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Hands on description by Militant across the border

Posted by :) on April 26, 2009

Srinagar, Apr 25 (ANI):

Syed Moinullah Khan, a Pakistan-based militant who was arrested by the Indian Army, disclosed that militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir have no links with the Taliban.

“People of Taliban are in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They don’t come to this side. Each outfit a has separate training centre of their own. Nobody belongs to Taliban in this, they have their own training centre and setup and those organisations, which work in Kashmir have their own setup. These setups in Kashmir have nothing to do with the Taliban and they don’t work along with the Taliban,” Syed claimed.yed, Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, was brought before the media for the first time on Saturday.

Shah confessed how he received imparted intense training before infiltrating into India from the Gurez Sector along with 30 others.

“I was trained in a jungle in a place called Mansehra in Jammu and Kashmir. There is a place named Sunar in the border area of Kashmir and we entered via that route. In totality there were people belonging to four terrorist organisations, who infiltrated Kashmir, including Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and PPR,” Shah said.

When asked about the motive behind him becoming a terrorist, Syed said, “Kashmiris come to Pakistan and claim that they are being illtreated, they are not given passports, the Indian Army has captured their houses and that they are misrespected. So they tell us to come along with weapons and we come here in the name of jihad. This is my motive behind becoming a terrorist.”

However, he added that on arriving he saw there was no kind of disrespect towards Muslims.

“On arriving here, I realised that people are involved in their own work and I did not see any kind of restrictions in the lives of Kashmiris. Everyone is living their lives in full freedom and is doing their own work. There is no need of jihad as such over here,” Shah said.

Shah informed there was not a set target or mission for any outfit.

“There was not set target or mission given to us. We were just sent to attack. It depends from the commanders as to where they send us and for what; we have no say in it. We have three types of training. One is for 21 days, one is for 30 days and the third one lasts for 3 months.”

Syed also informed that he had met the Hizbul Mujhahideen commander.

“The commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, who came to Gurez Sector, to talk about jihad, from that time onwards I, wanted to get into this. I met that person and took the address of the training centre and landed myself there. The one who becomes a commander is the person who spends almost 4-5 years in the area,” Syed added. (ANI)

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REIGN OF TERROR : Taliban stop troops from entering Swat

Posted by :) on April 26, 2009

Convoy Withdraws From Qambar, Averting Any Clash

Islamabad: Taliban fighters on Saturday prevented a convoy of security forces from entering their stronghold in the northwestern Swat valley, a day after the Pakistan Army chief pledged to eliminate militants who challenge the writ of the state.
A convoy of seven army trucks was stopped by armed Taliban militants at Qambar, a small town near Mingora, the main city in Swat valley, witnesses and Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said.
Witnesses said the convoy withdrew from Qambar after the Taliban forced the troops to go back, averting any clash. There was no official reaction to the Taliban preventing the convoy from entering Swat. Sources said local authorities were consulting Taliban leaders to convince them to allow the convoy to move into the area.
The Taliban action could lead to a worsening in the situation as army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani announced on Friday that his force is “determined to root out the menace of terrorism” and “would not allow the militants to dictate terms to the government or impose their way of life on the civil society”.
Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan told reporters that the deployment of additional troops in Swat is against a peace deal signed in February to introduce Islamic laws in Malakand division, which
includes Swat.
Khan said the militants could not allow the troops to be deployed in Swat after the peace agreement. Official sources, however, said the agreement allowed the free movement of security forces.
The Taliban and security forces declared separate ceasefires after the peace deal but militants continue to occupy many parts of Swat, local residents said. Prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday that his government could review the peace deal in Swat if the Taliban did not stop interfering in the administration’s affairs.
Interior ministry chief Rehman Malik has also warned the Taliban to vacate all villages in Swat. However, local residents said the Taliban now control over 80 per cent of Swat,which
was a popular tourist destination till about two years ago, and patrolling all the key roads in the valley.
They said the Taliban had also set up their own courts despite the agreement that envisages the constitution of Qazi or Islamic courts in Swat. Hundreds of Taliban from Swat who entered Buner district, some 100 km from Islamabad, have withdrawn from the area in the wake of threats of action by the security forces.
Police laxity caused Lahore attack
Lahore: A judicial tribunal that probed last month’s terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team here has concluded that it was caused by “laxity” among police officers guarding the visiting players.
The report of the tribunal headed by Justice Shabbar Raza Rizvi of the Lahore High Court, submitted to the government on Friday, said “laxity” on the part of police officers providing security to the team was the “prime cause” for their failure to thwart the attack, official sources said.
Eight persons were killed and over 20 others, including several Sri Lankan players, injured when over a dozen terrorists ambushed the team’s motorcade at the busy Liberty traffic roundabout near a stadium here on the third day of the second Test on March 3. AGENCIES

