Pakistani border posts.

The Fazlullah group had accepted responsibility for a roadside bombing in Upper Dir that killed Maj Gen Sanaullah Niazi and another officer in mid-September this year and subsequently released a video of the attack.

The TTP announced that its shura had also chosen Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, a little known militant leaderfrom Swabi, as its deputy leader, effectively shifting the militant leadership from the tribal region to the settled districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In a recent video message, Khalid Haqqani outlined TTP`s global jihad mission and said: `Our ongoing struggle is not restricted to the boundaries of Pakistan but connected to all [jihadi] movements in different regions of the world.

`Now we have people at the helm in the TTP who are opposed to talks with the government. This indicates the mood within the TTP,` a senior security official said.

`Not that there has ever been any optimism before, but this development changes the entire equation,` he said.

`The leadership has passed on from one set of radicals to another. They are all hardliners.

But some former security officials said the appointment of leaders from outside the tribal region indicated a rift between rival groups within the TTP vying for the top slot.

`The Mehsuds wouldn`t let the leadership go away from TTP`s birthplace,` former intelligence officer retired Brig Asad Munir said.

`Fazlullah and Khalid Haqqani have been brought in to avert a rift between rival Mehsud groups,` he said.

But the leader of TTP executive shura, Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, said at a news conference in Miramshah that the unanimous election of the new leaders disproved the `propaganda` about a rift within the TTP.

He also threatened that the `federal government and Punjab and other provinces and security forces will be our target`.

He held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for the death of Hakeemullah. `He bargained and sold out Hakeemullah to the Americans and we hold Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League responsible for his death, he said.

Bhittani said the militants would expand their activities to Punjab which so far has largely remained peaceful. `We are not politicians who issue hollow threats.

Our revenge from Punjab, the federal government and the security forces will be exemplary,` he said whiletalking to Dawn.

`But we assure the people that they would not be harmed.

However, the assurance is likely to be believed only by a few people as the government says about 50,000 people have lost their lives in terrorist attacks in more than a decade of militant activities in the country.

Bhittani accused the government of pursuing a dual policy. `Pakistani rulers are slaves of the Americans and Pakistan is a US colony. The rulers are keeping the people in the dark and deceiving the nation by speaking about talks while conspiring with the US to harm the Taliban,` he alleged.

(According to news agencies, Asmatullah Shaheen said at the press conference that the TTP would not negotiate with the government `until it announces the complete enforcement of sharia`.

`There will be no more talks as Mullah Fazlullah is already against negotiations with the Pakistan government,` Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

`We are one hundred percent sure that Pakistan fully supports the United States in its drone strikes,` he said.

Fazlullah opposes polio vaccinations and ordered closure of girls` schools.)

The Murdering Little Bastard Hakeemullah, Who Was Killed for Seeking Peace With Pakistan

Hakimullah Mehsud dead

US could not confirm death of Hakimullah: State Department

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The State Department said Hakimullah was responsible for a failed May 2010 attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York’s Times Square besides several key incidents.

The spokesman said the State Department of US could not confirm the death of Mehsud.

Dialogues with Pakistan on bilateral relations were continue, the spokesman further said.

AFP Adds: The United States Monday admitted to “tensions” and occasional “misunderstandings” in its relations with Pakistan, but implicitly defended the killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

The government in Islamabad reacted angrily to the attack on Hakimullah Mehsud, saying it would scuttle its peace talks with the group.

“There inevitably will be some tensions and occasional misunderstandings between our two countries,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

“We hope to continue to make progress in the relationship, and we continue to seek ways for our countries to cooperate on the entire range of shared interests that we have, from economic to security issues.”

Carney would not confirm the drone strike that killed Mehsud, in line with normal practice in such attacks, but he said the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader had a long list of extremist credentials, including a failed bombing in Times Square, New York, in 2010.

Carney charged that Mehsud and other TTP leaders had “publicly vowed to continue targeting the United States and Americans.”

Mehsud was also wanted in connection with the killings of seven Americans at a US base in Khost province, Afghanistan.

“Jerkemullah” Mehsud Contacts Brit Press To Reject Negotiations In Pak Press

KARACHI, Oct 9: Alleging that the government has not taken any substantial step for holding peace talks, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s notorious chief Hakimullah Mehsud said on Wednesday that his outfit would not hold dialogue (with the government) through the media.

Speaking in a rare interview with the BBC, he said that the Pakistani government should have officially announced initiation of peace talks and sent a tribal Jirga to them for that purpose.

“We don’t wish to negotiate through the media… neither do we wish to hear the government’s preconditions through the media nor do we want to put our precondition in front of it,” Mehsud said.

He said the TTP was ready for serious talks and would welcome such an effort from the government. He vowed to provide complete security to a government-sponsored Jirga if sent for talks.

Mehsud said the scheduled withdrawal of US-led Nato forces from Afghanistan would not change anything in Pakistan and the Taliban would continue their ‘activities’.

“We are engaged in a war with Pakistan for two reasons: firstly Pakistan is a friend of America and Ulema were killed and madressahs destroyed in the country at the behest of the US. Another reason for waging a Jihad here is the ‘Kafirana’ (heretical) system prevailing in Pakistan,” he said.

Mehsud said that the Taliban would continue to demand implementation of Shariah laws in the country even after the 2014 withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

Drone attacks

The militant also said that if the US agreed to stop drone strikes, the Taliban would also stop their attacks.

He said that the Taliban were aware of the appeals made by Ulema who wanted the war to be stopped.

“But in the case of us ending the war, we also want a stop to drone strikes. If drone strikes are stopped we will be ready to stop our Jihad.”

Mehsud, who carries a $5 million bounty on his head, disowned recent blasts in public places including a Peshawar church. “Other agencies are involved in that.”

“The purpose of the blasts is to misguide the people against Taliban, so that the people who support us can stop doing so.”

Mehsud said that the TTP had distanced themselves from such blasts earlier and would do so again.

But he vowed to carry on attacking friends and supporters of the US.

He blamed the government for the failure of previous peace initiatives. “The government of Pakistan bombs innocent tribal people because of the pressure of America… Drone strikes conducted by Americans were (backed) by Pakistan. Then the Americans pressed Pakistan to start ground operations in these areas and Pakistan complied,” he Mehsud.

“So the government is responsible for past failures,” he added.—Dawn Monitor

Tehreek Taliban’s “Red-Haired Step-Child” (Jundullah) Takes Credit for the Murder of 60 Christians In Peshawar

 

FEW incidents of terrorism have caused such large-scale outpouring of grief, anger and shame as the massacre in the Peshawar church last Sunday. But will this outrage awaken the Pakistani people to the urgency of dealing with the cancerous growth in their body politic of which the attack on the old church was only a symptom?

As has often happened in such situations, various parties are busy denying responsibility for mass murder in the church. The Taliban say they are not involved and they do not believe in killing innocent people.

The Muslim ulema argue that no true Muslim can commit such horrible excesses. For one thing, the people know better. And for another, considerable confusion has been created by those who own their black deeds and those who always deny them. If these denials are taken seriously even the most efficient detectives might fail to track down the culprits. In any case the search is unnecessary as the list of suspects is quite short.

First, it is impossible to completely delink the Peshawar incident from the ongoing debate on parleys with the militants besieging the state of Pakistan.

Apart from the many unarmed citizens who oppose talks with the militants on the latter’s terms, there are elements in Pakistan, many of them occupying key positions in the country’s politico-religious parties, that would wish the position of the government of Pakistan to be weakened further so that the challengers’ ideological victory can be guaranteed.

At the same time, there may be elements in the militants’ ranks who would like to delay the talks with Islamabad till its surrender becomes irreversible.

Then, the possibility of factional tussle within the pro-negotiation camps on both sides cannot be ruled out. Who should have the decisive voice in the negotiating teams on either side and who should be recognised as the best interlocutors on the other side are issues that can cause serious conflicts. Such wrangling could torpedo the talks altogether.

Any of the elements identified could have launched the assault on the church.

Secondly, there is reason to suspect the sectarian terrorists who have been targeting both non-Muslim communities and minority Muslim sects for quite some time and who seem determined to convert the entire population to their exclusivist creed.

Some of these elements have been on the security forces’ radar for a pretty long time and the latter’s disinclination to proceed against them is one of Pakistan’s most painful enigmas.

Both the militants operating in the northern parts and the sectarian terrorists operating practically throughout the country derive strength from the theocratic assumptions with which the original ideals of Pakistan are being replaced.

Their shared objective is to pull down the state’s democratic structure, its judicial order, its education system and install in their place devices and values of their own choice. There should be no mistake about the identity and objectives of these elements — they are not fighting the state of Pakistan for any of their rights, they want to usurp the right of the entire people of Pakistan to choose their institutions of governance through democratic means.

More dangerous than terrorist attacks is the systematic exploitation of the people’s religious sentiments for instigating violence and hatred against the minorities. The militants have been using the religious card with considerable skill. The result is the creation of an environment that is becoming increasingly hostile to the religious minorities and smaller Muslim sects.

Everybody knows of the migration of hard-pressed non-Muslim Pakistanis from Balochistan and the Sindhi non-Muslims’ grievances regarding abduction and forced conversion of their girls, and kidnappings for ransom.

In Punjab, especially Lahore, new groups of professional Ahmadi-baiters have emerged over the past few months. They are instituting all kinds of cases against the Ahmadis, encouraging land grabbers to seize their property and pushing policemen to demolish structures resembling minarets at Ahmadi prayer houses.

The number of Ahmadi victims of targeted killing is on the rise. Some loose talk in a TV show is enough to petrify the powerful Punjab government and persuade it to malign and strangulate a widely respected school for including a book on comparative religion in its courses.

The main source of strength for both categories of the anti-state bands is their (and their political patrons’) success in presenting themselves as soldiers of Islam.

The people have been divided between those who are fighting alongside the US-Nato forces and those who are defending Islam. Maulana Sherani who heads the Council of Islamic Ideology has just proclaimed that those who support Nato may go on (unsuccessfully) fighting the Taliban.

What he means is that anyone who opposes the killers of Pakistani soldiers and generals and the organisers of suicide bombing missions is a stooge of Nato.

It is this pernicious stereotyping of the militants/terrorists and the defenders of the Pakistani citizens’ right to democratic governance and rule of law that paralyses the custodians of power in Islamabad. They may have recognised the seriousness of the threat militant extremists pose to them but they are yet to draw up a strategy to counter religious militancy and abuse of the Islamic concept of jihad.

The all-party conference that was staged in Islamabad did not even scratch the core issue — the use of religious slogans to justify murder of Muslims and non-Muslim alike and to spare neither mosques nor churches.

What the government must realise is that every concession they offer the militants will worsen the plight of the religious minorities, with women and democratic-minded citizens not far behind them. Pakistan will never be able to protect its integrity and defend its citizens’ lives and properties unless it begins to tame the monster of intolerance it has so thoughtlessly reared.

Christian Church Bombed By TTP In Peshawar, Over 60 Dead/120 Wounded

[The big difference between blowing-up mosques and blowing-up churches, is that there are as many female victims as there are males, unlike in the Muslim male-only services.  You can see a shaken man carrying the lifeless body of one of Peshawar’s good Christian girls in the photo below.  Maybe such an ugly sacrifice of so many Christians will so rattle the West that we stop using the Pakistani Taliban to wage war against the innocent people of Pakistan and their govt.]

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - A Pakistani man carries the lifeless body of a girl from the site of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – A Pakistani man carries the lifeless body of a girl from the site of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad

Attack on Pakistani church kills over 60 people

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By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press

 

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing over 60 people in the deadliest-ever attack on the country’s Christian minority, officials said.

The bombing in Peshawar, which wounded another 120 people, underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants. It will likely intensify criticism from those who believe that negotiating peace with militants is a mistake.

The attack occurred as hundreds of worshippers were coming out of the church in the city’s Kohati Gate district after services to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn, said a top government administrator, Sahibzada Anees.

“There were blasts and there was hell for all of us,” said Nazir John, who was at the church with at least 400 other worshippers. “When I got my senses back, I found nothing but smoke, dust, blood and screaming people. I saw severed body parts and blood all around.”

Survivors wailed and hugged each other in the wake of the blasts. The white walls of the All Saints Church were pockmarked with holes likely caused by ball bearings or other metal objects contained in the bombs to cause maximum damage. Blood stained the floor and was splashed on the walls. Plates filled with rice were scattered across the ground.

The attack was carried out by a pair of suicide bombers, said police officer Shafqat Malik. Authorities found their body parts and were trying to determine their age, he said.

The blasts killed over 60 people and wounded another 120, said Arshad Javed, the top health official at the hospital in Peshawar where the victims were being treated. The dead included several women and children, said Sher Ali Khan, another doctor at the hospital.

The number of casualties from the blasts was so high that the hospital was running out of caskets for the dead and beds for the wounded, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a former information minister of surrounding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province who was on the scene.

“What have we done wrong to these people?” asked one of the wounded, John Tariq, referring to the attackers. “Why are we being killed?”

Tariq’s father was killed by the blasts, he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion will likely fall on one of the country’s many Islamic militant groups. Islamic militants have been blamed for previous attacks on the Muslim country’s Christian minority, as well as Muslim groups they consider heretics.

“This is the deadliest attack against Christians in our country,” said Irfan Jamil, the bishop of the eastern city of Lahore.

The bishop in Peshawar, Sarfarz Hemphray, announced a three-day mourning period and blamed the government and security agencies for failing to protect the country’s Christians.

“If the government shows will, it can control this terrorism,” said Hemphray. “We have been asking authorities to enhance security, but they haven’t paid any heed.”

Islamic militants have carried out dozens of attacks across the country since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office in June, even though he has made clear that he believes a peace deal with the largest group, the Taliban, is the best way to tamp down violence in the country.

Pakistan’s major political parties endorsed Sharif’s call for negotiations earlier this month. But the Taliban have said the government must release militant prisoners and begin pulling troops out of the northwest tribal region that serves as their sanctuary before they will begin talks.

Sharif condemned the church attack in a statement sent to reporters, saying, “the terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions.”

“Such cruel acts of terrorism reflect the brutality and inhumane mindset of the terrorists,” he said.

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Associated Press writers Zarar Khan and Asif Shahzad contributed to this report from Islamabad.

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Pakistanis help victims of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – Pakistanis help victims of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - A Pakistani man helps an injured victim of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – A Pakistani man helps an injured victim of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - A Pakistani couple help an injured victim of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – A Pakistani couple help an injured victim of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Pakistanis help victims of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – Pakistanis help victims of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Pakistanis help victims of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – Pakistanis help victims of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad

The Self-Delusion That Passes for Peace

[Pakistan is doomed.]

The peace delusion

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WHILE approaching our problem of terror and courting peace in earnest there is no room for false bravado. Why object to state functionaries sitting down with disaffected citizens if that can sort out misconceptions that have angered or deluded them into declaring war on the state?

Didn’t Clausewitz, the god of war wisdom, settle once and for all that ‘war is merely the continuation of policy by other means’? So if policy can be pursued by peace talks why yelp for internecine bloodletting?

The logical critique of the inane resolution produced by the all-party conference (APC) isn’t rooted in the desire for vengeance or a conceited notion of honor. An eye-for-an-eye doesn’t produce justice or peace, but revenge. When a state punishes criminals it is not for a singular object but for a whole range of considerations including retribution for wrongful actions, closure for victims, deterring crime to maintain peace in society and reforming the recalcitrant. The moral argument against peace talks is weak.

The loss of over 40,000 citizens and soldiers is an unspeakable tragedy. But wars always produce casualties. If the argument that all blood shed in war must be avenged were to hold, no war would ever end. The paramount obligation of the state is not to fathom the best way to mourn or honour the dead, but to protect the life and liberty of the living. And if as a nation we are unsure whether our Constitution, the sovereignty of our state and a tolerant society are worthy causes, isn’t the choice between war and peace a fake one?

In other words why go to war over pursuit of a policy when the policy is up for negotiation if unacceptable to our adversary. So if we are willing to remodel the vision and future of Pakistan, its laws, political system, foreign policy and social norms, as desired by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), why fight? The critics of the APC’s romantic notion of peace through talks are neither opposed to peace nor talks. Their argument is that there is no real likelihood of talks succeeding and their failure will produce dividends for the TTP.

And in case a miracle happens and talks succeed, the terms on which peace will be secured will either be unsustainable or will require altering the vision for the future of Pakistan in a manner that will be nothing less than complete surrender to the forces of regression and intolerance. The APC resolution thus reinforces the harrowing sense that our national leadership either utterly lacks comprehension of the problem facing us or those at the helm have adopted Madame de Pompadour’s approach to problem solving: ‘after us, the deluge’.

The seeds of militancy and terror were not sown in 2001 when Pakistan elected to side with the US ‘war on terror’. That choice only exposed a design flaw in our national security thinking. We sowed the seeds of militancy when, encouraged by the US in the 1980s, we decided to brainwash, train and employ jihadis in pursuit of our national security policy in Afghanistan. Unlike mercenaries motivated by money or a regular soldier under military discipline, the jihadi militant was manufactured without a ‘turn-off’ switch.

If jihad against infidel Russia was right in the 1980s how could jihad against infidel Yanks be wrong in 2001? It was not jihadists who rebelled against the state; it was the state that rebelled against a just religious cause by agreeing to sleep with the enemy, the jihadists argue. The point is that a state cannot share monopoly over violence with any private militia, whether motivated by religion or not, precisely because it cannot allow a private group to challenge its foreign or security policy backed by threat of use of force.

Our problem of militancy won’t end with the end of the US war in Afghanistan. It won’t end till there exist armed private militias in Pakistan inspired by the virile belief that they have a legitimate right to forcefully change state policies, our political and legal system or social norms, and possess the means to do so.

There can be no sustainable peace in Pakistan so long as the state views religion-inspired militants as a useful weapon that can be controlled and put to good use in the national interest. There can be no sustainable peace till the state is open to allowing militants self-governed sanctuaries in our bad outlands or urban pockets. There can be no sustainable peace if it is a product of the courtesy or mercy shown by militants and not their diminished capacity to inflict violence.

There can be no peace till the state willingly tolerates violence and hatemongering in the name of religion. There can be no peace till the state continues looking away as our foreign Muslim friends fund and patronise sectarian groups in Pakistan. And there can be no peace if it hangs on the promise to implement the Sharia, when there is no agreement in the country over what that means. Shouldn’t the APC have addressed some of these thorny matters?

The manner in which the APC has endorsed unconditional talks with the TTP creates two problems. One, it legitimises the pro-terror narrative that has confused and polarised our nation ie terrorists might be mistaken in killing fellow citizens, but that is understandable because they are so incensed by wrongful state policies. And two, it is terrorists who are setting conditions and defining the framework of talks and not the state, and as a consequence if talks fail the onus will be on the state.

The most charitable assessment of the APC could have been that the sense of tolerance and accommodation exhibited by the APC will cultivate public opinion in favour of use of force in case talks fail. But the manner in which the TTP has responded, our tyrants might just be ahead of our leaders even when it comes to shaping public opinion. Maybe we are being needlessly cynical and our leadership is working with a grand strategy: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The writer is a lawyer. sattar@post.harvard.edu Twitter: @ babar_sattar

Pak Govt Debates Complete and Total Surrender To Hakeemullah In FATA

As Pakistani politicians surrender to terrorists, TTP demands complete writ in tribal areas

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According to latest reports, the terrorists of various factions under the umbrella of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are demanding pulling out of army from the tribal area as a precondition to start the dialogue. They want their own writ established in that area before they come to negotiating table. If government accepts the demand, it will strenthen the popular perception that APC was no more than a sell-out to Pakistani Taliban. Similar demands have already been made by India-sponsored Baloch separatists.

This is subsequent to the All Parties Conference (APC) of Pakistan’s political leaders held on Monday in Islamabad with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in chair. The confenece which was held to find a way forward to address the issue of terrorism ended with a resolution to engage with Pakistani Taliban (TTP) in negotiations. The resolution issued at the end of the conference seems to have achieved nothing in accordance with the aspirations of the people, the intended target and victims of terrorism. This vague document has been viewed by analysts as more of a document of surrender than an expression of a nation’s resolve to fight terrorism. The politicos were so cautious in naming the culprits that they decided not to name the terrorists as killers of more than 50,000 innocent civilians and shifted their focus on illegal war on terror and drone strikes. The resolution was clearly an attempt to appease the terrorists.

In his op-ed piece for English language daily newspaper, DAWN, analyst Zahid Hussain wrote that in fact, militant groups responsible for the death of thousands of men, women, children and soldiers, have virtually been legitimized as stakeholders in the peace efforts. The political parties participating in the conference were not expected to come up with a better resolution given their diverse ideological and political views. But the outcome, writes Hussain, has been even more shambolic than expected. The political leaders failed to decide the perimeter within which the talks are to be held or whether the extremists would be asked cessation of attacks and laying down the arms as a precondition of proposed talks. The tone and tenor of the resolution is that of a party losing a war and forced to negotiate for peace. The militants have already made their demand public which includes changing Pakistan’s foreign policy and enforcement of their version of Sharia. In fact, the TTP has upped the ante after the APC resolution calling for the state to show more sincerity before the negotiations. “The government will also have to convince the army and to decide on a roadmap for the talks,” a TTP spokesman was quoted as saying.

Pakistan Army launched military operation in scenic Swat Valley in 2009 and cleared the area by killing and flushing out the terrorists. It launched another operation in South Waziristan Agency of the restive tribal belt forcing the terrorists to flee and seek safe havens in Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan provinces under the protective umbrella of Afghan government. It was not the State but the militants who were on a weak wicket and the government could exploit the situation by talking from the position of strength giving ultimatum to them to surrender or face the wrath of the State.

Unfortunately for Pakistan, the political dispensation lacks the spine to fight the terrorists. The parties who participated in the conference are known for their declared sympathies for them. The campaign to talk to terrorists and cease military operation against them was launched by Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf who is dubbed by the people as Taliban Khan. Similarly, another politician spearheading talks is Maulana Fazal who is known as Father of Taliban and exercise strong clout among them. These two politicians have been protecting the interests of terrorists at the cost of national interests.

Surprisingly, the armed forces have not made their voice heard and are reported to only do the bidding of the politicians. They have, however, made it clear that for them national integrity is more important than anything else.

hsaqib is based in Rāwalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.

Pak Govt Wimps Out—No Execution of TTP Murderers

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday ordered a temporary stay of executions following objections from the president and rights groups, days before they were due to resume after a five-year moratorium.

The new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in June scrapped the moratorium on the death penalty in a bid to crack down on criminals and Islamist militants in the violence-torn country.

