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Pakistan is going through a severe terrorism wave. Is this the work of a ‘foreign hand’ or is it an indigenous phenomenon? By Fareeha Qayoom

Pakistan is going through a severe terrorism wave. Is this the work of a ‘foreign hand’ or is it an indigenous phenomenon?

By Fareeha Qayoom

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very day hundreds of innocent lives are being lost in Pakistan. There are two schools of thought to explain this state of affairs in Pakistan.

One, this is the work of ‘foreign hand’ and two, this is indigenous phenomenon brought on by fundamental extremists who are intent on raising an Islamic army to fight infidels. Most of the Pakistanis subscribe to the ‘foreign hand,’ point of view while majority of the foreign press, media and international politicians subscribe to the second point of view, “indigenous Islamic terrorist movement” – which is more correct and factual? Are majority of Pakistanis in denial?

Before I tackle this question, I would like to tell you a totally unrelated story about the possibilities of denial. A few years ago, when my nephew was just a little baby – he developed a rash on his face and body. We took him to a doctor. The lady reviewed the rash in couple of seconds flat and diagnosed scabies as the cause of this particular ailment. I refused to buy this diagnosis. My sister thought I was in denial. I wasn’t. My gut feeling insisted that it was something else entirely. This denial was based on a couple of self evident truths – the rash was not contagious, it didn’t cause itching, the baby was slightly lethargic, was running a fever and the rash was also on his face.  None of us were displaying any symptoms including rashes or itching. No, we hadn’t come in contact with any person who displayed any similar rashes or itching in our recent history prior to the baby developing these symptoms. I advised the doctor accordingly. She refused to change her diagnosis. So we went home and looked inside our resident reference medical tome by Readers Digest and actually came up with an answer – a childhood ailment that was hard to detect by most doctors – as it was an obscure and rare form of disease called number 5 or the fifth disease. All the symptoms matched. It was a classic text book case. The baby recovered in few days. No, the disease never developed into scabies.

St. George Slaying the Dragon, Church of Bet Giorgis, Lalibela, Ethiopia
Photo by A. Davey

Why am I telling you this story? Because majority of Pakistanis have an inside knowledge, a gut feeling – they might not be able to explain it or put it into words that you can rationally understand if you are not a fellow Muslim but as a Muslim, Pakistanis know for a fact that this particular spate of terrorism is not the work of any devout believer in the name of God, whatever his religious extraction and especially if he is a Muslim. In fact, it’s the work of a direct opposite – an atheist who doesn’t believe in God, the last day or accountability, whatever, religious extraction he officially belongs to. No, we don’t even have to consult a Muslim scholar or open our holy book or get a fatwa. All Muslims know this – It’s self evident. You know why?

If you believe in God and you are a Muslim, you would know for a fact that you would be facing him after death. The penalty of suicide is that God will punish you by making you go through the exact same death forever. Imagine being stuck in this particular moment with no time off ever. If you have chosen to blow yourself up – you keep blowing yourself up till infinity and beyond. Scary, isn’t it? Would you contemplate killing yourself knowing this? Also, compounding your sin by taking as many innocent lives as you can while you are at it? The punishment is probably quite worse.

So what? A non-believer would say. This is Holy War – a Jihad. The end justifies the means. In Islam, the end never justifies the means. You have to do the right thing regardless. Your intentions will be judged. Not your actions.

Well, war also has some rules of conduct and engagement, if you are Muslim. You can not kill non-combatants. There is no room for collateral damage; in fact, you can’t even destroy trees or the natural environment in a state of war in the enemy lands. You are accountable to God at all times. You can’t start a war. You can only defend yourself.

Interestingly, if two individuals are fighting and one of them kills the other and survives, he would still end up in hell…even self defense is not justified in taking a human life in Islam; (there is a hadith to this effect).   Furthermore,  “if you kill one individual, it is as if you have killed all humanity.” This is by the way a direct quote from Quran (which was revealed to Muhammad PBUH 1400 hundred years ago!) and is usually wrongly attributed to other people from world’s recent history in the popular press. Furthermore, there are many instances (hadith) that support the self-evident truth that you can’t kill a fellow Muslim under any circumstances. (There are several instances of cold blooded massacre carried out by the so-called resident religious zealots while their victims were praying as recently as day before yesterday in Rawalpindi. The intent was to kill as many senior army officers as possible. You can’t say a Muslim would kill a fellow Muslim while he is praying under any circumstances! You have to be a non-Muslim to find that credible.)

In Islam, you can’t judge someone’s faith. That’s God’s job. Even in times of war, if an enemy accepts and proclaims your faith to escape certain death, you can’t kill him. Furthermore, you can only kill in war in the name of God, remember, when (Hadrat) Ali was on the verge of killing an enemy in a particular war, I forget which one, the enemy retaliated by slapping him. Hadrat Ali let him go free and said, “I can’t kill you now, because you suddenly made it personal. I was going to kill you in the name of God, now my intention is no longer pure.”

So the whole premise of this particular terrorism doesn’t stem from any Muslim Ideology. This is a fact and self evident to all Muslims, whatever, degree of faith they might personally have. These terrorists are supposed to be killing their fellow human beings because they are highly devoted to God which is questionable to begin with – I am a Muslim too…however, I don’t think I can ever even contemplate killing someone in cold blood. I can’t even imagine myself doing that under any circumstances. We are not talking about crimes of passion here or accidents but a cold blooded murder. (I know what I am talking about because I was recently in a situation that actually tested this facet of my character. The other day, I came across a guy suffering from extreme road rage, first, he banged into my car when he was actually in the wrong, then, he tried to yell at me for his mistake, when I simply ignored him and drove off, even though, my car got dented and he had got off scot free – he followed me, came up in front of me and he threw a stone at my windshield. I got angry, so angry that I lost my head completely for a minute, I speeded up and almost tapped his motorbike with my front bumper but when the crunch came, I pulled back. I couldn’t do it. I scared the mad man away and myself at the same time. So I know what I am talking about). You are talking about someone who is supposed to be on a high moral ground. Not like your average Joe or Jane. This guy is supposed to be willing to give his life for God. Can he really go against God in that case?  By the way, Jihad doesn’t mean holy war – Jihad is a verb which means “to struggle,” you are supposed to struggle to do the right thing regardless of whatever temptation is in your way.

A young friend of mine the other day was arguing that that these terrorists are killing in the name of Islam. I asked her – how do you know? Have you talked to a single terrorist? Do you have some inside information or are you passing on unverified information. Besides, anyone who knows even the basics of Islam can’t justify killing their fellow humans; let alone, their brothers in religion. She kept arguing these guys are doing it because of Islam. I told her to show me a single hadith or an ayah which justifies their action. She couldn’t so she kept insisting that this might be because of illiteracy and brain-washing. In that case, someone has a sinister intent, don’t they?  There is a particular hadith which says any person who passes on a piece of hearsay saying it’s a fact, without verifying it personally is a liar. Another hadith about end of times also tells us that a time will come when the assassins and their victims both will not know the reasons behind their killings.

These particular terrorists are using children. Are you telling me the children can make adult choices? They are being brain washed, hypnotized or drugged to carry on these heinous crimes against humanity. Besides, who is benefitting from all this reckless killing? Are you saying these terrorists have acquired some non-Muslim territories? Or they have made some non-Muslims accept their faith by their exemplary conduct? Remember, there is no compulsion in our religion. Have they done us proud in any way? So how can they be serving God? All they are doing is attacking and killing Muslims using a highly controversial name – Talibans; providing the international media fodder to demonize Islam, giving it a bad name so it becomes justifiable to kill the native population in Afghanistan who is interestingly being led by resistance called Talibans – how do we even know if these terrorists are the same Talibans who are fighting the NATO forces in Afghanistan? The sources of this particular information are also suspect because they have their own axes to grind anyway…

How can this be in the name of Islam?  In other words, its anything but religion that’s driving this thing. The reasons could be as complex or as simple as a. the terrorists suffer from mental issues like depression, anger management, or suicidal tendencies or they hate people in power/authority or they hate their fellow human beings or b. the reasons could political, that is, they are power mad zealots or revolutionaries who want to topple the current world order or c. they could be social too, that is, they are simply poverty stricken, illiterate, umemployed and deprived and are taking out their resentment on ordinary folk or d. they are looking for a steady job, room and board and loads of cash as danger money or they are adrenalin junkies and like the thrill of the kill or they are simply Psychopaths. Heck, it could be all of the above. Get real. This is not denial, but a simple gut feeling based on the fact that actions speak louder than words! There is indeed a ‘foreign hand’ somewhere that’s fueling the whole thing…and its finding fertile grounds in Pakistan because the poor in our country find it easier to give away their children than to raise them in difficult circumstances! Let’s not fool ourselves that terrorists have any noble reasons for waging war on innocent citizens of Pakistan. Most crimes against humanity are always fueled by greed for power and money or simply because of basic deviant bent in human nature. This is no different. Let’s call a spade a spade and not Islam!

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

237 Comments

  1. You might find these two news reports interesting – apparently, now there are two sets of Talibans according to the British and US politicians and the press – Afghan and TTP! 🙂

    Define irony, why don’t you?

    Check these out –

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/505423c8-eb76-11de-bc99-00144feab49a.html?nclick_check=1

    US frustration with its ally in Islamabad
    By Daniel Dombey in Washington and Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad
    Published: December 18 2009 02:00 | Last updated: December 18 2009 02:00

    and

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/6720101/Pakistan-has-not-cut-ties-to-militants-says-Robert-Gates.html

    Pakistan has not cut ties to militants, says Robert Gates
    Pakistan has still not cut its ties with Taliban groups fighting Nato troops in Afghanistan, United States defence secretary Robert Gates has claimed.
    By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor and Damien McElroy
    Published: 7:28PM GMT 03 Dec 2009

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    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=1351

    Clinton’s visit to Pakistan – what the heck happened here?
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=1342

    The ‘new’ great game
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=1319

    How green was my valley?
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=192

    National symbols destroyed
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=184

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  2. Hey there,
    You might find this view interesting too – poverty and low income is causing all this violence and insurgency (organized crime – terrorism movement by Tehrik-i-Taliban or TTP) in Pakistan.

    Dawn – Jan 6th 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-economics-and-extremism-hh-04

    I have only one comment to make about Burki’s opinion – there are definitely poorer nations than Pakistan in the world; how come our situation is so unique? No organized extremist movements killing their fellow human beings in those parts of the world?

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  3. This one is interesting too…Iqbal Akhund’s opinion posted in Dawn (Jan 05, 2010) – Whose war is being waged?

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/19-whose-war-is-being-waged-hh-05

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  4. Jan 13th 2010 – Wednesday…

    Afghan soil being used for terrorism: ISI chief
    Dawn Report
    Wednesday, 13 Jan, 2010

    KARACHI: Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha said on Tuesday that Afghan soil was being used for terrorist activities in Pakistan, adding that there could be no peace in Pakistan unless infiltration from Afghan border was stopped.

    for full news report – click here:

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/18-afghan-soil-being-used-against-pakistan-am-01

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  5. Iran will find assassins who killed nuclear scientist’
    Wed, 13 Jan 2010 03:19:33 GMT

    The Iranian cabinet has condemned the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran and declared that the Islamic Republic is determined to arrest the culprits behind the terrorist attack.

    “In line with the president’s decree, intelligence and security bodies are using all their capabilities to identify and arrest those behind the crime and to reveal their foreign supporters to world public opinion,” IRNA quoted the cabinet as saying in a statement issued on Tuesday, referring to a decree issued by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    An Iranian nuclear physicist was killed by a remote-controlled bomb attack in the Iranian capital on Tuesday.

    Dr. Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, a lecturer at the University of Tehran and a staunch supporter of the Islamic Revolution, was killed when a booby-trapped motorbike exploded.

    The professor was killed in front of his home in the Qeytariyeh neighborhood in northern Tehran.

    The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Iran has found traces of US and Israeli involvement in the assassination of Massoud Ali-Mohammadi.

    MGH/HGL

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=116015&sectionid=351020101

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  6. Jan 14, 2010 –

    ‘Credible threat’ from al Qaeda in Yemen
    From Ed Henry, Dan Lothian and Jeanne Meserve, CNN
    January 13, 2010 10:38 p.m. EST

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/01/13/alqaeda.threat/

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  7. Jan 14, 2010 – Thursday

    Pakistan warns India against hegemonistic mindset
    By Iftikhar A. Khan
    Thursday, 14 Jan, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan warned India on Wednesday against its relentless pursuit of military preponderance and said it would have severe consequences for peace and security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/16-pakistan-warns-india-against-hegemonistic-mindset-hs-07

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  8. This is kind of funny…what agricultural products – the poppy? 🙂

    US presses Pakistan to open Afghan-India trade route
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Thursday, 14 Jan, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States is pushing Pakistan to allow Afghan agricultural products to pass through its territory to India, says US Agriculture Sectary Tom Vilsack.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/13+us-presses-pakistan-to-open-afghanistanindia-trade-route-410-za-02

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  9. Jan 14, 2010 – Thursday

    Apparently, suicidal tendencies are result of severe depression and mental disorder…a sad state of affairs directly resulting from the chaos, anarchy and lack of governance that characterizes our recent times….

    A cry for help
    Dawn Editorial
    Thursday, 14 Jan, 2010

    According to a Lahore-based psychiatrist the incidence of suicide in Pakistan is on the increase. This is not surprising. Given the insecurity, unemployment, inflation and political instability that grip Pakistan today, it is a major challenge for even the most stable person to retain his or her sanity. Suicide is the result of the interaction of a number of factors — biological, genetic, psychological and environmental. It is important that all of these are addressed to help a person overcome suicidal tendencies

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-a-cry-for-help-hh-03

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  10. Jan 14 2010 – Thursday

    Pakistan Taliban deny US drone strike killed top leader

    The Pakistani Taliban have denied their leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US missile attack in the north-west.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8458354.stm

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  11. Jan 15, 2010 – saw this interesting article on BBC today.

    Afghan mission shifts amid troop surge
    By Caroline Wyatt
    Defence correspondent, BBC News

    The conflict in Afghanistan is edging into a new phase, as the US focuses its energies on the campaign and the planned increase in troop numbers brings a fresh sense of momentum, according to Nato military commanders.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8460573.stm

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  12. fareeha says:

    You might find this funny…I did! 🙂

    January 17, 2010
    FBI admits Photofit of Osama Bin Laden had Spanish features

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6991299.ece

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  13. fareeha says:

    Jan 18th 2010 –
    US drones unlikely to break militants in long term

    ISLAMABAD: A US unmanned drone aircraft that nearly killed Pakistan’s Taliban leader may encourage the CIA to keep up its campaign to eliminate high-profile militants by remote control.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-US-drones-unlikely-to-break-militants-in-long-term-ss-07

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  14. fareeha says:

    Gates Says Al Qaeda Seeks to Trigger India-Pakistan War

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704320104575014752587809016.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

    Al Qaeda can trigger Indo-Pak war: Gates
    * US defence secretary says India’s patience will be limited if there is a repeat of 26/11
    * Says he will allay Pak concerns to allow it to focus on war against terror
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\21\story_21-1-2010_pg1_1

    Gates vows closer ties, says Pakistan must fight extremists
    The defense secretary says the U.S.-Pakistan relationship will be long-term, but Islamabad must fight all militant groups — not pick and choose.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-gates-pakistan22-2010jan22,0,7719578.story

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  15. Afghan Tal iban are based in Pak istan: Miliband
    Sat ur day, 23 Jan, 2010
    KARACHI: With Al-Qaeda pushed out into Pakistan’s tribal areas, the orig i nal ratio nale for the war in Afghanistan — to ensure the coun try is not a safe haven again for Al-Qaeda and global ter ror ism — has come under scrutiny, said British For eign Sec re tary David Miliband.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/14-afghan-taliban-are-based-in-pakistan-miliband-zj-08

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  16. Obama’s changing tone
    By Shahid Javed Burki
    Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010

    What has given such prominence to a string of insurgencies at this time is the fact that some non-state actors belonging to the Islamic faith have decided to challenge the West, the US in particular, by using the weapon of terrorism.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-obamas-changing-tone-610-zj

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  17. Evidence grows that Pakistani Taliban leader is dead
    By Haq Nawaz Khan and Pamela Constable
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Monday, February 1, 2010; 12:04 PM

    PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — Evidence mounted Monday that the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, an extremist Islamic militia with close links to al Qaeda and a record of major suicide bombings, has died of burns and other injuries he received during a recent U.S. missile strike in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/01/AR2010020101866.html?hpid=moreheadlines

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  18. US military chief warns Taliban gaining influence
    Tuesday, 02 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The top US military officer on Tuesday urged Congress to approve billions of dollars for the war in Afghanistan, saying the Taliban was gaining influence across the country.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-us-military-chief-warns-taliban-gaining-influence-rs-03

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  19. fareeha says:

    Hakeemullah may have survived drone attack: Official
    Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A senior government functionary has told DawnNews on condition of anonymity that Hakeemullah Mehsud may have survived a drone strike.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-hakeemullah-may-have-survived-drone-attack-official-rs-02

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  20. US confirms Hakimullah’s death
    By Our Correspondent
    Friday, 05 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US counter-terrorism officials are now confirming that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, the US media reported on Thursday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/12-us-confirms-hakimullahs-death-520–bi-10

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  21. fareeha says:

    Lower Dir attack
    Dawn Editorial
    Friday, 05 Feb, 2010

    The Taliban would doubtless be euphoric over Wednesday’s attack that killed three American servicemen who were reportedly on a training mission with the Frontier Corps. At least four Pakistani schoolgirls and a local soldier also perished in the assault.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/19-lower-dir-attack-hh-03

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  22. fareeha says:

    Pakistani military seizes Taliban stronghold in NW
    By ANWARULLAH KHAN
    The Associated Press
    Sunday, February 7, 2010; 9:00 AM

    KHAR, Pakistan — Pakistani security forces have seized a key Taliban stronghold in a northwestern area that the government had declared free of militants a year ago following a military offensive but has experienced periodic violence since then.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/07/AR2010020701166.html

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  23. US, Nato plan big offensive in Helmand
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Monday, 08 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US and Nato forces are set to launch in southern Afghanistan this week a major offensive being described as the biggest assault of its kind since Vietnam four decades ago.

