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Thank you, General Kayani. Your good Taliban kill 18 Shia, abduct 45 in Hangu

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At least eighteen persons were killed and several others wounded in armed persons’ firing on passenger vehicles besides 45 persons were also abducted along with the vehicle.

Unknown armed persons opened fires on a caravan of vehicles on way to Parachanar from Tul at Bugan area of lower Kurram Agency. Two vehicles were set on fire by the armed persons, report said. The injured have been shifted to Sada Hospital of Kurram Agency.

Following the incident, the forces cordoned off the area and started search operation. More than twenty Shias have lost their lives in four attacks on passenger vehicles since the peace agreement made one and a half month ago.

It is a case of two separate attacks by pro-Taliban militants on two convoys of vehicles carrying members of the minority Shia community in the tribal belt of northwest Pakistan today, officials said.

In the first incident, militants ambushed a convoy of vehicles in the Kurram tribal region. The vehicles, which were coming from Kurram Agency to Khyber—Pakhtunkhwa capital Peshawar, were attacked in Bagan town. The 13 people killed and eight more injured were all Shias, officials said.

Another five are reported to have died in hospital. The attackers set two vehicles on fire before fleeing. Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search for the attackers.

In the second incident, militants targeted another convoy at Medani Dam in Kurram Agency at noon and hijacked a vehicle with people in it. The vehicle was taken to an undisclosed location in the restive tribal region. Three persons injured in the attack were taken to nearby hospitals.

There were reports that the militants kidnapped 45 people and took them away in three vehicles but this could not be independently confirmed.

No group claimed responsibility for either attack, however, extremist Deobandi group Taliban (also known as Sipah-e-Sahaba) has in the past claimed responsibility for attacks on Shia Muslims.

There have been four attacks within a fortnight on Shias, who travel to and from Peshawar in convoys escorted by security forces due to fears of assaults by the Taliban.

About 20 people were killed and 15 injured in the two previous attacks.

Kurram Agency and the adjoining Hangu district of Khyber—Pakhtunkhwa province have witnessed numerous incidents of sectarian attacks on minority Shia Muslims by the Takfiri Taliban / Sipah-e-Sahba militia which are considered closed to Pakistan Army / ISI.

Shia leaders condemned today’s attacks and said the security forces had failed to protect the convoys.

All main roads to Kurram Agency were reopened in February after being closed for almost four years. The assurance of security came from none other than the Federal Interior Minister, Rehman Malik.

(Source: The News; The Hindu; Twitter)

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  • Do you think the Pakistani establishment cares? All these groups are nothing more than petty criminals, nothing else. They should be treated as such. Give an inch, they take a mile. And they want to have more peace talks with the same groups.

  • Good Talibans or Bad Talibans are nothing but two faces of same coin.Talibans can do anything,killing civilians,taking out dead from graves & then hanging them,decapitating,bomb blasts in schools,mosques,streets anywhere,destroying schools as they are against education,I wounder what they are? even barbarians & savages would never do things like that.This is third time of killing passengers in broad day light in 10 days…but who cares?Not pakistani govt as they call them strategic assests!

  • Masked terrorists ambushed four mini-buses near Bagun town in Kurram agency on Friday. They set on fire one minibus and kidnapped 45 passengers and seized the three other vehicles. According to agency reports, at least eight people were killed in the attack.

    The vehicles were coming to Parachinar from Peshawar and, according to sources, most of the passengers belonged to the Shia community.

    The sources said that the gunmen later freed five women and seven children.

    In a similar attack in mid-March terrorists killed nine people on the Parachinar road.

    A tribal elder in Alizai town said that three bodies had been retrieved and the two injured had been taken to hospitals.

    “We have reports that eight people have been killed and 45 others have been kidnapped,” he said.

    The attack is the latest blow to a peace deal signed in February to end a four- conflict which has claimed lives of hundreds of people belonging to both sects.

    The agreement was enforced after all the players concerned pledged to honour it in letter and spirit.

    People of Kurram travelling between Parachinar and Peshawar have been frequently attacked in Hangu district.

    A few days ago, a minibus coming from Parachinar was attacked and 11 passengers were killed. A few days later, eight people were injured in a similar attack.

    The Thall-Parachinar road was closed to traffic as tension gripped the volatile area after Friday’s ambush.

    Local people said the political administration and law-enforcement agencies are saying nothing about the number of casualties.

    “Officials are hiding information about fatalities,” said a tribal elder in Alizai which is adjacent to Bagun.