But on Sunday the government announced that executions, which had been scheduled to begin this week, would be stayed temporarily following objections from outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari.

The stay would last until Zardari returns from abroad to discuss the matter with Sharif, a statement said.

“In due deference to the wish of the president, it has been desired that all executions of death sentences may be held in abeyance till the discussion takes place,” it said.

Zardari steps down on September 8, to be replaced by businessman Mamnoon Hussain, a close Sharif ally who was elected in July.

Pakistan had intended to hang two convicted killers from banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) this Wednesday or Thursday in the southern town of Sukkur, officials had said.

Other prisoners on death row had also expected to be executed this week.

LeJ, one of the most feared extremist groups in Pakistan, has been accused of killing thousands of Shiite Muslims. It has close links to the Pakistani Taliban, which has waged an insurgency since 2007.

Taliban militants have said they will consider the executions of any of its prisoners a declaration of war.

US Proxy Terrorist Force Executes 13 Punjabi Workers In Balochistan

[As an avid Baloch watcher, over the years I have compiled the following two maps at Google Map, marking countless attacks, most of them linked to the BLA (Baloch Liberation Army).] 

[My good friend Tariq Saeedi, editor of NewsCentralAsia, deserves Pakistan’s gratitude for his extensive investigative reports on the birth of the BLA, which were compiled by a team of international reporters at great personal risk (SEE:  Pakistan: Unveiling the Mystery of Balochistan Insurgency — Part One Pakistan: Unveiling the Mystery of Balochistan Insurgency — Part Two ).

This is the first time, to my knowledge, that the BLA has dispatched a force of 200 or more men for a Baloch terrorist operation.  This is very significant, since a renewed BLA offensive on this scale (actually a CIA/RAW operation) means that the Evil Empire is up to something big.  This is a diversionary attack by the forces of Imperialism, intended to distract the gaze of world opinion, while Bandar’s “Plan B” operation gets time to gain control over the Islamist forces in Syria and the Egyptian military takes control of the Muslim Brotherhood.  

The implication of this kind of attack at this time, upon Punjabi workers leaving Balochistan, by Imperialist proxies, is that it was one of those “tickling” attacks that the CIA is so proud of (SEE:  CIA HAS BEEN TICKLING PEOPLE TO DEATH FOR YEARS).  This attack was meant to provoke a retaliatory response from the Punjabi Taliban, a.k.a., TTP.  The timing of the attack also coincides with the announced Aug. 20 hanging date announced by the Pak govt for the first of three Punjabi Taliban (a.k.a., Lashkar e-Jhangvi) at Sukkur Central Prison.]

“The three Lashkar-i-Jhangvi terrorists are Attaullah, to be executed on Aug 20, Mohammad Azam on Aug 21 and Jalal on Aug 22.”

Carnage in Bolan; 13 shot dead

QUETTA, Aug 6:

Gunmen disguised as security personnel killed 11 civilians and two security men after kidnapping them from Punjab-bound passenger coaches near Machh Town in Bolan district, about 80km southeast of here, on Tuesday morning.

“About 200 armed men wearing uniform of Frontier Corps and Levies carried out the attack,” Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said, adding that the militants had lined up the passengers in the mountains before killing them. Most of the victims were Punjabi labourers.

The coaches were coming from Quetta.

The banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the killings.

Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch condemned the killing and directed the authorities concerned to go after the perpetrators.

Officials confirmed the killing of two security personnel and said the other victims were civilians going to their hometowns of Rahimyar Khan, Sadiqabad, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan to celebrate Eid with their families.

According to sources, the militants first attacked an oil tanker carrying fuel for the Pakistan Air Force at a place near Machh town early on Tuesday morning. They engaged personnel of Levies, police and Frontier Corps deployed on the highway for security of vehicular traffic.

In the meantime, armed men set up a fake checkpost and started checking passenger buses coming from Quetta.

They stopped five buses at the checkpost and took away 21 passengers with them to nearby mountains. The sources said the armed men lined up 13 of the passengers after checking their identity cards and gunned them down. They released the other passengers, including six Levies personnel. The 13 bullet-riddled bodies were found in the mountains.

Security forces and local administration officials rushed to the site and the bodies were taken to the Machh District Hospital and later to the Civil Hospital Quetta.

“I brought 13 bodies to the Machh hospital,” Assistant Commissioner Kashif Nabi told Dawn. “The victims were hit from a close range in the head and chest,” sources in the Civil Hospital said. Some of them suffered multiple bullet wounds.

Bolan’s Deputy Commissioner Abdul Waheed Shah said the militants had attacked the oil tanker to engage security forces and set up their ‘checkpoint’ to kidnap passengers. One FC man was killed and the driver of a vehicle injured during an exchange of fire between security forces and the militants.

“Security forces are looking for the militants in the area,” Mr Shah said. Home Secretary Akbar Durrani told reporters that there would be a targeted operation and all resources would be used to capture the killers.

“The operation will cover a vest area,” Zubair Ahmed Kurd, a senior official of the local administration, said.

The 13 victims were identified as Ahmed, Shakeel Ahmed and Mohammad Bakhsh (from Sadiqabad), Mohammad Aslam, Saqib and Hawaldar Arshad (Rahimyar Khan), Shahid (Multan), Shakeel (Dera Ghazi Khan), Abdul Malik (Muzaffargarh), Mohammad Ashraf and Shaukat Ali (Faisalabad) and FC man Safeer Ahmed.

“We are labourers. My relative was going to Alipur village to celebrate Eid with the family but now I am receiving his body,” Mohammad Yousuf said in the Civil Hospital.

“I lost my brother and nephew,” said another man who declined to be identified. He said he worked in an optical shop. “Thanks God my two other relatives are safe, but I lost my bother and nephew.”

A spokesman for the BLA identifying himself as Mirack Baloch said their men had kidnapped and killed 13 people. Calling to journalists from a satellite phone, he said they had killed the passengers after checking their identity. He said 26 people had been kidnapped from different buses and 13 of them, including five Levies personnel, were freed after taking their official weapons.

But according to the officials, eight people escaped when the kidnappers were taking them to the mountains.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the killings and ordered arrest of the perpetrators.

Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai and Senior Minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri also condemned the killings and said the elements involved in the inhuman act would be brought to justice.

This was the seventh such incident in Bolan.

 

Pushing the Pakistani Sectarian War Button—Suicide Bomb Takes 50 Souls

[SEE:  Parachinar–Pakistan’s Gaza Strip]

Parachinar suicide blasts death toll jumps to 50

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Parachinar suicide blasts death toll jumps to 50

PARACHINAR/KOHAT: The death toll from Friday night’s twin suicide blasts, which struck a busy market in Parachinar, which sits in the Kurram tribal area bordering Afghanistan, has jumped to 50, the political officials said.

Riaz Mehsud, Political Agent of Kurram Agency, said the suicide bombers came on motorbikes and blew themselves up in the Parachinar bazaar. He said around 400 persons were busy shopping for Iftar in the narrow roadside markets when the suicide blasts took place.

Riaz Mehsud, the political agent in Kurram agency, confirmed the latest death toll.

“One suicide bomber blew himself up first in one corner of the bazaar and a minute later the second bomber carried out the attack in another corner, causing widespread destruction,” he said.

He said all the injured had been shifted to the public sector Agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar where emergency had already been declared and all hospital staff called for duty.

“We received 72 injured persons and among them more than a dozen are in critical condition. We may shift them to Peshawar for better treatment,” said Dr Gul Hussain from Parachinar on phone.

A Parachinar resident Amjad Hussain said a large number of tribesmen were busy shopping mostly for eatables for breaking their fast when the blast took place. “I saw people running for their lives when the first blast took place in one corner of the bazaar. Just then another blast occurred. The next thing I saw were human bodies and the injured lying all over the place,” he recalled. He said the local people shifted the injured to the hospital on self-help basis.

Another local tribesman, Gulfat Hussain said many people died before they could be shifted to hospital due to lack of immediate medical care. “Announcements were made from loudspeakers in the mosques appealing to the people to come to hospital and donate blood for the injured people,” he said.

Heavy contingent of security forces rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area after the blast.Meanwhile, a communique by commissioner Kohat Division stated that 34 persons were killed and more than 80 were injured in the twin suicide blasts in Parachinar.

Earlier, two persons were killed and seven others sustained injuries when a double-cabin pickup vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Kharpati area in lower Kurram Agency on Friday.

The sources said the vehicle carrying passengers was heading to Parachinar when it was targeted with an IED planted along the roadside.

 

Parachinar, inhabited by Shias like the rest of upper Kurram Agency, has suffered terrorist attacks in the past as well.

For almost four years, the main road from Thall to Parachinar was blocked due to the attacks by Pakistani Taliban militants and passengers had to use the Afghanistan route to drive to Torkham before entering Pakistan.

The road was eventually opened by the security forces, but the passenger vehicles still need a security escort to pass safely through the Sunni-populated lower Kurram valley where some of the militants are still operating.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah directed the commissioner Kohat and political agent Kurram Agency to provide better medical treatment to the victims of the twin blasts in Parachinar.

Meanwhile, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), through one of its front organisations, claimed responsibility for the two bomb explosions in Parachinar.

Talking to reporters from an undisclosed location by phone, a spokesman for the proscribed TTP’s sub-network, Ansarul Mujahideen, said it was behind the bombings. The spokesman, Abu Baseer claimed responsibility for the twin blasts in Parachinar. “The suicide bombers of Ansarul Mujahideen carried out the twin suicide attacks in Parachinar on Friday and the target were members of the Shia community,” the spokesman claimed.

He said the attacks were carried out to seek revenge of alleged atrocities by the Shia community on Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq. “We have planned more similar attacks against the Shia community in Pakistan to seek revenge of the brutalities of Shia on Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq,” Abu Baseer warned.

APP adds from Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the blasts in Parachinar that claimed 45 precious lives while injuring many others.The president expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace of those who embraced martyrdom as a result of the terrorist activity.

Pakistani Taliban Fighting for Obama Against Bashar Assad Would Prove That Hakeemullah’s Master Is CIA

Pakistan Taliban ‘sets up a base in Syria’

BBC

By Ahmed Wali Mujeeb BBC Urdu

Taliban fighters (file photo)
The Pakistani Taliban sees itself as being ideologically opposed to President Assad’s rule

 

The Pakistani Taliban have visited Syria to set up a base and to assess “the needs of the jihad”, a Taliban official has told the BBC.

 

He said that the base was set up with the assistance of ex-Afghan fighters of Middle Eastern origin who have moved to Syria in recent years.

 

At least 12 experts in warfare and information technology had gone to Syria in the last two months, he said.

 

Their presence in the country is likely to have a sectarian motive.

 

Taliban factions feel that Sunni Muslims, who constitute a majority in Syria, are being oppressed by Syria’s predominantly Shia rulers.

 

Thousands of people have died in the year-long armed conflict in Syria between loyalists of the ruling Baath Party and those who want to overthrow it.

 

The Pakistani government has not commented on the allegations.

‘Joint operations’

Mohammad Amin, a senior Taliban operative and “co-ordinator of the Syrian base”, told the BBC that the cell to monitor “the jihad” in Syria was set up six months ago.

He said that the cell has the approval of militant factions both within and outside of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organisation of militant groups fighting the Pakistani forces.

The cell sends “information and feedback” on the conflict in Syria back to Pakistan, he said,

“They were facilitated by our friends in Syria who have previously been fighting in Afghanistan,” Mr Amin said.

Their job is to “assess the needs of the Jihad in Syria, and to work out joint operations with our Syrian friends”.

“There are dozens of Pakistani hopefuls in line to join the fighting against the Syrian army, but the advice we are getting at the moment is that there’s already enough manpower in Syria.”

In the past, militant fighters from Pakistan have often gone to fight in Central Asia and the Balkans.

In the 1990s, militant group Harkatul Mujahideen, was known to have sent a large number of men to fight in the Bosnian civil war of 1992-95.

Many Afghan and Pakistani fighters also fought on the side of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 1988-94.

A number of Taliban groups in Pakistan have sectarian leanings, and resent the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – having a Shia background – over Sunni Muslims who constitute about three-quarters of the Syrian population.

Sources say that anti-Shia groups in Pakistan have access to considerable charity funds raised in some Middle Eastern sheikhdoms that see their domestic Shia populations as a problem.

“Taliban” Pakistan’s Deniable Paramilitary Force Wages Terror War To Assert Army Control

TO borrow an idea from sociologist Victor Burner, terrorism in Pakistan has become a social drama. Almost every passing day offers something new, dramatic and unusual.

Terrorists provide the lead by carrying out planned attacks in different parts of the country. Next follow the rituals and rhetoric. The authorities’ security briefs, political condemnations and citizens’ vigils are scenes from the same drama, which inadvertently keep terrorism intact.

The handling of militancy in this way by officialdom has added to the spectacle of violence, with the public imagination imbued with the thought of ‘more to come’.

This is enough for terrorism to become internalised, and therefore it is accepted as normal. This helps us understand why the KP information minister in his reaction to a bomb blast in Mardan that killed a number of people, including a parliamentarian, is reported to have said: “It’s not doomsday.”

Even though he retracted his statement, his denial does not make the issue less important.

Unfortunately, fear has pushed the entire civilian infrastructure into a state of confusion. If the opposition in KP blames the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government for its lack of courage to pass an Assembly resolution against the killing of 10 foreign tourists, the statements of politicians at the centre see a conspiracy behind the attack.

There is political caution in not linking this drama to the logical perpetrators — the Taliban. The political and military solution lies in perpetuating the ritual, instead of ending it.

Some aspects of our national character are also at work here. Decades of exploitation have cultivated in us the seeds of self-denigration and self-pity. The standard comment on a road that is bumpy, a bureaucrat who is exploitative and load-shedding realities is ‘this is our country’.

Yet, there is the example of the Taliban in the same country whose performance is impeccable. In fact, it is hard to believe that somebody from this land can work so diligently to destabilise the country.

Let’s not get distracted. My focus is not on the argument that rhetoric (statements) and rituals (Assembly resolutions) can dent the militants’ strength. I want to elaborate on the absence of political resolve, which has left people complacent with the situation.

We should not ignore the fact that without political resolve, the official response through rhetoric and rituals can only lead to acceptance of terrorism. It is happening right now, where people feel the effects and see scenes of acts of terrorism, but they can’t find the way out.

Official confusion and lack of resolve is clearly translated in the public vision to understand the drama. So far people largely believe in what they are told by media, politicians and state officials.

They need to break away from this pre-determined path by avoiding an approach that understands terror only in a black and white form. They have to challenge the state apparatus for its role in not curbing terrorism, the way they need to hold accountable all those supportive of militancy.

Through provocative statements, the forces of status quo still interpret their jihadi vision while sitting in public ranks. They test the water from time to time by reinforcing their identity, ideas and ideology to ensure that they still are the guardians of the ruling militant discourse.

After a wave of violence in Quetta in which militants set alight the Quaid’s residence and killed several university students, the Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed reiterated his jihadi commitment.

While appealing to militant organisations to stop attacks inside Pakistan, he reiterated that ‘jihad’ would continue outside Pakistan. In plain words, he gave with one hand what he took away with the other.

Even in the midst of insane violence, provocative jihadi statements reflect that the archaic notion is still intact, which in the past had menaced the very continuity of the sway of the security institutions and their proxies.

Why then should we lament if one section of the proxies defies the strategic expectations of their mentors and falls back on us? The outcome is already reflected in whatever is happening all around.

Ten years of fighting against militancy should have helped us learn that terrorism is not going to end unless the state initiates steps to neutralise radical leaders. By serving as vital cogs in a predatory militant wheel, these leaders provide the youth with a reason to join militancy.

It does not need extra intelligence to understand that the jihadi enterprise of ‘bad’ Taliban is the reactionary outcome of the social process, which was adopted in the past to create the ‘good’ Taliban. The country has already paid a heavy price for this militant project, which was patronised by the state, exploited by politicians and recognised by society.

We have to understand that any discourse has other than purely intended consequences. Therefore, encouraging ‘jihad’ against others is not free from repercussions.

According to sociologist Wagner Pacific, “words build bridges to actions, and some people will choose to walk over those bridges”. We, therefore, cannot stop the ‘bad’ Taliban from using the same militant discourse to fight against us.

After all, militants of all stripes abhor democracy the way they detest peace and radically translate progress. With so much in common, what differentiation can we draw between the good or bad Taliban and ‘jihad’ here or there?

Pakistan already has reached a stage where its people cannot afford to let confusion rule their collective imagination. Change in the earlier jihadi worldview is vital for snatching the initiative from the forces of status quo, which set the agenda for the militant discourse.

In a situation which has become a matter of grave concern for peace-loving people all around the world, allowing the radical mindset to provide us with ideological and material initiatives means we all share a role in fomenting militancy.

The writer is a journalist and PhD student at the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, US.

TTP Pak Taliban Spokesman Claims Army Spy Warns of Impending Military Operation In North Waziristan

TTP warns Pakistani army over plans to conduct major operation in Waziristan

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(TTP) warned the Pakistani Army that suicide bombers from the organization will target army bases, unless the army reverses its plans to conduct a major operation in the Waziristan region.

Ihsanullah Ihsan, the “spokesman” for TTP claimed in an emailed statement that the Pakistani army is planning to conduct a major counter-insurgency operation in the North Waziristan Agency, in the near future. He said that a “fitting reply” will be given to the Pak forces, in case they go forward with their planned mission.

According to Ihsan, the details about the operations have been obtained from the TTP operatives, who have infiltrated in to the army headquarters. He claimed that the army is planning to start the operation from the last week of August, with the help of artillery. Three units of the Pakistani Army are likely to take part in the operations, to be lead by an officer in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

The TTP official also said that the organization has already finalized the formation of the “fidayeen” squads, which will launch attacks against the army during the initial phase of the operation. Meanwhile, the officials from the Pakistan army have denied that they are planning for a major operation in the North Waziristan Agency. They also pointed out that most of the recent fighting has been limited to the Orakzai and Kurram Agencies, with Waziristan remaining more or less stable.

Earlier, the local government officials in Waziristan had signed a peace treaty with the local Taliban leader, Hafiz Gul Bahadur to limit the confrontations between the two sides. The peace treaty, which was signed in 2008, had resulted in a drop in the incidents of fighting in the region. However, it is not known how much effect this will have on the TTP, as Bahadur and his militia has distanced themselves from the organization for the last many years.

Obama Conducts Demonstration Drone Murder for Nawaz Sharif

[This is the second or third time that this particular militant leader has been reported killed by drone.  If this report proves to be true, then it can clearly be written-off as Obama’s lame attempt to prove the utility of the “right” terrorist drone strikes.  This attack is the first Pakistani drone murder by the United States since Pakistan’s election.  Obviously Obama is hoping to deceive soon-to-be Prime Minister Sharif about the usefulness of murder by drone, the same way that Bush deceived Musharraf.  If this effort had been serious about changing the American objective in Pakistan, abandoning the American project for the total destabilization of Pakistan (just as in Libya and Yemen ), then Obama would have eliminated the CIA’s primary asset in the Pakistani Taliban—Hakeemullah Mehsud.  But that will never happen, unless the ISI manages to pull another “switcheroo” on their CIA overlords, just like they did to kill Baitullah.]

US drone strike kills TTP number two Waliur Rehman: security officials

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Updated 29th May, 2013, 3:32 PM

PESHAWAR: A US drone strike killed Waliur Rehman, the number two of the Pakistani Taliban, in the northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan region on Wednesday, three security officials said.

Rehman had been poised to succeed Hakimullah Mehsud as leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, a senior army official based in the South Waziristan tribal region, the group’s stronghold, said in December.

The Pakistani Taliban were not immediately available for comment.

The Pakistani Taliban are a separate entity allied to the Afghan Taliban. The banned group has launched devastating attacks against the Pakistani military and civilians.

The officials’ claim comes hours after at least four people were killed and four others were injured early Wednesday in a suspected US drone strike in North Waziristan.

According to initial reports, a US drone fired two missiles at a house in Miramshah’s area of Chashma Village, killing four and injuring four others.

The wounded were shifted to a nearby hospital where they were stated to be in critical condition.

A Pakistani Foreign Ministry official condemned the strike as a breach of sovereignty.

“Any drone strike is against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan and we condemn it,” the official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

Wednesday’s was the first reported drone strike in Pakistan since the May 11 general elections won by Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz.

Drone casualties are difficult to verify. Foreign journalists must have permission from the military to visit the tribal areas along the Afghan border.

Taliban fighters also often seal off the sites of drone strikes immediately so Pakistani journalists cannot see the victims. — Reuters

Pakistani and Afghan Taliban Execute Two of Karzai’s Emissaries, Proving They Are ONE

[Two days ago, the Pakistani Taliban killed the son of another High Peace Council member, providing further evidence that the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban ARE ONE.  They are both waging war against Karzai’s peace emissaries at the same time, proving that their actions are coordinated and their objectives are the same.  Both swear allegiance to Mullah Omar.  Mullah Omar and all of his armies owe allegiance to the Pak Army, since they are products of the Pakistani ISI. 

The purpose of terrorism is not to terrorize, but to motivate the victimized civilian populace into submission to unpleasant political conditions.  Those conditions can best be described as Wahhabi “Shariah.”  Having the same goals since the beginning, the revived Taliban (“neo-Taliban”) are there to give Pakistan control over Afghanistan,  If Obama actually intends to hand the Afghanistan transition to Pakistan, as rumored, he will be handing Afghanistan to the Taliban, completing his total “Islamization” of all Middle Eastern countries from Morroco to Islamabad.  Obama is pushing the radicalized faith upon the Muslim masses, just as surely if he has been the one issuing all of the jihadi “fatwas.”]

“Hilal Ahmad Waqad was organizing a conference of Afghan and Pakistani religious scholars to oppose militancy.                                                                                                                                                                                    [He] was the son of Afghan cleric Amin Waqad, a member of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, which is trying to engage the Afghan Taliban in peace talks.”

Afghan peace council official killed in south

KABUL, Afghanistan—Insurgents ambushed an Afghan government peace negotiator on Wednesday, killing him and two bodyguards as they headed to a meeting in the south to discuss plans for local troops to take over responsibility from the U.S-led coalition, Afghan officials said.

Malim Shah Wali Khan, 53, who sat on a council tasked with starting talks with the Taliban in hopes of ending the nearly 12-year-old war, was killed when attackers hit his convoy with a bomb and automatic rifle fire, Helmand provincial spokesman Omer Zawak said.