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Behind Enemy Lines: Colonel writes to Gen

Posted by :) on April 26, 2009


Chidanand Rajghatta | TNN

Washington: In a military career that lasted nearly three decades till he took early retirement in 2000, Col Harish Puri never had a chance to venture behind “enemy” lines. Not even during Kargil conflict, when he was with the Army’s Signal Corps: it was the Pakistanis who crossed the Line of Control into India.
All that changed a couple of weeks
back, years after his retirement, when Col Puri made a daring incursion into Pakistan. It was an “intellectual infiltration” in full public view. Col Puri wrote an open letter, soldier-to-soldier, to the Pakistani Army Chief, Gen Pervez Ashraf Kiyani. That letter, published in The News of the Jang group of newspapers as an op-ed piece, has become a cause célèbre in blogdom and in the strategic community toast of the Indian side and thorn in the Pakistan side.
Much cut and thrust and parry has followed in the days since the article was published, with the paper
having to apologize for entertaining Col Puri’s submission. So what did Puri say that touched off such a firestorm?
Dear Gen Kayani, the letter begins: Sir, let me begin by recounting that old army quip that did the rounds in the immediate aftermath of World War II: To guarantee victory, an army should ideally have German generals, British officers, Indian soldiers, American equipment and Italian enemies. Then he continues: A Pakistani soldier that
I met in Iraq in 2004 lamented the fact that the Pakistani soldier in Kargil had been badly let down firstly by Nawaz Sharif and then by the Pakistani officers’ cadre.
Pakistani soldiers led by Indian officers would be the most fearsome combination possible. Pakistani officers, he went on to say, were more into real estate, defence housing colonies and the like. This, Pakistani respondents to the letter fumed, was the first of many subtle and insidious insults delivered to their country and their Army.
Indian officer’s war of words with Kiyani
Washington: Colonel Harish Puri wrote an open letter, mano-a-mano, soldier-to-soldier, to the Pakistani Army Chief, Gen, Pervez Ashraf Kiyani in which he compares the photograph of the Pakistani surrender in Dhaka in 1971 with the recent video of a teenage girl being flogged by Taliban, and says the latter incident “represents an even more abject surrender by the Pakistani Army.”
“The surrender in 1971, though humiliating, was not disgraceful. This time around, sir, what happened on your watch was something no Army commander should have to live through,” he writes.
Two weeks later, the retired Indian officer is still getting angry hate mail from Pakistan (and congratulatory letters from Indians) for what some — even Pakistanis — consider a brilliant hatchet job. “I have gotten about 200 letters,” Col Puri said in an interview from Pune.

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Pak army backing influx of terrorists, says jihadi

Posted by :) on April 26, 2009

M Saleem Pandit | TNN

Srinagar: At least 15 of the 31 terrorists who sneaked into Jammu and Kashmir are still at large and many more are waiting to infiltrate the state with full backing of the Pakistani army. This disturbing disclosure, confirming the worst apprehensions of the Indian security establishment, came from a Pakistani mercenary, Sakib Moinullah Shah, captured by the armed forces.
Shah was part of different terror groups that had made incursions into the forests of Kupwara district last month. Of the 31 terrorists, nine were killed by security forces in encounters, while six died under an avalanche. With Shah under arrest — he’s singing like a canary — 15 other terrorists remain untraced.
“In all, 120 of us infiltrated into Kashmir,’’ Shah told a press briefing on Saturday. “Thirty-one were ter
rorists. The rest were porters, guides and those who cut the snow to make way for us,’’ Shah said.
That explains the heavy ordnance the terrorists infiltrated with: 13,000 rounds and 245 grenades, apart from 30 AK-47s. All these were recovered from a terrorist hideout near the LoC.

