Mission Buner accomplished ! What’s next ?

A scenic view of beautiful Buner Valley.

The above map shows Talibans are only 55 miles away from Islamabad.

Buner falls into the hands of Swat Taliban

BUNER: Taliban militants from Swat took control of Buner on Tuesday and started patrolling bazaars, villages and towns in the district.

The militants, who had sneaked into Gokand valley of Buner on April 4, were reported to have been on a looting spree for the past five days.
They have robbed government and NGO offices of vehicles, computers, printers, generators, edible oil containers, and food and nutrition packets.

Sources said that leading political figures, businessmen, NGO officials and Khawaneen, who had played a role in setting up a Lashkar to stop the Taliban from entering Buner, had been forced to move to other areas.

The Taliban have extended their control to almost all tehsils of the district and law-enforcement personnel remained confined to police stations and camps.

The Taliban, equipped with advanced weapons, were reported to be advancing towards border areas of Swabi,
Malakand and Mardan, the hometown of NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti.

According to reports reaching here, the militants have set up checkposts and camp bases in Kangar Gali village, along the Malakand border; Naway Dhand village, along the Mardan border; and Tootalai village, along the Swabi border.

The sources said officials of the FC camp in Jorh had asked people to vacate their homes in view of threats of an attack.

The militants have started digging trenches and setting up bunkers on heights in strategic towns of Gadezi, Salarzai, Osherai and other tehsils.

After occupying the Buner district and setting up their headquarters in the bungalow of businessman Syed Ahmed Khan (alias Fateh Khan) in Sultanwas, the militants started patrolling the streets and roads with no signs of law-enforcement personnel.

Led by Fateh Mohammad, the militants were asking local people, particularly youngsters, to join them in their campaign to enforce Sharia.

They have established checkposts on roads and are searching all passing vehicles. They have virtually established their writ in Buner region, once a stronghold of the Awami National Party. A Taliban commander said they would set up strict Islamic sharia courts in Buner as they have already done in Swat, but would not interfere with police work.
‘The Taliban who have arrived from Swat have increased patrolling, banned music in public transport and rampaged (through the) offices of NGOs and taken their vehicles,’ local government official Rashid Khan said.

‘Taliban militants armed with rocket launchers were manning the checkpoints and operating from local mosques,’ he said, adding that a report had been filed at the local police station against ‘unknown militants.’ ‘We will soon establish our radio station. Our Qazis (Islamic judges) will also start holding courts in Buner soon,’ Taliban commander Mohammad Khalil told AFP.
‘We will not interfere in the police work, they can continue their job,’ he said, adding their purpose was to end a ‘sense of deprivation’ and to provide speedy justice.

‘People in their dozens have come to invite us’ to extend sharia.Muslim Khan, a Taliban spokesman, told AFP from Swat that ‘the government writ is not being challenged in Buner and Taliban are not creating any hurdle in the administration’s work.’
‘The Taliban will leave Buner after enforcement of Islamic justice system,’ he said.
However, several residents said they felt ‘scared’ and planned to leave the Buner area, fearing similar violence to that in Swat.

On Tuesday, armed groups entered the Rural Health Centre at Jure in Salarzai area and took away a Land-Cruiser being used by the Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI), Buner.

On April 17, they raided a basic health unit in tehsil Chamla and looted 480 cans of edible oil. They took away from the house of a lady health visitor a large number of food and nutrition packets supplied by USAID and sewing machines from an Action Aid-sponsored vocational centre in the Korea village of tehsil Chamla.

On April 18, they looted a huge quantity of medicine from a health facility at the Afghan refugee camp in Koga in the same tehsil and 640 cans of edible oil from a godown of the World Food Programme in Nawagai.

On April 19, armed men took away a Suzuki Potohar Jeep from a rural health centre in Nagrai. A group of 20 militants took away a Suzuki Ravi car and 400 cans of edible oil from a basic health unit in Garga.

Another armed group snatched an ambulance, a pick-up provided by Gavi for EPI cell, a Suzuki Ravi from a health centre in Swari.

They also broke into the offices of Paiman (Save the Children) EPI, Jica offices and took away several computers, printers, two generators, fax machines, UPS and other appliances.

The armed men stopped near Ambela a double-cabin vehicle of Paiman going to Buner from Peshawar and took it along with the driver to a nearby camp. Later, they released the driver and escaped with the vehicle.

They have also occupied the main office of Rahbar in Swari.

Swat’s Taliban expand operations

LAHORE: After a peace deal with the NWFP government, the Swat Taliban are expanding their operations into nearby regions. Dozens have been streaming into the Buner district to take over mosques and government offices, BBC reported. On Tuesday, local sources told Daily Times the Taliban were patrolling bazaars in some tehsils of the Buner district. They said armed Taliban were guarding the entry and exit points of Gadezai, Salarzai and Ghashezi tehsils and other areas of the district. Checkposts: The Taliban have also set up ‘checkposts’ in Kanga Gul village on Malakand’s border, at Naway Dhand village on the border of Mardan and Tutalai village on the border of Swabi district, they added. Policemen have stopped attending their duties in the district. Also on Tuesday, Taliban kidnapped four men including servants of ANP leader Afzal Khan Lala from Drashkhela area of Matta tehsil of Swat.Armed Taliban are patrolling Kabal, Matta, Charbagh, Khawzakhela, Shamozo, GT Road and Qambar and have set up checkposts in many areas. They have also set up courts in Imamdheri Markaz in Swat which are deciding cases. They also presented four soldiers kidnapped from Khawazakhela tehsil of Swat. They were identified as Lieutenant Najam, Lieutenant Junaid, Naik Shahid Rehman and Lance Naik Shakeel. daily times monitor/staff report