The province’s deputy governor, Masoud Bakhtawer, was also wounded in the attack, which took place in the same district where Afghan forces will shortly be in control. Helmand has been one the war’s bloodiest battlefields and a traditional Taliban stronghold.

Khan was the provincial director of the High Peace Council, a group formed by President Hamid Karzai to try and find ways to initiate peace talks with the insurgents. The council has so far failed to start any form of negotiations with the Taliban since U.S.-initiated peace talks collapsed last year.

In a statement, Karzai “strongly condemned” the attack that killed Khan and said that “the enemies of Afghanistan are trying to attack and martyr those individuals who are doing their best to bring peace and stability to the country.”

The U.S.-led coalition has been handing over responsibility for security in the province, and around the country, to Afghan forces as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw by end-2014. So far, the Afghan government is in charge of areas representing 80 percent of the country’s population. It hopes to assume full control by the early summer.

The British Ministry of Defense on Wednesday also said three of its soldiers were killed in Helmand by a roadside bomb. NATO had announced the deaths on Tuesday but had not identified the nationalities of the soldiers.

The soldiers were on patrol when their armored vehicle struck the bomb. Insurgents have increased their attacks in recent weeks and since they announced the start of their spring offensive on April 27.

In other developments, health officials were investigating why nearly 70 students at a high school near the capital became ill on Wednesday.

Amanullah Eman, a spokesman for the Education Ministry, said some students were briefly hospitalized but all were doing well. He said a number of factors were being investigated, including the use of fertilizers in nearby farm land.

There have been numerous cases of dozens of school children falling ill during the spring, when Afghan students return to school. Although some officials in the past have blamed the Taliban for attempting to poison students, the insurgents have repeatedly denied any involvement and no proof has ever been found of deliberate poisoning. Experts have instead blamed mass hysteria for many of the cases.

Mirwais Khan contributed from Kandahar and Patrick Quinn from Kabul.

hanistan—Insurgents ambushed an Afghan government peace negotiator on Wednesday, killing him and two bodyguards as they headed to a meeting in the south to discuss plans for local troops to take over responsibility from the U.S-led coalition, Afghan officials said.

Malim Shah Wali Khan, 53, who sat on a council tasked with starting talks with the Taliban in hopes of ending the nearly 12-year-old war, was killed when attackers hit his convoy with a bomb and automatic rifle fire, Helmand provincial spokesman Omer Zawak sai

The Absolute Worst Kind of Terrorists Attack Hospitals and Schools

Suicide attack at Bajaur hospital kills four

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PESHAWAR: At least four people were killed Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a hospital in Bajaur tribal region, officials said.

Administration officials, requesting not to be named, confirmed the suicide bomber walked on foot to the main gate of the agency headquarters hospital in Khar tehsil of Bajaur agency and blew up his suicide vest.

The dead included security personnel. Four other people were also injured.

Officials the bomber apparently targeted security men guarding the hospital.

Two approaches to fighting terrorism

Two approaches to fighting terrorism

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IN Boston, three people were killed in an act of terrorism earlier this week, and it’s still headline news in the United States. President Obama has denounced the attack, and an FBI official has promised to hunt the perpetrator to “the ends of the earth”.

In Pakistan, a terrorist attack that claimed “only” three lives would probably be buried on page three of our national newspapers. As for the search for the killers, we’d be lucky if the police even registered the case.

Why this difference in approach to terrorism? The reason lies in the seriousness with which the two states take their primary duty of protecting their citizens.

In the United States, the intelligence failures that permitted 9/11 to occur prompted American leaders to ratchet up security, change laws and become highly proactive in fighting the scourge of terrorism.

Undoubtedly, these steps, taken under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, have eroded personal liberties and human rights. But it is a fact that the Boston bombing was the first successful act of terrorism after 9/11, apart from the Fort Hood shootings by Major Nidal Hasan in 2009.

In a number of sting operations, the FBI and local police have entrapped a number of suspects — usually Muslim — who agreed to participate in bizarre attacks.

Through wiretaps on telephone conversations and email intercepts, American intelligence agencies have disrupted a number of terrorist plots.

As a result of this vigilance, terrorism in the US has virtually been stamped out. It is precisely because of this success that the Boston attack has caused so much fear and outrage.

Compare this muscular, no-nonsense approach with Pakistan’s hopelessly inadequate response to terrorism.

For over two decades, Pakistanis have suffered from murderous attacks from a lethal brew of gangs killing and maiming in the name of Islam. Frequently, these criminals boast of their deeds, and post videos of beheadings on the internet.

Almost invariably, the state is a mute onlooker. Intelligence agencies are either incompetent or occasionally collusive. While brave but ill-trained and poorly equipped policemen, militiamen and soldiers have died in their thousands, politicians and generals have been unable to get their act together.

Despite the heavy casualties suffered in this vicious war, Rehman Malik, our ex-interior minister, can still pass the buck to provincial governments in the wake of the atrocities Shias have been subjected to recently.

In the US, the FBI has primary jurisdiction over all cases involving terrorism. In Pakistan, we have been unable to create a federal force along the same lines.

The result is a mishmash of agencies, ranging from covert military outfits to the Intelligence Bureau to local police who arrive at the scene of terrorist acts.

With little coordination, it should not surprise us if investigations seldom lead anywhere.

And when a suspect is actually arrested, even with illegal arms in his possession, he is likely to be let off by our courts. Witnesses are scared of reprisals, and judges terrified of the consequences of a guilty verdict. The result is before us in the shape of an increasingly violent jihadi insurgency.

When faced with a major threat to their sovereignty and to their citizens, states normally respond with force. Pakistan’s response to the existential threat we face has been equivocal and half-hearted. While our army and paramilitary units have fought bravely when called upon to do so, both our military and political leadership has been ambiguous and confused.

There has been talk of an elusive consensus at GHQ and the presidency. But leadership is about forging a consensus and taking the nation along in difficult decisions, not heeding divided counsel.

As we have seen in the ongoing Taliban campaign of targeting candidates in next month’s elections, there are wide variations in how these killers are viewed by different political parties. The Taliban, too, differentiate between parties: witness their threats against candidates from the PPP, the MQM and the ANP, all mainstream secular parties.

Clearly, apart from the religious parties, PML-N and PTI are both acceptable to the Taliban and their ilk. This is one reason our politicians have been unable to unite on a single platform and condemn these killers in unequivocal terms.

In other countries, any political party seeming to side with terrorists, or seeking their support, would pay a heavy price at the polls.

Not so in Pakistan. This reveals the confusion among people that has been sowed by politicians and the media. People like Imran Khan have been pretending that Islamic militancy is the result of the US-led war against Al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban. By blaming the Americans and their drone campaign, our leaders absolve the Pakistani Taliban of their vicious crimes.

Elsewhere, no politician can get away with letting terrorists off the hook by saying their violence is motivated by extraneous factors. But by using terrorists for their own ends in Kashmir and Afghanistan, the Pakistani establishment is reaping what it sowed. Over the years, various jihadi groups have gained legitimacy as well as support in our intelligence agencies.

Another reason for their growing self-confidence and success is the increasingly fanatical tilt in Pakistan’s public discourse.

Fuelled by a reactionary electronic media that demonises all things Western and openly justifies extremism, the deadly virus of Islamist violence grows ever more virulent.

No other country has provided as much space to terrorism as Pakistan has, and no other country has suffered as much as we have.

And yet, we continue to grope in the dark, unable to evolve a consensus or forge a strategy to confront and defeat the jihadi monsters we have ourselves unleashed.

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Pakistani Taliban Help CIA Destabilize Gen. Kayani’s Showcase of Peace In S. Waziristan

[It would be more than amazing that Pakistan’s TTP (or the ghost unit which impersonates them) seems to always focus its terrorist attacks on the same area recently violated by drones had we not seen it happen over and over, in Pakistan, particularly around Wana.  Tank and Sararogha are two goalposts on the great playing field of Pakistan’s imaginary (simulated) war in South Waziristan, with Kayani’s Peace Project stretched-out in the middle  (SEE:  Drone Attack Upon Pak Showpiece In Sararogha ;  Sararogha Drone Attack Highlights Total Breakdown of Pakistani National Military Strategy).  South Waziristan’s development project is a diorama of Pak Army treachery.  It is no more than a Pakistani Potempkin Village, demonstrating an imaginary paradise that can never be made real–a fact that has been more than obvious since the beginning.]

Attack on NADRA office in South Waziristan; two militants killed

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A view of a village in the South Waziristan agency. Three missiles were fired from a drone in the Sheen Warsak area of Wana, South Waziristan. – File photo by APP

A view of a village in the South Waziristan agency. – File photo by APP

TANK: Two militants were killed and another was arrested after being injured when the security forces repulsed an attack on NADRA’s South Waziristan Agency office situated in the Political Compound of Tank District, bordering the restive agency.

Six security personnel and a passerby were also injured during the police encounter in Wazirabad area of Tank.

The officials said that two Khasadar force personnel were injured when they stopped the militants who wanted to enter the office as they opened fire on them, adding “the militants, who were fleeing, were later encountered by police in Wazirabad area and two of them were killed while one was arrested.
The militants were armed with hand grenades and heavy assault weapons.

The injured were shifted to the Districts Headquarters Hospital Tank and the serious ones were later shifted to Dera Ismail Khan Hospital.

South Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with home-grown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

The tribal region was once the main stronghold for the Pakistani Taliban. The military launched a large offensive against militants there in 2009, but insurgents still operate in the area and periodically stage attacks.

Sararogha Drone Attack Highlights Total Breakdown of Pakistani National Military Strategy

[If the ISI did this to Pakistan, by tricking the CIA into this strike upon Hakeemullah Mehsud, then Pakistan’s military intelligence agency has sabotaged the will of Rawalpindi  We may have just witnessed the Pak government cutting its own throat.  (SEE:  Drone Attack Upon Pak Showpiece In Sararogha).]

US drones kill 5 ‘militants’ in South Waziristan strike

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By Bill Roggio

The US killed five “militants” in a drone strike today in an area of Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike is the second reported by the US in Pakistan in the past four days.

The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired a pair of missiles at what was described by AFP as “a base of the TTP,” or the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Five “militants” were killed in the strike and two more were wounded, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The Taliban “base,” which was located in the village of Sararogha, was leveled in the airstrike.

No senior al Qaeda or Taliban commanders or operatives are reported to have been killed in the attack.

The village of Sararogha has been a stronghold of the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. In the past, Waliur Rehman, the head of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, is said to have directed operations from the village. Although the Pakistani military claimed it liberated Sararogha during an offensive that began in the fall of 2009, the fact that the US launched a drone strike in the village today indicates it is far from being under the control of the security forces.

An infamous peace agreement between the Pakistani military and Baitullah Mehsud, the founder of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, is named after Sararogha, as the agreement was signed in the village. The Sararogha Accord, which was reached in 2005, called for the military and the Taliban to end attacks on each other. The Taliban were not required to reject al Qaeda or stop sheltering its leaders and operatives, nor did the pact require the Taliban to lay down their arms. The truce remained in place until the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan announced its formation in 2007 and declared war against the state.

The strike in South Waziristan is the first in the tribal agency since Feb. 8, when the drones killed two Arabs who were identified as Sheikh Abu Waqas, a Yemeni explosives expert, and Abu Majid al Iraqi; four Uzbeks, who were likely from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan; and a Taliban member.

In early January, the US launched three strikes in South Waziristan and killed two top Taliban leaders. On Jan. 6, the US killed Wali Mohammed, a commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Three days prior, the US killed Mullah Nazir, a self-professed al Qaeda commander who led another Taliban group in the western part of South Waziristan that is not affiliated with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and several of his staff. And on Jan. 2, US drones killed five “militants” in an area under Nazir’s control.

Today’s strike is the second in Pakistan this month. The last strike, which occurred in the neighboring tribal agency of North Waziristan, took place on April 14. In that airstrike, five “militants” were said to have been killed.

The US has launched 13 drone strikes in Pakistan so far this year, according to data compiled by The Long War Journal. The number of strikes in Pakistan has decreased since the peak in 2010, when 117 such attacks were recorded. In 2011, 64 strikes were launched in Pakistan, and in 2012 there were 46 strikes.

The US has targeted al Qaeda’s top leaders and its external operations network, as well as the assortment of Taliban and Pakistani jihadist groups operating in the region. The strikes have been confined mostly to North and South Waziristan. Of the 338 strikes recorded since 2004, 321, or 95%, have taken place in the two tribal agencies.

Drone Attack Upon Pak Showpiece In Sararogha

[The following snapshot (copy-block placed on article) details the latest CIA drone aggression in Sararogha, South Waziristan, the centerpiece of Gen. Kayani’s highly-touted “Peace Through Development” puzzle.  The attack upon an alleged camp of Hakeemullah Mehsud in Sararogha took place in an area that has allegedly been free of TTP terrorists since operation “Rahe-Nijat”  (SEE:  The Effort To Disarm and Develop South Waziristan ).  If it was actually a Mehsud terrorist camp in the Sararogha “Quick Development Project” locality then there should have been an immediate reaction from the Pak Army, denouncing the attack, or the American attempt to sabotage Pakistan’s peace program in the former FATA.  Lacking any noticeable Army reaction to the CIA penetration of the pacified area (an area described as a series of “ghost towns,” because the displaced Mehsud tribes refuse to return to a war zone), it will be reasonable to put the blame for this S. Waziristan attack squarely upon the shoulders of Kayani and the ISI.  If the target was truthfully a “TTP camp,” then the CIA drone attack would have been either in response to a Pak Army request to target Hakeemullah’s terrorist forces, or another ISI deception like the one which killed Baitullah Mehsud.  The killing of Nazir was the first step in turning the area around Wana into an American “free-fire” zone; this was the second step. 

The heighth of hypocrisy is upon us, just in time for the Pakistani elections.]

http://www.thenewstribe.com/2013/04/17/alleged-ttp-commander-among-five-killed-in-waziristan-drone-attack/

Sararoga drone attack 4-17-2013

Awami National Party Has Dreams of Becoming the Pakistani Branch of Muslim Brotherhood

[This is the same Sen. Adeel who led the ANP charge to support the implementation of Sufi Mohammad’s alleged “Shariah courts” in Malakand, before he got what he wanted and all of the people of Malakand rose in opposition to head-chopping, limb amputations and beatings that awaited “miscreants.”  The ANP has no plans to deal with the Pakistani terrorists, other than embracing them and their plans whole-heartedly, once again.] 

Senator Mohammad Adeel presenting the ANP manifesto.

Senator Mohammad Adeel presenting the ANP manifesto.

“‘There should not have been any delay. We had taken the president, the prime minister, the army chief and other political parties on board before making the announcement to implement sharia in Malakand division,’ he said. To a question, he said President Zardari had agreed to sign the draft ‘within moments after receiving the summary’, and that further delay would create misunderstandings between the centre and the province.   ‘Delays cause misunderstandings, and sometimes they even frustrate all sincere efforts,’ he said.
The senator was confident the enforcement of the Nizam-e-Adl law would bring lasting peace in the Swat valley, and added that law and order had already improved in the area.”

Peace, education, health priorities: ANP unveils election manifesto 

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PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party on Sunday unveiled its manifesto for coming general election with focus on according top priority to improvement of law and order situation besides pledging to scale up efforts for overcoming energy crisis, take measures for promotion of education and healthcare, and protection of women, children and human rights.

The 25-page manifesto outlined by ANP’s senior vice-president Senator Mohammad Adeel at a news conference at Peshawar Press Club pledges to step up efforts for elimination of terrorism.

“The purpose of this manifesto is to inform people about the ANP’s aims and objectives so that voters in the coming election understand our party programmes,” he said.

The manifesto doesn’t present a detailed programme and seeks to describe the principles that will govern its policies, should it be called upon to serve the people of Pakistan, either singly or in partnership with others.

The English-scripted document has drawn up the party’s to-do-list. It promises to ensure peace and security for the development of people through political, legal, administrative, social, economic and fiscal reforms besides provincial autonomy and steps to promote education and improve patients’ care.

Mr Adeel said that the party had lost over 700 workers in war against terrorism during the past five years and would render more sacrifices for the sake of peace. He said that the party had elaborate programme to improve healthcare and take measures for putting in place effective laws to ensure labour, woman and child rights and development and employment of youth.

The party, he said, would also help farmers, extend facilities to industrial sector and establish institutes for technical education apart from taking measures for promotion of art, culture, sports and information technology. He said that the party was set to win election in view of its performance during its government and claimed they had already implemented its last election manifesto.

“We consider extremism and terrorism a threat to the very existence of the country. We are committed to peace and will not let the sacrifices of people of Pakistan and security agencies go in vain,” he said.

However, the manifesto says that the party will seek negotiations with all those who accept the government’s writ and renounce violence, but those defying this will face action. The party will oppose all forms of violations of the country’s sovereignty and integrity, he said. “We are committed to evolving a national consensus to make the state democratically developed,” he said.

He said that they believed that security and foreign policies were the primary responsibility of public representatives for which the party would launch efforts, if it came into power.

The ANP will ensure that state implements its writ in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and purge it from all sorts of terror networks, he said, adding that it would evolve a consensus on integration of Fata and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas into the mainstream, with a comprehensive political, social and economic reforms.

Mr Adeel explained that they would evolve a standard policy for compensation, including a public insurance policy, for victims
of sectarianism, terrorism and violence. The policy will also be extended to Fata, he said.

The ANP will establish a martyrs’ cell in the KP and Fata to ensure wellbeing of families of those killed in terrorism-related incidents, he said.

He said that the party draws inspiration from the teachings of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.

Using Terrorism To Pound the Pakistani People Into Submission Before They Beg for A Return To Military Dictatorship

[Pakistan will never be free from the scourge of “Islamist” terrorism, as long as the Army is unwilling to round up all of the Lashkar Jhangvi, Sipah Sahaba, TTP sectarian terrorists which it has trained and let loose upon the unsuspecting Pakistani people. This commentary is total hogwash, in that the author claims that the solution to terrorism is adequate protection from the police.  Nobody cares now if Shia are murdered by the dozens; why would that change?  The mass-murderers of Pakistan target every congregation of poor people.  Will there ever be enough police to protect all such meeting places?  No.  (I think that he is trying to inflate the importance of his former employers in this respect.)  The Army still rules Pakistan, using the terrorist outfits to punish the people until they become amenable to military solutions.  Do Pakistanis not yet realize the part that coddling terrorists played in the Sufi Mohhamad affair?  The Army let him have his way in FATA, so that the people would understand what life under his false Wahhabi/Deobandi “Shariah” really meant.  The romance of “jihad” quickly faded from their minds.  Until the military has a free hand throughout Pakistan, political terrorism will continue.  Look for a return of the real Dictator after his fellow officers pave the way for his return.]

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Counterterrorism strategy

THE military commanders have spoken. The message is loud and clear. The war against terrorism will go on.

“It was reiterated in unequivocal terms that a comprehensive strategy will be followed by the armed forces to combat the terrorist threat being faced by the country,” the principal military advisory body proclaimed after the recent Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee’s quarterly meeting. This military policy statement comes in the wake of two important developments. One, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) withdrew its peace talks offer on account of what it called the “non-serious attitude of security forces and the government”.

Second, while the federal and provincial chief executives were involved in a political tug-of-war over the establishment of caretaker governments, the military chose to fill this political void by raising a forceful voice against the threat of internal terrorism, in the process indirectly conceding that there was a serious civilian-military disconnect in pursuing a concerted policy and strategy on internal security issues during the last few years.

There is a clear message for the new caretaker governments that the armed forces want to pursue a “comprehensive strategy”, and that “all elements of national power would be utilised to combat and root out terrorism from the country”.

Another announcement by the military commanders pertains to their commitment to support and assist the Election Commission of Pakistan in the forthcoming elections.

It is an important promise that needs to be kept, especially in the wake of the TTP’s warning to the public to stay away from electoral activities as it regards elections as “un-Islamic”. It has also indicated that it will target “secular” politicians in the coming days.

Against this tense and grim scenario, the recent military declaration to combat and root out terrorism from our midst will come up against many road blocks and unexpected turbulence. This will happen especially if all the elements of national power are not engaged in this decisive phase against the terrorists and non-state actors who want to unravel the state of Pakistan.

Therefore, in the absence of political expediencies and compromises during the tenure of the interim caretaker governments, all state stakeholders dealing with national security need to forge a comprehensive policy framework. They must translate their resolve through determined and sustained counterterrorism operations so that the coming elections are not marred by violence and bloodshed.

All security agencies must realise that the great effectiveness multiplier in the use of state power against violence is the allegiance and support of the public.

It is hugely symbolic that 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai has returned to school in Birmingham for the first time after she was shot in the head by militants last October.
She represents the resilience of a young spirit and a beacon of hope for our society that is willing to incur sacrifices in the battle for the true spirit of faith.

Security experts firmly believe that capturing, killing, or imprisoning criminals who commit violent acts is possible only if the identification of perpetrators or targets is guided by precise intelligence.

The recent arrest of Qari Abdul Hayee, allegedly involved in the 2002 murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl, in Karachi is a case in point. The security and intelligence agencies finally succeeded in nabbing him through precise technical and human intelligence. The slain journalist’s family has hailed this arrest in a message from Los Angeles.

Similarly, intelligence-driven operations have led the Karachi police to apparently account for one of the killers of the respected social activist Parween Rahman and also trace and identify the culprits responsible for the sectarian carnage in Abbas Town.

Counterterrorism is primarily the responsibility of the police. Civil armed forces like the Rangers and Frontier Corps, intelligence agencies like Inter-Services Intelligence and the Intelligence Bureau, and the military play a basically supporting role.

The police can prevent and control terrorism in three ways: one, by protecting vulnerable people and places on the basis of assessments of the likelihood of attack i.e. target hardening; two, by investigating, arresting and prosecuting terrorist suspects, thus providing deterrence against future attacks; and three, by taking pre-emptive action designed to stop attacks before they occur on the basis of intelligence.

The protection of people and places should be ensured by specially trained armed police. Their protective ability will be increased substantially if the public itself takes protective measures, such as being alert to suspicious activity, monitoring access to premises and installing surveillance equipment.

Neighbourhood watch schemes and additional deployment of private security companies can be helpful. Police need to be able to work cooperatively with the private sector, coordinating activities and sharing information.

The key to the successful prosecution of terrorist suspects is reliable testimony from perpetrators, accomplices and witnesses. Recent legislation should make the police less dependent on public assistance as now they are allowed to submit evidence collected by covert means. However, supervisory officers need to make sure that no human rights violations take place while collecting such vital evidence.