    “Our basic strategy is, is to reverse the momentum of the Taliban; to deny them control of population centres and production centres,” said US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/us%2C-nato-plan-big-offensive-in-helmand-820

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  24. Pakistani Taliban confirm leader’s death
    Hakimullah Mahsud was injured in a missile strike by a U.S. drone last month. He is the group’s second leader killed in six months.

    By Alex Rodriguez
    February 9, 2010

    Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan – The Pakistani Taliban confirmed Tuesday that their leader, Hakimullah Mahsud, died from injuries suffered in a U.S. drone missile strike last month, an attack that forces the insurgency to find a new leader for the second time in six months.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-hakimullah-mahsud10-2010feb09,0,6139722.story

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  25. Malik sees foreign hands in Karachi massacre

    ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): The Interior Minister A. Rehman Malik Tuesday said the joint investigation teams have found leads into Karachi massacre, where the involvement of foreign hands cannot be ruled out. Winding up discussion in National Assembly on bomb blasts on the occasion of Chehlum in Karachi, the Minister said that investigation conducted so far revealed that bomb blast in Aashura procession on 10 of Muharram in Karachi and the explosion on the occasion of Chehlum have similarities.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=96058&Itemid=1

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  26. Pakistan is my biggest worry: Biden
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Friday, 12 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US Vice-President Joe Biden has said the security situation in Pakistan worries him the most, more than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear programme.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-pakistan+is+my+biggest+worry+biden-hs-07

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  27. Must-read – really funny!

    How to talk to the Taliban
    Posted by Asif Akhtar on 02 12th, 2010 | Comments (4)

    Lately, there’ been a lot of talk about talking to the Taliban, and talking to the Taliban about talking to the Taliban. I wonder what high-level policy think-tank came up with this harebrained scheme; after nearly a decade of violence, someone sitting in a conference room must have snapped their fingers and said, “I’ve got it! Why don’t we ‘talk’ to the Taliban?” There must have undoubtedly been a flurry of official documentation, and policy ruminations about why talking to the Taliban would be a stronger strategy than indiscriminate bombing. Well what can I say other than ‘Wow!’ I mean all this advanced industrial infrastructure, these exquisite academic institutions, and all that jazz, and it took them this long to do a 180-degree policy turnaround after shamelessly going for a completely failed strategy for this long.

    http://blog.dawn.com/2010/02/12/how-to-talk-to-the-taliban/

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  28. US drone fires into North Waziristan
    Sunday, 14 Feb, 2010

    MIRAMSHAH: Missiles fired from a US drone aircraft killed five suspected militants at a training compound in Pakistan’s lawless northwest tribal belt on Sunday, officials said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-us-drone-fires-into-north-waziristan-ss-09

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  29. US missile raid ‘kills three’ in Pakistan
    By Hasbanullah Khan (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone attack killed at least three militants in Pakistan’s tribal belt on the Afghan border Monday, the second such strike in 24 hours, security officials said.

    Pakistani officials said the US aircraft fired at least one missile into a vehicle as it left a village in North Waziristan, a stronghold of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Haqqani network fighting against US troops in Afghanistan.

    The US drone programme targets Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the lawless northwest tribal belt, which Washington calls the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda and the most dangerous region on earth.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hbBqWJ3V6lomCPo6bTFuMQfYNA7g

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  30. Operation Rah-e-Nijat objectives achieved: COAS

    LAHORE: The key objectives of the military operation in South Waziristan have been achieved and most of the high profile terrorists have been wiped out from the area, a private TV channel quoted Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani as saying on Monday. Addressing troops and officers during his visit to South Waziristan, Kayani said that massive development work would commence in the area soon so that internally displaced people (IDPs) could live comfortably when they return home. While interacting with the tribesmen, the COAS thanked them for their resolve and support and attributed the success of the military operations to the will and determination of the people of Waziristan. Local military commanders briefed Kayani about the success of the operation and the killings of high profile Taliban and the destruction of their hideouts. daily times monitor

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20102\16\story_16-2-2010_pg1_9

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  31. From Times Online
    February 16, 2010
    Top Taleban commander Mullah Baradar captured in Pakistan: report
    Zahid Hussain, Islamabad
    The Taleban’s top military commander has been captured in Karachi in a secret raid by Pakistani and US intelligence forces.

    Pakistan confirmed this morning that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, described as the most significant Taleban figure captured since the start of the Afghanistan war, was arrested by Inter Services Intelligence from a city slum predominantly populated by Afghan and Pakistani Pashtuns earlier this month.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7028598.ece

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  32. Army won’t abandon tribals: Gen Kayani
    Published: February 16, 2010
    ISLAMABAD – Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Monday assured the tribesmen of Waziristan Agency that the Pakistan Army would not abandon them and continue playing its role in rehabilitation of the displaced people and development of the area.
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/16-Feb-2010/Army-wont-abandon-tribals-Gen-Kayani

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  33. White House declines to discuss Baradar’s arrest
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010
    WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday refused to discuss publicly the arrest of the Taliban’s military chief in Karachi about seven days ago but did not reject the suggestion that he had been captured.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-kerry-says-capture-proof-of-strong-cooperation-white-house-declines-to-discuss-baradars-arrest-720-hh-07

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  34. In Blow to Taliban, 2 More Senior Leaders Are Arrested
    By DEXTER FILKINS
    Published: February 18, 2010
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Two senior Taliban leaders have been arrested in recent days inside Pakistan, officials said Thursday, as American and Pakistani intelligence agents continued to press their offensive against the group’s leadership after the capture of the insurgency’s military commander last month.

    Afghan officials said the Taliban’s “shadow governors” for two provinces in northern Afghanistan had been detained in Pakistan by officials there. Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s leader in Kunduz, was detained in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad, and Mullah Mohammed of Baghlan Province was also captured in an undisclosed Pakistani city, they said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/world/asia/19taliban.html

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  35. CIA post in Karachi helped catch top guns of Taliban
    By Our Correspondent
    Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010
    WASHINGTON: Pakistan allowed the US Central Intelligence Agency to set up a post in Karachi and the data collected by this post led to the arrest of a key Taliban commander and two ‘governors’, officials said.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-cia-post-in-karachi-helped-catch-top-guns-of-taliban-020-hh-04

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  36. Secrets, spies and lies
    By Irfan Husain
    Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010

    OBTAINING the truth from governments is not unlike yanking out healthy teeth firmly attached to the jaw: both cause acute pain and resistance.

    Take the recent judgment in Britain that forced the government to reveal details of the torture that Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian-born British resident, went through following his arrest in Pakistan after 9/11. Held in American custody in a number of countries for seven years, he ended up in Guantanamo from where he was finally released last year without being charged.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/13+secrets%2C-spies-and-lies-020-za-04

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  37. CIA wants Baradar sent to Afghanistan
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Sunday, 21 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The CIA wants Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar transferred to an American prison near Kabul for interrogation, US officials said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-cia-wants-baradar-sent-to-afghanistan-120-rs-05

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  38. Pakistan enhances military posts along Afghan border
    Saturday, 20 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has increased its military posts along with Afghanistan border in Balochistan to keep strong vigil on the movement of Taliban militants from Afghanistan to Pakistani areas in the wake of ongoing Operation Mushtarak.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-pakistan+to+increase+border+checkposts–bi-05

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  39. Officialdom’s doublespeak
    By Huma Yusuf
    Sunday, 21 Feb, 2010

    There has been a definite shift in Pakistan’s counterterrorism policy. And once again Pakistanis are the last to know. The disclaimers issuing from Islamabad since the arrest of Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Baradar have reached new highs of dissimulation.

    Rather than continue to stoke the suspicions of the polity, the Pakistan government should make its policy towards the Taliban — both Pakistani and Afghan — transparent.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/16-huma-yusuf-officialdoms-doublespeak-hs-06

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  40. Sikhs demand stepped up security, release of kidnapped members

    M Zulqernain, Press Trust Of India
    Lahore, February 22, 2010
    First Published: 19:03 IST(22/2/2010)
    Last Updated: 19:04 IST(22/2/2010)

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    The brutal beheading of two Sikhs by the Taliban in Pakistan’s restive tribal belt has sparked demands for adequate security for the minority community as they sought the release of other members kidnapped by the militants.

    A day after the recovery of the beheaded bodies of Mahal Singh and Jaspal Singh in Pakistan’s tribal belt, a minority welfare official asked the government to provide security to the Sikhs living in the country’s restive tribal belt.

    Another two to four Sikhs are still being held by the Taliban.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/pakistan/Sikhs-demand-stepped-up-security-release-of-kidnapped-members/511593/H1-Article1-511686.aspx

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  41. Pakistan captures another Taliban leader
    By Reza Sayah, CNN
    February 22, 2010 — Updated 1108 GMT (1908 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Another senior Afghan Taliban leader has been arrested in Pakistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN on Monday.

    Security forces arrested Mullah Abdul Kabir last week from a religious school in the district of Nowshera, 54 miles (88 km) northwest of Islamabad, the officials said.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/22/taliban.arrest/

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  42. World has obligation to support Pakistan, Zardari tells US
    Tuesday February 23, 2010 (1120 PST)

    ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said the US should realise that a stable and democratic Pakistan was necessary for peace and for that the international community had a great role to play with a well-structured economic development agenda for Pakistan.

    He was talking to Commander of the US Central Command (Centcom) General David H Petraeus, who called on him, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other members of the visiting delegation were also present during the meeting.

    http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?224838

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  43. Key Afghan Taliban leader arrested in northwestern Pakistan
    Mullah Abdul Kabir is believed to have played a significant role in the insurgency’s operations in eastern Afghanistan. He is the fourth top Taliban figure to be seized in Pakistan in the last month.

    By Alex Rodriguez
    February 23, 2010

    Reporting from Karachi, Pakistan – A key Afghan Taliban leader has been arrested in northwestern Pakistan, that nation’s intelligence sources said Monday, the fourth top Taliban figure to be seized in Pakistan in the last month.

    Mullah Abdul Kabir was arrested last week, the sources said. They would not disclose where, but CNN and Fox News reported that he was captured in Nowshera, a largely Pashtun city near Peshawar.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-pakistan-taliban23-2010feb23,0,7971361.story

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  44. NATO commander in Afghanistan apologizes for airstrike in video to Afghan people

    By Deb Riechmann and Heidi Vogt (CP) – 1 hour ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan took his apology for a weekend airstrike that killed civilians directly to the Afghan people Tuesday, with a video in which he pledged to work to regain their trust as NATO continues a mass offensive against the Taliban in the south.

    U.S. Marines and Afghan ground troops pushing from the north and south of the insurgent stronghold of Marjah finally linked up after more than a week, creating a direct route across the town that allows convoys to supply ammunition and reinforcements.

    In the video, translated into the Afghan languages of Dari and Pashto on a NATO Web site, a stern Gen. Stanley McChrystal apologizes for the strike in central Uruzgan province that Afghan officials say killed at least 21 people.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gwx022dXNFxnJLaW4P3FEVljeULQ

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  45. Decline in sports contributed towards rise in terrorism: Gilani
    ISLAMABAD, Feb 23 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday said the decline of sports in our national set up had contributed towards the rise in terrorism in the country.If the youth of the country are provided with motivation, facilities and opportunity to harness their energy into positive activities like sports, the extremists would have a hard time in finding youth that can be misled, he added.Gilani was addressing the first ever joint meeting of the national sports bodies and national sports heroes held at the Prime Minister Secretariat on Tuesday.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=97088&Itemid=2

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  46. At least it has been established beyond a doubt now that there are at least two factions with identical names operating in this region with separate agendas in the press – the so called Talibans belonging to TTP fighting Pakistan and Talibans belonging to Afghanistan fighting NATO. Are they the same – apparently not. Otherwise, why the pressure on Pak army to fight the Afghan Taliban and leave TTP to their bombing locally by USA?

    Forces destroy four TTP hideouts in Darra Adam Khel
    Tuesday, 23 Feb, 2010

    KOHAT: Security forces bulldozed four hideouts of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Ali Baz Kalay of Darra Adam Khel while arresting six militants, reports DawnNews.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/14-forces-destroy-four-ttp-hideouts-in-darra-adam-khel-zj-04

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  47. General Patreaus discusses security with General Kayani
    Tuesday, 23 Feb, 2010

    RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani said on Tuesday that militancy along the Pak-Afghan border can only be eliminated with enhanced intelligence sharing between Pakistan and coalition forces operating in Afghanistan

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-general-patreaus-discusses-security-with-general-kayani-ss-03

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  48. U.S. Commander Lauds Pakistani Efforts on Militants
    By REUTERS
    Published: February 23, 2010

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. General David Petraeus on Tuesday praised Pakistan’s fight against Islamic militants as “quite impressive,” saying the counter-insurgency would be studied for years to come.

    Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command who helped write the Army Field Manual on counter-insurgency and is widely credited with turning around the Iraq war, said Pakistan was running a classical campaign in the Swat Valley and South Waziristan.

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/02/23/world/international-uk-pakistan-petraeus.html?_r=1

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  49. Afghan official: Pakistan to give up Taliban No. 2
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top Taliban leader picked up in Pakistan as part of a recent crackdown on insurgents will be handed over to Afghanistan, an Afghan government official said Wednesday. Islamabad said, however, that it had received no formal request to turn him over and that he could be tried first in Pakistan.

    Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is one of at least three Afghan Taliban commanders who have been captured in recent weeks in Pakistan, where militants have also sustained blows from suspected U.S. missile strikes, including four killed Wednesday in an al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold in northwest Pakistan, intelligence officials said.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-02-24-pakistan-taliban_N.htm

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  50. Pakistan agrees to hand over Mullah Baradar
    Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010
    KABUL: Pakistan has agreed to hand over to Afghanistan captured Afghan Taliban number two, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and other militants, the president’s office said on Thursday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-afghan-extradite-baradar-qs-08

    Al-Qaeda leader Qazi Zafar killed in drone attack
    Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010
    PESHAWAR: A top Al-Qaeda operative Qazi Zafar suspected of being involved in the US consulate Karachi bombing has been killed in a US drone strike in Dandi Darpakhel village near North Waziristan’s main town of Miramshah on Wednesday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-taliban-leader-qazi-zafar-killed-in-drone-attack-ss-06

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  51. Pakistan’s decisive action to aid Afghan conciliation: US
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ‘decisive’ action against the Taliban is already showing results, says the US State Department, adding that such measures would encourage militants to seek reconciliation.

    “This is expressly the kind of decisive action that we sought in our strategy from the outset, and that has been the basis upon which we have worked with Afghanistan, worked with Pakistan,” said the department’s spokesman P.J. Crowley.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-pakistans-decisive-action-to-aid-afghan-conciliation-us-720-rs-08

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  52. LHC stops extradition of five Afghan Taliban leaders
    Staff Report

    LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Friday restrained the federal and the Punjab governments from handing over the five arrested Taliban leaders to the United States or any other country until further notice.

    The LHC CJ ordered that Abdul Ghani Baradar – the Afghan Taliban’s senior military commander and close friend of Mullah Omar – Mullah Abdul Salam – the Taliban’s unofficial chief in Kunduz, also acting military commander over a large portion of Northern Afghanistan – Maulvi Kabeer – Afghanistan’s Nanganhar province governor during the Taliban regime – Mullah Muhammad Baghlan and Ameer Muawiaya – described as Taliban’s liaison officer for al Qaeda-linked terrorists in the Tribal Areas – should not be moved outside Pakistan without prior permission of the court.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\27\story_27-2-2010_pg1_5

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  53. Karzai calls Indian PM, regrets Kabul attacks
    By MUNEEZA NAQVI
    The Associated Press
    Saturday, February 27, 2010; 6:58 AM

    NEW DELHI — Afghan President Hamid Karzai called India’s prime minister on Saturday to express regret over the deaths of at least six Indians in a Taliban suicide attack in Kabul, as New Delhi sent an air force jet to repatriate the bodies.

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveyed India’s “outrage” over Friday’s assault that killed at least 16 people in all, and requested Karzai “ensure full security for Indian nationals in Afghanistan,” a statement from Singh’s office said.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/27/AR2010022701017.html

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  54. UK troops to remain in Afghanistan ‘for five years’
    Britain will be “militarily engaged” in Afghanistan for a further five years, the head of the Army has said.

    General Sir David Richards told the Daily Telegraph, while on a visit to Helmand, that he expected the military conflict to “trail off in 2011”.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8540402.stm

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  55. British mission lost hundreds of Pakistani passports
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The British High Commission is still clueless about hundreds of lost passports after months of snail-paced probe into the incident.

