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WARNING- Taliban threaten to avenge Kasab death in a month

Posted by :) on November 29, 2012

Terror Outfit’s Jundullah Faction Says Its Jihadis Are Already In Amritsar & Hyderabad, Waiting To Strike

Omer Farooq Khan TNN

Islamabad: A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed that its fighters were holed up in Amritsar and Hyderabad to carry out attacks to avenge 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab’s execution last week.
“We will avenge the death of Ajmal Kasab on Indian soil within a month,’’ Ahmed Marwat, a spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Jundullah group told the TOI from an undisclosed location on Wednesday. “His death will not go waste. (Our) group has a number of fighters in Amritsar and Hyderabad Deccan, who will soon take revenge of Ajmal Kasab. With the death of one Kasab, scoresof his other comrades are ready for martyrdom.’’
Marwat spoke in what seemed like Pashto language’s tribal accent spoken in Pakistan’s tribal northwest bordering Afghanistan. The region has long been an al-Qaida and Taliban safe haven. The fresh threat comes days after another Taliban faction threatened to avenge Kasab’s hanging by “striking Indian targets anywhere”.
The Pakistani state and minority Muslim sects — Shiias and Sufis — have so far been the group’s prime targets. Thousands of people have been killed since it launched a wave of destabilizing attacks on the country’s armed forces, spy agencies, market places and mosques beginning 2009.
The group had taken responsibility for the failed Times Square car bombing attempt in 2010, but retracted days later. Experts doubt its ability to strike overseas, saying the group lacks the sophistication to do so.
Jundullah has been closely tied to Qaida and responsible for sectarian bloodbath across Pakistan. It has claimed responsibility for most of attacks on Shias across Pakistan in the last two years. The group was blamed for September attacks on Karachi’s Dawoodi Bohra community that killed 11 people.
Earlier in February, Jundullah massacred 18 Shias from Gilgit-Baltistan after pulling them out of a bus near Rawalpindi. The slain were on their way from Kohistan. Marwat had then claimed responsibility for the attack while claiming to be the group’s Karachi-based commander. Media reports say the group has entrenched itself in Karachi.
“Among the most feared militant groups is Jundullah’s Karachi chapter, led by Fasihur Rehman, which is responsible for most of the sectarian attacks in the city,” said Umar Khitab, a Karachibased cop. Sources said Jundullah chief Hamja Jofi alias Haji Mumtaz founded the group in 2003 in Waziristan.
Pakistan to get new counter-terror body
Pakistan’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law to establish a new counter terrorism body aimed at better coordinating efforts to defeat Taliban and al-Qaidalinked violence, a minister said. Pakistan says 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Suicide attacks, bombings and shootings are a day-to-day reality, particularly in parts of the northwest near the Afghan border. Information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the main objective was to defeat terrorism. AFP

FORWARD MARCH: Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Wednesday that military ties with the US have been restored and her country was willing to take steps to support the Afghan peace process


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Malala Yousafzai

Posted by :) on November 28, 2012

Malala Yousafzai
ملاله یوسفزۍ
Chair of District Child Assembly Swat
In office
Preceded by (post created) 
Personal details
Born   (1997-07-12) 12 July 1997(age 15)[2][3][4]
North West Frontier Province,Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistan[5]
Nationality Pakistani[5]
Political party None[6]
Religion Sunni Islam[4]
Ethnicity Pashtun[7]
Relatives Ziauddin Yousafzai (father)[4]
Known for Youth activismwomen’s rightsactivism, educationism,[5]Taliban victim
Organizations Malala Education Fund[8][9]
Awards International Children’s Peace Prize (Runner-up, 2011)[10]
National Youth Peace Prize(2011)[5] 

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Pak Taliban vows to attack Indian targets ‘anywhere’

Posted by :) on November 23, 2012

 Day After Kasab’s Execution, Reactions Vary Across Border

Source  TOI- Omer Farooq Khan TNN

Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday pledged to attack Indian targets “anywhere” to avenge the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of theterrorist squad responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, anddemanded that Kasab’s body be returned to Pakistan for an “Islamic burial”.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said the TTP will strike in India to avenge the hanging of Kasab, without elaborating any further. The TTP, linked to al-Qaida, operates from Pakistan’s ungoverned tribal belt along the country’s border with Afghanistan.
“TTP demands that Ajmal Kasab’s body be returned to Pakistan for an Islamic burial,” Ehsan said. “If they don’t return his body to us or his family, we will capture Indians and not return their bodies,” he warned. The Taliban will try to strike Indian targets anywhere, he added.