    According to Mehbood Ali, one of the injured passengers, the vehicles were attacked with automatic weapons by masked terrorists. He said anyone trying to flee was shot, adding that the 45 passengers who were kidnapped appeared to have been taken to central Kurram.

    There is widespread unease in the region over the increasing number of attacks on passenger vehicles despite the peace agreement.

    Meanwhile, terrorists fired mortar shells at a school in Piwar village near the Afghan border on Friday, but there was no casualty.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/26/new-attack-on-parachinar-road-8-killed-45-kidnapped.html

  • FRIDAY`S deadly ambush targeting a convoy of passenger vehicles in Kurram Agency seriously threatens to scuttle the fragile peace that has barely held in the region. At least eight people were reportedly killed while several were wounded as gunmen attacked vehicles on the Thall-Parachinar road in Baggan. Several people were also kidnapped. Reports indicate that most of the victims are Shia, which points to an overtly sectarian motive to the ambush as Shia and Sunni tribes have been at daggers drawn in the region bordering Afghanistan. Observers say this is the first attack inside Kurram proper since the Feb 3 peace deal was signed between the rival factions, though there have been several acts of violence in the surrounding areas. A few days earlier, militants kidnapped over 20 tribesmen from a village festival in Baggan while Thursday`s suicide attack in Hangu, in which five people, including a policeman, were killed, is indicative of the general insecurity that plagues the region.

    There was guarded scepticism of the February peace deal — guaranteed as it was by the Taliban — when its details emerged. The TTP had welcomed it largely for ulterior motives, as observers said the sectarian conflict in Kurram was affecting the Haqqani network`s activities inside Afghanistan. As incidents of violence continued, tribal elders called upon the government to punish violators of the truce. Yet the political administration has failed to keep the peace and has not been able to protect vital road links. While it is true that the Taliban are not a monolithic entity and Friday`s ambush may have been the work of a militant faction not interested in honouring the peace deal, the fact remains that regardless of the militants` intentions, securing the area remains the state`s responsibility. The government`s lack of action has emboldened the militants.

    The state — both the political leadership as well as the military — needs to be serious about securing Kurram and its surrounding areas. Though sectarian problems in the region date back to the Ziaul Haq era, matters have taken a turn for the worse ever since the Taliban arrived in 2007. Some say the military has focused too much on Swat, ignoring the security threats in Kurram. Also, critics point out that the security establishment claims the majority of Orakzai Agency — which borders Kurram — has been cleared of militants; if this is so why do the attacks continue? The state needs to prevent what is left of the peace process from completely falling apart. The ambush may well trigger retaliatory attacks and if the government fails to secure Kurram in the long run, this cycle of violence will never end.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/26/kurram-ambush.html

  • The sources told The Express Tribune that the incident occurred around 12 am in the Bagan area of Lower Kurram Agency, when suspected militants attacked a convoy of passenger vans on its way to Parachinar from Peshawar.
    “Four Hiace vans were on their way from Peshawar to Parachinar — the headquarters of Kurram Agency — when armed men opened fire on the convoy, killing 13 and injuring eight others,” a source said.
    He added that suspected militants torched one of the vehicles and hijacked the other three vans with passengers onboard. However, another source put the number of vehicles at three, saying that one was torched and two were hijacked.
    The sources said that the convoy had entered Kurram Agency after crossing the Chapari check-post via Thall tehsil of Hangu district. The area where the attack took place is situated five kilometres from the Chapari check-post, inside Kurram Agency.
    Sajid Hussain Turi, a lawmaker from Kurram Agency, told The Express Tribune that 26 passengers were kidnapped and 15 of them, including women and children, have been located.
    Turi blamed the government and security forces for the attack and warned that they were being pushed to the wall, which will have consequences.
    A peace accord signed between the warring sects last month in Kurram Agency is being threatened by the Taliban who have mounted a number of attacks against the Turi tribesmen in recent weeks.
    The accord, brokered by a grand tribal jirga, may collapse anytime with possible retaliation by Turi tribesmen, as the number of their people killed by the Taliban is climbing, sources told The Express Tribune.
    An MNA from Fata, requesting anonymity, told The Express Tribune that the Taliban, who are being indirectly supported by the Sunni tribes are bent upon destroying the accord signed after four years of bloodshed in Kurram Agency.
    Earlier this week, the federal government, which had endorsed the accord, ordered action by the security agencies against the militants. However, tension continues to mount as the Taliban continue to attack the Turi tribesmen.
    According to Pakistan Army officials, militants have shifted their operations from Waziristan and Orakzai to Kurram Agency. The Taliban have expanded their control over Kurram, military sources said, adding that the militants reportedly use the area as a training ground for their fighters and have set up several bases in the agency.
    (With additional reporting by Qaiser Butt in Islamabad)
    Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2011.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/137908/kurram-agency-13-tribesmen-killed-in-ambush-33-abducted/

