December 2009

7 People Killed As Militants Blow Up Government Official’s House

At least seven people were killed when militants blew up the house of a government official in Pakistan’s tribal district of Kurram, according to an Urdu-language newspaper.

The militants had planted three bombs at the house of a local official, Sarfaraz Khan, in the Mezokas area of Kurram Agency, which went off simultaneously, destroying the house and killing seven people including the official.

According to a report in the Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Mashriq, the report said that a woman and six children were also wounded in the incident.

Date Posted: December 29, 2009
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Two Militant Commanders Among 13 Killed In U.S. Drone Attack

There were two local Taliban commanders among 13 people killed in a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan, according to an Urdu-language newspaper.

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Date Posted: December 29, 2009
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Three Commanders, 8 Militants Killed In Pakistani Border Region

Three key commanders were among 11 militants killed in Pakistan’s tribal district of Bajaur and in the Swat Valley while two women militants were detained in the Buner district last Thursday, according to an Urdu-language newspaper.

The Pakistani security forces conducted an operation after the militants attacked a checkpost in the Nawagai area of Bajaur Agency, killing three militants including two key commanders, according to a report in the Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Express.

In the Kalam area of the Swat district of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), a key militant commander, Maulvi Muhammad Zarin, was found dead, the report said. However, there were also reports that Zarin had been in the custody of the Pakistani security forces for the last several months.

Date Posted: December 29, 2009
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Report In Dari-language Afghan Daily: Confrontations Increase Among The Taliban Following Appointment Of Top Commanders

In a report, the National Security Council (NSC) of Afghanistan has noted increased confrontations among the ranks of the Taliban from the top to the lower level following the new appointments of some commanders, according to a report in a Dari-language Afghan daily.

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Date Posted: December 28, 2009
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President Zardari: Non-State Actors Trying To Break Up Pakistan

In a speech marking the second anniversary of the death of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani President Asif Zardari Sunday said that non-state actors (militant groups and others) are trying to break up Pakistan.He stated that the country’s institutions are being pitted against each other, according to a Pakistani daily.

Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister and Zardari’s wife, was killed December 27, 2007. Her assassination is blamed on militant groups but there is speculation about the role of Pakistani spy agencies in the killing.

“We have shed our blood for building institutions and know how they have been built. We know what will happen when institutions clash and we don’t want to see such a day,” said Zardari, who faces pressure to quit over reopened corruption cases against him and thousands of others now being investigated by courts.

Date Posted: December 28, 2009
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Pakistani High Commissioner To London: Benazir Bhutto Could Not Have Been Killed Without The Consent Of Military Ruler General Musharraf

Wajid Shamsul Hassan, the Pakistani High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, has said that Benazir Bhutto could not have been killed in 2007 without the consent of the then military ruler General Pervez Musharraf, according to a Pakistani daily.

Pakistan officially blames former Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud for Bhutto’s killing, but Hassan’s statement, on the second anniversary of Bhutto’s assassination, strengthens speculation about the involvement of the army in her killing.

According to a report in the Lahore-based Daily Times newspaper, Wajid Shamsul Hassan said that ‘‘Baitullah Mehsud, former chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), could not have slain former premier Benazir Bhutto without the consent of then president Pervez Musharraf.’’

General Pervez Musharraf, who occupied the posts of the army chief as well as the president, quit his position as army chief under popular pressure on November 28 2007, a month before Bhutto was killed.

Date Posted: December 28, 2009
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In New Delhi, Indian Leaders Express Solidarity With Palestinians

Indian political leaders and journalists have accused the Indian government of strengthening its friendship with Israel at the cost of the Palestinian cause, according to an Urdu-language daily.

Mulayam Singh Yadav, the President of the Samajwadi Party, said, “There is a need to launch a massive movement in the country supporting the Palestinian cause to force the government to review its policy towards Israel,” according to the Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Rashtriya Sahara.

Yadav, the former defense minister of India, added: “[First Indian Prime Minister] Jawaharlal Nehru had said that India will never be silent on human rights violations but the Congress party of Nehru has forgotten his policy.’’

He added that his Samajwadi Party has always supported the Palestinian cause and will continue to do so.

Date Posted: December 28, 2009
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Indian Interior Minister Says Jihad Is Terrorism Directed Against All, Notes: ‘‘Its Objective Is War Against Unbelievers’’

Indian Interior Minister P. Chidambaram has equated jihad with terrorism saying, ‘‘its objective is war against unbelievers,’’ according to an Indian website.

In a report, the Indian website twocircles.net said that ‘‘Chidambaram’s statements against jihad are highly objectionable.’’ The statement was delivered reportedly in an address to the Intelligence Bureau officers in New Delhi.

According to the report, Chidambaram said that jihad is “a war or struggle against unbelievers” and it completely distorts the meaning of the Islamic principle of jihad.

Date Posted: December 28, 2009
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Indian Interior Minister Says Jihad Is Terrorism Directed Against All, Notes: ‘‘Its Objective Is War Against Unbelievers’’

Indian Interior Minister P. Chidambaram has equated jihad with terrorism saying, ‘‘its objective is war against unbelievers,’’ according to an Indian website.

In a report, the Indian website twocircles.net said that ‘‘Chidambaram’s statements against jihad are highly objectionable.’’ The statement was delivered reportedly in an address to the Intelligence Bureau officers in New Delhi.

According to the report, Chidambaram said that jihad is “a war or struggle against unbelievers” and it completely distorts the meaning of the Islamic principle of jihad.

Date Posted: December 28, 2009
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Former Jamaat-e-Islami Chief: “U.S. Has Completed Preparations To Capture Pakistan’s Nuclear Installations”

Qazi Hussain Ahmad, the former Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, has said that the U.S. has completed all arrangements to capture Pakistan’s nuclear installations, according to an Urdu-language newspaper.

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Date Posted: December 28, 2009
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