    Investigations by the Federal Investigation Agency have not made headway either.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-british-mission-lost-hundreds-of-pakistani-passports-720-hh-04

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  56. Two kidnapped Sikhs rescued in Khyber
    Monday, 01 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani security forces on Monday recovered two of three Sikhs kidnapped for ransom in the country’s volatile northwest, a security official said, days after the body of the third Sikh was found.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-two-kidnapped-sikhs-rescued-in-khyber-ss-06

    Senior Taliban commander killed in Swat clash
    Monday, 01 Mar, 2010
    PESHAWAR: A senior Taliban commander has been killed in a clash with security forces in Pakistan’s Swat valley, where the military claims to have quelled an uprising, officials said Monday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-senior-taliban-commander-killed-in-clashes-ss-07

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  57. Key Taliban complex captured in Bajaur
    Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010

    DAMADOLA: Pakistan’s army said Tuesday it had captured a key Taliban and Al-Qaeda complex dug into rocky mountains close to the Afghan border after killing 75 local and foreign militants.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-army-bajaur-qs-10

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  58. Muslim leader issues anti-terror fatwa
    Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010

    LONDON: The leader of a global Muslim movement has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, that he calls an absolute condemnation of terrorism.

    Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a former Pakistani lawmaker, says the 600-page fatwa bans suicide bombing “’without any excuses, any pretexts, or exceptions.”

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-muslim+leader+issues+anti-terror+fatwa-hs-02

    Top Islamic scholar issues ‘absolute’ fatwa against terror
    ‘Heroes Of Hellfire’
    Michael Holden, Reuters; With Files From Agence France-Presse Published: Wednesday, March 03, 2010
    A prominent Islamic scholar denounced terrorism in London, England, yesterday, issuing a fatwa he hopes will persuade young Muslims to turn their backs on extremism.

    Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri said there were no “ifs or buts” about terrorism, adding he wanted to convey the message that acts of terrorism cut people off as true followers of Islam.

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2634649

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  59. Taliban stronghold in Bajaur falls, Pak forces plan Khyber offensive
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010,6:07 [IST]

    Islamabad, Mar.3 (ANI): Pakistani security forces have claimed the Taliban’s nerve centre in the Bajaur Agency’s Damadola region and are now planning a fresh offensive against the extremists in the restive Orakzai agency and the Tirah Valley of the Khyber Agency.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/03/talibanstronghold-in-bajaur-falls-pak-forces-plankh.html

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  60. Taliban blow up tribal elder’s house

    HANGU: The Taliban detonated explosives planted around the house of a pro-government tribal elder in Aliabad area of Hangu district on Tuesday, injuring 10 members of the family.

    A Hangu bomb disposal squad official said that 70 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack on Malik Zaliman Shah, a tribal elder who had been supporting the government in the drive against the Taliban.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\03\story_3-3-2010_pg7_27

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  61. Afghanistan plans ban on live coverage of Taliban attacks
    AGENCIES, Mar 3, 2010, 10.59am IST

    KABUL: The Afghan government intends to ban live media coverage of Taliban attacks because it has evidence that militants have used live footage to direct their fighters on the ground, a presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Afghanistan-plans-ban-on-live-coverage-of-Taliban-attacks/articleshow/5636009.cms

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  62. Troops kill suicide jacket supplier near Peshawar
    Wednesday, 03 Mar, 2010

    PESHAWAR: The military said Wednesday that a supplier of suicide jackets and explosives who operated a key inter-city network had been killed during a gun battle with soldiers.

    “Two important terrorist commanders named Mohammad Tufail alias Abdullah and Mohammad Iqbal were killed by security forces in an exchange of fire,” the military announced overnight in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-army-suicide-jacket-supplier-qs-01

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  63. US to supply 1000 bomb kits to Pakistan: report
    Wednesday, 03 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The US Air Force plans to deliver 1,000 laser-guided bomb kits to Pakistan this month to help Islamabad in its offensive against militants on the Afghan border, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

    The Air Force is providing the kits after having delivered 1,000 MK-82 bombs last month to Pakistan’s military, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffry Glenn told AFP.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-us-to-supply-1000-bomb-kits-to-pakistan-report-ha-01

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  64. Lashkar-i-Taiba denies Kabul attacks
    Thursday, 04 Mar, 2010

    SRINAGAR: Militant group Lashkar-i-Taiba denied Thursday it was behind a coordinated attack in Kabul last week that killed 16 people, including seven Indians.

    The group, blamed by India for the siege in Mumbai in November 2008 that left 166 people dead, said it was not active in Afghanistan, in a call to AFP’s office in Srinagar.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-lt-kabul-attacks-qs-08

    US envoy refuses to blame LeT for Kabul attack
    By Our Correspondent
    Thursday, 04 Mar, 2010
    WASHINGTON: US envoy Richard Holbrooke has rejected New Delhi’s claim that recent terror strikes in Kabul specifically targeted Indians.

    At a Tuesday afternoon briefing at the State Department, Mr Holbrooke urged both India and Pakistan to stop blaming each other without substantial proof.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-us-envoy-refuses-to-blame-let-for-kabul-attack-430-hh-07

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  65. Top Taliban leaders among 30 militants killed in Pakistan
    PTI
    Friday, March 5, 2010 21:41 IST

    Peshawar: Several top Taliban leaders were believed to be among 30 militants killed when Pakistani gunship helicopters bombed militants hideouts in the lawless Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border today.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_top-taliban-leaders-among-30-militants-killed-in-pakistan_1355731

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  66. Official: Top Taliban leader arrested in Pakistan
    March 5, 2010 — Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A top Taliban leader has been arrested in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, a senior Pakistani military official told CNN.

    The official did not say when or how Agha Jan Motasim was detained. He asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/03/05/pakistan.taliban.arrest/

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  67. Holbrooke unsure if Pakistan against Afghan Taliban
    Friday, 05 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US special envoy Richard Holbrooke said in an interview with the Financial Times that he is agnostic about whether Pakistan had decisively turned against the Afghan Taliban.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-holbrooke-afghan-taliban-qs-03

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  68. TTP ‘commander’ Faqir reported killed in Mohmand
    By Fouzee Khan Mohmand
    Saturday, 06 Mar, 2010

    GHALANAI: Security forces stepped up their operation in the Mohmand tribal region and combat helicopters pounded militants’ positions on Friday.

    Officials said that 30 militants were killed when the helicopters attacked two compounds in Enzari Miangan and Koz Sagai areas of Pendiali tehsil adjoining Bajaur Agency.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-ttp-commander-faqir-reported-killed-in-mohmand-630-rs-07

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  69. ‘Tip-off led to Mohmand strikes’

    * Maulvi Faqir, Ziaur Rehman thought to have been killed in attack
    * Rehman Malik says deaths cannot be confirmed until ‘solid evidence’ received

    By Iqbal Khattak

    PESHAWAR: Friday’s strike on a heavily-guarded militant hideout in Mohmand was conducted after an intelligence tip-off about the presence of high-value targets, namely Taliban Bajaur chief Maulvi Faqir and Afghan commander Qari Ziaur Rehman, sources told Daily Times on Saturday.

    “Security forces received a tip-off about the presence of high-value targets at the site. We used an attack helicopter to completely destroy the fortified hideout,” the official sources said on the condition of anonymity.

    Official confirmation of the deaths of the high-value targets – Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) deputy chief Maulvi Faqir Muhammad and Afghan commander Qari Ziaur Rehman – has yet to come from the authorities concerned.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\07\story_7-3-2010_pg7_11

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  70. Pak Minister sees RAW hand in Lahore attack
    A Pakistani Provincial Minister on Monday alleged that India’s RAW was involved in the suspected suicide car bomb attack in Lahore, even as federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed “signatures of India” were there in weapons seized from militants in the tribal areas.

    Punjab Province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah alleged that India’s Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency was involved in Monday’s suspected suicide car bomb attack on a special investigation unit that killed 12 people.

    “Besides other neighbouring countries, India’s RAW agency is also involved. Israel and other countries could also be involved,” he told reporters in Lahore.
    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article218003.ece

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  71. Pakistan delivers but doubts remain
    By Syed Saleem Shahzad

    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has once again come up with a big fish for the United States with the arrest in the southern port city of a senior al-Qaeda operative.

    Although there is some confusion as to the identity of the man, the arrest again underscores the importance of Pakistan in the US’s struggle in Afghanistan.
    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LC09Df01.html

    FBI’s most wanted captured, says Pakistan
    ALEX RODRIGUEZ
    March 9, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani intelligence sources in Karachi say that security forces in the southern port city have arrested an American who became a top propagandist for al-Qaeda and who is wanted by the US on treason charges, but US officials say the reports cannot be confirmed.

    US intelligence agencies were last night sorting out conflicting reports on the purported arrest of Adam Gadahn of Riverside.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/fbis-most-wanted-captured-says-pakistan-20100308-psvx.html

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  72. Taliban clashes with rival Afghan militants kill 60
    At least 60 militants have been killed in fighting between the Taliban and a rival Islamic group, Hezb-e-Islami, in northern Afghanistan, police say.

    The fighting in Baghlan province erupted on Saturday morning. A number of civilians died in the crossfire.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8554050.stm

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  73. Pakistan: American al-Qaida suspect nabbed

    By CHRIS BRUMMITT (AP) – 2 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD — An American member of al-Qaida was picked up in a raid in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, Pakistani officials said Monday, but reversed earlier assertions that the detained man was the terror network’s U.S.-born spokesman.

    They identified the suspect as Abu Yahya Majadin Adam, but gave no details on his background or role within al-Qaida.

    A name very close to that is listed on the FBI’s Web site as an alias for Adam Gadahn, the 31-year-old spokesman who has appeared in several videos threatening the West since 2001. The resemblance created confusion among officials Sunday, leading them to believe that the suspect was Gadahn, an army officer and a senior intelligence officer said.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3FN9ZXp8uKf-Wdfo1-0EiN9KSmwD9EAFQU00

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  74. Terror revisits Lahore; 13 dead, 75 hurt
    Omer Farooq Khan, TNN, Mar 8, 2010, 07.25pm IST
    ISLAMABAD: Terror revisited Lahore on Monday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the office of Special Investigative Unit (SIU) near the Federal Investigative Agency’s (FIA) office, used for interrogation of suspected terrorists by the Pakistani investigators, killing at least 13 people and wounding 75 others. Among the dead were seven officials of the FIA, a police constable, two women and a child.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Terror-revisits-Lahore-13-dead-75-hurt/articleshow/5659652.cms

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  75. US acknowledges Pakistan’s wider anti-militancy resolve PDF Print E-mail

    WASHINGTON, March 8 (APP): As Pakistan continued its success in capture of key Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants, a top U.S. general appreciated ‘emerging recognition’ in Islamabad of the symbiotic relationship between various extremist groups operating in the region.“I think the development most recently is that there is emerging a recognition of what (Defense) Secretary Robert Gates has called the symbiotic relationship between all of the extremist elements in the FATA,” Gen David Petraeus, Chief of Central Command, told CNN in an interview, while citing his recent visits to the country and meetings with Pakistan army leaders.
    http://ftp.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=97975&Itemid=2

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  76. FIA building collapses after blast in Lahore
    Monday, 08 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban’s main umbrella faction, Tehreek-e-Taliban, claimed the group was responsible Monday for a suicide blast that killed 12 people in Lahore.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/14-blast-in-model-town-area-of-lahore-zj-04

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  77. Taliban reintegration to be key agenda of Pak-Afghan talks
    Tuesday, 09 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Taliban reintegration and the political solution of Afghan crises are likely to be the key agenda of Pak-Afghan consultations as Afghan President Karzai is due to arrive in Islamabad on Wednesday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-taliban-reintegration-to-be-key-agenda-of-pak-afghan+talks-ss-10

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  78. Islamabad stand gets tacit US endorsement
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Tuesday, 09 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The US general who oversees the Afghan war has acknowledged that Pakistan has a reason to be concerned about its lack of strategic depth.

    In two television interviews this weekend, Gen. David Petraeus also said that the Pakistani “security forces, have put a lot of short sticks into a lot of hornets’ nests over the course of that last 10 months” and they needed to consolidate their gains in those areas before taking up new operations.

    Pakistan “has an interest that is somewhat different than ours, and that their strategic depth is and always has been for a country that’s very narrow and has its historic enemy to its east,” he told the PBS television.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-petraeus-on-strategic-depth-islamabad-stand-gets-tacit-us-endorsement-930-zj-01

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  79. US doubts Islamabad’s will to pursue militants
    By Daniel Dombey in Washington and Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad
    Published: March 9 2010 23:06 | Last updated: March 9 2010 23:06

    When Pakistani officials announced last month they had detained the Afghan Taliban’s second-in-command, their action raised a crucial question: is Islamabad now ready to take on the Taliban and al-Qaeda, as the US has long demanded?
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e64dcb2e-2bbb-11df-a5c7-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

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  80. Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to respond to all challenges: Kayani
    2010-03-10 12:30:00

    Lauding the security forces for carrying out ‘successful’ operations against extremists in various parts of the country, Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that country’s armed forces are ‘fully prepared to respond to all challenges’.
    http://sify.com/news/pak-army-fully-prepared-to-respond-to-all-challenges-kayani-news-international-kdkm4hjhfbj.html

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  81. US leaders seek to find best way to combat extremism
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Wednesday, 10 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Much fighting remains, and more casualties and more dark days are ahead, warns US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates while CIA chief Leon Panetta warns of “lone wolves” determined to kill as many Americans as possible.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-us-leaders-seek-to-find-best-way-to-combat-extremism-030-zj-02

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  82. Swat Taliban chief Fazlullah has fled: Pak official
    2010-03-12 11:30:00

    A senior Corps Commander, Lt. Gen. Masood Alam, has said that there are reports that Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah had fled the region fearing arrest by security agencies.

    Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function in Mingora, Lt.Gen Alam said the security forces have not stopped searching Fazllulah and working extensively to nab him.
    http://sify.com/news/swat-taliban-chief-fazlullah-has-fled-pak-official-news-international-kdml4gciaba.html

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  83. Karzai visits Pakistan amid hectic activities in Kabul
    By Imdad Hussain

    ISLAMABAD, March 12 (Xinhua) — In wake of hectic diplomatic activities in Kabul a few days back, Afghan President Hamid Karzai flew in Islamabad Wednesday and had extensive consultation with the Pakistan leadership to narrow differences on some crucial security issues, including training of Afghan forces and repatriation of important Taliban commanders.

    Since the United States announced the plan of withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan from next year, focus has been shifted to strengthening, training and equipping the afghan forces to deal with militancy.
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/indepth/2010-03/12/c_13207899.htm

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  84. Pakistan will be privy to talks with Taliban: Karzai
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed and Ahmad Hassan
    Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Hamid Karzai assured Pakistan on Thursday of a role in his government’s plan for ‘reconciliation and reintegration’ of the Taliban to end fighting in Afghanistan.

    The president, who was on the second day of a two-day trip to Pakistan — the first after his re-election — in meetings with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and National Assembly’s standing committee on foreign affairs promised to keep Pakistan on board about any political engagement with the Taliban.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-karzai-tells-pakistan-no-proxy-wars-in-afghanistan-ss-10

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  85. Taliban leader threatens to resume attacks on troops
    By Our Correspondent
    Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    TANK: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan leader Maulvi Faqir Mohammad threatened on Thursday to resume attacks on security forces in Bajaur if the government did not stop the operation in the region.

    “We abdicated our positions and chose not to fight with security forces following an understanding that our people will not be harmed. But the government appears to be continuing with its repressive policies.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-taliban-leader-threatens-to-resume-attacks-on-troops-230-hh-02

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  86. US Congress plans hearing on Lashkar-e-Taiba
    Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The US Congress is holding a hearing on Lashkar-e-Taiba on Thursday, focusing on its alleged role in terrorist attacks inside India and exploring views within the Pakistan Army about the group.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-us-congress-plans-hearing-on-let-130-zj-03

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  87. 7 blasts hit Lahore; 45 killed, Pak Taliban claim responsibility
    Omer Farooq Khan, TNN, Mar 13, 2010, 01.03am IST
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s cultural capital Lahore convulsed with a second — and deadlier — serial terror attack within a week, with seven blasts ripping through two markets, including RA Bazar in the heart of the city. The terror attacks in RA Bazar killed 45 people and wounded over 100 on Friday, which, being a holiday, sees heavy shopping crowds.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/7-blasts-hit-Lahore-45-killed-Pak-Taliban-claim-responsibility/articleshow/5678050.cms

    Seven blasts followed after Lahore twin suicide attacks
    Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: After the deadly twin suicide attacks in Lahore Cantonment that killed 39 and injured about a 100. Lahore’s Moon Market has witnessed five low intensity blasts within an hour of each other. One person has also been taken into custody from the area.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/07-lahore-hit-by-third-blast-casualties-feared-ha-10

    Twin suicide attack kills 39 in Lahore: police
    Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: Twin suicide attacks seconds apart targeted the Pakistani military Friday, killing 39 people in the second attack to hit security forces in the country’s cultural capital this week.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/03-blast-in-lahores-ra-bazaar-ss-06+

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  88. Sunday, March 14, 2010
    By By our correspondent
    LAHORE: The residents of Allama Iqbal Town continued to suffer from the panic created by Friday’s series of blasts as majority of them remained in their houses and schools and markets remained closed on Saturday.