  • talibans i can say the illegitimate children of military establishment are given instructions to do so by army, if not, isn’t road security their responsibility…
    Why shias are pushed against wall since so long? Is there a taliban or antishia mindset in army? These antishia activities will increase hatred against ziaee army! Kiany! These are ur good talibans whose bruitality has no borders…in near future you will see and hear that all schools are blown up by these good talibans…

  • Fifteen abductees, mostly children and women, who were abducted from Bagan area of Lower Kurram Agency on Friday, have been freed, media reported on Saturday.
    On Friday, unknown gunmen ambushed a convoy of vehicles at Bagan area near Hangu, killing 13 passengers and injuring five others.
    The assailants also abducted 45 people, mostly Shia Muslims, and took them to untraced location. However, 15 women and children have been set free.
    While 30 still remain in captivity.
    Police transferred the released women and children to FC Fort at Thal.
    Those who were killed in yesterday’s deadly attack will be laid to rest in their native towns today. NEWS24

    http://www.news24.pk/detail.php?nid=1115

  • A relevant exchange at Twitter

    Read from the bottom up

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Resource on #ShiaGenocide in #Pakistan http://criticalppp.com/archives/tag/shia-genocide

    LUBP Archive on Parchinar
    http://criticalppp.com/archives/tag/parachinar

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @husainhaqqani Pakistani jihadis burn and destroy Qurans everytime they attack a sufi shrine or imambargah
    14 hours ago

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @NadeemfParacha WHHAAAT!!!! and leave in a secular country where the judiciary went after JI thugs and not elected leaders!

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @AbdulNishapuri @husainhaqqani You are wrong, Kurram agency has been infiltrated by Hizbullah and Basij who are lynching Pushtuns

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @AbdulNishapuri @husainhaqqani I have no sympathy for Khomeini lovers who deny the situation in Darfur and Balochistan

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @AbdulNishapuri @husainhaqqani I can never respect those who support the Basij of Parachinar and deny their racism against the Chileans!

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    Interesting RT @Ohnandee_Jindri #Taqleed can be traced to cult of #Salafism, popularised by #Al-Bana’a #JalalalDin #Iqbal #Qutb #Mawdudi
    15 hours ago

    Ohnandee_Jindri Ohnandee Jindrri
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @AbdulNishapuri #Taqleed flows from #Ijtehad The #Quran & #Sunnah dictate every #Muslim to be #Mojtehed unto her/his\mself #Mufti redundant
    15 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    I agree. So is Taqleed? RT @Ohnandee_Jindri The #welayat-e-faqeeh doctrine is also an insulr to #Human Intelligence
    15 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @Ohnandee_Jindri Also fact that Shias in Pakistan & other countries R stereotyped as Iranians & Khomeini lovers to justify their persecution
    15 hours ago

    Ohnandee_Jindri Ohnandee Jindrri
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @AbdulNishapuri #Khomeini’s #Welayat-e-faqeeh doctrine is prima facie anti-Islamic It apes medival #Papacy & is dressed up in #islamic togs

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @Ohnandee_Jindri My major issue with #Khomeini is his doctrine of Vilayat-e-Faqih which is an insult to freedom as well as to #Shia Islam
    15 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @PakistanAtWar I beg to disagree. SSP is not limited to Jhang. It now stretches from Karachi to Waziristan & from Quetta to Afghanistan

    PakistanAtWar Jat Zameendar
    @
    @AbdulNishapuri SSP is nothing but a rag tag anti feudal anger from JHANG. Soon all will know their limits and peace will ensue

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @Ohnandee_Jindri IMHO Iranian theocracy did not do any service to Pakistani or even Iranian Shias.

