Map of FATA and NWFP (Source: FATADA)
We’ve been hearing news of Talibanisation of Orakzai Agency for months and there were also statements from officials of Pak Army and Federal Government denying such news.
However, a news item appeared on today’s Daily Times should leave no doubt in our minds about Talibans comprehansive control in Orakzai Agency.
If Talibans are demanding or collecting Taxes in Orakzai Agency then still can we claim that Orakzai Agency belongs to Pakistani State ??
How long does it take for our right-wing politicians and psuedo-journalists to open up their eyes ?
How many cities and villages of Pakistan will be taken over by the Talibans to make Pak Army own this war ???
Is Pak Army waiting Talibans to take over Peshawar ?
Isn’t it the duty of Pak Army to confront both external and internal threats to the State of Pakistan ?
Sikh families leave Orakzai after Taliban demand jizia
By Abdul Saboor Khan HANGU: Sikh families living in Orakzai Agency have left the agency after the Taliban demanded Rs 50 million as jizia (tax) from them, official sources and locals said on Tuesday.
Residents of Ferozekhel area in Lower Orakzai Agency told Daily Times on Tuesday that around 10 Sikh families left the agency after the demand by the Taliban, who said they were a minority and liable to pay the tax for living in the area in accordance with sharia. Locals said the Taliban had notified the Sikh families about the ‘tax’ around a week ago.
They said of the 15 Sikh families in Ferozekhel, 10 had shifted while the remaining were preparing to do so. The locals said the families were impoverished and had left the area to avoid any Taliban action.
Daily Times —- 15th April, 09
Orakzai becomes new haven for Taliban —- Daily Times — 4th Feb, 09
* Residents say Taliban forces have introduced sharia law in region
* Analysts claim militants can reach Peshawar unless government restrains them
By Abdul Saboor KhanHANGU: The Talibanisation of Orakzai Agency in the past few months has resulted in a drastic change in the lifestyles of the tribal residents, as the political administration has retreated and is now restricted to functioning in its Hangu district headquarters. “Talibanisation has taken strong roots in Orakzai and the region is now run by the Taliban council, which has introduced sharia law,” tribesmen who have moved from Orakzai to escape Taliban-style rule told Daily Times on Tuesday.
Orakzai, which borders Kurram in the west and Hangu district in the east, provides a means to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to expand its influence to Peshawar through Khyber Agency.
The organisation has already made its presence in the region known by attacking truck terminals for Afghanistan-bound supplies for NATO and US forces. Despite government attempts to block their infiltration, the Taliban recently celebrated their “complete control” over the region by inviting a group of journalists to the area in a show of power.
According to former residents, the Taliban have set up their own courts to provide ‘justice’ to the people. They said that the traditional tribal jirga system had been abolished and all development schemes had been halted.
The anti-polio drive has also failed and local and foreign militants are seen manning checkposts that were previously held by government forces. “The Taliban have set up sharia courts in Ghaljo, Kundi Mishi, Dabori, Mashti Meli and Ferozkhel in Upper Orakzai,” the residents added.They said the Taliban council had banned women from travelling outside their homes without the escort of male family members. “There is a ban on music and dancing during wedding ceremonies; working of NGOs; and development works,” they added. Each area now has its own Taliban chief and is patrolled by Taliban militants to keep the local population under the control of the TTP, the residents said.Warning: With the increasing Taliban presence in Orakzai, the pressure is now mounting on Hangu district, where analysts suggest the TTP is fuelling sectarian strife to extend their base.
They have warned that unless the government acts to protect the strategic Kohat garrison from the TTP, the group could easily extend its reach to Peshawar.
Aamir Mughal said…
Ansar Abbasi and Indian Army Officer’s Open Letter.
Ansar Abbasi should drag his Editor of The News Internation in the Court of Law and also drag his Editor in the Shariah court for publishing Anti State Letter of India Army Officer to the Pakistan’s Army Chief.
An open letter to Gen Kayani View from the other side Col (r) Harish Puri Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Dear Gen Kayani,
Sir, let me begin by recounting that old army quip that did the rounds in the immediate aftermath of World war II: To guarantee victory, an army should ideally have German generals, British officers, Indian soldiers, American equipment and Italian enemies.