    The Iqbal Town Police have registered a case (No 113/10) under various sections of ATA 120B/427, 780A PPC and 3/4 Explosive Act against the unidentified terrorists involved in six explosions in the area. However, no arrest has been made in this regard.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=229027

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  89. Taliban: Kandahar bombings a ‘warning’ to NATO

    By NOOR KHAN (AP) – 1 hour ago

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Deadly bomb attacks in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar were a warning to NATO’s top general that the Taliban are ready for a coming offensive in their heartland, the insurgents said Sunday.

    Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the bombings show the insurgents are still able to operate despite the buildup of Afghan and international troops in the south in preparation for a push into Kandahar province.

    A separate, Taliban-linked Web site called the attacks a “warning” to Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The top NATO general has said Kandahar province is the next target for coalition forces who recently drove the insurgents from a key stronghold in neighboring Helmand province.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvWEqwq3CrRvaQCmt21MfoYhjZJQD9EEG37G0

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  90. Taliban distancing themselves from Al Qaeda: experts
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Sunday, 14 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The blasts in Lahore are the last desperate measures of pro-Al Qaeda militants who are now being abandoned by the Taliban, diplomatic sources told Dawn.

    The sources also confirmed a Los Angeles Times report, published on Saturday, that the Taliban militants in Fata were now refusing to collaborate with Al Qaeda fighters.

    The Taliban were declining to provide shelter or assist in attacks in Afghanistan even in return for payment, the report said.

    “Yes, Pakistani intelligence sources also confirm this assessment,” said a senior diplomatic source who did not want to be identified.

    “There is a sizeable shift away from Al Qaeda,” he said. “Very few are left who still support Al Qaeda. The vast majority is distancing itself from them.”

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/taliban-distancing-themselves-from-al-qaeda-experts-430

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  91. 1,500kgs of explosives, suicide vests seized in Lahore
    By Muhammad Faisal Ali
    Tuesday, 16 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: Police seized a big quantity of explosives, suicide jackets, hand-grenades, magazines, bullets and other material from a shop in Allama Iqbal Town here on Monday and arrested 12 terror suspects, including the owner of the shop.

    During a search operation, police broke open a shop near Sabzi Mandi, in Gulshan Iqbal and recovered 1,500 kilograms of explosives, two suicide jackets, 16 hand-grenades, 25 magazines and thousands of bullets of sub-machine gun, 200 large bullets of light machine gun besides detonators, fuses and wires.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/1,500kgs-of-explosives,-suicide-vests-seized-in-lahore-630

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  92. Backlash against Shahbaz Sharif in NA
    By Raja Asghar
    Tuesday, 16 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif came in for some sharp attacks in the National Assembly on Monday in a backlash over his appeal to Taliban to spare his province from terror attacks because of a shared stance with his PML-N party against former president Pervez Musharraf.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/backlash-in-na-630

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  93. Cornered PML-N launches bid to limit damage
    Dawn Correspondent
    Tuesday, 16 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The entire counter-terrorism effort being spearheaded by the country’s security forces went into a tailspin on Monday following a bizarre statement made by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif a day earlier, pleading the Taliban to spare Punjab from terrorist attacks, prompting a strong reaction from those supporting the efforts to eradicate religious extremism from the country, with Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) making desperate efforts throughout the day to dilute the effects of the controversial statement.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/furore-over-shahbazs-remarks-cornered-pmln-launches-bid-to-limit-damage-punjab-cm-meets-kayani-630

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  94. No political force supports terrorists

    ISLAMABAD: No political force in the country has a soft corner for the terrorists whose only aim is to destabilise the country, Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Monday. Talking to a private news channel, he said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s recent statement asking the terrorists “not to attack Punjab” was bound to lower the morale of the nation and create disharmony between different sections of the country. “This is not an issue of condemnation, but I believe such sort of statements should be avoided… all political forces condemn terrorism and no one favours this particular mindset about extremism,” he said. The minister added that the people of NWFP and other provinces had rendered numerous sacrifices to eradicate terrorism, and such statements
    should not be issued, especially by a leader of Shahbaz Sharif’s calibre. app

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\16\story_16-3-2010_pg7_27

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  95. Gilani sees ‘no rush’ in launching new offensives against militants PDF Print E-mail
    ISLAMABAD, Mar 17 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has reiterated “not to be in a rush” in launching new offensives in the country’s border areas, and said focus will be on first holding the territory captured from the militants. “We have to hold areas first and we should not be in a rush. We have to consolidate,” the Prime Minister said in response to a question regarding the next steps in war against terrorism, in an interview with daily Financial Times.

    Prime Minister Gilani said, “It’s up to the military and political leadership to think about how to proceed and when to go to other areas.”
    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=98687&Itemid=1

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  96. Rao emphasises India’s role in Afghanistan
    Narayan Lakshman

    Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao reviewed the progress of India-US strategic dialogue with top Obama Administration officials and briefed them on the recent Indo-Pak talks as well as New Delhi’s view point on Afghanistan.

    Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has concluded her visit to Washington, during which she impressed upon U.S. officials the importance of India’s continued commitment to its developmental work in Afghanistan. Her trip also saw a sharp focus on high-tech trade and the Strategic Dialogue that was initiated last July when Secretary Clinton visited India.
    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article248418.ece

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  97. Pakistan Charges Americans With Terrorism
    LAHORE, Pakistan — Five young American Muslims detained in Pakistan last December on suspicion of seeking to join jihadists in Afghanistan were formally charged Wednesday, in a case that added to fears that Westerners might be increasingly be turning to Islamist-inspired terrorism.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/world/asia/18pstan.html

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  98. If bin Laden is found, he’ll be killed, Holder says
    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    TERRORISM

    Holder: If bin Laden found, he’ll be killed

    Osama bin Laden “will never appear in an American courtroom,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told House members at a hearing Tuesday.

    “Let’s deal with the reality here,” Holder said in response to questions from Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.). “The reality is, we will be reading Miranda rights to a corpse.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/16/AR2010031603753.html

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  99. PM Gilani, Shahbaz condemn Taliban
    By Amir Wasim
    Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif joined Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday in condemning the recent terrorist attacks in the country in an apparent move to offset pressures on the PML-N leader over his controversial statement in which he urged Taliban to spare Punjab from attacks.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-pm%2C-shahbaz-condemn-taliban-730-hh-03

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  100. Cabinet lauds role of Security Forces & media: Kaira
    By GR Chandio
    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that the role of the security forces and the media was lauded during the cabinet meeting. Addressing a joint press conference with Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik after the Cabinet meeting here on Wednesday, the Federal Information Minister said that the media has played an important role to develop consensus at the national level.

    http://www.regionaltimes.com/18mar2010/backpagenews/cabinet.htm

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  101. Al-Qaeda ‘in disarray’
    March 19, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Relentless attacks against al-Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas appear to have driven Osama bin Laden and other leaders deeper into hiding, leaving it less capable of sophisticated operations, the director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, has said.

    So profound is al-Qaeda’s disarray that one of its lieutenants, in a recently intercepted message, pleaded with bin Laden to come to the group’s rescue and provide some leadership, Mr Panetta told The Washington Post.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/alqaeda-in-disarray-20100318-qif3.html

    U.S. believes al Qaeda still deadly but ‘on the run’
    From Pam Benson, CNN National Security Producer
    March 18, 2010 — Updated 0551 GMT (1351 HKT)

    Washington (CNN) — An intercepted message indicates some members of al Qaeda are looking to the group’s founder for more visible leadership, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN Wednesday after CIA director Leon Panetta talked about the message in a newspaper interview.

    Osama bin Laden is “rarely seen, rarely heard,” the official said, and that is “troubling” to those who see him as their leader.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/03/18/al.qaeda.intelligence/?hpt=T2

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  102. Suspected TTP member arrested in Karachi
    Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010

    KARACHI: Suspected member of Tehreek-e-Taliban, Ismail Mehsud has been arrested from Sohrab Goth area of Karachi

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/22-suspected-ttp-member-arrested-in-karachi-aj-01

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  103. No respite from fear
    By I.A. Rehman
    Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010

    Apart from the loss of a large number of precious lives, this month’s terrorist attacks have deepened the people’s sense of insecurity and despair mainly because they cannot see when and how the wave of terrorism will end.

    One of the causes of the people’s anxiety is the realisation that the militants are usually one step ahead of the security agencies. The latter seem to rely on their ability to intercept calls and conversations on cellular phones on the basis of which they issue warnings of militants’ entry into cities/towns.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/14-i-a-rehman-no-respite-from-fear-830-zj-09

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  104. Pakistan army in tribal areas risks ‘civil war’: Imran Khan
    Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010

    LONDON: Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has warned that the Pakistani army’s offensive in the tribal areas is pushing the country to the brink of “civil war”, in comments published in a newspaper.

    He also blamed US-Pakistan military attacks in the areas bordering Afghanistan for creating the Pakistan Taliban, in the comments in London’s Evening Standard paper on Wednesday.

    “It’s civil war in the making,” said the opposition politician, referring to the decision to send the army into the tribal areas in Pakistan’s northwest.

    “They were like a bull in a china shop, fighting one or two guerrillas with aerial bombing of villages.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-imran-khan-civil-war-qs-03

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  105. Arrests of Top Taliban Figures Ended Talks, Ex-Envoy Says
    By ALISSA J. RUBIN
    Published: March 19, 2010

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The former top United Nations official in Afghanistan said that recent arrests of high-ranking Taliban figures by Pakistan have severed important secret communications between the Taliban and the West, possibly delaying peace negotiations and making them more difficult.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/world/asia/20afghan.html

    Taliban talks halted by Pakistan arrests: UN envoy
    Friday, 19 Mar, 2010

    LONDON: The arrest of key Taliban leaders in Pakistan stopped a secret channel of communications with the United Nations, the former UN special representative to Afghanistan said Friday in a BBC interview.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-taliban-talks-halted-by-pakistan-arrests-ex-un-envoy-zj-02

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  106. Al-Qaeda on the run: CIA Director
    Dawn Correspondent
    Friday, 19 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Attacks in Pakistan have driven Osama bin Laden and other leaders underground and reduced Al-Qaeda’s ability to plan attacks, CIA Director Leon Panetta said.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-al-qaeda-on-the-run%2C-says-cia-chief-930-zj-05

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  107. Malik sees outsiders’ hand in Islamabad violence
    By Khawar Ghumman and Munawwar Azeem
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed on Friday that outsiders were involved in the daylong violence and fighting with police in Islamabad. It led to the arrest of a large number of protesters and injuries to over two dozen people, including policemen.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-malik-sees-outsiders-hand-in-violence-030-zj-04

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  108. Pak rejects ex-UN official’s remarks over Taliban peace talks being ‘blocked’
    Saturday, March 20, 2010,6:05 [IST]
    Islamabad, Mar.20 (ANI): Pakistan has rejected former UN envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide’s remarks that the arrest of some top Taliban commanders in the country has blocked the reconciliation process with the extremists.
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/20/pakrejects-ex-un-officials-remarks-over-taliban-peacetalk.html

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  109. US “gratified” by Pakistani arrests of Taliban leaders
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States is “extremely gratified” that Pakistan has arrested key Taliban leaders, US special envoy Richard Holbrooke said on Friday when asked to comment on a former UN official’s statement that the arrests had squandered Afghan peace efforts.

    At a briefing at the State Department on the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue, Mr Holbrooke also indicated greater US interests in helping Pakistan overcome the grave energy crisis that has paralysed the Pakistani economy.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-us-gratified-by-arrest-of-taliban-leaders-030-zj-01

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  110. Gilani calls for support of international community
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan had taken up the challenge to curb the menace of terrorism and extremism in the larger interest of international peace and security.

    Talking to British High commissioner, Mr. Adam Thomson in Islamabad, Gilani said it was imperative for the international community to extend the requisite support to Pakistan in the capacity building of its law enforcement agencies as well as in the reconstruction of areas cleared from militancy.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/22-gilani-calls-for-support-of-international-community-aj-01

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  111. Thirteen TTP men killed in air strike on hideouts
    Dawn Correspondent
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    KOHAT: Military planes attacked and destroyed six hideouts of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in different parts of Orakzai agency on Friday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-13-ttp-men-killed-in-air-strike-on-hideouts-030-zj-05

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  112. The mysterious case of the grey lady of Bagram
    By Robert Fisk
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Dr Shams Hassan Faruqi sits amid his rocks and geological records, shakes his bearded head and stares at me. “I strongly doubt if the children are alive,” he says. “Probably, they have expired.” He says this in a strange way, mournful but resigned, yet somehow he seems oddly unmoved. As a witness, supposedly, to the mysterious 2008 re-appearance of Aafia Siddiqui – the “most wanted woman in the world”, according to former US attorney general John Ashcroft – I guess this 73-year-old Pakistani geologist is used to the limelight. But the children, I ask him again. What happened to the children?

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/the-mysterious-case-of-the-grey-lady-of-bagram-030

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  113. Taliban: the unanswered questions
    Saturday, March 20, 2010
    By Iqbal Haider

    The record breaking rise in suicide attacks and the onslaught of repeated explosions all over the country, more recently in Lahore and Mingora, have naturally caused countrywide shock, anxiety and concern. People at large are anxious to find a real effective strategy to eradicate these extremist militant religious forces, their suicide bombers and the unending incidents of terrorism. Some say that the Government should hold negotiations with the Taliban. Some of the bearded or non-bearded leaders of the religious parties have been offering their services for mediating with these terrorists.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=230059

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  114. At least three killed in Quetta blast
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    QUETTA: Three people, including two policemen, were killed and 14 others were wounded in a blast in Quetta on Sunday. The target of the blast was a police officer’s vehicle.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/04-quetta-blast-qs-08

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  115. Blasts leave 12 civilians dead in Afghanistan
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    LASHKAR GAH: A suicide bomber killed 10 civilians on Sunday when he detonated his explosives near a crowd in southern Afghanistan, while a roadside bomb in the east killed two others, officials said.

    Violence in Afghanistan has surged, with 2009 being the worst year since US-backed Afghan forces overthrew the Taliban in 2001. More than 2,400 civilians were killed last year, a 14 per cent rise on 2008, the United Nations said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-afghan-blast-south-qs-11

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  116. Taliban kill four ‘US spies’ in North Waziristan
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010
    MIRAMSHAH: The bullet-riddled bodies of four tribesmen killed for allegedly spying for the United States were found Sunday in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, witnesses and officials said.

    Officials said the four were kidnapped by the Taliban about ten days ago.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-nwaziristan-us-spies-taliban-qs-07

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  117. At least seven militants killed in Orakzai
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    ORAKZAI: At least seven militants were killed in an offensive by security forces on Sunday as they pounded the hideouts of militants in the Orakzai tribal region, official sources told DawnNews.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-militants-killed-as-forces-pound-hideouts-in-orakzai-hh-07

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  118. No talks held with UN envoy: Taliban
    Bureau Report
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban dismissed on Saturday claims of former UN representative to Afghanistan Kai Eide that he had had contacts with key Taliban leaders before militant leaders were arrested in Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-no-talks-held-with-un-envoy-taliban-130-hh-10

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  119. Mixed signals
    By Huma Yusuf
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    The statement by Kai Eide, former United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan, indicating that the recent arrests of top Taliban commanders in Karachi had a “negative” effect has certainly irritated many Pakistanis. The sentiment is, after all, a direct contradiction of the United States mantra to “do more”.

    As suicide and bomb attacks continue apace across Pakistan, these mixed signals from the international community — and our government’s reaction to them — make a mockery of the human and civic toll of terrorism in our country.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/huma-yusuf-mixed-signals-130

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  120. How Pakistani Help Gets in Karzai’s Way
    By Tim McGirk / Kabul Saturday, Mar. 20, 2010

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1973922,00.html

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  121. Suspected terrorists caught before attacks
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/21-suspected-terrorists-caught-before-attacks-sk-02

    Gunmen kill college principal in Quetta
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/03-gunmen-kill-college-principal-in-quetta-ss-03

    Key Taliban leader arrested in Peshawar
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/14-key-taliban-leader-arrested-in-peshawar-zj-03

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  122. Petition filed against Dr. Qadeer at Lahore High Court
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: The Pakistani government asked a court on Monday to prevent nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan giving interviews to the media.

    The government was annoyed by two articles published in The Washington Post this month, claiming they had “national security implications for Pakistan” as they contained allegations related to its nuclear programme.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-petition-filed-against-dr-qadeer-at-lahore-high-court-ss-02

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  123. Taliban say not involved in Kabul peace talks
    (Reuters) – The Taliban are not involved in peace talks between an insurgent faction and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and will not agree to talks until Western troops are withdrawn from the country, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62L0PT20100323

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  124. 21 Taliban killed in Pakistan assault: officials

    (AFP) – 9 hours ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistan’s armed forces launched an assault Wednesday on Taliban hideouts in the northwest tribal belt, killing at least 21 militants in firefights and bombing raids, officials said.

    The operation began hours after a US drone aircraft fired two missiles into a compound in North Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border, killing at least six suspected militants in the latest strike by the spy planes.

    Pakistani paramilitary troops began operations just after midnight Wednesday to flush out militants from the outskirts of the main town in the Orakzai tribal district, senior security officials in the region said.

    Helicopter gunships also shelled the militants in the same area of Orakzai, part of the lawless tribal belt along the Afghan border which is infested with Taliban and Al-Qaeda extremists.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hyWEA2J7X49oNi_cWN0yJdQygggw

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  125. Charges being framed against ex-Blackwater chief
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Government prosecutors in the United States are considering weapons charges against former executives at Blackwater Worldwide over allegations the private security company illegally stockpiled automatic rifles at its headquarters, reports AP.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/charges-being-framed-against-exblackwater-chief-430

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  126. Air strikes kill 30 Taliban in NW Pakistan: security forces

    (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Air strikes by Pakistani fighter jets on Taliban hideouts in the country’s northwestern tribal region near Afghanistan killed 30 militants on Thursday, military officials said.