The revelation comes ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in the Valley that begin on April 30, but that is hardly the chief concern of the security agencies.
Terrorists at large in J&K; India worried Captured Man Says He Was Brainwashed
Srinagar: Terrorists, smarting from the success of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls, have plotted to disrupt the elections. But the security forces are geared to meet the threat. What is worrying them is the confirmation from Shah about the revival of Pakistani army’s collaboration with the jihadis, marking the end of the brief lull when it was forced to cut down its support to terrorists.
The resumption of the assistance ties in with India’s assessment that Pakistani army — under tremendous international pressure to take on the Taliban — is trying to divert jihadi energies towards India.
Security forces are, in fact, apprehending sustained terrorist violence in May to coincide with the transfer of the government from Jammu to Srinagar. Shah said he was trained at a camp in Mansehra in North Western Frontier Province. Significantly, Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone captured terrorist caught during the the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, was also trained at Mansehra along with his fellow attackers.
Shah said he was brainwashed into joining the Hizbul Mujahideen. “I was told there was oppression in Kashmir and motivated to join the jihad.’’ He said the terrorists are given 18-90 days’ arms training. Singing a different tune, he reportedly said there is no need for jihad in Kashmir as the situation there is quite contrary to what he was told in Pakistan.

A Srinagar-based Army officer, Brigadier Gurmit Singh, said Shah was captured while he was trying to sneak back into Pakistani territory along the LoC in north Kashmir’s Gurez sector. “Six terrorists of the group died in an avalanche while around 15 are still at large,’’ he said. The porters, guides and snow beaters had managed to escape to PoK.
Brigadier Singh said: “The weapons, communication equipment… the method of communication between infiltrating terrorists and the launch pad, it’s quite evident that the armed forces across (Pakistan) support them.’’ He also said the fencing erected to check infiltration along the LoC had been damaged due to heavy snow, which made the job of terrorists to cross over easy. The Army has killed 53 terrorists in the Valley since the beginning of this year.

Chidambaram vows to protect India
Madurai: “I will not let any harm befall our country, till the last drop of my blood and any terrorist who tries to play with India will be dealt with severely,’’ home minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday while addressing a meeting of Congress workers in Sivaganga, where he is contesting.
Terrorists trying to cross into India through its borders would be dealt with an iron hand and security has been tightened manifold since the November 26 attacks throughout the country, he said. TNN

TERROR TRACKER
Maoists blow up police building
Continuing their offensive against the police and government property, Maoists struck for the seventh time this month in Gaya district and blew up a police building in Chhalho area under Dumaria police station. No one was present there at the time of the incident.
‘Nepal border vulnerable’
With the vigil along the country’s western frontier being intensified after 26/11, BSF fears that terrorists may try to sneak into India through its “vulnerable” frontiers with Nepal and Bangladesh.
Verify IM men assets: court
A Delhi court on Saturday asked the police to verify the documents of two persons who objected to the property attachment of two alleged Indian Mujahideen terrorists, who have been absconding after last year’s Batla House encounter. TNN

Cache of recovered arms
HELD: Sakib Moinullah Shah

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Pakistani army pushing guerrillas into Kashmir: Indian Army

Posted by :) on April 26, 2009

Srinagar, April 25 (IANS)

The Indian Army Saturday accused its Pakistani counterparts of pushing guerrillas into the Kashmir Valley. To back their claim, Indian Army officials produced a Pakistani national who had infiltrated into the border state a fortnight back.