Specialised counterterrorism segments of both the federal and provincial police departments should now play a greater role in achieving success against the terrorists.

The National Counter Terrorism Authority should achieve better coordination among all the state agencies dealing with terrorism. The ISI should have a legal framework to monitor and foil the designs of terrorists using our soil for refuge or to launch nefarious activities.

Joint interrogation teams should be notified by the interior ministry and home departments to assist the provincial crime investigation departments in finalising investigations against those accused of being involved in acts of terrorism.

All the law enforcement agencies, especially the police, can gain public trust and support on account of their professionalism, integrity, courage and total impartiality if the war against terrorism is to be won. Failure is not an option if we are to survive as a nation.

The writer is a retired police officer.

 

Long-Running War In Khyber Originally Cultivated By Saudis and CIA

[CIA used Bara extremist Haji Namdar (who had undergone ten years of Wahhabi indoctrination in Saudi Arabia) to set-up first “Radio Mullah” station and first Talibanized “religious police” in Khyber, to stage Shariah-enforcement attacks.  He even used the same name for his thugs as the Saudis, “Suppression of Vice and the Promotion of Virtue.”(SEE:  Waging War Upon Ourselves).  Namdar focused upon local Barelvi preacher Pir Saifur Rehman and his followers, before bringing-in radical Mufti Shakir for reinforcements.  Both sides raised their own radical armies, Pir Rehman formed Ansar Ul-Islam, Shakir formed Lashkar i-Islami, which he turned over to Mangal Bagh after arrest by government forces.  Ansar today wages war against both the LI and their supporters, the TTP of Hakeemullah Mehsud.]

Pakistan’s Islamist Militia Ansar Ul-Islam And Its Fight For Influence

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Qazi Mehboob ul-Haq (left), the chief of Ansar ul-Islam, with supporters

Qazi Mehboob ul-Haq (left), the chief of Ansar ul-Islam, with supporters

 

By Abubakar Siddique

January 29, 2013

A banned Pakistani militia whose formation can be traced to its loyalties to a Sufi cleric is now positioning itself as the last bastion of hope against extremists intent on controlling regions surrounding the historic Khyber Pass.

Ansar ul-Islam, which in recent days has been engaged in bloody skirmishes with the most hard-line and violent Taliban faction in Pakistan, has a history of fighting against fellow militant Islamist groups in the region.

In recent days residents of the Khyber Agency, located in Pakistan’s northwest FATA tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, are crediting Ansar ul-Islam with fiercely resisting the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Since January 25, more than 80 civilians and fighters have died in skirmishes between the two groups in the remote Tirah region of Khyber.

Ansar ul-Islam, like the TTP, is officially banned by the Pakistani government and has been accused of reprisals and killings. Critics claim it aims to control the Afridi tribe, the largest tribe in Khyber Agency, in order to take over the lucrative trade that passes through the district.

‘They Are Not Terrorists’

Latif Afridi, a secular politician from the region, says that Ansar ul-Islam is fighting against a coalition of the TTP, Al-Qaeda, and Lashkar-e-Islam — its hard-line nemesis in Khyber.

Afridi says Ansar ul-Islam is essentially acting as a defense force for the region.

Supporters of Ansar ul-Islam note that the group allows and protects schools in the regions it controls, while they are the targets of attacks by other Pakistani Taliban factions.

Supporters of Ansar ul-Islam note that the group allows and protects schools in the regions it controls, while they are the targets of attacks by other Pakistani Taliban factions.

​​​​”They are not terrorists. They have never been involved in terrorist activities such as suicide bombings,” Afridi says. “They are just fighting for protecting their region. They have always helped the government in its efforts to establish peace in the region.”

Ansar ul-Islam arrived on the scene when followers of an Afghan Sufi preacher, Pir Saifur Rehman, formed the militia in 2004 to counter the Lashkar-e-Islam (Army of Islam) formed by Mufti Munir Shakir, a hard-line Sunni cleric who opposes Sufism.

Rehman and Shakir followed two different sects of Sunni Islam. The former preached Brelvi Islam inspired by Sufism, while the latter advocated puritanical Deobandi Islam.

The two engaged in a propaganda war, branding each other “infidels” through their own illegal FM radio stations.

Pakistani authorities expelled both clerics from Khyber in 2006 and Rehman later died in Lahore, but their followers kept Ansar ul-Islam and Lashkar-e-Islam alive as rival militias.

The group allows and facilitates government officials to make identity papers to tribesmen in Khyber's Tirah Maidan region.

The group allows and facilitates government officials to make identity papers to tribesmen in Khyber’s Tirah Maidan region.

​​The two groups moved their fight from the lowland trading town of Bara into the highlands of Tirah, where clans and families among the Afridi Pashtun tribe supplied their fighters.

Ansar ul-Islam counted on local support and covert government aid, while Lashkar-e-Islam established an alliance with the TTP.

Thousands have died and tens of thousands of families have been displaced by the fighting between the two groups since 2006.

Afridi says that, over the years, Ansar ul-Islam has emerged as a more moderate faction focused on protecting its supporters.

‘Government Needs Such Groups’

Most significantly, it has moved away from preaching sectarian hatred, which wins it more support among the Afridis of Khyber.

​​”In a way, they are good people. Pakistan today needs such people,” Afridi says. “They do not engage in sectarian hatred and are tolerant. You can sit with them and they will even listen to your advice or criticism. The government needs such groups.”

According to Farhad Shinwari, a correspondent for RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal in Khyber Agency, Ansar ul-Islam helps the local authorities to deliver health care and education in regions it controls.

“They often meet officials and always ask for more development projects,” Shinwari says. “All the schools are open in the regions they control. None of the public schools has been blown up. A large number of students regularly attend these schools. They have also helped in administering successful polio-vaccination campaigns here.”

Afridi says that the current fighting erupted after Ansar ul-Islam resisted a TTP move to expand its control within Khyber Agency. Recently, the TTP began to move eastward into the district’s Maidan region, which is controlled by Ansar ul-Islam.

He says that the TTP forcefully evicted some 1,300 Pashtun families from the western part of Khyber Agency in the summer of 2012 to provide shelter for Al-Qaeda fighters targeted by relentless drone strikes in their North Waziristan base, some 300 kilometers south of Khyber.

Afridi says that a defeat of Ansar ul-Islam would have far-reaching consequences.

A tiny minority of Sikhs still live in the regions of Khyber Agency controlled by Ansar ul-Islam.

A tiny minority of Sikhs still live in the regions of Khyber Agency controlled by Ansar ul-Islam.

​​He says that if the TTP and Al-Qaeda were to establish control over Maidan in Tirah, peace in Khyber and the surrounding regions would be severely threatened. A stranglehold over the mountainous region would facilitate their attacks against targets in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province’s capital, Peshawar, which abuts Khyber to the east.

“It will make it very difficult for the displaced Afridi tribesmen to return to their homes and will also stir an even greater displacement crisis,” Afridi says.

In recent weeks, the TTP has intensified its violent campaign. It has staged numerous high-profile attacks in Peshawar, including the assassination of senior government minister Bashir Bilour in late December.

Pakistani Taliban execute, behead soldiers in South Waziristan

[Sorry that I was unable to post the video included at Long War, but since the discontinuation of the “Vodpod” service, we, here at WordPress sites, can only post from YouTube.]

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f12_1362419460

Pakistani Taliban execute, behead soldiers in South Waziristan

Long war journal
By Bill Roggio

 

Warning: the video below contains graphic footage of the aftermath of the Taliban killing several Pakistani soldiers. The Taliban remove the heads of the Pakistani soldiers.

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan released a videotape on the fighting in the Mehsud areas of South Waziristan which includes graphic footage of the mutilation of several Pakistani soldiers who appear to have been killed in a firefight last summer.

The videotape, which was sent to The Long War Journal by a spokesman from Umar Media, the media arm of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, is titled “Strike of a Believer.” It focuses on the Taliban’s fight against the Pakistani military in the tribal agency of South Waziristan, and includes a statement from the terror group’s emir, Hakeemullah Mehsud.

A three-minute segment shows what appears to be the aftermath of a clash with Pakistani soldiers in a mountainous area of South Waziristan. The Taliban are seen taking the soldiers’ weapons. The soldiers are seen with their Pakistani Army-issued weapons, body armor, and helmets.

At least three of what appear to be six soldiers who were killed and beheaded are shown. Their heads are displayed on top of rocks. The body of one Pakistani soldier, who was not beheaded, was thrown down the mountainside.

Although the date of the Taliban attack on the Pakistani soldiers was not provided in the video, a spokesman for Umar Media told The Long War Journal that “this fight was held on 22 June 2012.”

The Pakistani media did not report the deaths of Pakistani soldiers in South Waziristan within three days before or after June 22, 2012. The nearest report of Pakistani soldiers killed in South Waziristan was on June 18, 2012, when two soldiers were said to have been killed in an attack on the Ladha area of South Waziristan.

Hakeemullah threatens the US and Britain

In addition to the graphic Taliban clip, a speech by Taliban emir Hakeemullah Mehsud was also featured in the lengthy tape. Hakeemullah vowed to continue to attempt to execute attacks on US and British soil.

“At present we are waging defensive jihad but our resolve is very strong,” Hakeemullah said, according to a translation of the videotape which was provided by the SITE Intelligence Group. He continued: “We resolve to enter Britain and America. They come here and target us, so we will go to America and Britain and target them. These will be blessings of jihad. Allah willing, we will have access there and avenge inside America and Britain.”

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan nearly detonated a car bomb in Times Square in New York City on May 1, 2010. The bomb was placed by Faisal Shahzad, an American citizen who was born in Pakistan and returned home to train for an attack on the US. Both Hakeemullah and Qari Hussain, another Taliban commander, claimed credit for the attack. Hakeemullah was later seen on tape with Shahzad, boasting about the plot.

Videotape the latest to show Taliban executions of Pakistani security forces

In the past, the Taliban have released several videos of the execution and beheading of Pakistani troops. Most recently, in September 2012, the Taliban released a videotape of the aftermath of the beheadings of several Pakistani soldiers who were captured after fighting in Bajaur.

In June 2012, a video showing the heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers who had served in the district of Dir, which is near Bajaur, was released by the Taliban. [See LWJ report, Pakistani Taliban release video of beheaded Pakistani soldiers.]

In June 2011, the Taliban released a video of the execution of 16 Pakistani policemen in Dir. The Taliban lined them up, and executed them via firing squad. The policemen had been captured after the Taliban crossed the border from Kunar. [See LWJ report, Video of brutal Taliban execution of Pakistani policemen emerges.]

In February 2011, Hakeemullah released a videotape of the execution of a former Pakistani military intelligence official known as Colonel Imam. Although Imam, a senior officer in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, was a favorite of the Afghan Taliban for his support of Mullah Omar, the Pakistani Taliban accused him spying against the terror group. [See LWJ report, Video: Pakistani Taliban execute Colonel Imam.]

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/03/pakistani_taliban_ex_1.php#ixzz2Mmb4mbI4

Afghan Govt. Condemns Pak Army Support for Cleric’s Blessing of Afghan, Kashmir and Palestinian Suicide-Bombing

[SEE:  Afghan president lashes out at Pakistan ]

Palestine is occupied by Israel, Kashmir by India, and Afghanistan by the US. So if the Muslims don’t have the atomic bomb, they should sacrifice their lives for God,” Tahir Ashrafi, the head of the Pakistan Ulema Council, told TOLOnews.

 

Afghanistan condemn Pakistani Ulema’s Fatwa on suicide attack

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By Ghanizada

large-Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi addresses a press conference

Maulana Tahir Asharfi—This is the fat Wahhabi bastard who issued the “fat” wa.  He is not only notorious for his advanced capacity for gluttony, but for being caught passed-out drunk and covered in puke in the back seat of his car, after tying one on at the German Embassy in Islamabad.  The lying fuck claimed that he was not drunk, but had been “kidnapped” by mysterious individuals, who had “injected him with intoxicating medicine.”Afghan National Security Adviser criticized Pakistan religious scholar Maulana Ashraf Tahiri’s remarks regarding the suicide attack and holy war which is permitted in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Palestine.

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi said suicide attack and Jihad (holy war) is permitted in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Palestine which was widely condemned in Afghanistan.

Rangin Dadfar Spanta, national security adviser for president Hamid Karzai on Saturday said the Fatwa by Pakistani religious scholar chief shows the mainstream of violence which threatens the peaceful lives of the Afghan people.

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi’s remarks were also widely condemned by various political movements, religious clerics and civil activists in the country.

Afghan religious scholars said such attacks are not allowed in Islam and accused Pakistan’s military intelligence for being involved in issuing such a Fatwa.

In the meantime Rangin Dadfar Spanta called on various political and civil movements in the country to stand against the Pakistani religious scholar’s Fatwa.

He said, “Our political opposition movements, the civil society and other prominent Afghan leaders should unitedly stand to defend our country and our soil and let those know, who are sending the suicide bombers that the Afghan people will never be defeated by these bombers.”

The National Coalition of Afghanistan — main political opposition coalition of the Afghan government also condemned the Fatwa by Pakistani religious scholar and said such remarks will further boost war in the region.

This comes as the Afghan security institutions, specifically the National Directorate of Security (NDS) warned that all the suicide bombers coming in Afghanistan are being trained in Pakistan.

The Fatwa by Pakistani religious scholar chief comes amid Pakistani clerics decision to boycott a regional Islamic conference in capital Kabul. The religious scholars of the two nations were due to discuss suicide attacks and Jihad (holy war) during the conference.

On the other hand there are concerns that the latest Fatwa by Pakistani religious scholar chief will flame more violence in Afghanistan.

the Militants Floodgate Into Waziristan

[The recent arrest of Maulvi Faqir inside Nuristan, Afghanistan was certainly unexpected, apparently, it was no accident (SEE:  Pakistan to contact Interpol over Maulvi Faqir: Rehman Malik ).  From the reading of the tea leaves escaping from behind at least three curtains of military censorship and psywar, it seems that Afghan intelligence grabbed Faqir as a bargaining chip with Pakistan, probably intended to obtain access to Mullah Baradar (still being held by Pakistan), the only legitimate source for real peace negotiations with Mullah Omar.  Now, if they would just grab Fazlullah, Pakistan might reciprocate by reining-in the Haqqanis, the forces of Mullah Wazir, and anyone else who is actually attacking across the border.  The claim by the Karzai government that Faqir was planning attacks within Afghanistan are highly unlikely (SEE REPORT BELOW), given the history of past intrigues (SEE: Dissecting the Anti-Pakistan Psyop).  The fact that Afghanistan is refusing to hand Faqir to Pakistan could be written-off because of an absence of any extradition treaties, but it is more likely that both Faqir and Fazlullah have secrets to tell about their stay in Nuristan which Afghan intelligence wishes they would not reveal.  After all, it was the untimely removal of multiple border posts which made the territory along that section along the Durand Line which is adjacent to Waziristan, a real “no man’s land” that no one’s army any longer tries to tame. .  This one bad decision was a malicious bit of  strategy that was hatched by commander of ISAF, Gen McChrystal’s, which made it possible for the Pak. Taliban to find safe sanctuary in Afghanistan.  The strategy was to create a rear staging area in Afghanistan, which would be a mirror image of the Pakistani sanctuary for the Afghan Taliban, only this safe staging area would be for the TTP.(SEE: McChrystal Opens the Militants Floodgate Into Waziristan, Removes Six Border Posts–10-19-2009)]

“ISLAMABAD: The US-led Nato forces vacated more than half a dozen key security checkposts on the Afghan side of the Pak-Afghan border just ahead of the major Pakistan Army ground offensive (code named: Rahe Nijaat) against Taliban-led militants in the volatile tribal area of South Waziristan, it is learnt.

It is feared that the American decision will facilitate Afghan Taliban in crossing over to Pakistan and support militants in striking back at the Pakistani security forces in the troubled tribal area.

Sources close to the NWFP government and military strategists involved in the planning of S Waziristan operation told The News over the weekend that the Americans vacated eight security checkposts on the Afghan side of the border just five days before the Army operation. Four of these close to South Waziristan including one each at Zambali and at Nurkha, and four in the north in the area of Nuristan where American forces recently came under violent attacks by the militants.

Latest reports indicate that the Americans have also removed some posts close to North Waziristan, which could encourage even more Afghan Taliban fighters to cross over to the Pakistan side. This has raised many eyebrows in government and military circles with points being made about “conflicting interests” and dubious American designs.”

“…Recent communication intercepts by Pakistani intelligence outfits have revealed that Taliban commander in Nuristan Qari Ziaur Rehman has invited TTP leader Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, former deputy of late Baitullah Mehsud, to come to Nuristan and operate from there if he finds space in Wazristan shrinking.

Experts believe the American move of vacating security checkposts on the Afghan side close to Pakistan’s border could undermine the military action by Pakistan Army. While on one hand it could offer an easy escape route to some militants, it is believed that this would facilitate movement of Afghan Taliban into Pakistan side to join hands with the al-Qaeda-backed local Taliban and other locals as well as foreign militant groups against the military action there.

Some observers see it as a tactical move by the US to ward off pressure from its own forces in Afghanistan that have been under severe attacks by the Afghan Taliban. Hence they want to provide them unhindered passage to Pakistan side, as it would help shift the main theatre of war from Afghanistan to inside Pakistan.

[Since the American plan was to duplicate the Waziristan situation in Eastern Afghanistan (in reverse), then this arrest of Faqir represents another potential disruption of a major operation which cannot be to the CIA’s liking.  This situation is comparable to the 2007 exposure of the MI6 attempts to create a “Taliban split,” in Helmand, to use in S. Waziristan, making use of Mansoor Dadullah, brother of Taliban hero Mullah Dadullah and designated by Mullah Omar himself as the heir to his brother’s role as “Emir” of the original Pakistani Taliban.  This revelation resulted in the expulsion of British spies Mervyn Patterson and Michael Semple, who were building the first anti-Taliban network in Helmand.  All of Pakistan’s efforts since then, to emulate the “Taliban split” tactics in Waziristan, have been thwarted by American drones, beginning with the Predator killing of Dadullah (SEE:  Waging War Upon Ourselves).  The latest drone “victory,” the killing of Mullah Nazir (the ultimate “anti-Taliban”), is just the latest instance of America exercising its CIA veto over the strategy of the Pakistani Army, or is it just another glimpse of the ongoing ISI/CIA waltz?  One fact seems certain–the CIA owns the  ISI.]

Faqir planned attacks on senior Afghan officials

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By Mahbob Shah Mahbob Feb 23, 2013 – 15:22

JALALABAD (PAN): Dreaded Pakistani insurgent commander Maulvi Faqir Ahmad had sneaked into eastern Afghanistan for consultations with the Afghan Taliban, an intelligence official revealed on Saturday.

The former Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan No 2 was arrested six days ago along with four associates in the Basawal area of the Momand Dara district in Nangarhar province. He is currently under investigation at a detention centre in Kabul.

Ever-since the high-profile rebel leader’s detention — seen as a key step in bilateral cooperation between Pakistani and Afghan spy services — both security officials as well as militant leaders have been reticent, given the sensitivity of the nature.

However, a National Directorate of Security (NDS) agent in the east confided to Pajhwok Afghan News that the most-wanted militant was nabbed in week after he crossed from the restive Bajaur tribal into Nangarhar.

The operation, based on actionable intelligence, was precisely planned and executed by elite units of police and NDS, according to the source, who said Faqir and an Afghan Taliban commander in the Tirah Valley — Shamsul Arifeen — had twice been sighted on this side of the border.

The guerrilla commanders, who had lately teamed up, wanted to attack important targets, including senior Afghan leaders, the official said.  However, he would not elaborate on who was the militants’ hit-list.

Also arrested during the raid were Maulana Hakim, Shahid Khan, Maulvi Turabi and Fateh Khan.

A day earlier, Afghanistan declined handing over Faqir Mohammad to the Pakistan government, arguing there was no extradition treaty between the neighbours.

On Thursday, Islamabad said it had asked Kabul to extradite the man involved in terrorist activities inside Pakistan. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar asked for the insurgent commander’s handover during a telephonic conversation with her Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office told a weekly media briefing Islamabad: “We hope he (Faqir) would be handed over to Pakistan as soon as possible because he has the blood of many innocent Pakistanis on his hands,” Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan told journalists.

But his Afghan counterpart Janan Musazai, when approached for his comments, turned down Islamabad’s request. “During the recent tripartite meeting in London, the Afghan government requested the Pakistani side to return Afghan Taliban prisoners held by it so that they could participate in and support Afghanistan’s peace efforts.”

Musazai recalled the Pakistani side responded it could not hand over Taliban prisoners to the Afghan government because there was no prisoner exchange agreement between the two countries.

A political analyst, meanwhile, charaterised Islamabad’s demand as unjust, because the two sides have no yet concluded an agreement to the effect. Nangarhar University teacher, Prof. Abdur Rashid Malikzai, said Pakistan was yet to transfer a single Afghan fighter.

Another political commentator, Mohammad Anwar Sultani, blamed the Pakistani establishment for patronising insurgents who later turned against their mentors. “They placed a huge bounty on Faqir Mohammad’s head only after he started defying his supporters within the government.”

Sultani slammed Islamabad’s call as illogical in that many Afghan militants, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, were still being held in Pakistani jails.

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Hyderabad Bombing Leaves 16 dead and 120 injured

Specific alert was sent to Hyderabad yesterday morning: Govt
The two blasts on February 21, 2013 left 16 dead and 120 injured.
NEW DELHI: A specific alert warning attack by Pakistan-based terrorist group was shared by central security agencies with Hyderabad police on Thursday morning, home ministry officials said on Friday.

Twin blasts ripped through a crowded market in Hyderabad on Thursday, leaving 16 dead and 120 injured.

The ministry had sent specific alert yesterday morning to four cities — Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Hubli — warning them of probable attacks by terrorists, they said.

Besides, Maharashtra and Gujarat police forces were also sent the alert, the officials said.

According to home ministry officials, the alerts were also sent to all states on February 19 and 20, that Pakistan-based terrorist groups may carry out attacks in a major city to avenge the hanging of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

They said the central security agencies had sent an advisory on Tuesday asking all states to tighten security in sensitive places as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen may launch attacks.

The security agencies sent another advisory on Wednesday saying banned Indian Mujahideen may carry out terror attacks to avenge the hanging of Kasab and Guru.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had on Thursday said all states were alerted about a possible terror strike by militant groups.

However, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had said those were general alerts which often keep coming from the Centre.