    Fifteen militants were killed in a strike on Mamozai village in Orakzai tribal district and another 15 in Kurram, another tribal district along the Afghan border, a senior paramilitary official told AFP.

    “Fighter jets also destroyed seven hideouts of Taliban,” the official said, requesting anonymity.

    Another senior military official based in Peshawar also confirmed the air strikes and death tolls, saying: “All these militants were from Tehreek-e-Taliban,” an umbrella organisation for the Pakistani Taliban.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jixplW58hIg03C5qJ1y4mUgzm-sw

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  127. Bin Laden threatens US over alleged 9/11 plotter

    By SARAH EL DEEB (AP) – 4 hours ago

    CAIRO — Osama bin Laden threatened in a new message released Thursday to kill any Americans al-Qaida captures if the U.S. executes the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks or other al-Qaida suspects.

    In the 74-second audiotape aired on Al-Jazeera television, the al-Qaida leader explicitly mentions Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in 2003. He is the most senior al-Qaida operative in U.S. custody and is currently detained at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    In 2008, the U.S. charged Mohammed with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. Pentagon officials have said they will seek the death penalty for him. Four of his fellow plotters are also in custody.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jBgOZYOvfgrLsGjO1W5vaVc5VzXAD9ELPRVO0

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  128. Malik says 823 terrorists killed during Rah-i-Nijat
    Friday, 26 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Senate was informed Friday that 823 terrorists were killed during Operation Rah-i-Nijat in South Waziristan.

    Interior Minister Rehman Malik giving day-wise details during Question Hour said since October 17, 2009 till February 20, 2010 terrorists were killed on most of the days to clear the area.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-rehman-malik-rahinijat-qs-08

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  129. No support for Afghan Taliban: Qureshi
    Friday, 26 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan on Friday rejected suggestions that it has quietly supported Taliban elements in Afghanistan and pledged to work to bring stability in its northwestern neighbour.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in a theme he has stressed throughout a visit to Washington, said Pakistan was striving to be a “moderate, democratic voice” since its return to civilian rule in 2008.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-no+support+for+afghan+taliban+qureshi-hs-04

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  130. New leader indicates Taliban’s determination
    Thursday, 25 Mar, 2010

    KABUL: The Taliban’s supreme leader has replaced his top deputy with a young but hardened fighter, an indication of the Taliban’s determination to push ahead with its insurgency, despite the recent arrests of a handful of high-level commanders in Pakistan, as reported by the New York Times.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-after-arrests-taliban-promote-a-fighter-sk-02

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  131. US needs Pakistan’s cooperation: Mike Mullen
    By Our Correspondent
    Thursday, 25 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States required ‘ever more’ cooperation with Pakistan to execute its new strategy for defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US military chief told a congressional panel on Wednesday.

    During a hearing on the US defence budget, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen warned that the United States could not afford to lose in Afghanistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-us-needs-pakistans-cooperation-mullen-530-hh-07

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  132. Taliban not in direct conflict with India: spokesman
    Saturday, 27 Mar, 2010

    NEW DELHI: Claiming that they were not in direct conflict with India, Taliban have said there was a possibility of reconciliation even as they justified the February 26 Kabul attack on Indians as a legitimate action.

    In an interview with Times of India, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed his organisation did not want India out of Afghanistan but assailed the country for supporting Hamid Karzai’s government and western forces.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/taliban-not-in-direct-conflict-with-india-spokesman-730

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  133. Obama Presses Afghan Leader
    BY PETER SPIEGEL AND JONATHAN WEISMAN

    KABUL, Afghanistan—President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan unannounced Sunday in a six-hour visit to rally thousands of U.S. troops and press his Afghan counterpart to move more quickly to fight government corruption.

    The trip, Mr. Obama’s first to the war zone since taking office 14 months ago, was shrouded in secrecy for security reasons. The White House informed Afghan President Hamid Karzai of the visit on Thursday.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052702303429804575150243915824282.html

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  134. In surprise visit to war zone, Obama prods Afghans
    Sunday, 28 Mar, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/22-president-obama-makes-surprise-stop-in-afghanistan-aj-01

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  135. Tories firm on Afghan exit plan despite Clinton’s plea

    CTV.ca News Staff

    Date: Tue. Mar. 30 2010 3:48 PM ET

    The Canadian government insists it will not back down from its intention to pull its troops out of combat in Afghanistan next year, despite a not-so-subtle hint from the U.S. Secretary of State that Washington wants its closest ally to remain there.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CTV’s Power Play on Monday that Washington values the work of Canadian soldiers and would “obviously like to see some form of support continue” beyond 2011 — the year that Ottawa has pledged to pull the Canadian Forces off the Afghan battlefield.

    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100330/afghanistan_2011_100330/20100330?hub=

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  136. Obama and Karzai: A Relationship in Progress
    “Last question” had already been called in the conference room on Air Force One high above the Caspian Sea, Sunday, on its secret journey to Kabul. But a reporter for National Public Radio wanted to squeeze in one more: When had Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai learned that Obama would be dropping in for an unscheduled visit?

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1976298,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

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  137. Afghan Bomb Aims at Anti-Opium Aid
    By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and TAIMOOR SHAH
    Published: March 31, 2010

    KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 13 Afghans were killed on Wednesday morning when a bomb exploded at a market in an attack aimed at a NATO-backed program to reduce opium cultivation in the restive southern province of Helmand, local authorities said.

    Most of the victims were farmers and other Afghans lined up to receive fertilizer and seeds from the NATO-backed Food Zone program, which is designed to persuade farmers to switch from poppy cultivation, the most profitable crop in Helmand, to wheat and other crops.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/world/asia/01afghan.html

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  138. Pakistan has role in Afghan reconciliation: US
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Thursday, 01 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has said that Pakistan also needs to be enlisted in any effort to seek reconciliation with the Afghan militants, although the process has to be led and managed by Kabul.

    A senior US defence official, while briefing journalists in Washington, recalled that Pakistan had offered assistance to Afghanistan in the reconciliation process and the offer needed to be considered “because of the tribal region and the nature of it”.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/pakistan-has-role-in-afghan-reconciliation-us-140

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  139. US concern after Hamid Karzai blames west for Afghanistan election ‘fraud’

    President says governments trying to weaken him and that foreign troops risk becoming occupation force
    The Obama administration said today it was “troubled” by accusations from the Afghan president that the west was trying to weaken him and that foreign troops risked becoming an occupation force.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said there was concern over a speech yesterday in which Hamid Karzai sought to turn charges that he stole Afghanistan’s presidential election on their head by blaming what he termed “vast fraud” in last August’s poll on an attempt by the UN and international organisations to deny him victory or discredit his win.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/02/hamid-karzai-west-afghanistan-election-fraud

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  140. Updated April 02, 2010
    Karzai Calls Clinton After Anti-West Speech Draws Administration Rebuke

    FOXNews.com

    Hours after the Obama administration rebuked Hamid Karzai for a rant accusing Western governments of sabotaging his election, the Afghan president is trying to patch things up with the United States.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/02/white-house-karzais-anti-western-remarks-troubling/

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  141. APRIL 3, 2010, 3:54 P.M. ET

    Karzai Slams the West Again
    BY MATTHEW ROSENBERG AND HABIB ZAHORI

    KABUL, Afghanistan—President Hamid Karzai lashed out at his Western backers for the second time in three days on Saturday, accusing the U.S. of interfering in Afghan affairs and saying the Taliban insurgency would become a legitimate resistance movement if the meddling doesn’t stop.

    Mr. Karzai, whose government is propped up by billions of dollars in Western aid and nearly 100,000 American troops fighting the Taliban, made the comments during a private meeting with about 60 or 70 Afghan lawmakers.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303917304575162012382865940.html

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  142. Deadly day for U.S. ally Germany in northern Afghanistan
    Three soldiers die and five are wounded Friday in an unusually fierce battle with insurgents in Kunduz, then troops accidentally kill six Afghan soldiers apparently coming to their aid.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/asia/la-fg-afghan-germans4-2010apr04,0,6506527.story

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  143. No reaching out to Taliban, says India
    IANS, Apr 3, 2010, 08.57pm IST

    NEW DELHI: Unfazed by the February 25 attacks in Kabul, India is scaling up the security of around 3,500 Indians working in Afghanistan and has made it clear that there is no question of India reaching out to the Taliban.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-reaching-out-to-Taliban-says-India/articleshow/5757991.cms

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  144. Miliband condemns Taliban attacks

    (UKPA) – 42 minutes ago

    Foreign Secretary David Miliband has condemned two recent deadly attacks in north-west Pakistan, saying: “There can be no justification for these bloody acts.”

    Three guards and four militants were killed when Pakistani Taliban launched an unsuccessful raid on the US consulate in Peshawar on Monday.

    The raid came hours after 41 people were killed by a suicide attack on a political rally in Lower Dir.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5iuSZNBAwpEMr9gzB_Yn7xUG-kHJA

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  145. Karzai Becomes Erratic: Threatens to Quit and Join Taliban Fighters

    (ChattahBox)—-How do you solve a problem like Afghan President Hamid Karzai? Under increasing pressure from the United States and Nato forces, to form a full cabinet and to institute reforms to combat government corruption, Karzai has been publicly lashing out at the foreign forces that keep him in power. Last week, he blamed foreign forces for last year’s election fraud, which required a fence-mending phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. This week, the increasingly erratic Karzai told a group of Afghan lawmakers that he may quit the presidency to join the Taliban fighters and take up armed resistance against the U.S.

    http://chattahbox.com/world/2010/04/06/karzai-becomes-erratic-threatens-to-quit-and-join-taliban-fighters/

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  146. Karzai woos western allies by removing poll officials

    By Matthew Green in Kabul

    Published: April 8 2010 03:00 | Last updated: April 8 2010 03:00

    Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, took a step towards placating allies dismayed by his anti-western outbursts yesterday by announcing he would replace two senior election officials accused of bias.

    Strained relations between Mr Karzai and the west hit one of their rockiest patches this week after he gave a series of speeches accusing foreigners of trying to manipulate Afghan politics and orchestrating rigging at last year’s flawed presidential polls.

    Tension escalated on Tuesday, when the White House said it was considering cancelling an invitation for him to visit Washington next month after he made further remarks singling out the US for criticism.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2915ae40-42a5-11df-91d6-00144feabdc0.html

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  147. Holbrooke, Petraeus meet Karzai in Kabul

    (AFP) – 4 hours ago

    KABUL — US envoy Richard Holbrooke and senior general David Petraeus on Sunday met President Hamid Karzai in Kabul at a conference reviewing US civilian and military involvement in Afghanistan.

    The three men sat together at the start of a two-day conference to discuss what NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said were the “shared challenges and opportunities ahead” in the war-torn country.

    The event, involving senior US and Afghan officials, plus key allied partners, comes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in January unveiled a long-term, non-military plan to stabilise Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h4fDIW998zgPGGFiH2SkpvDr2EbA

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  148. Gates, Clinton defend Afghan president amid tensions
    Sunday, 11 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Pentagon chief Robert Gates and top US diplomat Hillary Clinton on Sunday defended Afghan President Hamid Karzai as a valuable partner, despite tensions over his outspoken comments.

    Karzai had excellent relations with the head of US and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, Gates said.

    “What I can tell you is that General McChrystal continues to meet with him regularly. They have a very positive relationship. He gets very good cooperation out of President Karzai,” Gates told ABC’s “This Week”.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-gates-clinton-defend-afghan-president-amid-tensions-rs-04

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  149. Over 200,000 flee military offensive in Pakistan

    By SEBASTIAN ABBOT (AP) – 3 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD — More than 200,000 people have fled Pakistan’s latest offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest, the United Nations said Monday, as fresh clashes in the remote region killed 41 insurgents and two soldiers.

    The military has pounded the Orakzai tribal region with airstrikes and artillery in an attempt to rout insurgents from the rugged, mountainous area near the Afghan border. Many Taliban fighters fled to Orakzai last year to escape a separate army offensive in their tribal stronghold of South Waziristan.

    The exodus of civilians from Orakzai adds to the more than 1.3 million people driven from their homes by fighting in the northwest and unable to return.

    The U.N. warned Monday it faces a severe shortfall in funding needed to aid those displaced, saying it has only received about $106 million, or 20 percent, of the $538 million appeal it launched in February for the next six months. Last year, the U.N. had received 40 percent of its appeal by this time, it said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD9F1J0DG0

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  150. A closer look at the divisions within Pakistan
    By Karen DeYoung and Griff Witte
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, April 13, 2010; 1:12 PM

    RAZMAK, PAKISTAN — A few miles from this isolated garrison town, a shallow, east-west gorge marks the administrative border between South and North Waziristan. In U.S. eyes, it is also the dividing line between the good Pakistan that cooperates with American counterterrorism goals, and the intransigent one that charts its own course.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/13/AR2010041302614.html

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  151. ‘New York subway plotter arrested in Pakistan’
    Tuesday, 13 Apr, 2010
    NEW YORK: A fourth suspect in a foiled plot to attack New York subways by self-confessed Al-Qaeda agent Najibullah Zazi has been arrested in Pakistan, media reported citing law enforcement sources.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-new-york-subway-plotter-arrested-in-pakistan-ha-03

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  152. 2 bombs hit northwestern Pakistani city; 23 dead

    By RIAZ KHAN (AP) – 2 hours ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Two bombs, hours apart, exploded in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, killing 23 people and underscoring the reach of militants despite successive military offensives close to the Afghan border.

    A suicide bomber was behind the deadliest blast, which occurred just before dusk in a crowded market area.

    Police said the target was apparently officers watching over a rally by members of a political party against power cuts in the city. Police officers and protesters were among the 22 dead and more than 30 injured, said police chief Liaqat Ali Khan.

    The rally was being held by the Jamat-e-Islami party, an Islamist grouping that is sympathetic to many of the goals of the Taliban and regularly criticizes army operations against them.

    Police and two government officials blamed the Taliban for the attack. But Jamat-e-Islami spokesman Ameer-ul-Azeem declined to do so, and instead alleged that CIA or Indian intelligence were behind it — the conspiracy theory of choice for right-wing Islamists in Pakistan.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD9F690280

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  153. Pakistan: Islamist blames US for suicide bombing
    By RIAZ KHAN – Associated Press Writer

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — An Islamist politician whose party lost several members in a suicide attack blamed Pakistan’s alliance with the U.S. for the violence and urged Islamabad on Tuesday to break ranks in the war on terror.

    The comments showed the depth of anti-Americanism in Pakistan, whose support Washington considers key to stabilizing neighboring Afghanistan. In the past three days, attacks in Pakistan have killed some 74 people in a new wave of violence.

    http://www.macon.com/2010/04/20/1100460/pakistan-islamist-blames-us-for.html

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  154. FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, April 20
    20 Apr 2010 14:21:04 GMT
    Source: Reuters
    (For more on Afghanistan, click on [ID:nAFPAK])

    April 20 (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1400 GMT on Tuesday:

    KHOST – NATO troops opened fire on a vehicle in Khost province in southeast Afghanistan on Monday evening, killing four unarmed Afghans, the alliance said on Tuesday.

    The father of two of those killed said they were teenagers heading home from a volleyball match with two cousins, one of whom was a policeman. NATO initially said two were “known insurgents” but later acknowledged all may have been civilians.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE63J0L9.htm

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  155. Bajaur declared conflict-free zone
    By Zulfiqar Ali
    Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010

    PESHAWAR: The government has declared Bajaur tribal region as ‘conflict free zone’ and asked the 27,000 internally displaced families from the areas to return to their homes.

    Secretary Fata (Security) Tariq Hayat Khan said during a press briefing that Bajaur, which was notified as ‘conflict zone’ had been de-notified and all IDPs could now go back to their homes. The army remained engaged with militants for more than 20 months to flush them out.

    “People of Bajaur are now free and can go to their area,” Mr Khan said, adding that formal return process of displaced families would start from April 30.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/bajaur-declared-conflictfree-zone-040

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  156. Pakistani militants ‘planning wave of strikes on US’
    Pakistani militants are planning a wave of strikes against American targets following the failed bombing of Times Square, according to analysts.

    By Rob Crilly in Islamabad
    Published: 2:39PM BST 04 May 2010

    Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistan Taliban, calls on supporters to attack US cities in two video messages broadcast at the weekend.

    Experts with IntelCenter, which monitors terrorist groups for law enforcement agencies, said the footage suggests that the cells may already be active.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/7677380/Pakistani-militants-planning-wave-of-strikes-on-US.html

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  157. Pakistan vows full cooperation with U.S. investigation

    Nasir Jaffry, Agence France-Presse Published: Tuesday, May 04, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Tuesday vowed full cooperation on U.S. enquiries into a Pakistani-American held over an attempted bombing in New York, throwing the spotlight back onto international terror plots in the country.

    U.S. officials said Faisal Shahzad, a naturalised U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square that narrowly failed to explode on Saturday night.

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2984225

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  158. The Times Square Bomb Plot: A Taliban Connection?