Saqib Moinullah 25, a resident of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan, said at a press conference here Saturday he had crossed into India through the Gurez sector of the Line of Control (LOC) along with 120 other people, including 31 guerrillas of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit. The rest of the group comprised 40 porters and snow beaters and guides.

‘I was motivated for joining the jihad (Holy War) as the people told me there was oppression in Kashmir,’ Moinullah said.

‘I was imparted training and sent across to join the other militants of the group here.’

However, he said he became disgruntled with the insurgent campaign after crossing into the Valley.

‘I went to the house of a civilian and gave him Rs.1,000 to arrange dry fruits etc so that I could cross back into Pakistan.

‘The civilian went to the army camp and reported my presence after which I was arrested,’ he said.

He disclosed that his organisation had no link with the Taliban, which he said was operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

‘During my training and subsequent crossing into the Valley, I did not come across any Taliban militants here,’ he said.

Brigadier Gurmeet Singh, Brigadier general staff (BGS) of the army’s 15 corps who addressed the media, said the Pakistan army had been facilitating the infiltration of the guerrillas into the Valley.

‘Based on intelligence reports, intercepts of conversations and mappings etc, it is clear that the Pakistan army has been aiding and assisting infiltration of terrorists into the Valley,’ he said.

He that of the 120-strong group that had crossed into the Valley there were 31 guerrillas of whom 30 had been killed in different gun battles with the security forces while Moinullah was arrested alive.

‘The rest of the group comprising porters, snow beaters and guides were forced back into the Pakistani side of the LOC,’ the brigadier said.

He also gave details of the arms and ammunition seized from the slain guerrillas during the operation.

‘Thirty AK-47 rifles, 13,000 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 245 grenades of UBGLs (Under barrel grenade launchers), RPGs (Rocket Propelled grenades), 32 kilograms of explosives, detonators, switches etc were recovered from the slain terrorists,’ the army officer said.

Indo Asian News Service

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Pakistani Identity – Why we are where we are

Posted by :) on April 25, 2009

Source : Dawn
By Irfan Husain

A Taliban militant stands guard at a road in Buner district. - AP photo

The jihadis cannot be defeated with money alone: political will and a broad consensus backed by military might are needed. So far, there are few signs of any of this happening. – AP photo

IN the middle of Karachi stands the concrete shell of a 30-storey building. This is the structure of the Hyatt Regency hotel started in the mid-seventies, and which has remained a building site since work was abandoned in 1977.

In a sense, this hulk is a metaphor for Pakistan: a state launched with much fanfare, enthusiasm and good intentions, but which can neither be completed nor pulled down.

Any state has a number of prerequisites to function effectively: settled borders; an accord on the measure of autonomy to be exercised by the federating units; the official language; and a broad consensus on the nature and direction of the state. Another element relates to national identity. Finally, any modern state must establish its monopoly on the use and means of violence.

As an artificially created entity, Pakistan was required to define and establish these parameters. Unfortunately, it failed to do so, largely because of the long delay in forging a consensus on the constitution, and partly because of the frequent military interventions that repeatedly eroded respect for the constitution and the rule of law. Poorly educated military dictators with no sense of history attempted to come up with half-baked concepts that have laid waste to the institutions we inherited from the British.

An early problem the new state faced was the issue of borders that were left undefined by the departing colonial power. Pakistani rulers have struggled with this question, opting for military confrontation instead of dialogue and discourse. It is true that our neighbours have not been very helpful in settling the matter. Pakistani militarists have driven our foreign and defence policies, arming to repel real and perceived dangers from abroad, while creating a Frankenstein’s monster that now threatens to devour us.

As a result of this single-issue agenda, money that should have been spent on education and health was diverted into the insatiable black hole of bloated military budgets. As our population has increased without check, millions of young people remain uneducated and unemployed. Filling the educational vacuum are the thousands of madressahs, many financed by Saudi Arabia, that do not equip students for careers in the modern world. There is thus a fertile breeding ground for the Taliban and their fellow extremists to recruit foot soldiers from.