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Rather than religious fanaticism, poverty drives young men to become jihadi foot soldiers

Posted by :) on November 23, 2012


V G Patankar

In response to a police officer’s questions 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab said on national TV, as he lay injured in a hospital bed, that he didn’t know much about jihad but had joined the terrorists only to earn some good money that could help his poor family. How often i have heard a similar refrain from captured terrorists, during my deployment in the Kupwara sector of the Kashmir valley during the tumultuous years between 1997 and 1999!
They were usually young men in their late teens or early twenties, mostly unemployed, some with rudimentary education and some illiterate, but almost always from underprivileged families. The typical young terrorist usually belonged to a large family with meagre means; one among several siblings, with no more than one or at best two bread earners. Money was never adequate for basic needs and then there was always the question of marrying off the girls in the family into good families, fixing the leaking roof before the next monsoon, and so on.
The episode of 19-year-old Rizwan (name changed), from Pak Pattan in West Punjab, was typical of a young man attending a public rally organised by the likes of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), getting carried away by all the fiery rhetoric and signing up to respond to what was perceived as a solemn religious duty. Rizwan infiltrated into Kashmir after some basic training in handling the proverbial AK-47. He moved with his group from hideout to hideout. Before long he was caught by the Indian Army and brought in for interrogation.
He was pleasantly surprised by the humane treatment he was given, because it was in contrast with what he had been told. He said that at a congregation near Lahore he had heard Islam was in danger in India, as many mosques were being destroyed and Muslims were not permitted to offer namaz or practice their religion.
He was told that families of those who joined up for jihad would be paid substantial sums in addition to regular sustenance to all jihadis during their tour of duty (usually two to three years). Besides he was assured that in the event that any jihadi was martyred, his family would receive a handsome amount to at least partially compensate for its loss. Coming from a landless family of farm workers and with three older sisters to be married off, his immediate thought was that this was his opportunity to help his family financially and, if in the process, he should die, he would be a shaheed, bringing further prestige to his family.
“I am not highly educated, sahib, but within a few days of coming to India i knew that i had been led up the garden path by falsehoods. In village after village i saw that mosques were not only intact but there were several of them and these were perhaps the best maintained buildings. Furthermore, if we didn’t show up for Friday prayers in time, the mosques would be so crowded that we would end up offering namaz on the street outside!”
In the case of a ‘khansama’ from a Pakistani Rangers battalion (a paramilitary force), he was simply lured by the prospects of making some quick money. Let’s call him Hamid, a cook working for a senior officer at Hyderabad (Sind). Hamid was spending some well earned leave at his village near Muzaffarabad in PoK. A friend introduced him to the local agent (an ISI operator) who recruited him as a porter for a short trip that would earn him about Rs 15,000. The task involved carrying some ‘logistic’ loads to Indian Kashmir. “No fighting”, he was assured; just follow the leader’s instructions. Lured by money, he joined an infiltrating group. But when bullets started flying, he surrendered to an Indian army patrol. When the army began asking questions about his training and recruitment, he confessed that he could not handle a weapon but was armed with many a good recipe!
Then there was this large group of ‘Afghan fighters’ that an infantry unit of the Indian army managed to capture through some skilful manoeuvre, without firing a single shot. Only one in the group could speak some broken Hindi. It seemed that the Afghans had come to Pakistan looking for some means of livelihood. They found jobs as stevedores at Bagh in PoK, where they were threatened with arrest as illegal immigrants. Their only salvation lay in, they were informed, acting as porters for the Mujahids.
That was just the beginning of their troubles. They were held in near-captivity and treated like beasts of burden, but they were not hungry and also earned some money. So they continued to endure, till sent on a mission. When they found themselves facing the wrong end of the Indian Army’s rifles, they surrendered without a fight. So much for the fierce Afghan fighter, ten feet tall!
Kasab was just another foot soldier. He was looking to earn some good money, following his father’s advice. He could have been just another Rizwan or Hamid. But the dice that his LeT masters threw fell the wrong way.
The writer, a retired Lt general in the Indian army, was formerly a Corps Commander in Kashmir

Ajmal Kasab: responding to which siren’s call?

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Ajmal Kasab hanged at Pune’s Yerawada Jail

Posted by :) on November 21, 2012

 Source- Yahoo! India News – 4 hours ago 
Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was hanged at Pune’s Yerawada Jail Wednesday morning, Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil said.”All the legal procedures in the 26/11 terror attacks case were completed. He was sentenced by the trial court, which was upheld by the Bombay High Court, Supreme Court, and his mercy plea was rejected by the president. Accordingly, Kasab has been hanged this morning at 7.30 a.m. in Yerawada Central Jail,” Patil told mediapersons.

Kasab’s mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday night. Shortly thereafter, in the dead of the night, Kasab was shifted amid top secrecy and tight security to Pune’s high-security Yerawada jail.

Kasab executed secretly in Pune’s Yerwada jailAjmal Kasab, who was kept at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, has been hanged in the high-security Yerwada Jail in Pune.

This morning, at 7.30 a.m., he was hanged in the jail premises after which a team of doctors declared him dead.

“The punishment to Kasab is a true tribute to the victims and martyrs of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks,” Patil said.

It is not known where Kasab’s last rites shall be conducted.

“Yes, Kasab has been hanged this (Wednesday) morning at 7.30 a.m. in Yerawada Central Jail,” Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who led the 26/11 terror attacks case, said.