Lahore High Court Sets Bail for Shaitan–To Hell With Hazara

[What greater proof could you need that this latest so-called “operation against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi” is just more Pak Army lies (SEE:  Pakistan targets militants, Shiites end protest).   In reality, LeJ, and by extension, all of the “Punjabi-Taliban”, work for Kayani and friends, so why would the govt. of Pakistan seriously interfere with their terroristic plans?  If LeJ is behind all the genocide of Hazara in Pakistan (and everyone knows that it is), then it is actually the Army’s proxy terrorists who are killing all the Shia.   The Hazara of Quetta must not understand or believe this fact, since they have demanded that the Army takeover Quetta.  Until the armies of Sunni murderers of the Saudi/Qatari/CIA terror alliance are stopped, then there will be no safe ground in either Pakistan or Afghanistan for the Shia Hazara.]

Extremist leader Malik Ishaq freed from jail

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The Chief Monster of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Malik Ishaq was released from prison today. -File Photo

LAHORE: Pakistan on Tuesday released the head of a banned extremist group after a court granted him bail, following his arrest on suspicion of inciting sectarian hatred, his lawyer said.

Malik Ishaq, the leader of the feared Lashkar-e-Jhangvi organisation, which is said to have al Qaeda links, was held for making a “provocative” speech earlier this month.

Ishaq has been implicated in dozens of cases, mostly murder, and was accused of masterminding a 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, which wounded seven players and an assistant coach and killed eight Pakistanis.

“The court has accepted his bail application and later he was freed from jail,” Arif Mehmood Rana, his lawyer told AFP.

Ijaz Shafi Dogar, a senior police officer confirmed to AFP that he was being freed as he was not wanted in any other case.

“He was set free this evening from Kot Lakhpat jail,” Dogar said.

Ishaq was detained over a speech he made at a religious school on August 19 in the wake of a rise in sectarian violence between majority Sunni and minority Shia Muslims.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is regarded as the most extreme Sunni terror group in Pakistan and is accused of killing hundreds of Shias after its emergence in the early 1990s. -AFP

Hazara killers — supported from Punjab to the Middle East

[SEE:  The Stunning Investigative Story on the Birth of Balochistan Liberation Army]

Hazara killers — supported from Punjab to the Middle East

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The February 16 bombing that killed over 90 people and injured more than 160, many of them critically, was the second major attack on Pakistan’s minority Shia Hazaras this year. — AP/File Photo

In the aftermath of the Quetta massacre, the arrests of a few Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants have been looked upon warily as nothing more than a ploy to placate an angry nation.

If there was sincerity and strategic considerations behind this move, however, the headquarters of the Sunni extremist group in Punjab would have been dismantled much earlier.

But with elections approaching, a full-fledged and whole-hearted operation against such militant groups seems highly unlikely, especially in the Punjab, the breeding ground of sectarian militants. This has much to do with the fact that in Punjab, extremist and militant groups have a strong electoral presence.

“I doubt that there will be a real crackdown,” says author and journalist, Zahid Hussain, talking to Dawn.com: “The Punjab government has been looking the other way for too long and pursues the policy of appeasement.” He added that it had even made a covert deal for the release of LeJ leader Malik Ishaq.

Seconding Hussain, defence analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi added: “The Punjab Government is known for patronising the LeJ and (its predecessor) Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP).”

But it’s not only the Punjab government complicit in the inaction against extremist sectarian outfits. The centre hasn’t appeared earnest about the issue either.

Hussain has serious reservations about Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority, for example. The authority was created in 2009 under an executive order. “It remains dormant and a toothless body because the bill has yet to be passed in the National Assembly. There is also the unresolved matter of whether it should fall under the umbrella of the interior ministry when in the original charter, it was to be under the prime minister,” he explains.

And so the scourge of extremism will continue, as was seen last week when terror revisited the Shia Hazaras on Kirani Road in the south-western Pakistani city Quetta. The attack was also a grim reminder that without a national consensus in Pakistan on how to deal with domestic terrorism, the next attack is not far behind.

The bomb that killed over 90 people and injured more than 160, many of them critically, was the second major attack on Pakistan’s minority Shia Hazaras this year. A twin-suicide attack at a snooker club on January 10 had killed 92 and wounded 121. With the Hazara community living huddled together in certain localities, they have become an even easier prey and large numbers can be annihilated in minutes.

Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) Chairperson Abdul Khaliq Hazara told Dawn.com that the terror and fear had reached such a crescendo that the Hazaras had stopped venturing out of their locales. “There is no place left in Quetta that remains safe for Hazaras, be it an educational institution, school, bus stops, government offices or a marketplace. Public space is increasingly shrinking for us,” he said.

Where the LeJ derives power from

The LeJ, which claimed responsibility for these attacks, is born out of SSP. It also has ties with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). In fact, some of the top TTP leaders, like the current spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan, were all members of LeJ in Punjab, before they became part of the TTP.

“These groups morph and gel and even support each other,” says Rizvi, who fears that “unless the government adopts a tough position and keeps up the pressure over an extended period of time” these attacks will continue.

Equally, if the government decides to pull the rug from under them, and has some successes to show to the people, it will gain legitimacy. “Nothing succeeds like success, and we saw that in Swat once the government decided to go all out; their efforts were lauded not criticized,” he points out.

The HDP chairperson agreed that “The state is more powerful than the militants. We believe the state knows who the culprits are and if it wants it can round up the militants, cleanse the city off them, even kill them, in just three days.” But, he adds, “They don’t want to.”

According to Rizvi, “Organisations like the LeJ, the SSP and the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat (ASWJ) are politically convenient, especially for all the Punjab-based political parties and even the present Punjab government – and they will not go beyond a certain point to enrage them.”

“So while they will condemn acts of sectarian attacks and militancy, they will never muster the courage to condemn a particular group,” he explains.

In addition, says Rizvi, these groups have embedded themselves in society by setting up schools, hospitals, mosques and other welfare organisations and created a strong support base, including those in the lower ranks of the police and the intelligence agencies.”

“There is no place left in Quetta that remains safe for Hazaras, be it an educational institution, school, bus stops, government offices or a marketplace. Public space is increasingly shrinking for us.”

It is very easy for the LeJ, a predominantly Punjabi group to thrive in Balochistan, he further explains. “With a non-existent provincial government and the support of the Taliban, the place became a safe haven.”

The LeJ made inroads in Balochistan and had steadily spread its wings (since 2004-05), where the ethnic Hazara community has been their main target. Talking to Dawn.com, senior journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai said: “Call it infiltration, or what you will, but the LeJ has succeeded in recruiting many Baloch, once considered quite secular.”

According to Hussain, the Baloch have “been indoctrinated into hating the Hazara community.”

Khaliq points out that the whereabouts of the militant camps was common knowledge. According to reliable sources, the training camps are run in Mastung and Khuzdar, from where earlier attacks on Shia pilgrims going to Iran have taken place. Those who are apprehended, meanwhile, are released for want of enough evidence – and if the evidence is there, it’s not produced in the courts.

The desire to eliminate Shias altogether is also constantly fed from the outside. “A proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is being waged in Balochistan.” says Khaliq. It is widely held that these anti-Shia militants receive funding from the Sunni-Wahabi sheikhdoms of the Arab world. The Shias, on the other hand are perceived to be supporting Iran.

Hussain, meanwhile, expresses surprise over the mushrooming of madressas in Balochistan, which lacks “even the most basic facilities for locals”. The senior journalist adds that it’s common knowledge such ‘nurseries’ of extremism were being financed by Sunni-Wahabi leaning Middle Eastern countries.

So where do the agencies come in?

Some experts are also of the view that these assaults are carried out to deflect international attention from the ongoing separatist movement in Balochistan.

The HDP spokesperson insists that such acts of terrorism are carried out in collusion with the security and intelligence agencies.

Yusufzai, however, does not believe in this commonly held viewpoint. “These agencies would never allow their own country to get destabilised and they would never want to eliminate the Shia community. After all there are many Shias within these organisations too,” he points out.

According to Yusufzai, the intelligence agencies’ ‘incompetence’ can be attributed to “overwork”.

“Their hands are full with the ongoing separatist movement in one province, and the attacks by the TTP in others – and then these other militants fanning sectarianism. And if that were not all; these agencies are also being used for political purposes!” says Yusufzai.

Hussain plays down the involvement of the agencies, but adds, “They have the knowledge of who the culprits are but they are not focused on fighting these groups. So while they may not be in direct collusion; by their inaction they are helping these extremists gets stronger.”

“Throw the Shias out of the fold of Islam!”–Pak. Wahhabi Apologist

“Throw the Shias out of the fold of Islam!” Ansar Abbasi justifies #ShiaGenocide through his column in Jang

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More than 110 Shia women, men and children were killed in Quetta on 16 Feb 2013  to "protect the honour of the Companions of the Prophet."

More than 21,000 Shia women, men and children have been killed in Pakistan by Takfiri Deobandi “Soldiers of the Companions”.”

Author: Mahpara Qalandar

In his column of 21 February 2013 published in Urdu daily Jang, Ansar Abbasi (pro-Taliban journalist) has continued his subtle justification of the Shia genocide at the hands of Takrifi Deobandi groups such as the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (aka ASWJ) and their sponsors such as the PML-N and some media houses such as the Geo-Jang group itself.

Writing his column against the background of the latest Shia carnage in Quetta in which 113 Shia men and women of every age were killed and hundreds injured by Takfiri Deobandi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba (Soldiers of the Companions of Prophet aka ASWJ-LeJ), he starts in his usual style by quoting from the Quran and the Hadith by pleading for the unity of Pakistani Muslims. (Read the columns here: http://jang.com.pk/jang/feb2013-daily/21-02-2013/col16.htm)

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In essence, Ansar Abbasi repeats the typical Salafist-Wahhabi Nazi-puritanical theory that sects are not allowed in Islam. In other words, all Shias, Sunni Barelvis etc should convert to Deobandi-Wahhabi sect in order to make Islam one and pure.

After urging the people to become just one group of Muslims, and not a collection of sects, Ansar Abbasi says,

(i) Allah is pleased with the Companions (Sahaba) of the Prophet (peace be upon him)

(ii) In the Koran, Allah says that He is as much happy with the Companions as they are happy with Him

(iii) According to the hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that all of his companions are like the stars in the sky. This inauthentic (Zaeef) Hadith is often quoted by LeJ-ASWJ terrorists and neo-Nazis of Islam in order to silence all historically recorded criticism of the conduct of certain Sahaba after the Prophet’s death, particularly those who physically and politically hurt the Family and descendants (Ahle Bait and Aaal) of the Prophet Muhammad.

After this, Ansar Abbasi takes out his Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ-LeJ) dagger and attacks the Shias: “How can one be so consumed in sectarian hatred that one starts saying indecent words about the companions and the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him)?”

Then he demands of the government and supports what has been previously demanded by Ahemd Ludhianvi, Malik Ishaq and pro-establishment Fake Liberals eg Ali Chishti, “The government should do legislation against those who insult the companions and the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and punish them to the maximum.”

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Ansar Abbasi is a liar and a hypocrite. He claims that the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) are sacrosanct and those who insult them should be severely punished. But he does not tell his readers who are Islamofascists like him that in the very Quran, Allah tells the Prophet (peace be upon him) that there are hypocrites around him. These are the words of Allah,

“If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while.  Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter” (33: 60-62).

“And some of the illiterates around you are hypocrites; and some of the people of Medinah; hypocrisy has become ingrained in them; you do not know them*; We know them; We shall soon punish them twice – they will then be consigned towards the terrible punishment.(Until now or as well as We do. In life and in the grave of hell.)” (9:101)

In another place, Allah says,

“Already Allah knows the hinderers among you and those [hypocrites] who say to their brothers, ‘Come to us,’ and do not go to battle, except for a few” (33: 18).

Muaviya bin Abu Sufian, a companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him) whom Ansar Abbasi and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi idealize, was the one who started the evil tradition of cursing Imam Ali, the cousin, heir, and son-in-law of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in every Friday sermon. The cursing of the Imam Ali (the fourt Rashidun Caliph) continued for hundreds of years till the Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz put an end to it. What Muslim will not condemn a man who started the tradition of cursing a personality about whom the Prophet said, “I am from Ali and Ali is from me!” There are countless statements by the Prophet (peace be upon him) which glorify Imam Ali.

Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) narrates,

“The Prophet of Allah [peace be upon him] once said to me, ‘Even to look at Ali is an act of worship!’”

And this is what Allah says about the hypocrites,

“O Prophet, fear Allah and do not obey the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise” (33:1).

Ansar Abbasi has in a very cunning way justified the genocide of the Shias. Not a single word about the Shia genocide appears in his column. Not a word of condemnation of the genocide or Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s crimes appears in his column. Like a true Yazidi and Jhangvi, he has blamed the victims, infants and little children included, for being Shia.

One hopes that the Muslims of Pakistan—of course excluding Takfiris like Ansar Abbasi himself—will condemn those in the media who justify the Shia genocide.

Exerpts from Caliphate and Monarchy (Khilafat-o-Mulookiat) by Syed Abul Ala Maudoodi

Maulana Maudoodi (famous Sunni scholar) reached to this conclusion AFTER years of research and reading/examining hundreds of books. Unlike self serving mullahs of today’s Pakistan who do not care about facts at all, Maulana Maudoodi did acknowledge how certain Sahaba (Companions) of the Prophet engaged in greed and mischief after the Prophet’s death and caused irreparable damage to Islam and violated the honour of the family and descendants of the Prophet.
http://worldshiaforum.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/exerpts-from-khalafat-and-monarchy-by-syed-abul-ala-maudoodi/

Related:
http://criticalppp.com/archives/233379

Suicide Squad Attacks Peshawar Office of Govt. Political Authority During Tribal Meeting

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[The attack took place during a meeting of local political figures, as well as another meeting between Pak. P.A. and Niaz Ahmed Khan tribal reps.]

Unabated violence: Bombers mount brazen attack in Peshawar cantt

Published: February 19, 2013

Pakistani army soldiers move at the office of the top political official of Khyber tribal region after the militants attack in Peshawar PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: In yet another high-profile attack, two suicide bombers stormed the office of the political agent of Khyber Agency in the high security zone of Peshawar on Monday, killing five people and injuring over a dozen more.

Political Agent Mutahir Zeb was unhurt but his deputy, Assistant Political Agent Khalid Mumtaz Khundi, was wounded in the attack that was not immediately claimed by any militant group.

According to police, two bombers, dressed as Levies personnel, first opened fire at the gate of the PA office located on Bara Road in the garrison area, killing and injuring some guards. Then they entered the building and a gunfight erupted.

“One of the bombers blew himself up when hit by bullets. The other, however, managed to reach the control room, destroying the building and the adjacent office,” SSP Operation Imran Shaid told The Express Tribune. 

Before detonating his bomb, one of the attackers tried to break into the part of the building where Additional Political Agent Attaur Rehman was presiding over a meeting of tribal politicians.

Jamil Shah, spokesman for the Lady Reading Hospital, said five people were killed and seven others admitted with serious injuries. Four security officials – Bakhatar, Barkat Dad, Hakimullah and Misri Khan – and an unidentified civilian were among the dead, he added.

APA Khundi was driven to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for the treatment of his wounds.

Office-bearers of all political parties in Khyber Agency were discussing preparations for the next general election when the complex reverberated with heavy gunfire, Shah Hussain Shinwari, the president of ANP’s Khyber Agency chapter, told The Express Tribune.

“The firing continued for 15 minutes, after which we heard two loud explosions,” said Shinwari. “Within 20 minutes, army troops reached the spot, cordoned off the complex and started searching for the attackers’ bodies.”

Muhammad Iqbal Afridi, the local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said the militants also hurled some grenades. “Security forces evacuated us from the building. While leaving, I saw two dead bodies and blood everywhere,” he told AFP.

“We have found two bodies in pieces. The bombers were about 20-years old and armed with automatic rifles as well as suicide vests,” said AIG Special Branch Sahfqat Malik who is also the head of the Bomb Disposal Squad. He added that the bombers were carrying up to eight kilos of explosives.

The meeting participants believe they were not the target. “It is easier for militants to target our public rallies than break into our offices. They were definitely looking for something else,” said one of the participants.

The complex contains the PA office, police cells to detain suspected militants, and residential quarters. And there were reports that attackers were trying to reach the detention cells where suspects are held.

It was the second high-profile terrorist attack in three days. On February 15, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti escaped a suicide attack in his hometown of Mardan. The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group had also claimed the December 22 assassination of senior provincial minister Bashir Bilour in a suicide bombing at a political meeting in Peshawar.  (With additional input from Agencies)

Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2013.

Govt. Paramilitary Forces Begin Major Operation Against LeJ In Balochistan, Hazara End Protest, Bury Their Martyred

A Pakistani Shiite girl takes part in a sit-in protest with others to condemn the Saturday bombing which killed scores of people, in Quetta, Pakistan on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. The families of the bombing victims have refused to bury their loved ones until authorities take action against the militants who were responsible. Mispelled and partially shown writing reads, “don’t kill me. I am Shia.” Arshad Butt / AP Photo

Pakistan targets militants, Shiites end protest

BY ABDUL SATTAR

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QUETTA, Pakistan — Thousands of Shiite Muslims ended three days of protests in southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday after the government launched a paramilitary operation against militants responsible for a weekend bombing targeting the minority sect that killed 89 people.

The protesters in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, began preparations to bury the bombing victims after Shiite leaders announced an end to the demonstration. Relatives had refused to bury their loved ones until the army took control of Quetta and launched a targeted operation against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the group that claimed responsibility for Saturday’s bombing.

Shiites have criticized police and paramilitary forces under control of the Interior Ministry in Quetta for failing to protect the minority sect, which comprises up to 20 percent of the country’s population of 180 million.

There was no indication the army would take control of the city. But the government announced that paramilitary forces began an operation against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and other militant groups Monday night.

Four members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, including a senior commander, were killed in a shootout Tuesday, and over 170 other suspected militants were arrested, said Baluchistan’s home secretary, Akbar Hussain Durrani.

The government also replaced the top police officer in Baluchistan on Tuesday, said Fayaz Sumbal, deputy police chief in Quetta. Sumbal has also been ordered to replace the chief of police operations in Quetta, he said.

“Our demands have been accepted,” a top Shiite leader in Quetta, Amin Shaheedi, told reporters after holding talks with a government delegation sent from Islamabad. “We appeal to our people to go to their homes in a peaceful manner.”

It remains to be seen what impact the government’s actions will have on the problem of sectarian violence in Quetta. Suspected militants are notoriously difficult to prosecute in Pakistan, and it’s unclear if the operation against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and others will be sustained.

Radical Sunni militants have stepped up attacks against Shiites over the past year because they do not consider them to be real Muslims. Violence has been especially bad in Baluchistan province, which has the highest concentration of Shiites in the country. A double bombing at a billiards hall in January in Quetta killed 86 people.

Pakistan has launched numerous military operations against militants in recent years, but the focus has been on the Pakistani Taliban, who have been waging a bloody insurgency against the state that has killed thousands of people.

Rights organizations have criticized the government for not doing enough to target militant groups attacking Shiites. They explain this apathy by pointing to past connections between the country’s military and anti-Shiite militants, and also allege the sectarian groups are seen as less of a threat than the Taliban because they are not targeting the state. Political parties have also relied on banned sectarian groups to deliver votes in elections.

The four Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants killed Tuesday in a suburb of Quetta included Shah Wali, a senior commander involved in attacking Shiites and police officials, said Durrani, the home secretary. Others included Abdul Wahab, a key planner and recruiter; Naeem Khan, a logistics expert who provided explosives; and Anwar Khan, a rank and file militant, said Durrani.

Seven other Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants were arrested in the operation Tuesday, said Durrani. The more than 170 suspected militants arrested earlier included Haji Mohammed Rafiq, a prominent member of another Sunni extremist organization, Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat, said the home secretary.

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf first announced the operation in a statement issued by his office Tuesday that said it “aimed at eliminating those responsible for playing with lives of innocent civilians and restoring peace and security in Quetta.”

Last year was the bloodiest in history for Pakistan’s Shiites, according to Human Rights Watch. Over 400 were killed in targeted attacks across the country, at least 125 of whom were died in Baluchistan.

With two massive bombings targeting Shiites in as many months this year already, 2013 looks like it could be even worse.

The government promised to take action against sectarian militants following protests in January against the billiards hall bombing. Shiites brought the bodies of the victims into the street at the time and refused to bury them unless the government took steps to protect them.

After four days, Islamabad decided to dissolve the provincial government and put a federally-appointed governor in charge. The government said paramilitary forces would receive police powers and launch an operation against the militants behind the billiards hall attack. But officials refused to put the army in control of the city, as they have done this time around.

Around 15,000 Shiites took to the streets to protest near the site of the recent attack Tuesday, before their leaders called an end to the demonstration. Others stayed beside the bodies of the bombing victims inside a nearby mosque. Some chanted “God is great.” Others held placards that said “Stop killing Shiites.”

Shiite leaders made speeches to the crowd saying their demands had been accepted and urged them to disperse peacefully after the talks with the government delegation. They also urged Shiites in other parts of the country, such as Karachi and Islamabad, to end smaller protests held over the past few days.

Associated Press writers Munir Ahmed, Zarar Khan, Asif Shahzad and Sebastian Abbot contributed to this report from Islamabad.

Prime Minister Ashraf Orders Targeted Operation Against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) In Quetta

PM orders targeted operation in Quetta

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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has ordered on Tuesday the security forces to begin targeted operations in Quetta, DawnNews reported.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s spokesperson, Prime Minister Raja ordered for the initiation of targeted operations in Quetta adding that those responsible for the Quetta carnage should be targeted.

The statement further said that immediate action should be taken in those areas where information indicates presence of terrorist elements and that security forces should conduct targeted operations.

The spokesman further said that the prime minister would monitor the Quetta operation.

Moreover Prime Minister also ordered for the removal of Balochistan’s Inspector General of Police, Tariq Umer Khatab, and replaced him with Mushtaq Sukhera media channels reported. The prime minister also ordered the transfer of various other police officials posted in Balochistan.

Meanwhile, thousands of Shia protested for a third day in Quetta, demanding the army take control of the city and launch a targeted operation against sectarian militant groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

The group claimed responsibility for the bombing Saturday that killed 87 people and one in January that killed at least 93.

US-Saudi funded terrorists sowing chaos in Pakistan

US-Saudi funded terrorists sowing chaos in Pakistan

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Pakistani Shia Muslims gather around the coffins of bomb attack victims as they demonstrate in Quetta on February 18, 2013.

Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province, bordering both US-occupied Afghanistan as well as Iran, was the site of a grisly market bombing that has killed over 80 people.