The last six decades have amply demonstrated the difficulty inherent in building a national identity based solely on religion. Talk to any conservative Pakistani today, and he will assert that as Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, the Sharia should be the law of the land. It would be futile to point out that Jinnah visualised a secular state in which all Pakistanis would be equal citizens. This lofty vision would be scant comfort to the Sikh families who have had to flee their homes in the tribal areas because demands for jaziah, the old Muslim tax on non-Muslims, were made by de facto Taliban rulers.

In order to justify the partition of the subcontinent, rulers have resorted to bewildering mental contortions. Many have tried to move our roots to the Middle East from our true origins in South Asia. This confusion is reflected in school textbooks and the media. Thus, we have young people unsure of their past, and unable or unwilling to claim their rich cultural patrimony.

The insecurity caused by the wrenching experience of Partition has seen military and civilian rulers looking to the West for military and economic assistance. For years, these anti-Communist alliances made us feel stronger than we actually were. But they also isolated us, and when the balance of power began to shift against us, the army built up a force of extremists to further its agenda in Afghanistan and Kashmir. These are the militants who threaten our very survival today.

Instead of fighting them, the ruling elites continue their double game of playing footsie with the Taliban, while laying claim to billions in western aid. But the jihadis cannot be defeated with money alone: political will and a broad consensus backed by military might are needed. So far, there are few signs of any of this happening. While the Taliban walk into Buner and Dir after their uncontested victory in Swat, the army continues its policy of studied indifference, while the politicians play their power games.

The divisions in the ranks of Pakistani society over this threat are visible in the media. In a sense, this is the inevitable product of decades of brainwashing about the nature of the Pakistani state. Many people are confused about the issues underlying this crisis: having been told that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, they are now being asked to accept that the real enemy is not Hindu India, but fanatics who want to impose their stone-age rule in the name of Islam.

Such contradictions cannot be easily resolved, especially in a deeply conservative society where illiteracy is rampant. When simple, poorly educated soldiers are warned by mullahs that they will not be accorded a Muslim burial if they fall fighting the Taliban, it is understandable that they should be reluctant to go into combat. Generations of army officers have been indoctrinated at military academies into believing that India is the real enemy. It is hard for them to face reality, and reorient our defence to the west.

Since Zia began promoting Wahabi madressahs across Pakistan in the eighties, we have faced bitter sectarian strife. Anti-Shia militias have been in the forefront of the jihad in Afghanistan and Kashmir, acquiring arms, training and large amounts of money in the process. These forces are now formally allied with the Taliban, and have presented their erstwhile handlers in our intelligence services with the difficult task of keeping them on our side, while simultaneously appearing to fight them.

In the long wish list prepared by the army for the Pentagon’s consideration, night-vision goggles are high in our priorities. Well-informed friends in Peshawar tell me that this equipment is on sale in the local arms bazaar, having been looted from US and Nato convoys. But if our army doesn’t want to buy the locally available goggles, could I ask them to consider fighting during the day, at least?

When you next drive past the looming shell of the Hyatt Regency, spare a thought for what might have been.

irfan.husain@gmail.com

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US created Taliban and abandoned Pakistan: Hillary Clinton

Posted by :) on April 25, 2009

Source : Dawn
By Anwar Iqbal

US Secretary of State acknowledged that the US too had a share in creating the problem that plagues Pakistan today.

WASHINGTON: Two days of continuous congressional hearings on the Obama administration’s foreign policy brought a rare concession from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who acknowledged that the United States too had a share in creating the problem that plagues Pakistan today.

In an appearance before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, Mrs Clinton explained how the militancy in Pakistan was linked to the US-backed proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

‘We can point fingers at the Pakistanis. I did some yesterday frankly. And it’s merited because we are wondering why they just don’t go out there and deal with these people,’ said Mrs Clinton while referring to an earlier hearing in which she said that Pakistan posed a ‘mortal threat’ to the world.

‘But the problems we face now to some extent we have to take responsibility for, having contributed to it. We also have a history of kind of moving in and out of Pakistan,’ she said.

‘Let’s remember here… the people we are fighting today we funded them twenty years ago… and we did it because we were locked in a struggle with the Soviet Union.’

