Source: The News, 6 March 2013
ISLAMABAD: Barely four days after an All Parties Conference convened by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Maulana Fazlur Rehman Deobandi Group) announced its support to the dialogue process with the Takfiri Deobandi militants and asked the government to respond positively to the Taliban’s talks offer, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has released a horrific video carrying graphic footage of six Pakistani soldiers being killed and subsequently beheaded in Waziristan, writes Amir Mir.
Released by the Umar Media (of Takfiri Deobandi militants), the propaganda arm of TTP and ASWJ-LeJ, the video is titled “Strike of a Believer” and it focuses on the Pakistani Taliban’s fight against the Pakistani military in South Waziristan. The video also carries a statement from the TTP Ameer Commander Hakimullah Mehsud Deobandi in which he has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks against the United States and the Great Britain.
Strangely, the APC resolution seeking talks, neither asked the Taliban to lay-down arms nor it mentioned the word ‘terrorist’, primarily because Maulana Fazlur Rehman feared this may upset the Tehrik-e-Taliban leadership. It used the word bad amni (law and order issue) instead of dehshat gardi (terrorism) to belittle heinous terrorist activities by Deobandi militants of ASWJ-LeJ and TTP. Maulana Fazlur Rehman Deobandi is one of the three political leaders (two other being Nawaz Sharif and Munawar Hasan Deobandi) who had been named by the TTP to act as guarantors for holding talks with the government.
The country’s security establishment had already described the February 28 APC declaration as a crude attempt on part of three pro-Taliban, pro-ASWJ-LeJ parties, i.e., the PML-N, JUI-F and the JI leadership to appease the TTP high command which had named them as guarantors while expressing no-confidence in the Pakistan Army.
A day after the APC, the TTP chief welcomed the Islamabad declaration, but added that it was still waiting for a positive response from the Pakistani military authorities. “Our political shura held a meeting and welcomed the proposal of the all parties’ conference to the government to hold talks with the Taliban. By avoiding using the word terrorism in their joint statement, the political parties have given us a positive signal. But since the real power rests with the Pakistan Army, we continue to see a positive response of the military authorities,” TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in a statement issued on March 1.
ASWJ-LeJ leaders Ahmed Ludhianvi Deobandi and Malik Ishaq Deobandi too have welcomes JUI, JI and PML-N’s talks with the Taliban and ASWJ-LeJ.
Three days later, the TTP has released a barbaric video carrying a three-minute separate segment which shows the shooting and beheading of six uniformed soldiers of Pakistan Army. The undated video has been filmed in South Waziristan in the aftermath of an apparent clash with the Pakistani soldiers in a mountainous area.
The Taliban fighters are seen making the soldiers surrender first and then disarming them. The soldiers are shown with their Pakistani Army-issued weapons, body armors, and helmets. They are subsequently shot dead before being beheaded by the Taliban one by one. Their heads are displayed on top of the rocks. The body of one Pakistani soldier was thrown down the mountainside.
Although the exact date of the dastardly episode is not known, a senior security official in Rawalpindi said the tragic incident might have taken place in June 2012 whose video has been released in a bid to pressurize the army top brass into backing the proposed peace talks with the Taliban.
Besides the graphic beheading of soldiers, the video also carries a speech by Hakimullah Mehsud Deobandi, saying his efforts to execute attacks on US and British soil will continue. “We resolve to enter Britain and America. They come here and target us, so we will go to America and Britain and target them. These will be blessings of jehad. Allah willing, we will have access there and will avenge inside America and Britain.”
Warning: the video below contains graphic footage of the aftermath of the Deobandi Taliban killing several Pakistani soldiers. The Taliban remove the heads of the Pakistani soldiers.
The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (Deobandi militants also operating as ASWJ-LeJ) released a videotape on the fighting in the Mehsud areas of South Waziristan which includes graphic footage of the mutilation of several Pakistani soldiers who appear to have been killed in a firefight last summer.
A three-minute segment shows what appears to be the aftermath of a clash with Pakistani soldiers in a mountainous area of South Waziristan. The Taliban are seen taking the soldiers’ weapons. The soldiers are seen with their Pakistani Army-issued weapons, body armor, and helmets.
At least three of what appear to be six soldiers who were killed and beheaded are shown. Their heads are displayed on top of rocks. The body of one Pakistani soldier, who was not beheaded, was thrown down the mountainside.
Although the date of the Taliban attack on the Pakistani soldiers was not provided in the video, a spokesman for Umar Media told The Long War Journal that “this fight was held on 22 June 2012.”
The Pakistani media did not report the deaths of Pakistani soldiers in South Waziristan within three days before or after June 22, 2012. The nearest report of Pakistani soldiers killed in South Waziristan was on June 18, 2012, when two soldiers were said to have been killed in an attack on the Ladha area of South Waziristan.
In the past, the Taliban have released several videos of the execution and beheading of Pakistani troops. Most recently, in September 2012, the Taliban released a videotape of the aftermath of the beheadings of several Pakistani soldiers who were captured after fighting in Bajaur.
In June 2012, a video showing the heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers who had served in the district of Dir, which is near Bajaur, was released by the Taliban. [See LWJ report, Pakistani Taliban release video of beheaded Pakistani soldiers.]
In June 2011, the Taliban released a video of the execution of 16 Pakistani policemen in Dir. The Taliban lined them up, and executed them via firing squad. The policemen had been captured after the Taliban crossed the border from Kunar. [See LWJ report, Video of brutal Taliban execution of Pakistani policemen emerges.]
In February 2011, Hakeemullah released a videotape of the execution of a former Pakistani military intelligence official known as Colonel Imam. Although Imam, a senior officer in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, was a favorite of the Afghan Taliban for his support of Mullah Omar, the Pakistani Taliban accused him spying against the terror group. [See LWJ report, Video: Pakistani Taliban execute Colonel Imam.]
In the past Deobandi militant of Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ-LeJ) affiliated with the Taliban have beheaded Shia army soldiers in FATA and Shia Hazara bus passengers in Balochistan.
Picture of JUI-F’s leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman Deobandi’s recent meeting with ASWJ’s terrorist leader Ahmed Ludhianvi Deobandi