    Investigators are now poring over every facet of Faisal Shahzad’s life to see if the Pakistani-American arrested in the Times Square car bombing plot acted alone — as he reportedly claims — or was part of a terrorist cell. It’s still not known if Shahzad is a member of the Taliban or any other Pakistani militant group. He had reportedly just returned to the U.S. in February after spending a number of months in Pakistan, where he traveled after becoming a naturalized American in April 2009.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1986885,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

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  159. Pakistan court dismisses Taliban extradition challenge
    (Reuters) – A Pakistani court on Tuesday threw out a petition seeking to block the extradition of the Afghan Taliban’s No. 2 leader and other senior commanders detained in Pakistan, a lawyer said.

    U.S. ally Pakistan captured at least four Afghan Taliban leaders, including top military strategist Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, early this year. The Afghan government has asked Islamabad to hand them over.

    But Khalid Khawaja, a former Pakistani intelligence officer turned campaigner for Islamist causes, petitioned the Lahore High Court seeking to block their extraditions, which it did in February, pending its final decision on the petition.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64A1R720100511

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  160. For car bomb suspect, a long path to Times Square
    Andrea Elliott, Sabrina Tavernise, Anne Barnard, NYT News Service, Sunday May 16, 2010, New York

    Just after midnight on Feb. 25, 2006, Faisal Shahzad sent a lengthy e-mail message to a group of friends. The trials of his fellow Muslims weighed on him — the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plight of Palestinians, the publication in Denmark of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.

    http://www.ndtv.com/news/world/for-car-bomb-suspect-a-long-path-to-times-square-25907.php

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  161. War on terror, Layman’s guide! — II
    Friendly Fire
    Khalid Saleem

    Myth 4: “Taliban” are responsible for the sorry state of Afghanistan today. With all their faults, the Afghan Taliban must not be held responsible for the situation in which Afghanistan finds itself. It would not be fair to deny the Afghan Taliban credit for having run a fairly viable and stable administration in Afghanistan when they were in power. Perhaps for the first time in the history of that land, Kabul’s writ was acknowledged all over, even by the warlords. The countryside had been almost entirely ‘de-weaponised’; that in a society where carrying a gun was virtually regarded as a sign of manhood.

    The cultivation of poppy had been successfully outlawed. Though women were discouraged from moving freely in public, there were very few reports of molestation – and that in a virtual combat situation. This said, it may be argued, with reason, that the collapse of order in Afghanistan can be timed precisely to the entry into the equation of the US-NATO factor. Hostilities appear to have intensified following the ham-handed efforts of the external forces to install an unpopular regime in Kabul. Rightly or wrongly, the Afghan people have never taken kindly to external ‘occupation’ of their land. Let it be recognized that those resisting the US-NATO juggernaut today are not only ‘Taliban’ but also a fair sprinkling of the Afghan populace that, incidentally, had also participated in the jihad against the erstwhile Soviet Union. The ‘external forces’ in Afghanistan appear to have achieved little success in winning the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan in general. Weapons are back on the streets; warlords have created , and are lording over, their own little fiefdoms and the cultivation of poppy is going on as if with a vengeance!

    Myth 5: The “War on Terror” is “our own war”.

    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=31197

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  162. Gilani seeks world support against terrorism
    * PM says international community must support Pakistan in building its capacity to cope with challenges
    * Western media should send positive signals

    LAHORE: Pakistan has done everything within its ability and capacity to fight terrorism and now the world must come forward and help the country do more, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Saturday.

    “The world has to support us in building our capacity. Pakistan has owned the war on terrorism. It is a courageous stance and the world needs to supplement our efforts,” he told a seven-member German media delegation that called on him at the Prime Minister’s House.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\16\story_16-5-2010_pg1_3

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  163. Pak says won’t give in to pressure on action against militants
    15 May 2010, 1516 hrs IST,PTI

    LAHORE: Amid increased US pressure on Pakistan to take more steps to tackle terrorism, Pakistan has said it will not give in to any foreign dictation while deciding on a military operation against militants in its North Waziristan tribal region.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made these remarks while talking to reporters at the airport in Lahore on Friday.

    His remarks came a day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Pakistan needed to do more against militants and warned it of “consequences” if any successful terror attack against America is traced back here.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Pak-says-wont-give-in-to-pressure-on-action-against-militants/articleshow/5934609.cms

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  164. Our combined failure
    By Ardeshir Cowasjee
    Sunday, 16 May, 2010

    A common reaction to the almost universal conclusion that one of Pakistan’s main exports is terrorism — bolstered by the latest would-be hero of Times Square who fortunately failed — is that the larger majority of the Pakistani nation and its would-be leadership exist in a state of denial.

    Apart from the fact that most deny historical fact with impunity the trend is to ignore the mote in one’s eye and focus on how mean and nasty is the rest of the world by its censure of many of the country’s inadequacies. By far the most sensible reactions to the incompetent bomb-maker (by design or accident one does not know) come from Pakistanis in America, many naturalised US citizens.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/19-ardeshir-cowasjee-our-combined-failure-650-hh-05

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  165. Smokers’ Corner: The sinking middle-ground
    By Nadeem F. Paracha
    Sunday, 16 May, 2010

    The most convenient understanding of the phenomenon of Pakistani extremists that one hears being echoed from TV studios suggests that young Pakistanis turning into religious fanatics has something to do with illiteracy and unemployment. Though not entirely incorrect, this notion however is a complacent explanation.

    It fails to explain the emergence of young religious extremists such as Omar Shaikh (involved in the murder of American journalist, Daniel Pearl); Shahzad Tanveer and Hasib Hussain (7/7 UK bombers); and recently, Faisal Shahzad (the failed Times Square bomber). Each one of these young men came from educated middle-class families.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/19-nadeem-f-paracha-the-sinking-middleground-650-hh-02

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  166. And the Indian propaganda continues against Pak government, army and its intelligence….

    Pakistan Army major held for links with NY bomb suspect
    A Pakistani Army major has been arrested for having links with Faisal Shahzad, the man behind the botched attempt to bomb Times Square in New York City early this month, a media report said on Wednesday.

    The major’s involvement with Faisal Shahzad, who was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to fly to Dubai, remains unclear, but authorities say the two met in Islamabad and were in regular contact.

    According to Pakistani law enforcement sources, the major met Shahzad, a naturalised US citizen of Pakistani descent, in Islamabad and was in contact with him on cellphone, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Pakistan-Army-major-held-for-links-with-NY-bomb-suspect/Article1-545782.aspx

    LeT trained Faisal Shahzad to fight in Kashmir: report
    Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, who has been arrested in connection with the botched car bombing in Times Square, was trained by Lashker-e-Taiba to fight in Kashmir, a top commander of the terror group has said.

    Shahzad visited Pakistan in mid-June 2006 to receive training at a camp belonging to LeT, according to the commander at LeT’s main base of operations in Dulai, a village 25 km south of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/LeT-trained-Faisal-Shahzad-to-fight-in-Kashmir-report/Article1-545993.aspx

    Report: Bomb suspect considered other targets
    Published: 05.19.10, 23:56 / Israel News

    People familiar with the Times Square bomb plot probe say the suspect said he had thought about targeting other New York City landmarks and wondered why the bomb he built failed to go off.

    A person familiar with the Faisal Shahzad case says the suspect asked investigators to tell him why the gasoline-and-propane bomb left in a smoking sports utility vehicle on May 1 didn’t explode. A law enforcement official says Shahzad underwent questioning in a Brooklyn hotel room for the past two weeks. (AP)

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3891631,00.html

    U.S. pressures Pakistan on Times Square bomb-attempt case
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    May 19, 2010 — Updated 1749 GMT (0149 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Top U.S. security officials met their Pakistani counterparts Wednesday to discuss the attempted Times Square bombing and the prevention of future terrorist attacks.

    CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser James Jones met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and other key Pakistani security chiefs, said a joint U.S.-Pakistani statement.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/05/19/us.pakistan.talks/

    Updated May 19, 2010
    Pakistan Army Major Reportedly Arrested Over Link to NYC Bomb Suspect

    NewsCore
    The major’s link to suspect Faisal Shahzad was unclear but Pakistani law enforcement sources confirmed that the pair had met in Islamabad.

    A Pakistani army major was arrested Tuesday in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing on May 1, The LA Times reported Wednesday.

    The major’s link to suspect Faisal Shahzad, was unclear but Pakistani law enforcement sources confirmed to the newspaper that the pair had met in the capital Islamabad and that they were in cellphone contact.

    The sources did not provide further details of the meeting or calls and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The report was later denied in a statement to the media from the Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Public Relations unit. It said the officer, identified by some local newspapers as Signal Corps Major Adnan, was sacked and arrested for insubordination unconnected to the New York Terror attack.
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/19/pakistan-army-major-reportedly-arrested-link-nyc-bomb-suspect-1447466135/

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  167. US warns Pakistani leaders their children could be terrorists
    The United States has warned leaders in Pakistan that the children and relations of the elite are potential terrorists who warrant closer monitoring.

    Alex Spillius in Washington
    Published: 7:19PM BST 21 May 2010

    A “clear, if carefully worded warning” has been delivered by US officials after it was discovered that Faisal Shahzad, the man behind the recent failed attack on Times Square was the son of a retired Pakistani air marshal.

    The father is one of Pakistan’s most accomplished pilots and flight instructors and was stationed overseas in Britain and Saudi Arabia.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7750824/US-warns-Pakistani-leaders-their-children-could-be-terrorists.html

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  168. Is a case being built against Pakistan which will lead to eventual invasion by NATO? Al-Qaeda and Taliban appear to be the Trojan horses for Pakistan like “weapons of mass destruction’ were for Iraq…A scary thought but not improbable anymore…Sigh.

    Musharraf suggests Times Square bomber motivated by Pak drone attacks

    “Indiscriminate” drone attacks by the United States in Pakistan might have motivated would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan, suggested during an interview with a television news channel here.

    Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Mr. Musharraf said such indiscriminate use of the drones was having a negative impact on the Pakistani public because of the collateral damage it produced. He then added, “I wonder [about] the Faisal Shahzad incident – has he been affected by the indiscriminate bombing by the drones?”

    Mr. Musharraf also repudiated the suggestion that it was time for the United States to go into Pakistan with ground troops, arguing that the Pakistani military had already succeeded in Swat, Bajaur and South Waziristan.

    “Now I believe they are acting in Orakzai Agency, where these Taliban and al-Qaeda have escaped,” he added, however admitting that it was necessary for the Army to “add more force in the form of frontier core, the second line core”.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article435426.ece

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  169. 5 blasts occurred in Lahore
    Upadated on: 21 May 10 10:25 PM

    By Habib Akram/ Umar Jawed

    LAHORE: At least five blasts have occurred near Tibbi police station of the city, according to police.

    According to police sources two blasts occurred in the street while three blasts took place in the bazaar.

    Before the blasts media persons had been informed on SMS about the blasts, says journalists.

    http://www.samaa.tv/News20261-5_blasts_occurred_in_Lahore.aspx

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  170. US not pushing Pakistan to launch offensive
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Friday, 21 May, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Two senior US officials – Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen – said on Thursday that the United States was not pushing Pakistan to launch a military offensive in North Waziristan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-us-not-pushing-pakistan-150-hh-05

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  171. UPDATE 3-Pakistan detains at least four over New York plot

    Norwegian telecom’s group says employee detained

    Stocks | Global Markets | Telecommuncations Services

    * U.S. embassy issues warning against catering company

    (Adds comment from Norwegian telecoms group Telenor)

    By Zeeshan Haider

    ISLAMABAD, May 21 (Reuters) – Pakistan has detained at least four people suspected of links with a failed bid to set off a car bomb in New York’s Times Square, including one who worked for a catering company servicing embassies in Islamabad.

    The failed Times Square bombing on May 1 has revived international fears about Pakistan, a U.S. ally in the campaign against militancy, being a breeding ground for Islamist violence.

    “They have been picked up on suspicion that they knew Faisal Shahzad,” one Pakistani security official said, referring to a Pakistani-American, Faisal Shahzad, arrested over the New York bombing bid.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE64K0JV20100521?type=marketsNews

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  172. U.S. Is a Top Villain in Pakistan’s Conspiracy Talk
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Americans may think that the failed Times Square bomb was planted by a man named Faisal Shahzad. But the view in the Supreme Court Bar Association here in Pakistan’s capital is that the culprit was an American “think tank.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/world/asia/26pstan.html

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  173. U.S. offered crucial evidence in Pakistani meeting on Times Square plot
    U.S. officials, in an urgent visit, sought to convince Pakistan that Washington would be under intense pressure to respond if another plot with ties to the Pakistani Taliban led to American casualties.

    By Christi Parsons and David S. Cloud Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

    May 26, 2010

    Reporting from Washington
    Senior U.S. officials used an urgent meeting with Pakistan’s president to present a dossier on terrorism suspect Faisal Shahzad, including a detailed chart describing his contacts with the Pakistani Taliban before his attempt to detonate an explosives-laden vehicle in New York City’s Times Square, officials said.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-fg-us-pakistan-20100525,0,2050052.story

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  174. Many disillusioned Pakistanis look beyond U.S. for work, travel and education

    By Tara Bahrampour and Pamela Constable
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    A series of international terrorism incidents linked to Pakistanis, including a failed car bombing this month in Times Square, has prompted many Pakistanis who once had deep ties to the United States to look elsewhere for work, education and travel. It has also left some Pakistani Americans feeling uneasy in their adopted homeland.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/23/AR2010052304105.html?hpid=topnews

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  175. Panic engulfs Lahore after twin attacks

    By Hammad Yassar

    LAHORE: Terror reigned in the provincial metropolis with separate attacks on two worship places of Ahmadis in Garhi Shahu and Model Town.

    The explosions rang for miles around and gunshots echoed in the surrounding areas, creating panic and fear, which was heightened by the gathering of worried relatives of those who were trapped inside the worship places that had been taken over by terrorists.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\29\story_29-5-2010_pg7_33

    80 killed in terrorist attacks on two Pakistan mosques
    Anita Joshua

    ISLAMABAD: Eighty people were killed and 70 injured in a coordinated attack by terrorists on two mosques of the minority Islamic sect, Ahmadis, in Lahore during Friday prayers.

    Armed with grenades, the gunmen held people hostage in the mosques for nearly three hours in the afternoon before security personnel managed to take control of the besieged premises.
    http://www.thehindu.com/2010/05/29/stories/2010052965890100.htm

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  176. Terrorists have no religion, says Zardari

    ISLAMABAD: Condemning terrorist acts on the Ahmedi community in Lahore on Friday, President Asif Ali Zardari said terrorists had no religion and such acts of barbarism could not break the resolve of the government and the people of Pakistan to defeat terrorism. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also condemned the attacks and expressed grief over the loss of precious lives. Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Minister of State for Information Samsam Ali Bukhari also strongly condemned Friday’s attacks. app

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\29\story_29-5-2010_pg1_3

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  177. Police: Lahore attackers were Pakistani Taliban

    By BABAR DOGAR and K.M. CHAUDHRY (AP) – 32 minutes ago

    LAHORE, Pakistan — Militants who attacked a minority sect, killing 93 people in eastern Pakistan, belonged to the Pakistani Taliban and were trained in a lawless border region where the U.S. wants Islamabad to mount an army operation, police said Saturday.

    The attacks against the Ahmadi community occurred minutes apart Friday in two neighborhoods in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city and a key political, military, and cultural center. Two teams of gunmen, including some in suicide vests, stormed the mosques and sprayed bullets at worshippers while holding off police.

    At least two of the seven attackers were captured, while some died in the standoff or by detonating their explosives.

    Local TV channels had been reporting that the Pakistani Taliban, or one of their affiliates, had claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    Senior police officer Akram Naeem in Lahore said the interrogation of one of the arrested suspects revealed that the gunmen were involved with the Pakistani Taliban, which has staged attacks across the country for years. The 17-year-old suspect told police that the men had trained in the North Waziristan tribal region.

    “Our initial investigation has found that they all belong to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan,” or Pakistani Taliban movement, Naeem said. He said the suspect, “Abdullah alias Mohammad, was given terrorism training in Miran Shah” — the main city in North Waziristan tribal region.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD9G0JQDG1

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  178. Success in anti-terror war vital: Nawaz
    Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif said it was imperative to achieve success in war against terrorism, a private TV channel reported.

    Addressing his party’s public meeting, he said it highly important to uproot the terrorists from the country to uphold the peace here.

    Nawaz urges ulema and religious scholars to come forward to dispel the hatred and boost harmony among the people.

    http://www.pakwatan.com/gov_detail.php?id=2248

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  179. Pakistan committed to efface terrorism: Rehman Malik PDF Print E-mail
    ISLAMABAD, May 29 (APP): Minister for Interior Rehman Malik has said that Pakistan is always committed to coordinate with other countries of the region for the common cause of annihilating menace of terrorism.He expressed his views while talking to media here in the aftermath of Lahore terrorist attacks.Responding to a question regarding the statement of Commissioner Lahore accusing Indian RAW’s involvement in the bloody episode, the Minister said “He may have some evidences and on the basis of it he was saying so but I cannot name anybody in such a case before I have solid evidences.”
    “And still proper investigation of evidences will be needed if there is any, indicating involvement of foreign hand in Lahore incident,” he added.
    He said that they cannot afford to wait and watch innocent people dying in such a brutal way.
    Discouraging the blame game, the Minister said cooperation among regional countries can be the best and wise response to terrorists.
    The world community must appreciate Pakistan’s significant sacrifices with sharing of intelligence and other resources as it has been leading the war on terror with an unshakable determination.
    “We are the victims of terrorism and the world has seen our aggressive and committed offensive against terrorists in Swat and FATA,” the Minister added.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=104500&Itemid=1

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  180. Insurgency’s components
    By Manzar Zaidi
    Friday, 28 May, 2010

    Insurgency can be seen as an organised set of subversive and violent activities geared to control, nullify or challenge political control of an area by the insurgents.