‘They invaded Afghanistan… and we did not want to see them control Central Asia and we went to work… and it was President Reagan in partnership with Congress led by Democrats who said you know what it sounds like a pretty good idea… let’s deal with the ISI and the Pakistan military and let’s go recruit these mujahideen.’

‘And great, let them come from Saudi Arabia and other countries, importing their Wahabi brand of Islam so that we can go beat the Soviet Union.’

‘And guess what … they (Soviets) retreated … they lost billions of dollars and it led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.’

‘So there is a very strong argument which is… it wasn’t a bad investment in terms of Soviet Union but let’s be careful with what we sow… because we will harvest.’

‘So we then left Pakistan … We said okay fine you deal with the Stingers that we left all over your country… you deal with the mines that are along the border and… by the way we don’t want to have anything to do with you… in fact we’re sanctioning you… So we stopped dealing with the Pakistani military and with ISI and we now are making up for a lot of lost time.’

It was question from Congressman Adam Shciff, a California Democrat that spurred Secretary Clinton to delve into history and come out with an answer that other US politicians have avoided in the past.

The congressman noted that while the US had provided ‘a phenomenal amount of military support for Pakistan,’ they had not changed the paradigm.

‘And more pernicious, there are elements within the Pakistani intelligence services, the ISI that may be working at cross-purposes with us.’

‘How we can possibly be funding the Pakistani military if elements of the military or intelligence services are actually working against us and having the effect of killing our troops next door?’ he asked.

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Pakistan -A new resolve?

Posted by :) on April 25, 2009

Source: Dawn

The army has sensed panic among people and seen the militants’ determination to expand territorial control. We hope the amry’s resolve to defeat terrorism ‘at all costs’ will not melt in the days ahead. - APP photo

Politicians are at last beginning to agree on the seriousness of the threat of militancy as the PML-N, PML-Q and religious parties have finally voiced concerns about militants on the march. – APP photo

WITH districts around Swat seemingly falling like ninepins, the state has been shockingly ambivalent about it plans to restore its writ in northern Pakistan. But yesterday it appeared that the Pakistan Army has finally awoken from its slumber. The message from the chief himself, Gen Kayani: the militants will not be allowed to run amok and order will be restored. So far the army’s wait-and-watch policy in Malakand division has had dangerous consequences. Buner is now in the militants’ hands and IDPs are pouring into neighbouring districts, especially Swabi, Mardan and Haripur. Meanwhile, Shangla has been penetrated by the militants and Swabi and Mardan are the next likely targets. Shrewdly taking advantage of the cessation in hostilities in the valley, militants from Swat fanned out into neighbouring areas, expanding the theatre in which they will have to be taken on and ensuring that an even messier fight lies ahead.

Why has the army waited? It claims the ‘operational pause’ was meant to give a chance to the forces of reconciliation and not as a concession to the militants. Now that the army has sensed the panic among the people and seen the militants’ determination to expand their territorial control, it has pledged to achieve ‘victory’ against terrorism and militancy ‘at all costs.’ We hope this resolve will not melt in the days ahead. But two points regarding the overall war against militancy need to be flagged. One, the army has been particularly agitated by the recent spate of foreign comments that Pakistan is on the verge of collapse and that the army is unwilling or unable to defeat militancy. Gen Kayani’s forceful statement that the army ‘never has and never will hesitate to sacrifice, whatever it may take, to ensure [the] safety and well-being’ of Pakistan’s people and its territorial integrity should be noted in foreign capitals. Whatever the suspicions, the Pakistan Army is an indispensable element in any successful strategy against militancy in Pakistan and the region generally, and riling the army high command to score a few public points cannot be part of a sound strategy.

The second point concerns the political component here in Pakistan. While the Pakistan Army isn’t under the full control of the civilians, it has made it clear that it will only fight when there is a political consensus for it to do so. Thus far the politicians have been woefully divided; whether the dissenters blame America as the root cause of militancy or harp on about fuzzy ideas of dialogue, they have not been able to unite on the need to take on the militants militarily. That discord may finally be changing. The PML-N, the PML-Q and the religious parties have voiced concerns about militants on the march, while the MQM has come out as the foremost critic of the peace deal in Swat. It is not clear yet whether they will support the military option, but the army cannot fail to note that the politicians are at last beginning to agree on the seriousness of the threat of militancy.