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    All Pakistanis should support these people RT @husainhaqqani ‘Terrorists target Shia Muslims in Kurram Agency’ http://bbc.in/eRyDil
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
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    @Ohnandee_Jindri dunia mein Qateel uss sa munafiq nahin koi, jo zulm tau sehta he baghawat nahin karta #UncleTomShias
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
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    @PakistanAtWar @TheseLongWars Let me state, it’s not Sunni extremists, it is a Takfiri mindset (SSP, Taliban) which doesn’t represent Sunnis

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
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    @Ohnandee_Jindri And they are in majority! They blame nobody but themselves for violence against them. #UncleTomShias
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @Ohnandee_Jindri On a related note what do u think about Uncle Toms of Shia community who keep mum on all forms of violence aganst their own
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
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    @Ohnandee_Jindri Indeed, exposing sectarianism is not equal to promoting sectarianism. Unfortunately many people don’t understand that.
    16 hours ago

    Ohnandee_Jindri Ohnandee Jindrri
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @AbdulNishapuri Exposing #sectarianism and promoting it are two different things #Media #Reporting #Objectivity #Truth #Slants #Bias
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @TheseLongWars No strategic lull. “They” were busy in eliminating Taseer and Bhatti in the Punjab. Who knows who is next!
    16 hours ago

    TheseLongWars TLW
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    @AbdulNishapuri So the criminal gangs that`ve gotten free of all political parties; when`re we going to draw up names and go hunting in KHI?
    16 hours ago

    Ohnandee_Jindri Ohnandee Jindrri
    by AbdulNishapuri
    @AbdulNishapuri Thanks for kicking the issue iof #invisibilizing atrocities aganinst #Shia nto public #Pakistan #Media #Politics #JI
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @Ohnandee_Jindri There is also a risk of “visiblising” the atrocities against Shias. We get the “sectarian” label.
    16 hours ago

    Ohnandee_Jindri Ohnandee Jindrri
    by AbdulNishapuri
    @AbdulNishapuri Similarly labeling atrocities against #Shia as simple terrorist activity is a criminal attempt to make them invisible #Media
    16 hours ago

    Ohnandee_Jindri Ohnandee Jindrri
    by AbdulNishapuri
    @AbdulNishapuri Those who floated such scandals were making #Benazir, a #Woman, invisible – not crediting her with enough #IQ to be Corrupt
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @TheseLongWars Sir, this one on target killings: http://tiny.cc/pl6fq Yes, it is depression all around!
    16 hours ago

    RiazToori Riaz Toori
    by AbdulNishapuri
    “Time to rescue the people of Parachinar” by @fispahani tribune.com.pk/story/94391/ti… #Pakistan #FATA
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @TheseLongWars Absolutely. more than any other blog (except Baloch Hal) we have covered Balochistan, need more indeed http://tiny.cc/eqdkz

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    When Jews were being massacred in Europe, was it appropriate to say that Europeans are being killed? Why make the Shia killing invisible?
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    I agree RT @husainhaqqani Terrorism is unacceptable & we must stand against terrorists & w/ all victims, irrespective of religion & sect
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Pushtun, Shia, Ahmadi and Barelvi: main victims of terrorism in Pakistan in 2010 – by Amir Mir http://criticalppp.com/archives/34530
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @Razarumi @husainhaqqani The killers were Pakistanis, the killed were Pakistanis, the crime of those killed was their faith, why hide it Sir
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    The amount of conscience of Pakistan’s civil society on Twitter can be gauged from the number of tweets on 18 Shias killed today by Taliban

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @MrYasid @TheseLongWars Indeed, we condemn #Shia theocracy in #Iran and #Wahhabi kingdoms in #Bahrain, #SaudiArabia & #GCC. Viva democracy
    16 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Pls follow facebook page of Waad, secular democratic party of #Bahrain lead by Sunni leader Ibrahim Sharif http://www.facebook.com/waad.bh

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Please follow @Waad_bh the secular liberal National Democratic Action party (Wa’ad) lead by Sunni leader Ibrahim Sharif #Bahrain

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    #Bahrain: Protesters Reject Sunni-Shia Split Claims. Sunni leader Ibrahim Sharif #Waad carried on people’s shoulders http://tiny.cc/n7msh
    17 hours ago

    RiazToori Riaz Toori
    by AbdulNishapuri
    If @SenRehmanMalik couldn’t give security to people of #Parachinar then why he very smartly announced the opening of dangerous road fr us?
    17 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    @MrYasid @TheseLongWars Sunni, Shia, Muslim, non-Muslim, Arab, non-Arab, we must support equality and democracy everywhere
    17 hours ago