According to reports, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack. Billed as a “Sunni extremist group,” it instead fits the pattern of global terrorism sponsored by the US, Israel, and their Arab partners Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was in fact created, according to the BBC, to counter Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the 1980’s, and is still active today. Considering the openly admitted US-Israeli-Saudi plot to use Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups across the Middle East to counter Iran’s influence, it begs the question whether these same interests are funding terrorism in Pakistan to not only counter Iranian-sympathetic Pakistani communities, but to undermine and destabilize Pakistan itself.

The US-Saudi Global Terror Network

While the United States is close allies with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it is well established that the chief financier of extremist militant groups for the past 3 decades, including al-Qaeda, are in fact Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While Qatari state-owned propaganda like Al Jazeera apply a veneer of progressive pro-democracy to its narratives, Qatar itself is involved in arming, funding, and even providing direct military support for sectarian extremists from northern Mali, to Libya, to Syria and beyond.

France 24’s report “Is Qatar fuelling the crisis in north Mali?” provides a useful vignette of Saudi-Qatari terror sponsorship, stating:

“The MNLA [secular Tuareg separatists], al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine and MUJAO [movement for unity and Jihad in West Africa] have all received cash from Doha.”

A month later Sadou Diallo, the mayor of the north Malian city of Gao [which had fallen to the Islamists] told RTL radio: “The French government knows perfectly well who is supporting these terrorists. Qatar, for example, continues to send so-called aid and food every day to the airports of Gao and Timbuktu.”

The report also stated:

“Qatar has an established a network of institutions it funds in Mali, including madrassas, schools and charities that it has been funding from the 1980s,” he wrote, adding that Qatar would be expecting a return on this investment.

“Mali has huge oil and gas potential and it needs help developing its infrastructure,” he said. “Qatar is well placed to help, and could also, on the back of good relations with an Islamist-ruled north Mali, exploit rich gold and uranium deposits in the country.”

These institutions are present not only in Mali, but around the world, and provide a nearly inexhaustible supply of militants for both the Persian Gulf monarchies and their Western allies to use both as a perpetual casus belli to invade and occupy foreign nations such as Mali and Afghanistan, as well as a sizable, persistent mercenary force, as seen in Libya and Syria. Such institutions jointly run by Western intelligence agencies across Europe and in America, fuel domestic fear-mongering and the resulting security state that allows Western governments to more closely control their populations as they pursue reckless, unpopular policies at home and abroad.

Since Saudi-Qatari geopolitical interests are entwined with Anglo-American interests, both the “investment” and “return on this investment” are clearly part of a joint venture. France’s involvement in Mali has demonstrably failed to curb such extremists, has instead, predictably left the nation occupied by Western interests while driving terrorists further north into the real target, Algeria.

Additionally, it should be noted, that France in particular, played a leading role along side Qatar and Saudi Arabia in handing Libya over to these very same extremists. French politicians were in Benghazi shaking hands with militants they would be “fighting” in the near future in northern Mali.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is Part of US-Saudi Terror Network

In terms of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, as well as the infamous Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out the 2008 Mumbai, India attack killing over 160, both are affiliates of Al Qaeda, and both have been linked financially, directly to Saudi Arabia. In the Guardian’s article, “WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists,” the US State Department even acknowledges that Saudi Arabia is indeed funding terrorism in Pakistan:

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.

“More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups,” says a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” she said.

Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has also been financially linked to the Persian Gulf monarchies. Stanford University’s “Mapping Militant Organizations: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,” states under “External Influences:”

LeJ has received money from several Persian Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates[25] These countries funded LeJ and other Sunni militant groups primarily to counter the rising influence of Iran’s revolutionary Shiism.

Astonishingly, despite these admission, the US works politically, financially, economically, and even militarily in tandem with these very same state-sponsors of rampant, global terrorism. In Libya and Syria, the US has even assisted in the funding and arming of Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups, and had conspired with Saudi Arabia since at least 2007 to overthrow both Syria and Iran with these terrorist groups. And while Saudi Arabia funds terrorism in Pakistan, the US is well documented to be funding political subversion in the very areas where the most heinous attacks are being carried out.

US Political Subversion in Baluchistan, Pakistan

The US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has been directly funding and supporting the work of the “Balochistan Institute for Development” (BIFD) which claims to be “the leading resource on democracy, development and human rights in Balochistan, Pakistan.” In addition to organizing the annual NED-BFID “Workshop on Media, Democracy & Human Rights” BFID reports that USAID had provided funding for a “media-center” for the Baluchistan Assembly to “provide better facilities to reporters who cover the proceedings of the Balochistan Assembly.” We must assume BFID meant reporters “trained” at NED-BFID workshops.

There is also Voice of Balochistan whose every top-story is US-funded propaganda drawn from foundation-funded Reporters Without Borders, Soros-funded Human Rights Watch, and even a direct message from the US State Department itself. Like other US State Department funded propaganda outfits around the world – such as Thailand’s Prachatai – funding is generally obfuscated in order to maintain “credibility” even when the front’s constant torrent of obvious propaganda more than exposes them.

Perhaps the most absurd operations being run to undermine Pakistan through the “Free Baluchistan” movement are the US and London-based organizations. The “Baloch Society of North America” almost appears to be a parody at first, but nonetheless serves as a useful aggregate and bellwether regarding US meddling in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. The group’s founder, Dr. Wahid. Baloch, openly admits he has met with US politicians in regards to Baluchistan independence. This includes Neo-Con warmonger, PNAC signatory, corporate-lobbyist, and National Endowment for Democracy director Zalmay Khalilzad.

Dr. Wahid Baloch considers Baluchistan province “occupied” by both the Iranian and Pakistani governments – he and his movement’s humanitarian hand-wringing gives Washington the perfect pretext to create an armed conflagration against either Iran or Pakistan, or both, as planned in detail by various US policy think-tanks.

There is also the Baloch Students Organisation-Azad, or BSO. While it maintains a presence in Pakistan, it has coordinators based in London. London-based BSO members include “information secretaries” that propagate their message via social media, just as US and British-funded youth organizations did during the West’s operations against other targeted nations during the US-engineered “Arab Spring.”

And while the US does not openly admit to funding and arming terrorists in Pakistan yet, many across established Western policy think-tanks have called for it.

Selig Harrison of the convicted criminal, George Soros-funded Center for International Policy, has published two pieces regarding the armed “liberation” of Baluchistan.

Harrison’s February 2011 piece, “Free Baluchistan,” calls to “aid the 6 million Baluch insurgents fighting for independence from Pakistan in the face of growing ISI repression.” He continues by explaining the various merits of such meddling by stating:

“Pakistan has given China a base at Gwadar in the heart of Baluch territory. So an independent Baluchistan would serve U.S. strategic interests in addition to the immediate goal of countering Islamist forces.”

Harrison would follow up his frank call to carve up Pakistan by addressing the issue of Chinese-Pakistani relations in a March 2011 piece titled, “The Chinese Cozy Up to the Pakistanis.” He states:

“China’s expanding reach is a natural and acceptable accompaniment of its growing power-but only up to a point. ”

He continues:

“To counter what China is doing in Pakistan, the United States should play hardball by supporting the movement for an independent Baluchistan along the Arabian Sea and working with Baluch insurgents to oust the Chinese from their budding naval base at Gwadar. Beijing wants its inroads into Gilgit and Baltistan to be the first step on its way to an Arabian Sea outlet at Gwadar.”

While aspirations of freedom and independence are used to sell Western meddling in Pakistan, the geopolitical interests couched behind this rhetoric is openly admitted to. The prophetic words of Harrison should ring loud in one’s ears today. It is in fact this month, that Pakistan officially hands over the port in Gwadar to China, and Harrison’s armed militants are creating bloodshed and chaos, attempting to trigger a destructive sectarian war that will indeed threaten to “oust the Chinese from their budding naval base at Gwadar.”

Like in Syria, we have a documented conspiracy years in the making being carried out before our very eyes. The people of Pakistan must not fall into the trap laid by the West who seeks to engulf Baluchistan in sectarian bloodshed with the aid of Saudi and Qatari-laundered cash and weapons. For the rest of the world, we must continue to uncover the corporate-financier special interests driving these insidious plots, boycott and permanently replace them on a local level.

The US-Saudi terror racket has spilled blood from New York City, across Northern Africa, throughout the Middle East, and as far as Pakistan and beyond. If we do not undermine and ultimately excise these special interests, their plans and double games will only get bolder and the inevitability of their engineered chaos effecting us individually will only grow.

TC/JR

Tony Cartalucci is a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer. He has been published on many alternative media websites, including Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. His writings deal with world events from a Southeast Asian perspective as well as promoting self-sufficiency as one of the keys to true freedom. His website is Land Destroyer Report. More articles by Tony Cartalucci

Sipah-e-Sahaba Murder A Shiite Who Had Recently Converted from Sunni Faith

Pakistan Shia Killings: Wahhabi Terrorists Kill 4, Including a Father and Son

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Saudi-funded terrorists shot martyred 4 Shia Muslims in different areas of Pakistan on Saturday and Sunday. Amjad Ali Zaidi and Asif Ali Zaidi and Qamar Raza martyred in Karachi, Basheer Bacha, a Sunni Muslim recently converted to Shia, in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa. 
Pakistan Shia Killings: Wahhabi Terrorists Kill 4, Including a Father and Son

Father and son martyred in attack of Sipah-e-Sahaba in KarachiSaudi-funded terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba shot martyred a Shia father and his son in Orangi Town district west of Karachi on Sunday.

The excommunicator terrorists opened fire upon Amjad Ali Zaidi and Asif Ali Zaidi in Raees Amrohvi Colony Orangi Town.

Due to targeted firing Amjad Zaidi and Asif Zaidi embraced martyrdom. The martyrs were father and son. Similar murders of father and son had taken place in recent past in Orangi and some other areas of Karachi.

Karachi: Shiite Teacher murdered by Sipah-e-Sahaba

A Shiite named Syed Qamar Raza Naqvi was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba near Karachi Golimar’s Liaqat Chowk.

The 29 year-old Syed Qamar Raza Naqvi was targeted when he went to Golimar to tuition children. Eye-witnesses claim the terrorists came from the Wahabi-Mosque Bab-ul-Salam and shot the martyr 3 times in the head. His body was then left on the road for over 20 minutes. The martyr has now been moved to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and will be taken to the Rizvia Imambargah after legal procedures.

The Shiite Genocide is being conducted all over the Pakistan by a handful of terrorists under the supervision of questionable Colonels and Generals of the country. The security agencies and the government are, still, asleep. The International Human Rights Commission has said more than once that State Agencies are behind the Shiite Genocide.It is very regrettable to say that, Shiite religious scholars just sit in their houses and condemn the government and such terrorists acts and nothing else.

Charsadda: Sipah-e-Sahaba break into Shiite house, 1 Shiite killed

Saudi-funded terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba broke into the house of a converted from Sunni to Shiite, Basheer Bacha, in Charsadda’s village Tana Parang and killed him, on Friday 9.2.2013.

The Martyr was a local Shiite Leader. He had converted to Shiite Islam a few years ago. The terrorists killed him inside his own house.

Charsaddah is situated in Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province.

Large Cache of Explosives and Detonators Seized In Quetta, Baloch Hazara Relieved

Heavy cache of explosives seized

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 QUETTA: A law enforcement agency (LEA) has seized heavy cached of explosives from a car at Balili check-post on outskirts of the city late Tuesday night.

LEA sources told that security personnel deployed on Balili check-post signalled an 86-Car to stop but the driver tried to accelerate the vehicle, left it and managed to escape when the LEA vehicles chased it.

During search, LEA personnel along with bomb disposal squad recovered explosives from the car including 400 Detonators, one piece Explosive Wire, 200 meter roll, one piece explosive cotton weighs 125 kg and 1500 kg ball baring.

The seized explosives were to be used in sabotage act.

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Afghan Spy Who Killed Mullah Nazir with Gift of Digital Quran Containing Tracking Chip, Dumped In Wana

[SEE:  They Had A Funeral In Wana for Mullah Nazir and 10,000 People Showed-Up–(where were the drones then?)]

Body of ‘Afghan spy’ dumped in South Waziristan: Officials

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Two militants from pro-government warlord Mullah Nazir’s group accused the ‘spy’ of giving Nazir a digital Quran, fitted with chips to track his movements. Nazir was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month.—AFP Photo

PESHAWAR: Militants on Wednesday dumped the mutilated body of a purported Afghan spy accused of collaborating on US drone strikes that killed prominent warlord Mullah Nazir in South Waziristan this month, officials said.

The body of the man identified as Asmatullah Kharoti was found in Wana, the main town of the South Waziristan tribal district, which borders Afghanistan.

Local officials said he had been shot dead and there were wounds on his neck.

Two notes on the body ordered the remains to be left on the roadside until 10:00 am “so that everyone could see the fate of spies”, and the second accusing him of being a spy and being responsible for US drone attacks.

“He is a spy and was giving information to US and Isaf forces in Afghanistan about our activities,” a local official quoted the note as saying.

“He is responsible for the killing of five of our senior members, including Mullah Nazir, in drone attacks. He confessed that he installed chips in digital Qurans,” the note added.

Nazir was killed in a US drone strike on Jan 2. He was the main militant commander in South Waziristan and was known to be ‘pro-Pakistan’, focusing his attacks across the border to fight US, Nato and Afghan government troops in Afghanistan, and was accused of sheltering Al Qaeda.

He was one of the most high-profile victims of US drone strikes in Pakistan, which Islamabad publicly criticises as a violation of sovereignty but which US officials believe are a vital weapon in the war against extremists.

Two militants from Nazir’s group who spoke to AFP accused Kharoti of giving Nazir a digital Quran, fitted with chips to track his movements, during a meeting at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.

“He presented Nazir and others digital Qurans as a gift which were fitted with chips which help US drones strike their targets,” one of the militants said.

“When Mullah Nazir was returning, US drones fired missiles at him in a Pakistani area,” he said.

Everybody Plans A Trip To Kashmir

[This is the real threat, that the Punjabi Taliban would join with LeT, to become a force to reckon with in Kashmir.  Such a force might easily move beyond Kashmir, given time.  

The fact that this announcement came from Taliban No. 2,  Waliur Rehman and not the Numero Uno, Hakeemullah might seem to reinforce the often-heard idea of a split within the Pakistani Taliban, a struggle for dominance between Hakeemullah and Rehman.  Adding fuel to that suspicion was a TTP video tape and pamphlet from Mehsud which was released a few days earlier in North Waziristan, renouncing the use of violence against Pakistani troops, even while some of them were detonating bombs and killing 14 Pakistani soldiers near Razmak Cadet College.  It is easy to believe that there is an ongoing leadership feud within the TTP (no matter which intelligence agency they work for), with one side friendlier to the Pak Army than the other.  A split in the Pakistani Taliban would also reflect a split between the consortium of intelligence agencies which feed the anti-Pakistan terrorist outfits, like the TTP and the BLA (Baloch Liberation Army).  If there was such a feud  it would seem to be to the Army’s advantage to exploit their differences, instead of simply pounding them from the air after these harsh attacks.  The barbarity of some of the TTP attacks (like the one from the video below) is so extreme that most governments might find it impossible to negotiate with such monsters afterwards, but not Pakistan.  

Pakistan has uses for the kinds of services that monsters like this can provide.  Some monster recently stole a man’s head in Kashmir.  That makes it sound like Waliur Rehman’s head-hunters are already at work there.  The next question will be whether the head-chopping monsters in Kashmir are there at the Army’s invitation, or could they possibly do this on their own?  In this propaganda war we fight along the Durand Line, it is all about fighting monsters, monsters that we blame on Pakistan, taking no responsibility for them ourselves, even though they fight for us daily in Syria and elsewhere.

The purpose of the monsters that we create then unleash upon the unsuspecting people of the world is to terrorize the innocent into believing what we want them to believe.]

Taliban vows to unleash jihad in Kashmir, implement Sharia

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Top Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Wali Ur Rehman, in a rare video appearance, has pledged to send fighters to Kashmir and wage a struggle for the implementation of Sharia rule in India.

The United States had earlier announced a $5 million reward against Wali Ur Rehman for his involvement in the murder of seven Central Intelligence Agency officials in Afghanistan in December 2009.

Rehman, along with the TTP chief Hamikullah Mehsud, is believed to have said this in a rare video:

“The practical struggle for a Sharia system that we are carrying out in Pakistan, the same way we will continue it in Kashmir, and the same way we will implement the Sharia system in India too. And this is the only solution for people’s problems,” said Rehman, according to the translation provided by the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of Middle East Media Research Institute, a Washington-based think tank.

The video in Pashtu, with Urdu subtitles, has been produced by Umar Media, the broadcasting arm of the TTP.

The video is titled The False Propaganda of the Dajjali Media Revealed. It was released to internet on January 6.

According to MEMRI, TTP’s official spokesman Ehsanullah Ihsan can also be seen in the video, which devotes a section on Kashmir.

Claiming that the Jihad launched by the Pakistani government inside Kashmir has failed to yield the desired result, the TTP says that it will launch its own jihad in the valley and talks about sending its own jihadi forces there.

“Allah willing, the mujahedeen of Tehreek-e-Taliban will arrive in Kashmir and as per the Islamic Sharia will help the Kashmiris get their rights. As our ancestors sacrificed their lives for Kashmir and got Kashmir liberated by force (in 1947-48), the same way their progenies, walking in the footsteps of their forefathers, will get Kashmir liberated (from India), and will help them get their rights,” Rehman said.

“That registered (government-sponsored) jihad that Pakistan had begun cannot liberate Kashmir, and even if it were to be liberated, it will be for name only, but the system will not change (in favour of Islamic Sharia rule) and their fate will not be changed, and if it were to change, only Sharia system will change it. And it is our promise to those people (in Kashmir), that we will share their grief,” the propaganda says as per the translation provided by MEMRI.

“Insofar as Pakistan’s dirty policy (on Kashmir) is concerned, as per which Kashmiris have been ruined and destroyed under the pretext of Kashmir policy, their everything has been destroyed, we strongly condemn this policy too as much as we do India’s atrocities,” said Rehman.

Tufail Ahmed from MEMRI — a Washington-based expert who keeps a tab on the terrorist outfits of the region — said that this should not be dismissed as a propaganda video.

“Basically, it is a formal articulation of viewpoint by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on key major issues, for example jihadi activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Arab Spring. The timing of the video is important for three reasons: First, it was released on the eve of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington DC. And the TTP commanders do reveal how they look forward to the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2014, hoping that Taliban leader Mullah Omar will hold some kind of power after 2014 and his policies will also be followed by the TTP. Importantly, Mehsud clarifies that Mullah Muhammad Omar is not merely the emir of Pakistani Taliban and Afghan Taliban, but also of Al Qaeda worldwide,” he said.

Secondly, the video is aimed at quashing rumors about a conflict among top TTP commanders, with Maulana Waliur Rehman and Maulana Fazlullah seeking to dislodge Hakimullah Mehsud from the position of TTP emir, he said.

“One thing that must worry international intelligence agencies, especially the US, is TTP Emir Hakimullah Mehsud’s statement in this video that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is an international organisation,” he said.

“This is totally unprecedented, though in the past his predecessor Baitullah Mehsud has expressed similar visions; but now it simply means that the Taliban leadership is broadening its horizons internationally, which may be due to the US withdrawal of forces by 2014 and the emerging vacuum,” Ahmed said.

“Significantly, in the video, Mehsud offers to support jihadi fighters in Arab countries. India also needs to worry because this might be the first time that the TTP is expressing a detailed diversification of jihadi battlefield to include Kashmir and the wider India,” Ahmed said.

According to the US State Department, Wali Ur Rehman is the second in command and chief military strategist of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. He commands TTP members in South Waziristan.

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The Dishonest Brit Press Reports That Hakeemullah Stops Targeting Pak Army, While TTP Bomb Kills 14 Soldiers

[Ignoring the lying British press for a moment, we can see from the latest video screenshot below that Hakeemullah is starting to suffer from the same health problems that are associated with his pampered lifestyle.  Sitting around, overeating, while his henchmen spread murder and crime over Pakistan, Mehsud is starting to look like his fat diabetic predecessor, Baitullah, or his fat one-legged predecessor, Abdullah Mehsud, who was also diabetic.  That lying, fat little bastard, Hakeemullah, probably did agree with orders from British handlers to make this tape, claiming that he would stop targeting Pakistani troops and start attacking Americans in Afghanistan.  The TTP was no doubt hoping to blame new attacks in N. Waziristan, like today’s murder of 14 in Razmak,  upon Haqqani.  This is  just another step in the Army’s rebranding of the Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan, trying to rehabilitate their image before trying to pass them off as a new “Islamist” political party in the new Pakistani AfPak Taliban reconciliation process (SEE:  Why Start A New Political Party In Pakistan and Name It After Notorious Terrorist Outfit? ).]

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Screenshot from the 45-minute video in Pashto language shows the banned militant outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud sitting alongside his deputy commander Waliur Rehman.—Dawn.com

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban said on Saturday they would cease their occasional attacks on the Pakistani army in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan and concentrate attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan instead – an announcement possibly designed to head off divisions in the insurgency.

The ceasefire does not apply to the rest of the country, where there are often fierce clashes between the Taliban and security services.

Thousands of Pakistani soldiers are stationed in North Waziristan, a tribal region along the Afghan border.

There have been occasional clashes there between the soldiers and Taliban, but a leaflet issued by Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud ordered those to stop. A senior commander confirmed the pamphlet’s veracity.

“O Mujahideen brothers! As you know, the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban under the leadership of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid are engaged in jihad against the crusaders and infidels, and are supporters of each others in the ongoing holy war,” the pamphlet said.

“The enemy does not want to see us united and disciplined against them and are trying to divide us,” it continued.

The Taliban have formed alliances with a number of other militant groups in North Waziristan who are violently opposed to the Pakistani state.

DIVISIONS IN THE INSURGENCY

Some Taliban commanders are divided over whether the Pakistani state or Nato forces are their top target.

Those divisions were laid bare in November by an attempted suicide attack on Mullah Nazir, a top militant commander from the Wazir tribe in South Waziristan. He had signed a peace deal with the Pakistani army but supported attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.

The attack was widely believed to be the work of rival Taliban commanders, and the Wazir tribe ordered Hakimullah Mehsud’s tribe out of their lands.

Mullah Nazir was killed in a drone strike this month and it is unclear if his successor will continue his policies, or what relationship the Wazir tribe will have with the Mehsud tribe.