A Pakistani soldier that I met in Iraq in 2004 lamented the fact that the Pakistani soldier in Kargil had been badly let down firstly by Nawaz Sharif and then by the Pakistani officers’ cadre. Pakistani soldiers led by Indian officers, , he believed, would be the most fearsome combination possible. Pakistani officers, he went on to say, were more into real estate, defence housing colonies and the like.
As I look at two photographs of surrender that lie before me, I can’t help recalling his words. The first is the celebrated event at Dhaka on Dec 16, 1971, which now adorns most Army messes in Delhi and Calcutta. The second, sir, is the video of a teenage girl being flogged by the Taliban in Swat — not far, I am sure, from one of your Army check posts.
The surrender by any Army is always a sad and humiliating event. Gen Niazi surrendered in Dhaka to a professional army that had outnumbered and outfought him. No Pakistani has been able to get over that humiliation, and 16th December is remembered as a black day by the Pakistani Army and the Pakistani state. But battles are won and lost – armies know this, and having learnt their lessons, they move on.
But much more sadly, the video of the teenager being flogged represents an even more abject surrender by the Pakistani Army. The surrender in 1971, though humiliating, was not disgraceful. This time around, sir, what happened on your watch was something no Army commander should have to live through. The girl could have been your own daughter, or mine.
I have always maintained that the Pakistani Army, like its Indian counterpart, is a thoroughly professional outfit. It has fought valiantly in the three wars against India, and also accredited itself well in its UN missions abroad. It is, therefore, by no means a pushover. The instance of an Infantry unit, led by a lieutenant colonel, meekly laying down arms before 20-odd militants should have been an aberration. But this capitulation in Swat, that too so soon after your own visit to the area, is an assault on the sensibilities of any soldier. What did you tell your soldiers? What great inspirational speech did you make that made your troops back off without a murmur? Sir, I have fought insurgency in Kashmir as well as the North-East, but despite the occasional losses suffered (as is bound to be the case in counter-insurgency operations), such total surrender is unthinkable.
I have been a signaller, and it beats me how my counterparts in your Signal Corps could not locate or even jam a normal FM radio station broadcasting on a fixed frequency at fixed timings. Is there more than meets the eye?
I am told that it is difficult for your troops to “fight their own people.” But you never had that problem in East Pakistan in 1971, where the atrocities committed by your own troops are well documented in the Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report. Or is it that the Bengalis were never considered “your own” people, influenced as they were by the Hindus across the border? Or is that your troops are terrified by the ruthless barbarians of the Taliban?
Sir, it is imperative that we recognise our enemy without any delay. I use the word “our” advisedly – for the Taliban threat is not far from India’s borders. And the only force that can stop them from dragging Pakistan back into the Stone Age is the force that you command. In this historic moment, providence has placed a tremendous responsibility in your hands. Indeed, the fate of your nation, the future of humankind in the subcontinent rests with you. It doesn’t matter if it is “my war” or “your war” – it is a war that has to be won. A desperate Swati citizen’s desperate lament says it all – “Please drop an atom bomb on us and put us out of our misery!” Do not fail him, sir.
But in the gloom and the ignominy, the average Pakistani citizen has shown us that there is hope yet. The lawyers, the media, have all refused to buckle even under direct threats. It took the Taliban no less than 32 bullets to still the voice of a brave journalist. Yes, there is hope – but why don’t we hear the same language from you? Look to these brave hearts, sir – and maybe we shall see the tide turn. Our prayers are with you, and the hapless people of Swat.
The New York Times predicts that Pakistan will collapse in six months. Do you want to go down in history as the man who allowed that to happen?
The writer is a retired colonel of the Indian army who lives in Pune. Email: email@example.com
I wonder! How the hell they “succeed” in Jamming the Hostile TV Channels in Pakistan giving coverage to any important issue e.g. Long March Coverage of Restore the Judiciary Movement ????