In January 2010, nine of Kasab’s associates, who had sneaked into Mumbai on the night of Nov 26, 2008, to unleash three days of terror, were quietly buried at an undisclosed location near Mumbai.

Kasab’s end came just five days before the fourth anniversary of the brutal terror attacks that killed 166 lives and injured 300. [With inputs from agencies]

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Malala Day: Govt pushed for effective steps against militancy

Posted by :) on November 13, 2012


PESHWAR, Nov 10: The speakers at a ‘Malala Day’ function here on Saturday pushed the government for taking effective steps to eradicate terrorism and militancy from the region and said that Taliban were against peace and education.

They appreciated the efforts of Malala for raising voice against the Taliban and said that the girl was a symbol of peace and education as had been recognised by the United Nations.

The function titled ‘Global Day of Action to Support Malala Yousafzai’ was organised at Peshawar Pres Club, where participants condemned militants and urged the people to join hands with the government to eradicate militancy from the region.

SPO, CRSD and Pakhtunkhwa Civil Society Network jointly organised the event to recognise Malala’s thoughts for education.

Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain was the chief guest on the occasion, where Idrees Kamal, Mukhtar Bacha, Nazeer Bacha, Arbab Mujeeb, Dr Sarfraz, MPA Naseem Katozai and Jamil Khan from University of Peshawar were also in attendance.

According to the speakers, the attempt on the life of Malala was tantamount to attacking entire Pakhtuns nation and therefore, all Pakhtun nationalist forces and elected people should get united against terrorism and for peace in the region.

The information minister praised Malala for promoting female education.

He said terrorists didn’t belong to any creed and religion because they targeted innocent people and religious places. He claimed that the Taliban’s network had been dismantled by security forces in Malakand division and elsewhere in the region and the recent incidents of terrorism suggested that they had been baffled.

Mr Hussain said by and large, the people were against the Taliban as they didn’t feel secure due to the frequent attacks. He added that the government had tried to restore peace through dialogue, but the intentions of the Taliban suggested that they didn’t want peace.

Claiming his government’s resolve to eradicate terrorism, Mr Hussain said the government had carried out of proactive action for elimination of terrorism. He, however, said it was time that the government and international community show unity and coordination on the issue.

By passing resolutions, the participants demanded the Noble prize for peace for Malala and students of her schools shot by the Taliban and education for all.

Also in the day, a function to praise Malala was held at Bacha Khan Markaz under the aegis of Pakhtun Student Federation.

The speakers, including PkSF central president Bashir Khan Sherpao and MPA Mukhtiar Khan, condemned the Taliban attack on Malala and said fight against militants would continue in the province until peace was restored.

They appreciated the role played by Malala for raising the issue of education and added that she deserved to be eulogised across the world.

Meanwhile, provincial Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti appreciated Malala’s efforts for promotion of female education in the province, especially Swat.

In a statement issued here, the chief minister said attack on schoolgirls was a cowardly act and reflected the anti-education agenda of the terrorists.

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Malala Day observed

Posted by :) on November 13, 2012


LAHORE, Nov 10: The Malala Peace and Education Committee (MPEC) on Saturday observed the Malala Day by holding a gathering outside the Lahore Press Club.

The participants were holding banners and placards bearing inscriptions of a slogan: “Education for peace and peace for education”.

MPEC President Dr AH Nayyar said Malala represented the real face of Pakistan that wanted peace and security, and good quality education for all citizens of the country irrespective of class; an education that opened the minds and encouraged curiosity, questioning and reasoning; an education that was based on the principles of equality for all human beings and developed the capacity to differentiate between right and wrong; and an education that encouraged the love of knowledge and developed the necessary language skills to articulate ones ideas.

Dr Nayyar told media persons that the MPEC was formed recently by a group of teachers and students to take Malala’s message of education and peace to the education/ academic community.

He said the MPEC appreciated that the UN declared Nov 10 as Malala Day to highlight the importance and need for education, especially for girls. He said the committee felt that till the teachers and students worked together for the cause of education and peace, people of Pakistan would not be able to prosper as a nation.

He invited all teachers and students to join and speak with one voice for this noble cause and try to bring about necessary changes in the education environment.

scholarships: The Lahore College for Women University has announced awarding “15 Malala Yousafzai Scholarships” for girls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Northern Areas.

On Malala’s UN International Day, which was observed the worldwide on Saturday, LCWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor said the scholarships would be awarded on the request of varsity’s student council and comprise 10 scholarships for four-year BS degree and five scholarships for MS-PhD degree. She said the scholarships would include hostel accommodation.

Dr Mansoor said Malala Yousafzai stood tall as a symbol of girls’ education and defiance against those who wished to impose their obscurantist agenda behind the façade of religion.

“Malala is a brave and courageous girl, who refused to bow to all threats that tried to stop her from seeking and campaigning for education of girls. She stands as a symbol of hope for women empowerment through education,” She said.

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