Pakistani army officials have also told Reuters that there are tensions between Mehsud and his deputy. The two men recently appeared together in a video to deny the allegations.

The decision to halt attacks against the Pakistani army in North Waziristan could signal the Pakistani Taliban’s intention to help the Afghan Taliban fight US-led Nato forces in the neighbouring country, or focus more closely on attacking Western targets inside Pakistan.

Or it could be more specifically aimed at unifying local factions. Mehsud’s statement specifically addressed both foreign fighters and local Taliban.

N Waziristan blast kills 14 security personnel

LANDI KOTAL: A remotely detonated bomb targeting a security forces’ vehicle killed 14 personnel and injured 25 others on Miramshah road in North Waziristan’s Razmak area on Sunday, intelligence sources told Dawn.com.

Military sources confirmed that 14 personnel were killed and 25 others were injured in the attack.

The injured were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar.

In another incident, a clash occurred between militants and Aman Lashkar personnel in Akakhel area of Khyber tribal regions Bara district on Sunday. Two militants were killed in the clash whereas one personnel of the Aman Lashkar was injured, according to local political administration sources.

Moreover, one person was killed in another explosion in Zakakhel market of Khyber tribal region’s Landi Kotal area on Sunday.

Further details were not available till the filing of this report.

Meanwhile, miscreants ransacked a Government Girls school in Jhansi area of Sipah near Khyber tribal regions’ Juma Khan Kallay area and took away furniture and fittings from the premises. The structure of the building remained unharmed in the incident.

Do Indian Govt. Leaders Trust In Their American Counterparts Enough To Risk Nuclear War with Pakistan?

[In the unfolding aggression in Kashmir, which side is the aggressor?  Listening to terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed tell Pakistan’s side in the report below, it is pretty obvious that the militant culture of Pakistan wants to convince us that all of this is a scheme by the “devious” Indians, on behalf of her Imperial American/British sponsors, intended to punish Pakistan.

Risking nuclear war with a significantly more substantial nuclear force is pure insanity and very few Pakistanis think that all Indians are insane enough to risk this.  Pakistan holds a clear nuclear strike superiority over India.  Does Mr. Saeed suggest that the Delhi govt. has such great confidence that the two-faced American govt. will come to India’s rescue that they would risk inviting the consequences over a few square kilometers of Kashmiri ice?  India has been achieving many of its goals in a non-military fashion, managing to dominate the sub-continent, including Pakistan, by pursuing economic growth through development and diplomacy.   Why would India endanger the eventual peaceful domination that it is planned and  its inevitable rewards, for the sake of provoking its own nuclear destruction?

In this, as in all things, Hafiz Saeed speaks with the voice of a lunatic.  Following a lunatic is far worse than following a blind man.  If the people of Pakistan allow this fundamentalist lunatic who fancies himself to be an “Islamic scholar” to deceive the Nation into allowing him to engineer a state of war with India, then they will surely deserve the consequences.  It is no secret that militant Kashmiri leaders have only recently returned from a lobbying trip to Islamabad, on the pretext of seeking help to defend against an anticipated escalation of the “jihad” over Kashmir, after the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.  On that trip the militants of the Hurriyat Conference also met militant/terrorist leaders,  Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin, asking them for their help, in case the Pak Army refuses to help, or has its hands full with the fallout from Afghanistan.  In his meeting with the radical leaders, Gen. Kayani allegedly ruled-out support for any renewed militancy in Kashmir, seemingly absolving the Pak high command of any responsibility for actions later taken by the LeT militants.  But that was the same ploy that was used by Gen. Musharraf to start the last Kargil war, claiming that the first infiltrators that he allowed to cross the LoC were “militants,” even though it was later proven that they were paramilitary commandos.   It was a very effective ruse for a short while, until India began to capture prisoners, who turned-out to be Pakistani soldiers.  These original veterans of Kargil went on afterwards to father some of the most radical sectarian terrorist outfits to come out of Pakistan (Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Taiba, al-Qaeda).

If this latest eruption of militancy lasts long enough, it will probably play-out the same way, as well, meaning that any commando attack upon the Indian side of the Line of Control has to clear the Pakistani defensive line, first.  If the Army does nothing to stop them from crossing their lines, or encourages militants to pass on through, then that is an admission of guilt for such major attacks by “mujahidin”/”ultras”.  An aggression by Pakistani militants is an attack by forces controlled by, if not still sponsored by, the ISI, who contract most, if not all of their work from the CIA.  Think of it this way, an attack upon Indians by Pakistani militants (just like the Mumbai scenario), is an attack upon India by the CIA.]

“The Lashkar-e-Taiba was from the outset clearly a U.S. enterprise.”

Kashmir violence could turn “ugly”: Pakistani Islamist

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ISLAMABAD | Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:15am EST

(Reuters) – The Pakistani Islamist leader accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre said India was trying to destabilize Pakistan and predicted violence in the disputed region of Kashmir could get “ugly”.

“We do not want any force to be used or any military operation for this. But the Indians are opting for the other alternative,” Hafez Saeed told Reutersin a telephone interview on Friday.

Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group which India blames for the rampage in Mumbai, where gunmen killed 166 people over three days. He denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.

Saeed also denied allegations by Indian officials that he had recently visited Kashmir, potentially to incite action against India, just before the recent outbreak of the worst violence in the territory since the nuclear-armed neighbors agreed to a ceasefire nearly a decade ago.

In the third fatal attack in Kashmir this week, a Pakistani soldier was killed on Thursday by “unprovoked” Indian fire, a Pakistan army spokesman said.

He was shot while manning a post in the Battal sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two sides by a heavily fortified border known as the Line of Control (LoC), the spokesman said.

Saeed accused India of trying to disrupt the peace process with Pakistan and dragging its feet on the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

“This is their usual practice. Betraying the international community and destabilizing Pakistan,” said Saeed. “And that’s what they are doing this time.”

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since becoming independent from Britain in 1947, two of them over the Himalayan region of Kashmir. India considers the entire region of snow-capped mountains and fertile valleys an integral part of its territory.

Muslim Pakistan contests that and demands implementation of a 1948 U.N. Security Council resolution for a plebiscite to determine the wishes of the mostly Muslim people of Kashmir.

Relations had shown signs of improving in the past year after souring again in 2008 after the Mumbai bloodshed.

CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN U.S.

“Whenever the peace process starts between the two nations, something comes up from the Indian side to disrupt the process,” said Saeed.

Both governments have expressed anger over the latest Kashmir attacks even as senior officials sought to calm fears that right-wing groups could seize the opportunity to derail years of diplomatic rapprochement.

Tensions over Kashmir are a cause for concern in Washington, which has been pushing for an improvement in ties between the rival nations so that Pakistan can focus on helping the United States promote peace in Afghanistan.

India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to bring Saeed to justice, an issue that has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the two sides since the carnage in Mumbai.

India is furious that Pakistan has not detained Saeed since it handed over evidence against him to Islamabad. Washington has offered a reward of $10 million for information leading to Saeed’s capture.

Pakistan supported militants fighting Indian forces in Kashmir region for years but began to rein them in after the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Critics say Pakistan’s policies have created militant groups that now answer to no one and fuel instability.

Pakistan faces security challenges from an array of militant groups, from organizations capable of attacks on Indian forces in Kashmir to sectarian Sunni militants who bomb minorities such as Shi’ites.

Saeed blamed India for this week’s wave of bombings on Shi’ites in the city of Quetta which killed 82 people.

“Whether it’s ethnic problems, provisional unrest or religious target killings and the Sunni-Shi’ite issue, the entire planning and execution of such attacks have been managed by the Indian intelligence agencies,” he said.

Pakistan summoned India’s High Commissioner over the Kashmir violence, a Pakistani foreign ministry official said, adding that Islamabad had expressed its “concern and frustration”.

Saeed said India was not interested in resolving the Kashmir issue.

“They want to escalate the violence in order to avoid a permanent resolution …,” he said. “This border tension can turn to an ugly situation like a war and we want to avoid it.”

(Reporting by Bushra Taskeen; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Tableeghi Deobandi Center Bombing Proves Wahhabi Terrorists Behind Yesterday’s Series of Explosions

Wiki: “Tablighi Jamaat came forth as an offshoot of the Deobandi movement“.

22 die in Swat Tableeghi centre blast

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Pakistani security personnel inspect a religious seminary after a explosion in the outskirts of Mingora, the main town in the district, on January 10, 2013. — Photo by AFP

MINGORA: At least 22 people were killed and over 70 injured in a blast at a Tableeghi centre in the once militants’ infested district of Swat on Thursday.

The cause of the blast in the basement of the centre on Takhtaband Road, some 5km southwest of Swat’s regional headquarters of Mingora, was not known, a senior official said.

“The cause of the blast is yet to be determined,” Deputy Commissioner Kamran Rehman told Dawn on phone from Saidu Sharif. “We are investigating the incident,” he said.

“It is very cold here and, therefore, there were a large number of people in the basement,” he said.

Hundreds of people turn up for special Thursday night prayers at the Tableeghi markaz.

Security personnel and police cordoned off the area and carried out rescue work. The bodies and the injured were taken to the district headquarters hospital in Saidu Sharif.

The powerful blast shattered windows and doors of the centre’s hall.

A senior doctor said the dead and wounded had signs of having been hit by explosives. “The bodies and the wounded bore signs of having been hit by a bomb. There was a smell of explosives.”

Some bodies and the wounded had cuts caused by shrapnel and ball-bearings used in explosive devices, Casualty Medical Officer Dr Mohammad Iqbal told Dawn on phone.

According to Dr Jamil, in charge of casualty ward, 21 bodies were lying in the hospital’s morgue while the number of injured was around 70.

District Police Officer Gul Afzal Afridi said the explosion had caused a small crater. “Police and army officials are investigating,” he said. “There are signs and indications that an explosive device has been used. There are marks of shrapnel and pallets there,” Mr Afridi said.

DIG Akhtar Hayat said the blast was an act of subversion. Bomb disposal squad personnel are investigating to determine the cause of the blast.

Ibne Ameen, an eyewitness, told this reporter that the blast had taken place when the khateeb asked people to prepare for Maghrib prayers. “As people stood up to go for ablution a huge explosion took place. The people started running here and there. There was sort of a stampede.”

He said over 1,000 local members of the jamat were present at the centre when the blast took place.

Swat, a tourist paradise of green valleys, snow-covered mountains and gushing blue waters, remained under control of militants till the army launched an operation in April 2009 and took control of the district.

Militant leader of the Swati Taliban, Maulana Fazlullah, left Swat and is now believed to be hiding in Afghanistan’s eastern Nooristan province.

Intelligence officials say Maulana Fazlullah and his fighters continue to try to sneak back into their former stronghold.

Massacre In Quetta More Proof That There Is No Justice for Minorities In Pakistan

[Over the years, Pakistan has dealt with Sunni terrorist outfits massacring Shia and other Pakistani minorities by “outlawing” the groups under their original names, only to allow the same individuals to adopt new names and then carry-on with the business of Sectarian slaughter as usual.  Pakistan only bans names of outfits, without taking any police actions against the criminal members of  the terrorist organizations.  The Pak govt., the Frontier Corps. and the Army all know exactly who is behind the many Hazara murders, Lashkar e-Jhangvi, the latest incarnation of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba, yet, LeJ criminals remain free to kill at the next opportunity.  This single fact implicates the Pak Army and FC authorities as co-conspirators in every unprosecuted slaughter of Hazara.  Previous and ongoing ties between the Army/ISI and the Sunni militants who have been waging this sectarian war, mostly against Shia “KAFIR” (infidels), helps to prove the case of Pakistan’s guilt in acts of genocide against  its own citizens.  If the authorities really wanted to end the terrorist bombings in Shia enclaves, then they would arrest every Sipah or Lashkar member (current or former member), as well as every militant leader such as Hafiz Saeed or Syed Salauddin, and begin filling prisons and “death rows” with the evil men who masquerade as religious “authorities,” who are behind this slaughter.  The next step would be to put an end to the Saudi-financed war upon Shiites by closing all Saudi/Arab-funded madrassas and religious institutions.  Without these steps, the unchecked stream of Wahhabi terrorism will help Pakistan to destroy itself with its own self-hatred within a couple of years, at most.]

Massacre in Quetta provides damning indictment of authorities: HRW

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Pakistani police officers and local residents gather on January 10, 2013at the site of a bomb blast that targeted paramilitary soldiers in a commercial area in Quetta, Pakistan. A series of bombings in different parts of Pakistan killed 115 people on Thursday in one of the deadliest days in the country in recent years. — Photo by AP

NEW YORK: The Pakistani government’s persistent failure to protect the minority Shia Muslim community in Pakistan from sectarian attacks by Sunni militant groups, is reprehensible and amounts to complicity in the barbaric slaughter of Pakistani citizens, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The government should immediately hold accountable those responsible for ordering and participating in deadly attacks targeting the Shia across Pakistan and particularly the Hazara Shia in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

On January 10, at least 4 bomb attacks took place in Quetta killing over 93 and injuring well over 150 people. Those killed included at least 8 police personnel and one journalist.

“2012 was the bloodiest year for Pakistan’s Shia community in living memory and if this latest attack is any indication, 2013 has started on an even more dismal note,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director at Human Rights Watch. “As Shia community members continue to be slaughtered in cold blood, the callousness and indifference of authorities offers a damning indictment of the state, its military and security agencies.

While sectarian violence is a longstanding problem in Pakistan, attacks against ordinary Shia have increased dramatically in recent years, Human Rights Watch said. In 2012, well over 400 members of the Shia population were killed in targeted attacks. Over 120 of these were killed in Balochistan province, the vast majority from the Hazara Shia community.

Similar attacks targeting the Shia population have taken place repeatedly over the last year in Balochistan, the port city of Karachi, predominantly Shia populated areas of Gilgit Baltistan in the northern areas, and in Pakistan’s tribal areas, Human Rights Watch said.

Sunni militant groups such as the ostensibly banned Lashkar-e Jhangvi have operated with widespread impunity across Pakistan while law enforcement officials have effectively turned a blind eye on attacks against Shia communities. Some Sunni extremist groups are known to be allies of the Pakistani military, its intelligence agencies, and affiliated paramilitaries, such as the Frontier Corps, Human Rights Watch said.

While authorities claim to have arrested dozens of suspects in attacks against Shia since 2008, only a handful have been charged, and no one has been held accountable for these attacks.

“Pakistan’s tolerance for religious extremists is not just destroying lives and alienating entire communities, it is destroying Pakistani society across the board,” said Hasan. “Sectarian violence won’t end until those responsible are brought to trial and justice.”

Human Rights Watch urged Pakistan’s federal government and relevant provincial governments to make all possible efforts to promptly apprehend and prosecute those responsible for recent attacks and other crimes targeting the Shia population. The government should direct civilian agencies and the military responsible for security to actively protect those facing attack from extremist groups, and to address the growing perception, particularly in Balochistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas, that state authorities look the other way when Shia are attacked. It should increase the number of security personnel in Shia majority areas and enclaves at high risk of attack, particularly the Hazara community in Quetta. The government should also actively investigate allegations of collusion between Sunni militant groups and military intelligence and paramilitary forces and hold accountable personnel found to be involved in criminal acts.

“The Pakistani authorities’ are just indifferent bystanders to slaughter at best or callously supportive of those perpetrating these massacres at worst,” Hasan said. “By their inaction in the face of massacre after massacre and killing after killing, Pakistan’s political leaders, law enforcement agencies, judiciary and military are presiding over a collective failure to address the growing perception that they are either in sympathy with Sunni extremists or utterly incompetent and unable to provide basic security. Either way, this is a crisis that neither Pakistanis nor the world can afford to ignore any more.”

Series of Suicide-Bombers Strike Pakistan, Fatalities 70+ and Rising

[The war on Pakistan returned today with a vengeance.]  

Bomb targeting FC checkpost leaves 12 dead in Quetta

Bystanders are pictured at the site of a bomb explosion in Quetta on Jan 10, 2013.—AFP Photo

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Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb attack in Quetta on January 10, 2013. - Photo by AFP

Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb attack in Quetta on January 10, 2013. – Photo by AFP

QUETTA: Four bomb explosions took place in the provincial capital on late Thurday, leaving at least 70 people dead and 120 others injured, DawnNews reported.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a crowded snooker club, a senior police officer said.

The first suicide bomber detonated his device inside the club, then about 10 minutes later another attacker in a car outside the building blew himself up as police, media workers and rescue teams rushed to the site, a police officer told AFP.

Eight of the dead are reported to be police officials. A cameraman from a private television channel was also killed, along with four Edhi workers.

Two more explosions took place near Airport road, according to reports.

The injured have been rushed to local hospitals and are said to be in critical condition. Police said the bombings disrupted power supplies and plunged the area into darkness.

The Hazara Democratic Party announced three days of mourning in response to the attacks.

Earlier on in the day, 12 people were killed after a blast that took place near Quetta’s Bacha Khan chowk.

QUETTA: At least 12 people, including a child and two security personnel, were killed and 30 others injured in a blast that took place near Quetta’s Bacha Khan chowk on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

The injured included at least four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and the explosion damaged shops and buildings in the densely populated area of the provincial capital.

The United Baloch Army claimed responsibility for the blast.

Women and children were also among the injured.

According to local security officials, the blast occurred when a time bomb went off under a car parked in the area.

“At least 20 to 25 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast,” Bomb Disposal Squad (BSD) officials were quoted as saying by DawnNews.

Most of the dead were selling vegetables and second-hand clothes, police officer Zubair Mehmood said. Three police officers nearby were injured and a child was among the dead, he said.

Police and rescue teams had reached the site of the blast and security forces had cordoned off the area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday’s explosion but Quetta and Balochistan are frequently hit by bomb attacks. — With additional input from Reuters

Pakistan Can Only Survive By Ending the Play-Acting

[SEE:  Putting-Off the Moment of Truth in Pakistan]

Patterns of response

 

COUNTING a few major attacks claimed by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during the last three months in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata delineate three clear tactical patterns. (It must be noted that during the same time Rawalpindi, Quetta, Karachi and other parts of Pakistan were also hit).

Headlines during this period included the finding of the severed heads of a senior police officer and a soldier of the Frontier Constabulary in the Gulshanabad area of Matani in the suburbs of Peshawar.

On Oct 26, gunmen shot dead two members of an anti-Taliban peace committee in Swat valley. About a week later, a local leader of the newly formed Qaumi Watan Party and the head of an anti-Taliban amn lashkar (peace committee) was killed along with four other people in a suicide attack in Buner.

Four days later, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police van in Peshawar’s Qissa Khawani bazaar, killing a senior police officer, two bodyguards and two civilians.

On Dec 19, militant attacks on polio workers in Charsadda, Nowshera and Peshawar (besides Karachi) left several workers, including women, dead. On Dec 22, a suicide attack in Peshawar left senior minister and leader of the Awami National Party, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, and seven others dead.

On Dec 27, hundreds of militants equipped with sophisticated weapons attacked a Levies post in Frontier Region Peshawar, killing two while

22 others were kidnapped; their bullet-ridden bodies were found on Dec 30 in the same area.

As seen in the light of this narration, the terrorists affiliated with the TTP have clear targets. The first target is the police and security forces — in their bid to take control of a state or society, insurgents and terrorists always try to defeat the morale of the security forces. Through a well-coordinated and networked chain of attacks, the TTP has succeeded in inflicting heavy losses on the security forces and the police in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The locations where the attacks took place show that the militant network is entrenched in almost all parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the rest of Pakistan, with a concentration in the suburbs of Peshawar. This means that militant organisations can strike at will. This also shows that the state of Pakistan is vulnerable and too weak to provide security to its own institutions, let alone the people.

The second target are those who are under obligation or have made a commitment to help state institutions. Attacks on the leaders of peace committees in those parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where military operations were earlier successfully carried out indicate that the militant organisations wish to demonstrate that their networks cannot be defeated, no matter how much state force is used.

This also strengthens the discourse of those political parties that claim that any kind of military operation against terrorist networks backfires in all circumstances.

The third target is the people who are publicly expressive of their ideological opposition to the militant organisations. They are a target in order to prove that any voice of dissent can be silenced with impunity. Fascist movements around the globe have always attempted to silence all voices of dissent.

In response to the trajectory of terrorism, there appear to have emerged three patterns of thinking that are discernible in the public and in Pakistan’s policymaking and political circles.

Firstly, there is a pattern of thought that holds that terrorism in Pakistan appeared after the US sent its forces to Afghanistan following the events of 9/11. This way of thinking concludes that all the losses incurred by the security apparatus, the state, society and humanity inside Pakistan — and were inflicted by the TTP and other militant organisations — are morally justified and any use of force against those who unleash terror is morally unjustified. Those with this way of thinking strongly suggest dialogue and reconciliation on the terms of the militant organisations.

This would mean surrendering the constitution of Pakistan and implementing the militant code of life. This would definitely lead Pakistan towards isolation from the modern world. If someone wants a ‘khilafat’ in Afghanistan, why wouldn’t he want it in Pakistan and the whole world?

This way of thinking also ignores the fact that well before 9/11, in 1992, the Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Mohammadi brought Malakand division to a standstill while demanding the Sharia be implemented. The first case of someone being stoned to death took place in Orakzai Agency in 1998.

The second pattern of thinking holds that all terrorism in Pakistan is inflicted by foreign hands, meaning the US, Israel and India, and hence it is impossible to track terrorism and deal with it politically, socio-culturally and militarily. This also implies that Taliban- and Al Qaeda-affiliated organisations are fighting a war of liberation in Afghanistan and a war of revenge in Pakistan; hence, if military action against them is stopped in Pakistan, all terrorism here will vanish.

Thirdly, there is the pattern of thought that suggests that the policies of Pakistan’s security establishment over the past four decades — to use non-state actors for foreign policy objectives, the privatisation of ‘jihad’, the development of militant ideological and military infrastructure across the length and breadth of Pakistan — in addition to the country’s legal and constitutional frameworks and an education system that glorifies war and spreads hatred against other nations and religions, are together responsible for the present reign of terror in Pakistan.

This way of thinking argues that insurgencies and terrorism around the globe have been neutralised through a coordinated policy of using force to tear down the militant command structure, militant networks and supply lines besides using a political mechanism of reintegration and reconciliation, as well as coordinated economic development.

It is now up to the state and society of Pakistan to make a choice.

The writer is a political analyst.

kahdimhussain@hotmail.com

American Foreign Policy Contradictions–Torn Between “Good Al-Qaeda” and “Bad Al-Qaeda”

American Foreign Policy Contradictions–

Torn Between “Good Al-Qaeda” and “Bad Al-Qaeda”

Peter Chamberlin    

“US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said the slimmed-down force would focus on preventing Al-Qaeda… from regaining a foothold in the war-shattered nation.”