Jamming Mullah Radio: A Primer Chris Cork Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Much has been talked but little actually done in the matter of jamming the so-called â€œMullah Radioâ€ that has done much to inflame the situation in Swat. The government appears to take the position that this is an immensely complex and expensive task, requires vast resources and the import of foreign equipment â€“ most of which is not necessarily the case.
From The News International
I think that the Pakistani Establishment think that we are living in Devil Island and they also ‘think’ that they can easily hoodwink people easily. The USA had developed Satellite espionage way back in 60s and yet they are trying to give us impression that they couldn’t track these deadly MILITANTS in FATA whereas the White House day in and day out hound Pakistan on Human Rights Abuses by these very Mullahs. Strange isn’t it that scores of Pakistani TV Journalists regularly talk to the thousands of Militants on daily basis on their Mobile and Satellite telephones and relay their press conferences but what kind of War on Terror is this that the most Lethal and Deadly Security Services couldn’t even trace the location????
I had read an interesting and very informative book on CIA way back in early 90s,
The Invisible Government by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross
[The Invisible Government. New York: Vintage Books, 1974. Reprint of the 1964 Random House edition. 379 pages.]
the book was first published in as you read above in 1964 and that book had a complete chapter of Satellite Tracking and Espionage. The glimpse of truth is as under:
U.S. Intelligence and the Indian Bomb
Documents Show U.S. Intelligence Failed to Warn of India’s Nuclear Tests Despite Tracking Nuclear Weapons Potential Since 1950s
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 187
For more information contact: Jeffrey Richelson, Editor
Posted – April 13, 2006
Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea By Jeffrey T. Richelson
Eyes on the Bomb: U-2, CORONA, and KH-7 Imagery of Foreign Nuclear Installations New Images Illustrate U.S. Overhead Reconnaissance Targeting of Allied and Adversary Nuclear Facilities
U.S. Intelligence and the French Nuclear Weapons Program
Documents Show U.S. Intelligence Targeted French Nuclear Program as Early as 1946
U.S. Intelligence and the South African Bomb
Documents Show U.S. Unable to Penetrate Apartheid Regime’s Nuclear Weapons Program
North Korea and Nuclear Weapons
The Declassified U.S. Record
The United States and the Chinese Nuclear Program, 1960-1964
Companion documents to Winter 2000/2001 edition of International Security
Israel and the Bomb
Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Washington, DC, April 13, 2006 – Long before India detonated a nuclear device in May 1974, the U.S. Intelligence Community was monitoring and analyzing Indian civilian and military nuclear energy activities, according to documents released today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Those activities are at the core of the current controversy over the Bush administration’s proposed legislation that would alter U.S. nonproliferation and export control laws and policies so as to allow full nuclear cooperation with India.
Trombay, the site of India’s first reactor (Aspara) and a plutonium reprocessing facility, as photographed by a KH-7/GAMBIT satellite on February 19, 1966. (Click for larger view)
View from the other side – An open letter to Gen Kayani
15 APRIL 2009 21:34
I would like to divert your thoughts towards the current situation building in Pakistan. If we look at the borders with Afghanistan, Kurram Agency, Waziristan, Bajur and Khyber Agency are the key borders. If we look at the scenario, Waziristan is already disconnected in terms that Govt rule is absent and replaced by Taliban. Kurram Agency is already cut from the rest of Pakistan through road from the past 2 years. Bajur agency is under heavy clashes, khyber agency is under severe clashes between Govt and Mangal bagh group. Mohmand Agency is also under operation. Swat is already lost to Taliban. Talibanization is growing in other cities like Charsadda, Mardan although its struggling. Hangu is also getting under Taliban. Bannu is going through first stages. DI Khan is under severe sectarian clashes and target killings.
Now what cities are remaining? Kohat because there is already head quarter of Army signals, Nowshera which is safe due to Army offices, Peshawar which is safe due to presence of its own Govt.
The growing talibanisation in these areas indicate that soon Kohat, Swabi, Mardan, Charsadda and Peshawar will be next centers, which is part of the strategy of breaking of Pakistan.
Please say no to the growing militancy and say no to breaking of Pakistan.
17 APRIL 2009 06:20