    In other words, it can be defined as a struggle to achieve political space by armed means in order to implement political, economic and ideological agendas. An insurgency may involve a myriad actors, some of which jump onto the ‘bandwagon’ at varying stages with different agendas.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/insurgencys-components-850

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  181. Terrorism: An Ideology or a Conspiracy
    Tuesday June 01, 2010 (1105 PST)

    drmk_edu@yahoomail.com

    Apart from over 240 suicide attacks, there have been “2284 bomb blasts” all over the country ever since 2001. These terrorist attacks killed over 27000 people. More recently, these terrorists have attacked on the two mosques of the Ahmadis in Lahore, killing over 95 persons and injuring more than 100, all gathered for the collective prayers on Friday. In a way they created an impression that minorities in Pakistan are being tormented, unsafe and that Government has failed to protect them.

    http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?228101

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  182. Muslims in the modern world
    By Rasul Bakhsh Rais

    June 07, 2010

    The rise of extremist and violent ideas in Muslim-dominated regions of the world, including Pakistan, has been a subject of intense debate in the global academy and think tanks, which have strong bearings on perceptions of Muslim states, societies and policies toward them. All foreign, as well as national narratives, of what is wrong with the Muslim states and societies rest on a notion of failure. What this means is that compared to all other societies and states with different cultural and religious traditions, the Muslim endowment of progress in the modern world is very meagre.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/19280/muslims-in-the-modern-world/

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  183. Pakistan says Taliban leaders fled outside Af-Pak
    Monday, 07 Jun, 2010

    ISTANBUL: Pakistan’s military operations in tribal areas have forced some important Taliban leaders to flee outside of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday.

    Afghanistan-Pakistan relations had seen a “dramatic shift” since Pakistan returned to civilian-led democracy, Qureshi added after three-way talks with Turkey designed to help dispel years of mistrust between Kabul and Islamabad.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-pakistan+says+taliban+leaders+fled+outside+af-pak–bi-01

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  184. Pak Security Agencies not responsible for safety of Nato supply line: Rehman

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday again made it clear that safety of NATO Supply Line is not the responsibility of Pakistan security agencies.

    During a quick chat with host of journalists after visiting PIMS to inquire the health of the injured persons, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that within 3 days detailed report will be unveiled adding in initial investigations a vehicle and motorcycle were used in the attack.

    http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=164255

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  185. ‘Rambo’ on mission to kill Osama arrested in Pak
    CHITRAL: Pakistan detained an American armed with a 40-inch sword, a pistol and night vision goggles for allegedly trying to sneak into Afghanistan to hunt and kill al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden, police said on Tuesday.

    Californian Gary Faulkner, 40, was caught in the Brumboret Valley near the Afghan border, Chitral police chief Jaffer Khan said. “He was roaming in a security zone in a suspicious manner. He had a dagger and night vision goggles with him. He is being investigated,” he said.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Rambo-on-mission-to-kill-Osama-arrested-in-Pak/articleshow/6052602.cms

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  186. A friend of mine sent this link ages ago…! Somewhere in November 2009. Forgot to post it earlier! Sorry. Its quite interesting….check it out!

    Tuning Out the Taliban
    Pakistani pop musicians are propelling anti-American messages. The lyrics reflect widespread views among their young educated fans who say Pakistan’s problem is the West, not the Taliban.
    Produced by Adam B. Ellick

    http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/11/11/world/1247465633296/tuning-out-the-taliban.html

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  187. Pakistan’s Afghan policy laid bare in Q&A guide
    Jan Assakzai
    A concerned citizen in Peshawar Anwar Jalal who has witnessed the effects of militancy in Swat and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, sent me the following questions regarding militancy, Taliban and Pakistan’s foreign policy on Afghanistan. For the benefit of other readers, I am sharing those questions and answers with them. Q. Do the powers that matter in Pakistan support the Taliban? A. Pakistan believes that Afghanistan falls within its sphere of influence so it needs to have a leverage in Afghanistan. It needs to create a leverage through proxies i.e., elements of Mujahideen or Taliban. Other countries like Iran also maintains influence through proxy in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, in Lebanon through Hezbollah, in Palestine through Hammas, in Egypt and elements of Pakistan’s shia population. China is accused of supporting Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in India to balance New Delhi. India supports Tibet opposition to have a leverage over china and also possibly elements of Baloch insurgents to contain Pakistan, though there is not concrete proof of material assistance.

    http://www.thefrontierpost.com/News.aspx?ncat=ar&nid=1168

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  188. Pakistan blames militants from Afghanistan for bombing
    By Aleem Maqbool
    BBC News, Islamabad

    Pakistan’s interior minister says Nato and Afghanistan are not doing enough to stop Taliban militants crossing the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

    Rehman Malik also disputed the widely-held belief that Pakistani militants are freely heading in the other direction to fight coalition troops.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10594625.stm

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  189. Three in Five Americans Give President Obama Negative Ratings on Afghanistan
    Over half not confident U.S. policies in Afghanistan will be successful

    NEW YORK, July 13 /PRNewswire/ — With the recent change in military leadership for Afghanistan there is a hope by the White House and others that this will help to change the direction of the war as well as attitudes toward it. President Obama probably also hopes this helps change opinions on his handling of the situation in Afghanistan, as just three in ten (29%) have a positive opinion of how he is handling it, while six in ten (59%) have a negative opinion. In January, almost four in ten Americans (38%) had a positive opinion of President Obama’s handling of the war while 53% had a negative opinion.
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/three-in-five-americans-give-president-obama-negative-ratings-on-afghanistan-98301909.html

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  190. Terrorism to be wiped out from country: COAS
    By: Maqbool Malik | Published: July 17, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – Top brass of Pakistan Army met in the chair of Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Friday and reiterated its commitment to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
    Taking a comprehensive overview of the security situation in the 130th Corps Commanders’ Conference held at General Headquarters, the military leadership expressed satisfaction over operational readiness of the forces.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/17-Jul-2010/Terrorism-to-be-wiped-out-from-country-COAS

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  191. Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement

    Afghanistan says high import duties causing smuggling

    By Sajid Chaudhry

    ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan on Friday said the main cause of smuggling from Afghanistan to Pakistan is higher import duty rates in Pakistan and administrative steps cannot help control smuggling as long as the profit margins are too high. Afghan side asked Pakistani authorities to reduce the import duties that would help reduce the profit margins on smuggle prone items and would help control border smuggling.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\17\story_17-7-2010_pg5_1

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  192. Weapons recovered from inter-city bus

    By Faraz Khan

    KARACHI: The Anti-Extremist Cell (AEC) of the Sindh Police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) recovered a huge cache of arms from a bus arriving in the city from Swat and arrested the bus driver.

    According to the CID, during a raid at Banaras Chowk near Makro Store, an AEC team stopped the Shahid Mehran coach bearing registration No EP-9524, which had just arrived from Swat and recovered weapons from the concealed apartments of the vehicle.

    SSP Chaudhry Aslam said the police have arrested the driver of the coach identified as Akbar Khan for investigation.

    The police claimed to have recovered three Kalashnikovs, two repeaters, two .222 rifles, two 7mm rifles, 10 TT-pistols, 500 Kalashnikov bullets and 300 TT-pistol rounds from the bus.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\17\story_17-7-2010_pg12_7

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  193. ‘Pakistan lost $43 billion in last nine years’
    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stated that Pakistan lost $43 billion in last nine years as a result of terrorism.

    Speaking at the Ministerial Meeting of Friends of Democratic Pakistan on Saturday, Qureshi said since 9/11 there have been 247 suicide attacks in Pakistan killing over 3000 civilians, injuring over 7000.

    “We lost over 2550 security personnel in ongoing law enforcement operations. Our cumulative economic losses are also substantial. According to conservative estimates, Pakistan lost $43 billion in last nine years, our exports and foreign investments have been badly hurt. Our people shown remarkable resilience in face of varied and daunting challenges” he said.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/28476/pakistan-lost-43-billion-in-last-nine-years/

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  194. Tran­sit rights for India
    Dawn Edi­to­r­ial
    Sun­day, 18 Jul, 2010

    Islamabad’s rejec­tion of Kabul’s demand for tran­sit trade rights for India to facil­i­tate the move­ment of Indian goods to land­locked Afghanistan and beyond was not unex­pected.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/19-transit-rights-for-india-870-hh-05

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  195. Pakistan, Afghanistan announce trade deal
    The pact, made at the Obama administration’s prodding, is described as the first such agreement since the 1960s.

    By Peter Nicholas, Los Angeles Times
    July 19, 2010

    Reporting from Washington —
    Prodded by the Obama administration, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Sunday announced a rare trade partnership aimed at lifting the regional economy and undermining insurgent forces trying to destabilize the two governments.

    The trade deal was described by American officials as the first such agreement between the two nations since the 1960s, and termed a means of strengthening ties and creating new jobs in trucking, banking and movement of freight.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-fg-0719-pakistan-afghanistan-20100719,0,63272.story

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  196. Afghanistan and Pakistan agree key trade agreement

    The agreement has been described as “historic”
    Afghanistan and Pakistan have signed a key trade agreement allowing Afghan lorries to use a land route through Pakistan to carry goods to India.

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    The deal also gives landlocked Afghanistan access to Pakistani ports to boost its trade with other nations.

    Correspondents say the deal marks a real effort to ease tensions between the two neighbours.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10679464

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  197. India finds route to Kabul via Pakistani seaports

    By Shahbaz Rana
    July 20, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has allowed India to sell its products to Afghanistan and up to Central Asia via Pakistani seaports, reveals the commerce secretary. But experts fear that the decision may allow New Delhi to outpace Islamabad in its industrial exports to Kabul, which is a gateway to the land-locked Central Asia.

    In an interview with The Express Tribune, Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood said that under the Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement, Afghanistan can import Indian products through the sea route.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/29022/india-finds-route-to-kabul-via-pakistani-seaports/

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  198. Afghanistan invites Indian companies to tap resources
    PTI Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:05 IST

    Kabul: Afghanistan, sitting on vast reserves of iron, copper, cobalt and gold, has invited Indian companies to tap the nearly $1 trillion worth of minerals discovered in the country as the two nations try to enhance and diversify their trade ties.

    Afghan minister for minerals Wahidullah Shahrani, who
    met visiting external affairs minister SM Krishna here last
    night, said his government was moving ahead with plans to tap
    the huge mineral resources recently discovered in his country
    and welcomed Indian companies to tap the resources, official
    sources said.

    “We welcome Indian companies with good reputation to tap the resources in Afghanistan,” the sources quoted the Afghan minister as saying.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_afghanistan-invites-indian-companies-to-tap-resources_1412109

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  199. Religious leaders categorically condemn terror acts
    ISLAMABAD (SANA): Leading leaders of ineffective Muttahida Majlis-e-Ammal (MMA) have condemned the current wave of terrorism and the tragic suicide attack on Data Darbar and an Imambargah in Sargodha.

    Addressing a crowded press conference here Thursday, the MMA leaders said the acts of terrorism have no link with sectarianism adding it is continuation of on-going wave of terrorism.

    They underlined the need to nab those behind these dastardly acts of terror and the mastermind of terrorism related incidents.
    http://www.sananews.net/english/2010/07/23/religious-leaders-categorically-condemn-terror-acts/

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  200. Comment: The Nation

    Indo-US nexus traps Pakistan
    Published: July 24, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – Despite Government’s frequent clarifications that only record note for Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement was not a binding as an agreement, sources in Foreign Office find hardly any option for Pakistan to deviate from the document signed.
    According to the sources, the minutes (record note) of the ministerial meeting on APTTA singed by the respective ministers carry an extraordinary weight for being inked in the presence of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
    The sources informed TheNation that the purpose of hurriedly signing the understanding – that too in the presence of the US Secretary of State – was meant to tag the would-be agreement with a side letter for transit facility to Indian goods. That is why, the sources added, not only the political circles but also the security quarters have raised eyebrows on this clause of the record note that assures issuance of a side letter for Indian goods’ transit to Afghanistan.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/24-Jul-2010/IndoUS-nexus-traps-Pakistan

    Afghan transit trade

    Saturday, July 24, 2010
    Nauman Asghar

    Pakistan and Afghanistan are renegotiating their transit trade agreement which was signed in 1965. The revision is not only with regard to Afghan goods’ transit to the Arabian Sea but also for the definition of the terms for Pakistan to secure routes to the Central Asian republics through Afghanistan.

    During the meeting between President Hamid Karzai and President Zardari in Washington in May 2009, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding to begin talks for renewing the agreement. Pakistan is the largest trading partner of Afghanistan and the two countries’ trade has grown from $170 million in 2000-01 to $1.49 billion in 2008-09.

    India, which has transit trade agreements with Iran, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, seeks the shorter Wagah-Khyber transit route to Afghanistan for access to Central Asian markets.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=252628

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  201. Ibn Taymiyya’s shadow
    Sunday, 25 Jul, 2010 | 08:12 AM PST |

    ON May 22, 2003, 10 days after a series of suicide bombings in Riyadh, a leading Saudi newspaper published an article entitled ‘The individual and the homeland are more valuable than Ibn Taymiyya.’ The author, Khaled al-Ghanami, placed ultimate responsibility for the terrorist attacks on the medieval theologian and jurist Taqi al Din Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328). For al-Ghanami, it was the blind adherence to Ibn Taymiyya, and his long posthumous shadow, that stimulated violence and intolerance:

    ‘How did these murderers justify the shedding of the blood of Muslims and children? They did this based on a fatwa of Ibn Taymiyya on jihad, in which he rules that if infidels take shelter behind Muslims, and these Muslims become a shield for the infidels, it is permitted to kill the Muslims in order to get at the infidels. Ibn Taymiyya did not base his fatwa on any verse in the Quran, nor on any saying of the Prophet.’

    ‘I don’t see this fatwa as bringing about the ultimate goals of the Shariah, but rather it is a mistaken legal opinion, that goes against the way of the Prophet. Let us say this honestly: Our problem today is with Ibn Taymiyya himself.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/in-paper-magazine/books-and-authors/ibn-taymiyyas-shadow

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  202. Taliban claim responsibility for killing minister’s son
    By Waseem Ahmad Shah
    Monday, 26 Jul, 2010

    PESHAWAR: The proscribed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the killing of Mian Rashid Hussain, the only son of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

    Pabbi police registered an FIR against three attackers on the basis of a statement of Mian Amjad, a relative of the minister who was injured in the attack. He is admitted to the Lady Reading Hospital. He said two of the attackers sported beard and one was clean shaven.

    Mian Rashid, meanwhile, was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Pabbi amid tight security. A large number of police and Frontier Constabulary personnel were deployed for the occasion.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/taliban-claim-responsibility-for-killing-ministers-son-670

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  203. Drones kill another 12 in SWA, NWA
    Published: July 26, 2010

    PESHAWAR – At least five militants were killed and five others got injured when a US drone fired four missiles into a suspected militant hideout at Shaktoi Algad area of South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on Sunday.
    The targeted compound was badly damaged in the attack at Shaktoi which is believed to be a stronghold of Mehsud tribe. Soon after the attack, locals rushed to the site and pulled the dead bodies out of the rubble.
    According to reports, the missiles targeted the old house of late Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud. Drones continued flying over the area after the strike.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/26-Jul-2010/Drones-kill-another-12-in-SWA-NWA

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  204. Public Opinion in Pakistan: Concern About Extremist Threat Slips
    America’s Image Remains Poor

    Overview

    Pakistanis remain in a grim mood about the state of their country. Overwhelming majorities are dissatisfied with national conditions, unhappy with the nation’s economy, and concerned about political corruption and crime. Only one-in-five express a positive view of President Asif Ali Zardari, down from 64% just two years ago.

    http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1683/pakistan-opinion-less-concern-extremists-america-image-poor-india-threat-support-harsh-laws

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  205. From dishwasher to al Qaeda leadership: Who is Adnan Shukrijumah?
    From Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt, CNN
    August 6, 2010 — Updated 1212 GMT (2012 HKT)

    Miami, Florida (CNN) — He was born in Saudi Arabia and spent much of his youth in New York and south Florida. Then he vanished.

    Investigators now allege that Adnan Shukrijumah has risen to a key position in al Qaeda’s leadership.

    The FBI says that after he left America, Shukrijumah started off as an al Qaeda dishwasher, doing menial tasks at training camps.

    But he’s much more than a dishwasher now, according to investigators.

    “It’s like any other business. He would be equated with being the chief of operations,” says Brian LeBlanc, a special agent for the FBI.

    As the alleged director of al Qaeda’s overseas operations, investigators believe he is “extremely dangerous,” LeBlanc says.

    “He may not be someone who’s going to come into the United States to conduct the attack, but what makes him more dangerous is he’s out there plotting the attacks and recruiting people to actively do that,” LeBlanc says.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/08/06/terror.qaeda.leader/?hpt=Mid#fbid=l0aoxZ4hovN&wom=false

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  206. Flooding’s devastation in Pakistan is seen as opportunity for Taliban
    By Griff Witte
    Monday, August 9, 2010
    CHARSADDA, PAKISTAN — The slow-motion disaster underway in Pakistan as floodwaters seep into virtually every corner of the nation has devastated basic infrastructure and could open the door to a Taliban resurgence, officials here say.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/08/AR2010080801642.html?wpisrc=nl_headline

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  207. comment: Reclaiming the faith
    By Irfan Husain
    Saturday, 14 Aug, 2010

    Although a Taliban spokesman has denied that his group had anything to do with the disfigurement of Bibi Aisha, her mutilated face on the cover of Time magazine is nevertheless a reminder of what these people stand for.