When Do We Fight Against Terrorists and When Do We Put Them On the American Payroll?

The hypocritical foreign policy of Barack Obama is identical to that of his two predecessors–Little Moronic Bush and Sleazy Jefferson Clinton.  All three of them have somehow managed to convert Ronald Reagan’s “Mujahedeen” allies (originally called “freedom fighters”) into terrorists, just long enough to jump-start the Pentagon’s brilliant limited world war plan, before Obama converted the Mujahedeen (“al-Qaeda”) back into our allies in Libya and Syria.  The Al-Qaeda Mujahedeen have always worked on the American payroll, even when they were blowing-up our foreign facilities and helping to demolish American landmarks.  Now that we are back to the point where the two-headed al-Qaeda coin is once again flipped, to remind Americans of the phony excuse of “keeping al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan” and American troops in Afghanistan–The latest incarnation of “Why we fight,” according to Mr. Panetta.

The Pentagon and their minions in Hollywood have been producing similar films offering their version of  reality since WWII.  Now that computers have given them the capability to create simulations of their version of reality, they have their best liars hard at work simulating a very real World War III.  Their ultimate intention is to use this world war simulation as their vehicle to carry an all too real world war into the lives of the people of the world, beginning in 2013.   That is the key to understanding the contradictions, the hypocrisy and the deception–mixing staged productions with real events.  The mass-media makes it all possible, without them, there would be only reality, a reality that would be impossible for anyone to deny.

We have reached the point of contradiction in the grand psyop, where the majority of people will no longer be able to “suspend disbelief,” the key element of every good Hollywood production.  America’s “global war on terrorism” works on the same principles as every previous Hollywood extravaganza–in order for the plot to work, the viewer must first agree to the terms of  a symbolic contract between movie-goer and movie-maker.  In this instance, we are talking about the “suspension of disbelief” clause in the social/entertainment contract.  Every movie-watcher must abide by this guiding concept, to agree from the start, to watch the movie with an uncritical eye, saving any criticisms about plot deficiencies until the end of the movie, or at least until the true story has been revealed.

This is the point we have reached in the Hollywood/Pentagon production (PsyOp), where the true plot has been revealed to those of us with the power or the desire to see the truth in the American terror war, a point which would normally come towards the end of the production.  Since we are being sucked into a permanent state of limited world war, the rules of movie etiquette no longer apply to us.  Those of us who can see are free to openly rip into the cheesy plot that has been thrust upon us.

We are locked in a terror war, even though we are now openly allied with the very same “al-Qaeda” terrorists whom we have allegedly have allegedly been fighting against since the beginning of Bush’s terror war.  Barack Obama is were clearly using terrorists as the central element of his foreign policy.  He has been using them as a proxy force of paid mercenaries in Libya and Syria, just as he has been using the  the “al-Qaeda-linked”  Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pakistan’s Tribal Region.  Hakeemullah Mehsud’s TTP own the “al-Qaeda” franchise in Pakistan even though they are working for Obama, as they originally killed Pakistanis for Little Bush.  Before we contracted these “al-Qaeda” terrorists in Pakistan, Bush and Cheney had contracted a different branch of “al-Qaeda” to kill American servicemen in Iraq.  Bush had needed them to prolong the Iraq war for him after the initial quick victory.  Now Obama needs them to perform the same service in Pakistan and Afghanistan, helping him to prolong the war there into the indefinite future.  Whenever American foreign policy relies upon a hardcore force of “Islamist” militants to fight for us, either as “freedom fighters,” or against us as “terrorists,” then the inherent contradiction is revealed.  This is the turning point, where the audience begins to “look behind the curtain.”

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This is the point of contradiction which now confronts us, the point where all government bullshit breaks-down.  This is the time for us to either hold the hypocritical contradictions high over our heads and turn them to our advantage, or to surrender our country to the Fascists and the closet Communists who have conspired to bring us to this point of ruin?  Another American revolution surely beats another American civil war, any day.

Without Obama’s hypocritical deceit, there would be no reason for any American troops to stay in Afghanistan.  Without President Obama’s use of terrorism within Iran and Lebanon ( in blind submission to the Fascist Israelis), then there would be no excuse for any anti-Iranian or anti-Hezbollah sanctions.  If it were not for American contracts with terrorists and mercenaries all over the world, then there would be no valid reason to wage any war anywhere.

“We the People of the United States” have a sacred duty to posterity and to the entire human race to put an end to the evil reign of the terrorist Barack Obama.  Anything less will not do.  It is high time that we all recognize the farce that we have all been living, thinking that it was all beyond our control.  We have to carry-out just one more “regime change,” this one has to take place in Washington, D.C.

Revolution is mandatory.  We will not follow a terrorist government any longer.

Take it to the streets.

peter.chamberlin@hotmail.com

 

Saudis Have Purchased the American Government and Victory for the Global “Caliphate” of Radical Islam

[Saudi trillions have taken over American Govt. and bribed the world into accepting victory for “al-Qaeda,” the international Islamist terrorist organization.  Saudi Arabia has been transplanting this Taliban form of government all over the world, beginning with our export of their Wahhabi disciples to Afghanistan and Pakistan, beginning in late 87.  We called these early “al-Qaeda” “freedom-fighters” and later-on, “mujahedeen.”  We screamed bloody murder whenever 17 “al-Qaeda” terrorists helped to destroy famous American landmarks, while disavowing our own intimate connections to Al-Q.  Bin Laden worked for us until he died from American-inflicted wounds in an Afghan cave in 2001.  Ilyas Kashmiri, Hakeemullah Mehsud, Mullah Dadullah, were all American employees–yet we have used everyone of them as an excuse to send Pentagon death machines to kill even more civilian children.  

Pakistan’s government has sold the Pakistani people into lifetime bondage to America and the Saudis, not to mention that “Fat Pig of Qatar”!  Worst of all, the world’s only Democratic Islamic Republic has become a willing pawn in the hand of Shaitan himself.  You have fully given yourselves over unto the dark side, to work in opposition to the will of Allah Himself, if you accept the big Saudi bribes.  You invoke the Prophet and Bless His Name everyday, yet you have allowed your government to sell your souls into servitude to the evil posers who claim to be the Guardians of the Holy Places, although they have helped to subject all of the Muslim Ummah into a submissive state in the mold of a subjugated Bahrain, or Palestine.  

The Saudis have played their fat hands very well, lying constantly, betting extravagantly, bribing the opposition out of their underpants.  It is Saudi bribery that is winning the global war for the terrorists.  Militant, radical, murderous “Islamists” (Wahhabis) stand ready to win the war of terror because of Arab petrodollars, even though we will claim “victory” along with them, after having waged bloody war for twelve years, in the name of eliminating all “al-Qaeda.”  We have destroyed a succession of Muslim countries with guided missiles and heavy bombers, killing in excess of two million Muslims (most of them innocent), on the excuse that we were hunting “al-Qaeda,” even though Al-Q worked under contract for the American and Saudi governments.  

Pakistan, admittedly, owes a very large debt to the Saudis.  It was Saudi money which financed the building of the very first “Islamic nuclear bomb.”  It was Saudi money which finances nearly all of the Pakistani madrassa school system–the only school available to most of the young Pashtun boys.  Yet, if Pakistan contracts the next phase of Saudi/American foreign policy and continues to provide foot-soldiers and “private contractors” for the staging of World War III, then Pakistan will perish in the ashes left in its own wake.  How Pakistan goes, will determine how much of the Earth will go, along with it.  Your country may be about to become history, if it accepts all the Saudi/Qatari/American gold held-out before it.  If the forces of “Democracy” were ever really going to stand-up for Pakistan, this would surely be the time to do it.]

The Saudis return to Afghanistan

By M K Bhadrakumar

The visit of Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to Saudi Arabia comes at a defining moment in regional security. The two countries are renewing their brotherly bonds as they embark on a new journey of partnership and alliance.

The Indian pundits were whistling in the dark when they fancied not too long ago that Delhi, with able help from Washington, has hijacked the Saudi regime away from the Pakistani embrace. Some even fancied a US-Indian-Saudi regional security alliance in the making!

But the ground realities are that Afghanistan is once again becoming a common Saudi-Pakistani enterprise, as in the Taliban era in the 1990s.
The underpinnings of the Saudi-Pakistani partnership in the Hindu Kush are strikingly the same as twenty years ago — injecting Islamism as the leitmotif of politics in Afghanistan; envisaging the role of an Islamist regime in Kabul in regional politics; using Salafism to threaten Shi’ite Iran and so on.
Clearly, this latest Saudi-Pakistani enterprise enjoys American backing. But it has a raison d’etre of its own. The point is, a wide-ranging Saudi-Pakistani regional partnership is surfacing. Pakistani ‘volunteers’ are reportedly fighting in Syria at present.
They enjoy Saudi-Qatari funding and military assistance and are the foot soldiers of the campaign for ‘regime change’ in Damascus, which the US and its Arab allies expound.
Besides, in deference to Saudi wishes, Pakistan has rolled back its recent years’ dalliance with Iran and mothballed the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project despite Tehran’s extravagant offer to finance construction work on the Pakistani side. President Asif Zardari abruptly cancelled a scheduled visit to Tehran.
Pakistan is quietly dumping its ‘Iran connection’ and extracting reciprocal benefits out of Saudi Arabia. Khar met with the Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz who is also the deputy prime minister and defence minister. The two countries decided to ‘institutionalize’ their strategic ties. Now, what it implies will bear watch.
From the Saudi viewpoint, Afghanistan becomes a highly crucial theatre in its strategy to ‘contain’ Iran. The US military bases in Afghanistan have been used as training camps for the Jundullah group, which undertook terrorist strikes in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province. The latest Iranian reports suggest that the camps in the US bases in Afghanistan are also training the Mujahideen-e-Khalq terrorists.
In the recent past, Tehran got some degree of cooperation from Pakistan in preventing the Jundullah’s cross-border strikes from the Baluchistan province. There will be growing unease in Tehran that the graph of Saudi influence on the Pakistani security agencies could be rising in the coming period.
The Saudis are obsessed with Iran’s rise as regional power and will try to counter Tehran’s surge, no matter what it takes. Islamabad’s partnership can be a potential game changer in the Saudi game plan vis-a-vis Iran. In turn, Saudis will be wiling to bankroll Pakistan.
The curious part is that the US is assembling virtually the same cabal of states in the Hindu Kush which are acting as its proxies and sidekicks currently in the upheaval in the Middle East — Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Pakistan’s gravitation toward this ‘axis’ of Sunni Muslim states as a hireling will have far-reaching implications for regional security — Pakistan being the biggest Sunni Muslim country on the planet.
The politics of 2013 in the Greater Middle East will significantly devolve upon the Sunni-Shia sectarian rivalry, because, from the US and Saudi perspective, it is a tactically useful (and necessary) digression away from the core issues of that region’s politics such as democratization and reform, Israel_Arab relations, Palestinian problem, etc.
Indeed, Pakistan will do well to stay clear of the US-Saudi regional agenda, given the history of sectarian rivalries within Pakistan itself — and the near-certainty that the Saudi attempt to impose Salafism as the state ideology in Afghanistan will be resisted by the Hazara Shi’ites and many regional countries.
Of course, the secretary-general of Iran’s National Security Council Saeed Jalili, who is a key figure in the foreign-policy establishment in Tehran, is on a visit to New Delhi at the invitation of NSA, Shivshankar Menon.
Alas, foresight is very often in short supply in the Pakistani policies and in this case, the Pakistani elites will find it all but irresistible to stay away from the honey pots that Washington and Riyadh hold in front of them. As the Americans would put it, ‘Have gun — will travel’.

 

America’s Sunni Islamists Mark Christians and Charity Workers for Violent Death

Syrian rebels ‘beheaded Christian and fed him to dogs’

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  • BY:MATTHEW CAMPBELL 
  • From:The Times

HE HAD just got married and his wife was about to give birth but this did not save Andrei Arbashe, a young Christian, from a horrific fate at the hands of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime earlier this month.

“They beheaded him, cut him into pieces and fed him to the dogs,” said Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, mother superior of the Monastery of St James the Mutilated between Damascus and Homs.

Killing Charity Workers and Women in the Name of Jihad in Pakistan.

By Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker

The stark reality of the New Year is that Islamists will continue to kill in the name of Allah in many nations just like usual. In Syria radical Islamists are killing minorities and mainstream Sunni Muslims, who don’t follow their creed of hatred. Meanwhile in Pakistan it is open season against killing charity workers, health workers and burning people alive who allegedly blaspheme against the prophet of Islam.

Pakistan and other nations including America, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia supported Islamists against communist Afghanistan in the 1980s and early 1990s. The consequences of this are still reverberating today. However, the so-called elites in the above named nations have literally “gotten away with mass murder and chaos.”

More alarming, the same destabilization processes which were used against Afghanistan by supporting international jihadist networks in the 1980s and early 1990s is now being used against Syria. This means that mainstream Sunni Muslim clerics are being killed in Syria by international jihadists and indoctrinated Islamists at home. Therefore, the same forces which enabled September 11 to take place are once more involved in supporting radical Sunni Islamism in the Levant.

Of course nations like America, France and the United Kingdom are trying to cover their collective tracks. Yet their collective cover is blown because these nations are not putting pressure on Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to stop funneling resources, military hardware and creating many terrorist rat-lines in order to enter Syria. On the contrary, the usual players are delegating many intricate webs in order to destabilize Syria and clearly they all know that Islamists are filling the vacuum.

However, the massacre of charity workers by Islamists in Pakistan is a stark reminder that once the “Islamist genie is out,” then it is difficult to put it back in its bottle. Of the seven charity workers that were killed in Pakistan it is known that 6 were women. If Syria is anything to go by then the same Islamists will have probably been chanting “God is great” before killing women in cold blood – and the same applies to the death of the male charity worker. After all, in the world of “year zero Islamists” then killing in the name of Allah is all that matters irrespective if they are killing Muslims or non-Muslims. All that matters to these Islamists is death and destruction.

Prior to nations supporting international Islamists in Afghanistan in the 1980s and early 1990s, then the indoctrination of Salafi Islam and other radical conservative versions which hate diversity were on the back-foot. However, once the leaders of America, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and other Gulf states supported Islamic jihadist movements then a barbaric reality entered the vacuum. The consequences of this are still reverberating today and this applies to endless massacres against Shia Muslims in Pakistan, persecution of non-Muslims, enormous discrimination against Ahmadiyya Muslims, attacking teachers who want to educate women and a host of other barbaric realities.

In Syria you have daily terrorist attacks and the secular nature of this nation is under threat. If things reach the same climax then this nation is going to be damaged for decades to come and sectarianism and Islamist indoctrination will turn the clock back. Yet many of the same nations which have created countless vacuums in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and created blow-back in Pakistan and of course enabled September 11 to take place; appear to care little because they are now involved in supporting sectarianism, terrorism and sedition against secular Syria. Also, for other nations like Mali and India then they have been victims of the terrorist networks which have been unleashed in the past by the axis of America, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and other nations already mentioned.

The murder of the latest charity workers in Pakistan alongside the image of a Syrian soldier being beheaded while Islamists encouraged a child to hack at his head – highlights the pure brutality and hatred of these religious fanatics. Yet for too long many nations have worked collectively with the same Islamist networks when the time suited. This is the case once more in Syria therefore the deaths of these charity workers in Pakistan can be traced back to the same nations which supported international jihadists in the 1980s and 1990s. Likewise, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and several Gulf states have enabled Islamist indoctrination to spread far and wide. Meanwhile so-called democratic nations in the West are allowing the petro-dollars of Saudi Arabia and several Gulf states to indoctrinate in Western nations.

Several weeks ago health workers were killed by Islamists in Pakistan. It was stated in an article by Modern Tokyo Times that “Given this reality, then the criminal act in killing health workers on the grounds of jihad, sums up the warped logic of a religious movement which is intent on crushing all alternative thought patterns. In a world based on logic, then these health workers would be praised for dedicating their lives for the good of humanity. Yet logic within the mindset of Islamic jihadists is not only thin on the ground but it is equally neo-primitive to an extreme.”

“However, if we turn the clock back to the early 1980s then nations like America, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom supported radical Sunni Islamists against communist Afghanistan. This meant that special operatives from within the CIA representing America and the ISI from Pakistan, and other operatives from nations like the United Kingdom, enabled international Islamists to get a foothold in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The upshot of all this is that a nightmare was created and today the world is witnessing this ongoing nightmare.”

Today another innocent seven people were killed by Islamists on the grounds that they were going to teach women and to help people who badly need support. These individuals in normal societies would be praised but in parts of Pakistan they are hated by Islamists. Yet when democratic nations condemn this attack, then the nations supporting the destabilization of Syria should take a good look in the mirror. After all, in Syria the same Islamist forces are encroaching on the “Muslim light of the Levant.” If Islamists win then indigenous Islam, Christianity and the Druze faith will all face a very bleak future in Syria. After all, Islamists care little about civilization and different thought patterns – instead they want a “year zero Islamist Islam” based on supremacy and hatred. Therefore, why are major Western nations in cohorts with nations like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states – and why don’t they ever learn?

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Nine ‘Pakistani Taliban fighters’ found dead in North Waziristan: officials

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A spokesman for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said all nine dead were Taliban fighters.—File Photo

MIRANSHAH: Bullet-ridden bodies of nine ‘Pakistani Taliban fighters’ were found on Monday dumped in the northwestern tribal North Waziristan region near the Afghan border, officials said.

The bodies were found on the side of the road in Peer Kaley village in North Waziristan, a stronghold of militant groups, 10 kilometres east of the district’s main town of Miranshah.

“Unidentified people threw away these nine bodies. No one knows who killed them,” a security official based in Miranshah told AFP.

Local residents confirmed that the bodies had been discovered and a second security official in Miranshah said the identity of the dead was yet not known.

But Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told AFP that all nine were Taliban fighters and accused government security forces of killing them.

“We are proud of their martyrdom, soon we will take revenge for this killing,” he told AFP from an undisclosed location.

Officials on Sunday said they had found the bodies of 21 Levies soldiers who had been kidnapped by militants near the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Pakistan’s seven northwestern tribal districts are rife with homegrown insurgents and are said to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

Security officials said fighter jets on Monday bombed the Tirah valley in Khyber, another tribal district, killing at least eight militants.

Islamabad says more than 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism in the country since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Peace Talks With Shaitan? Pakistani Taliban Continue Their Murder Rampage–21 Soldiers, 20 Shiites Killed Overnight

Pakistan militants kill 41 in mass execution, attack on Shi’ites

A badly injured Pakistani paramilitary soldier, who survived a shooting by Taliban militants, receives treatment at a hospital in Peshawar December 30, 2012. REUTERS-Fayaz Aziz
A badly injured Pakistani paramilitary soldier, who survived a shooting by Taliban militants, receives treatment at a hospital in Peshawar December 30, 2012. REUTERS-Fayaz Aziz
The lone survivor of the attack

By Jibran Ahmad

PESHWAR, Pakistan

(Reuters) – Pakistani militants, who have escalated attacks in recent weeks, killed at least 41 people in two separate incidents, officials said on Sunday, challenging assertions that military offensives have broken the back of hardline Islamist groups.

The United States has long pressured nuclear-armed ally Pakistan to crack down harder on both homegrown militants groups such as the Taliban and others which are based on its soil and attack Western forces in Afghanistan.

In the north, 21 men working for a government-backed paramilitary force were executed overnight after they were kidnapped last week, a provincial official said.

Twenty Shi’ite pilgrims died and 24 were wounded, meanwhile, when a car bomb targeted their bus convoy as it headed toward the Iranian border in the southwest, a doctor said.

New York-based Human Rights Watch has noted more than 320 Shias killed this year in Pakistan and said attacks were on the rise. It said the government’s failure to catch or prosecute attackers suggested it was “indifferent” to the killings.

Pakistan, seen as critical to U.S. efforts to stabilize the region before NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, denies allegations that it supports militant groups like the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network.

Afghan officials say Pakistan seems more genuine than ever about promoting peace in Afghanistan.

At home, it faces a variety of highly lethal militant groups that carry out suicide bombings, attack police and military facilities and launch sectarian attacks like the one on the bus in the southwest.

Witnesses said a blast targeted their three buses as they were overtaking a car about 60 km (35 miles) west of Quetta, capital of sparsely populated Baluchistan province.

“The bus next to us caught on fire immediately,” said pilgrim Hussein Ali, 60. “We tried to save our companions, but were driven back by the intensity of the heat.”

Twenty people had been killed and 24 wounded, said an official at Mastung district hospital.

CONCERN OVER EXTREMIST SUNNI GROUPS

International attention has focused on al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban.

But Pakistani intelligence officials say extremist Sunni groups, lead by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) are emerging as a major destabilizing force in a campaign designed to topple the government.

Their strategy now, the officials say, is to carry out attacks on Shi’ites to create the kind of sectarian tensions that pushed countries like Iraq to the brink of civil war.

As elections scheduled for next year approach, Pakistanis will be asking what sort of progress their leaders have made in the fight against militancy and a host of other issues, such as poverty, official corruption and chronic power cuts.

Pakistan’s Taliban have carried out a series of recent bold attacks, as military officials point to what they say is a power struggle in the group’s leadership revolving around whether it should ease attacks on the Pakistani state and join groups fighting U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan.

The Taliban denies a rift exists among its leaders.

In the attack in the northwest, officials said they had found the bodies of 21 men kidnapped from their checkpoints outside the provincial capital of Peshawar on Thursday. The men were executed one by one.

“They were tied up and blindfolded,” Naveed Anwar, a senior administration official, said by telephone.

“They were lined up and shot in the head,” said Habibullah Arif, another local official, also by telephone.

One man was shot and seriously wounded but survived, the officials said. He was in critical condition and being treated at a local hospital. Another had escaped before the shootings.

Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“We killed all the kidnapped men after a council of senior clerics gave a verdict for their execution. We didn’t make any demand for their release because we don’t spare any prisoners who are caught during fighting,” he said.

The powerful military has clawed back territory from the Taliban, but the kidnap and executions underline the insurgents’ ability to mount high-profile, deadly attacks in major cities.

This month, suicide bombers attacked Peshawar’s airport on December 15 and a bomb killed a senior Pashtun nationalist politician and eight other people at a rally on December 22.

(Additional reporting by Saud Mehsud in DERA ISMAIL KHAN and Gul Yousufzai in QUETTA; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Michael Georgy and Ron Popeski)