بونیر: طالبان کی سرگرمیاں تیز
عبدالحئی کاکڑ
صوبہ سرحد کے ضلع بونیر میں طالبان نے باقاعدہ کارروائیاں شروع کردی ہیں اور انہوں نےگاڑیوں میں موسیقی بجانے پر پابندی لگانے کے علاوہ مختلف واقعات میں غیر سرکاری اداروں کی گاڑیاں اور امدادی اشیاء لوٹ لی ہیں۔
ضلع بونیر کے پولیس سربراہ رشید خان نے بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے ان واقعات کی تصدیق کی۔ ان کے بقول گزشتہ کچھ عرصے سے سوات سے آئے ہوئے طالبان کی وجہ سے امن و امان کا مسئلہ خراب ہوا ہے۔
ان کے مطابق بونیر میں غیر سرکاری اداروں کی گاڑیوں اور اشیاء کو لوٹا گیا ہے جس کی ایف آئی آر درج کرائی گئی ہے۔ ان کے بقول چونکہ ان واقعات میں مبینہ طور پر ملوث ہونے والے طالبان کی انفرادی شناخت نہیں ہوسکی ہے لہٰذا انہوں نے نامعلوم افراد کے خلاف ایف آئی آر دراج کرائی ہے تاہم ابھی تک کسی کو بھی گرفتار نہیں کیا گیا ہے۔
رشید خان نے مزید کہا کہ آئندہ ایک ماہ بونیر کے لیے بہت اہم ہے اور قاضی عدالتوں کے قیام سے انہیں امید ہے کہ طالبان کی سرگرمیاں کم ہوجائیں گی۔ ان کے بقول انہوں نے جرگے کی مدد سے سوات کے طالبان کے علاقہ سے انخلاء کی کوشش شروع کر دی ہیں البتہ بونیر کے طالبان اگر پرامن رہنا چاہیں تو انہیں وہاں رہنے کی اجازت ہوگی۔
مقامی لوگوں کا کہنا ہے کہ طالبان نے کوگا کے علاقے میں واقع مہاجر کیمپ کے صحت کے بنیادی مرکز میں گھس کر وہاں سے دوائیاں لوٹ لیں جبکہ اسے ایک دن قبل انہوں نے امبیلہ کے علاقے میں غیر سرکاری ادارے کے لیے کام کرنے والے اہلکاروں کو اغواء کیا تھا جنہیں بعد میں چھوڑ دیا گیا تھا۔ اس کے علاوہ سرکاری حکام کا کہنا ہے طالبان صدر مقام ڈگر میں ڈسٹرکٹ ہیلتھ آفسر کے دفتر سے بعض غیر سرکاری اداروں کی گاڑیاں لے گئے۔ اس کے ساتھ ساتھ انہوں نے پیر کو ڈگر میں گاڑیاں روک کر ڈرائیوروں کو گانے بجانے سے بھی روکنے کی کوشش کی۔سرکاری حکام کا مزید کہنا ہے کہ پیر ہی کو طالبان نے سکولوں میں تقسیم کیے جانے والے گھی کے ہزاروں ڈبوں کو لوٹ لیا۔ مقامی لوگوں کا کہنا ہے کہ طالبان ٹولیوں کی صورت میں مختلف علاقوں کا گشت کر رہے ہیں جبکہ مساجد میں جاکر لوگوں کو شرعی نظام کے نفاذ میں ساتھ دینے کی ترغیب دے رہے ہیں۔
ایک مقامی شخص نے نام ظاہر نہ کرنے کی شرط پر بی بی سی کو بتایا کہ مقامی انتظامیہ کچھ نہیں کر رہی ہے اور جن لوگوں نے طالبان کے خلاف لشکر بنایا تھا وہ بھی اب تقسیم ہوگئے ہیں۔ ان کے مطابق ’حکومت نے طالبان کے ساتھ معاہدہ کرکے ہمارے اور اپنے ہاتھ بھی پیچھے سے باندھ لیے جبکہ طالبان علاقے میں دندناتے پھر رہے ہیں اور کوئی بھی انہیں روک نہیں سکتا۔‘
یاد رہے سوات سے آئے ہوئے طالبان نے تقریباً دو ہفتے قبل ضلع بونیر میں داخل ہونے کی کوشش کی تھی اور اس دوران مقامی لشکر نے مزاحمت کی جس میں تین پولیس اہلکار اور تین رضاکار قتل ہوگئے تھے۔ بعد میں مقامی انتظامیہ اور عمائدین نے طالبان کو علاقے میں داخلے کی اجازت دے دی جنہوں داخل ہوتے ہی پیر بابا کے
تاریخی مزار، مدرسے اور دربار پر قبضہ کرلیا۔ تاہم کچھ دنوں کے بعد یہ قبضہ ختم کر دیا گیا تھا۔
Sources: BBC Urdu, Daily Dawn, Daily Express, and Daily Times —– 21st April