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US warns of more attacks from Lashkar militants

Posted by :) on April 25, 2009

Source : Dawn

General Petraeus warns the LeT is trying to create tension and wants to take Pakistan’s focus off of the internal threat.—File

WASHINGTON: The banned Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for last year’s Mumbai attacks, is planning to sow further unrest, the commander of US forces in the Middle East said Friday.

‘We should observe that the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group LeT that carried out the Mumbai attacks, we think they’re trying to do more damage and they’re trying to carry out additional attacks,’ General David Petraeus told US lawmakers.

Some 166 people died and more than 300 were injured when 10 heavily armed gunmen rampaged through Mumbai in November, attacking two luxury hotels, the main railway station, a Jewish center and other targets.

Nine of the attackers were killed in the assault, a tenth man is to stand trial in India.

India, the United States and Britain have blamed the attacks on the LeT, an underground group active in the disputed Kashmir region. The group has denied any involvement.

Warning of further attacks, Petraeus said the US expected ‘that extremists that are trying to cause that kind of tension and also to take (Pakistan’s) focus off of the internal extremist threat would indeed strive to do that.’

The November carnage triggered new tensions between India and Pakistan just as Washington was trying to convince Islamabad to focus on the insurgency in its border areas with Afghanistan.

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Taliban turn children into live bombs

Posted by :) on April 24, 2009

Intelligence estimates suggest more than 5,000 children have been trained by Taliban for deadly missions

Daily Times Monitor

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TANK: Haneef Mehsud was a normal teenager who spent most of his time hanging out with friends and playing cricket before he was recruited by the Taliban and turned into a suicide bomber. Less than a month after his 17th birthday in late 2008, Haneef killed two soldiers when he rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into an army convoy on a road not far from his home in Pekai, a hamlet in the militancy-plagued South Waziristan. “We tried to stop him when he visited his family two weeks before the attack and informed us that he was soon going to embrace martyrdom,” Haneef’s father, Ghazi Mehsud, told DPI. Ghazi moved to the neighbouring district of Tank in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), to save his second teenage son from the influence of his fellow tribesman and local warlord Baitullah Mehsud, who he blames for Haneef’s recruitment and death. But hundreds more children are still undergoing brainwashing at dozens of ‘suicide nurseries’ run by the ethnic Pashtun Taliban commander. Mehsud, in his 30s, has emerged as the most dangerous Taliban commander in Pakistan in recent years. He heads Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella group for around a dozen Taliban outfits and has close links with Al Qaeda.

The notorious commander is believed to have been behind several dozen suicide bombings across the country, including the one that killed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in late 2007. During the Bhutto case investigations, the authorities detained Aitzaz Shah, 15, in NWFP. Shah told the investigators that he was deployed as the “backup bomber” for Bhutto’s assassination by Mehsud’s men.

According to the DPI report, in January 2008, during a short offensive, the military discovered a suicide nursery in the Spinkai area of South Waziristan. Four months later, the military showed reporters video footage of a classroom where a masked teacher taught children how to carry out a suicide attack. The children, sitting in rows, were wearing white headbands inscribed with Quranic verses.

Maj Gen Athar Abbas, the army’s chief spokesman, said that soldiers had rounded up over 50 boys who were undergoing suicide attack training. The training centre was reopened months later after the military retreated from the area under a controversial peace deal with the Taliban. 5,000 so far: According to intelligence estimates, more than 5,000 child suicide bombers between the ages of 10 and 17 have been trained by the Taliban so far.

Most of them are dispatched to Afghanistan to target international troops and Afghan security forces, but some are deployed for strikes inside Pakistan. On April 6, a child suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia mosque in the Chakwal district, killing 26 people and injuring more than 50.

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