    Aisha had her nose chopped off by her husband — allegedly with Taliban approval — when she tried to escape the man her parents had handed her over to in a forced marriage.

    Just to put the Taliban denial in context, we heard recently that Bibi Sanubar, a pregnant woman, was flogged 200 times before being killed with three shots fired into her head at close range. This barbaric incident took place in Qadis district in the remote north-west Afghan province of Badghis, an area almost completely controlled by the Taliban.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/19-irfan-husain-reclaiming-the-faith-480-hh-13

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  208. comment:The foreign hand strikes again
    By Irfan Husain
    Wednesday, 18 Aug, 2010

    As my month-long stay in Canada comes to an end, I am struck by an event that has unexpectedly been so extensively covered by the media. Barely a day has gone past without an article, op-ed comment or a letter to the editor about what seemed like a mundane event. In short, the crisis – if one can call it that – is a very Canadian affair, and reveals a nation that cares deeply about its institutions.

    What precipitated this ongoing controversy was the resignation of the country’s chief statistician, Munir Sheikh, over a policy difference with the government. Given his Pakistani origins, and the lack of such a tradition among civil servants in his country of origin, I was intrigued enough to follow the story, despite its basically tedious nature.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/19-irfan-husain-the-foreign-hand-strikes-again-880-hh-05

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  209. Pakistan extremist find friends on Facebook, Twitter
    Friday, 20 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Hardline groups in Pakistan are plugging into Western online favourites Facebook and Twitter in a bid to win friends and influence people.

    Tweeting their view of a civilisation clash between the West and Islam, and posting comments that advocate violence against non-Muslims, groups that are officially banned in Pakistan have found a welter of freedom online.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-Pakistan-extremist-find-friends-on-Facebook-Twitter-ss-01

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  210. ‘Afghan Taliban’ kidnap 10 labourers from Chitral
    By Zahiruddin
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    CHITRAL, Aug 29: Fifty armed persons, believed to be Afghan Taliban, kidnapped 10 labourers from a forest near Kalash valley of Bumburate here on Saturday night.

    Police sources told Dawn that the group of masked men kidnapped the labourers from the forest where they had been staying for the last one month to harvest the forest on commercial scale.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/peshawar/afghan-taliban-kidnap-10-labourers-from-chitral-080

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  211. Alternative discourse
    Reviewed by Qurat ul ain Siddiqui
    Sunday, 29 Aug, 2010

    Countless writers have tried to explain the conflict that plagues Afghanistan, and while international observers and analysts have published treatise over treatise claiming ‘command’ on the region, the story of Afghanistan, as the world sees it, tends to remain incomplete.

    This is more so because, for various reasons, voices from within Afghanistan are hardly ever heard outside.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-alternative-discourse-qs-03

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  212. Tehrik-i-Taliban militant arrested from Karachi
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: The CID police arrested a militant associated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from Karachi’s Banaras area on Monday, television reports said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/04-ttp-militant-arrested-karachi-qs-08

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  213. Thinking patterns of Pakistan’s youth
    BY MUHAMMAD AMIR RANA, AUGUST 30, 2010 Monday, August 30, 2010 – 1:58 PM Share

    t might come as a surprise to those concerned about a growing militancy problem in Pakistan that most of the people in the country believe that the Taliban and al Qaeda are not doing any service to Islam. According to the findings of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, support for terrorism among Pakistanis is much lower compared to other Muslim states. Militants have expanded their targeting of public places and intensified sectarian attacks in the last few years, actions that have fuelled public sentiments against them, and undermined the formerly tacit support for the Taliban in many areas and segments of society. The very strong support for military operations against the Taliban in Swat and elsewhere also evidence the sagging public backing for the Taliban. In short, the people of Pakistan are concerned about a rise in extremism linked to religion.
    http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/08/30/thinking_patterns_of_pakistans_youth

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  214. Here we go again…the propaganda continues….

    Taliban tap Pakistan flood misery to enlist 50,000 men
    2010-08-31 12:30:00
    Last Updated: 2010-08-31 15:49:13
    London: Taliban guerrillas are taking advantage of the large-scale misery caused by the devastating floods in Pakistan by attempting to enlist 50,000 new fighters — in return for food and medicine.

    The Taliban is eyeing the floods as an opportunity to begin their biggest recruiting drive in a decade, officials told The Sun.

    http://sify.com/news/taliban-tap-pakistan-flood-misery-to-enlist-50-000-men-news-international-ki5m4ecjahf.html

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  215. Pakistan jets target militant hide-outs, 60 killed
    Wednesday, 01 Sep, 2010

    PESHAWAR: Pakistan army jets and helicopters targeted militant hide-outs near the Afghan border, killing 60 people identified as insurgents or their family members, including children, security officials and a witness said Wednesday.

    The deadliest strikes hit an area where army fire had killed 60 civilians earlier this year.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/21-pakistan-jets-target-militant-hide-outs-60-killed-sk-03

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  216. U.S. charges Pakistan Taliban leader in CIA deaths
    Hakimullah Mahsud is the head of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a group the U.S. affidavit alleges was also behind the killing of former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto and attacks on NATO supply lines.

    By Kim Geiger, Los Angeles Times
    September 2, 2010

    Reporting from Washington —
    The Justice Department has charged Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mahsud with two counts of conspiracy for his alleged role in planning a December 2009 suicide attack in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA employees.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pakistan-taliban-20100902,0,3969079.story

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  217. U.S. adds Pakistan Taliban to terror list
    By Andrew Quinn
    WASHINGTON | Wed Sep 1, 2010 3:14pm EDT
    (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday added the Pakistani Taliban to its list of foreign terrorist organizations and set rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture of two of its leaders.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68053920100901

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  218. comment: Dark farce
    by Nadeem F. Paracha on 09 2nd, 2010 | Comments (10)

    Terrorist attacks by extremist organizations and the usual knee-jerk reactions that one gets to hear from the media and society in general have become a dark farce.

    The disgust of watching human beings blow themselves up in the presence of men, women and children soon converts itself into an anger that babbles its way across numerous fantastic theories about some imaginary villains.

    http://blog.dawn.com/2010/09/02/dark-farce/

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  219. US drone strikes kill 10 in Pakistan
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    MIRAMSHAH: Two US drone strikes on Friday killed at least ten militants, including some foreign fighters, in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, security officials said.

    Both strikes hit North Waziristan district, a renowned hub for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

    The first struck a militant compound on the outskirts of North Waziristan’s main town of Miramshah.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-us+missiles+kill+five+in+north+waziristan–bi-02

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  220. Pakistan Taliban threaten attacks in US, Europe

    DERA ISLAMIL KHAN, Pakistan, Sept 3 | Fri Sep 3, 2010 12:42pm EDT

    DERA ISLAMIL KHAN, Pakistan, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Taliban on Friday threatened to launch attacks in the United States and Europe “very soon” and dismissed a move by Washington to add the group to its terrorism blacklist.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE6820HL20100903

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  221. U.S. drone strike thought to have killed 4 in Pakistan

    * September 4th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

    U.S. drone strike thought to have killed 4 in Pakistan

    According to Pakistani intelligence officials, a U.S. drone killed four suspected militants in Pakistan Saturday, CNN reports.

    Two vehicles were hit in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, a tribal region near the Afghanistan border.

    The report indicates that the drone strike was the 49th this year and only the second in the past 24 hours. On Friday, another U.S. drone is believed to have killed two militants in Pakistan’s tribal region, according to intelligence officials.

    http://www.examiner.com/us-headlines-in-national/u-s-drone-strike-thought-to-have-killed-4-pakistan

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  222. TTP says it will continue suicide attacks in Pakistan
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    MIRAMSHAH: The Taliban said Tuesday they would continue to target Pakistani security forces with suicide attacks as they claimed responsibility for the latest blast that killed 19, its spokesman said.

    “We are targeting Pakistani security forces because the government has allowed America to launch drone attacks on us,” Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP by telephone.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-ttp-to-continue-suicide-attacks-qs-05

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  223. Suspected US missile strike kills six in North Waziristan
    Wednesday, 08 Sep, 2010

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A suspected US missile strike killed at least six ‘militants’ in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, DawnNews reported said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-nwaziristan-dronestrike-qs-01

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  224. comment: Why equate suicide attacks with Islam?
    Naveed Hussain

    Readers made interesting comments on my earlier article, ‘Militancy or a tribal backlash’ (August 15-16). Some welcomed it as “a sane voice” while others said it was a “naive analysis”. It wasn’t unexpected. However, I felt vindicated, frankly speaking, when General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, conceded in a recent interview that they were faced with a “Pashtun insurgency” in Afghanistan. The Afghan insurgency cannot and should not be seen in isolation. On either side of the Durand Line, I believe, it’s the same madding insurgency, fuelled by a sense of togetherness, common tribal ethos and clanship.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/47704/why-equate-suicide-attacks-with-islam/

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  225. comment: Security responses to terror attacks
    Muhmmad Amir Rana

    The continuing wave of terrorist attacks in Pakistan demonstrates not only that terrorists retain the ability to strike across the country despite a major military offensive, but also that they would not suspend their attacks. On the contrary, it seems that they want to intensify the impact of the natural disaster, by launching attacks across the country aimed at destabilising the country at a time when the state is at its most vulnerable and struggling with the massive destruction and large-scale human displacement. The hyped-up attacks also serve to flaunt the terrorists’ resilience.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/47710/security-responses-to-terror-attacks/

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  226. US drone strike kills six in North Waziristan
    Thursday, 09 Sep, 2010

    MIRAMSHAH: A US drone attack Thursday killed six militants in Pakistan —the fourth strike in 24 hours —officials said, amid an upsurge in violence across the country.

    The latest strike hit North Waziristan, the same district targeted in three other drone attacks since Wednesday and a renowned hub for Taliban militants who have vowed to attack security forces in retaliation.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-us+drone+strike+kills+six+in+north+waziristan–bi-06

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  227. comment: Pakhtunwali and the Taliban
    Imran Khan

    Naveed Hussain’s article ‘Militancy or a tribal backlash?‘ (Aug 15-016) defines the Taliban insurgency as a tribal backlash that is spurred by the demands of Pakhtunwali. Believing this conclusion would lead to some paradoxical realities because an overwhelming majority of the victims of this backlash are the Pakhtuns. If these suicide bombings are not representative of mainstream Islam or the Pakistani culture, then by no stretch of imagination can they be associated with Pakhtunwali.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/52066/pakhtunwali-and-the-taliban/

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  228. The peace option for Waziristan
    Ayaz Wazir
    A full-scale military operation was launched last October against militants in the Mahsud area of South Waziristan Agency. This was not the first time that an operation was conducted in that area. At the time a similar offensive was carried out in 2007, claims were made that when it is concluded the area will have been cleansed of militants. Around half-a-million Mahsuds were turned into internally displaced people, without arrangements for provision of basic necessities to them like food or shelter. These IDPs, who were not made aware that the operation would entail death and destruction on an immense scale, braved all problems and put up with untold sufferings in the vain hope that the areas would soon be made peaceful for them to return to their homes.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/20-09-2010/Opinion/5584.htm

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  229. 22 September 2010 Last updated at 06:34 GMT
    Pakistan drone attack kills 14 in South Waziristan
    At least 14 militants have died in a suspected US drone strike in north-western Pakistan, local officials said.

    The two raids are said to have targeted a vehicle and a house in the Khund and Azam Warsak areas of South Waziristan.

    There has been a spate of drone strikes since Pakistan’s recent floods but these are the first in the South Waziristan region for two months.

    The raids have killed hundreds of people since January 2009 and fuelled anti-US sentiment in Pakistan.

    A local official told the BBC seven local militants were killed when two missiles hit their vehicle in Khund on the border on Tuesday evening.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11387214

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  230. 22 September 2010 Last updated at 06:34 GMT
    Pakistan drone attack kills 14 in South Waziristan
    At least 14 militants have died in a suspected US drone strike in north-western Pakistan, local officials said.

    The two raids are said to have targeted a vehicle and a house in the Khund and Azam Warsak areas of South Waziristan.

    There has been a spate of drone strikes since Pakistan’s recent floods but these are the first in the South Waziristan region for two months.

    The raids have killed hundreds of people since January 2009 and fuelled anti-US sentiment in Pakistan.

    A local official told the BBC seven local militants were killed when two missiles hit their vehicle in Khund on the border on Tuesday evening.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11387214

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  231. 22 September 2010 Last updated at 06:34 GMT
    Pakistan drone attack kills 14 in South Waziristan
    At least 14 militants have died in a suspected US drone strike in north-western Pakistan, local officials said.

    The two raids are said to have targeted a vehicle and a house in the Khund and Azam Warsak areas of South Waziristan.

    There has been a spate of drone strikes since Pakistan’s recent floods but these are the first in the South Waziristan region for two months.

    The raids have killed hundreds of people since January 2009 and fuelled anti-US sentiment in Pakistan.

    A local official told the BBC seven local militants were killed when two missiles hit their vehicle in Khund on the border on Tuesday evening.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11387214

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  232. 22 September 2010 Last updated at 06:34 GMT
    Pakistan drone attack kills 14 in South Waziristan
    At least 14 militants have died in a suspected US drone strike in north-western Pakistan, local officials said.

    The two raids are said to have targeted a vehicle and a house in the Khund and Azam Warsak areas of South Waziristan.

    There has been a spate of drone strikes since Pakistan’s recent floods but these are the first in the South Waziristan region for two months.

    The raids have killed hundreds of people since January 2009 and fuelled anti-US sentiment in Pakistan.

    A local official told the BBC seven local militants were killed when two missiles hit their vehicle in Khund on the border on Tuesday evening.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11387214

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  233. Brainwashing drives young Pakistan suicide bombers

    By Michael Georgy

    MARDAN, Pakistan | Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:00am EST

    MARDAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – A boy who killed 31 army cadets probably had all the characteristics that make Pakistan’s young suicide bombers so dangerous — they are thoroughly brainwashed, poor, disciplined and hard to detect.

    Police officials are running DNA tests on what is left of the young holy warrior’s legs and scalp to determine his background and age, but they suspect he could be between 12 and 15.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/11/us-pakistan-bombers-youth-feature-idUSTRE71A35I20110211

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  234. What is the TTP’s real agenda?
    By Ejaz Haider
    Published: February 28, 2011

    Colonel Sultan Amir Tarar, better known by the nom de guerre ‘Imam’, is dead, brutally executed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The videotape of Imam being shot and his body dragged around emerged only days ago, but reports suggest he was killed in January this year, 10 months after he was kidnapped. His death, as also the earlier killing of Khawaja, provides intriguing insights into the TTP threat and its relations with the Afghan Taliban.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/124700/what-is-the-ttps-real-agenda/

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  235. interesting comment made by Mr Sethi…

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    “Allegedly Muslim terrorist, Killing Muslims in …Muslim countries?, doesn’t make sense?
    If Muslims were allegedly terrorists and a threat to the Non-Muslim country’s, then why is it that Muslims country are the worst affected by terrorism and death at the hands of Muslim terrorists?
    In Pakistan this wave of terrorism which it is facing currently began with the US invasion of its neighboring country, Afghanistan!
    You tell me why is Al-Qaeda a supposedly Muslim terrorist network operating only in Muslim dominated countries causing death and destruction there, if their agenda as you so claim is for attacking Zionists and imperialist nations?”

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    Some more on the Pakistani Taliban
    By Ejaz Haider
    Published: March 13, 2011

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/132054/some-more-on-the-pakistani-taliban/

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  236. Suicide bomber vs suicidal state

    Mosharraf Zaidi
    Tuesday, April 05, 2011

    The reason it is fruitless to allow ideology to be the primary filter through which you see the world is simple. Ideology is complicated. It obfuscates the obvious, and invests us in the hidden. It is the foundation of conspiracy theories. We seek hidden meaning in things that have obvious implications.

    If you’re a neocon who hates Muslims, or better yet, a Muslim who hates Muslims (and Pakistan has more than its fair share of self-loathing latter-day colonists who’ll say anything to seem more Hollywood than Lady Gaga herself) then nothing suits your narrative more than the atrocities and murder that took place in Mazar-e-Sharif last week, in reaction to the burning of a Quran in Florida. Such events help perpetuate the twisted narrative of Muslims as generically rabid fanatics with no compunctions about beheading innocent people.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=39979&Cat=9

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  237. Understanding militancy
    Syed Irfan Ashraf | Opinion | From the Newspaper

    DOES poverty have anything to do with militancy in Pakistan`s Pakhtun belt? This question attracted much focus a few years ago when the insurgency inflicted the Malakand division in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    Ostensibly, followers of the firebrand cleric Mullah Fazlullah rose up to implement the Sharia in Swat. But, their main target was the land-owning local elites khans many of whom were killed and whose property was destroyed.

    Subsequently, scores of NGOs and think tanks initiated surveys and distributed questionnaires to help seek an answer to this puzzle. Political observers were eager to establish the link between the killing spree and poverty in the troubled swaths of Swat and Fata. A vocal section of analysts abandoned the argument that declared militancy a byproduct of jihadi ideology and nothing else.

    http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/17/understanding-militancy.html

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