    RiazToori Riaz Toori
    by AbdulNishapuri@
    Of 18 dead bodies No-Problm as they r men,but 2 van carrying women r kidnapped.V r blasting @AbdulNishapuri @SenRehmanMalik @CChristineFair
    17 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    While fake civil society remains focused on Pakistan-India match, people of #Parchinar prepare to bury 18 Shia passengers killed by Taliban
    17 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    RT @RiazToori Parachinar awaits 18dead bodies today killed when Taliban attacked Shia passengers 2 Peshawar @SenRehmanMalik @CChristineFair
    17 hours ago

    NickKristof Nicholas Kristof
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Bahrain supports democracy for Iran, and Iran supports democracy for Bahrain. But neither accepts real democracy at home.
    18 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Iran’s population more than rest of Persian Gulf combined; combined population of Iran & Iraq 4 times that of GCC http://bit.ly/ggTLPg
    17 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    How can the US condemn Libya & say nothing about #Bahrain and Saudi Arabia? via @TheseLongWars “The Coming Shia War” http://bit.ly/ggTLPg
    17 hours ago

    RiazToori Riaz Toori
    by AbdulNishapuri
    March13-11 killed. 8 killed on March 20 & 8 killed 2day on March25 of unfortunate #Parachinar news24.pk/detail.php?nid… @AbdulNishapuri #Pakistan
    23 hours ago

  • Breaking News:

    And the Shia genocide continues unabated in Pakistan. 6 more Shias massacred by General Kayani’s Good Taliban http://t.co/PDuZULs

    Six people shot dead in lower Kurram Agency
    DAWN.COM

    Six people were killed on Sunday in two different incidents in Lower Kurram Agency, DawnNews reported.

    According to sources, unknown armed men fired a rocket on a passenger vehicle in the Shaheedano Dand area close to Pak-Afghan border which killed a woman and four others.

    The people killed in this incident belonged to Khost area of Afghanistan and were trying to enter into Pakistan.

    Meanwhile, two people were shot dead at Mathoza area of Lower Kurram Agency.

    Two days ago, 45 people were abducted from lower Kurram agency by unknown armed men. Fifteen of them have been released while the remaining 30 have not yet been recovered, DawnNews reported.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/27/six-people-shot-dead-in-lower-kurram-agency.html

    Also

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/138398/six-killed-in-kurram-agency/

  • Turi elders stop cooperation with govt

    Ali Afzal Afzaal
    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    PARACHINAR: Following the government failure to check the tide of terrorism in Kurram Agency, elders of the Turi Bangash tribe Saturday announced to stop cooperation with the government.

    Addressing a press conference, the tribal elders of Turi Bangash tribe Yousaf Turi, Shabbir Bangash, Malik Iqbal, Najaf Ali and Haji Kamal said that after a long time and continuous violence an agreement was inked to bring peace to the area. They argued that the Turi Bangash tribe had abided by the agreement, but the incidents of kidnapping and killing of Turi people were going on unabated. They said that in the presence of the security forces in the area the deadly attack on the passenger vans was condemnable.

    The elders said they would not visit any government department and office including the political agent’s office until the government recovered the kidnapped persons and arrested the killers.

    Earlier, the residents staged protest against the

    attack on the passenger vehicles by the militants in Dad Qamar village in lower

    Kurram Agency and asked the government to arrest the criminals.

    They burnt tyres and chanted slogans against the government for its failure to provide security to the passengers using the Parachinar-Sadda-Thall Road. They asked the government to take action to recover the kidnapped persons.

    http://thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=38360&Cat=7&dt=3/27/2011

  • AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    #Taliban killed Maulana Hasan Jan (Deobandi) Sarfraz Naeemi (Barelvi) Hassan Turabi (Shia) Shahbaz Bhatti (Christian). No talks with killers
    10 minutes ago Favorite Reply Delete

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @
    True RT @Slmn__ @AbdulNishapuri After all, nation’s honor at stake in Mohali. To hell with nation’s blood #Parachinar

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    While #Islamofascists massacre #Shia Muslims in #Pakistan, their partners in the #FCS look the other way. Same pattern, same mentors!
    10 minutes ago Favorite Reply Delete

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    To the Dajjal sitting in the Supreme Court: Is the blood of #Parachinar martyrs less worthy than the retail price of tomatoes?
    13 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Contempt Notices But Only Against PPP-P and People of Sindh – by Abbas Bhutto http://nblo.gs/fVhkf
    13 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    To “Urbans for Democracy”: Doesn’t the blood of #Parachinar martyrs offer enough #gawaahi against the killers sitting in #Aabpara?
    15 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    To “Urban for Democracy” in Karachi & Lahore: When will you hold a vigil for your fellow citizens from #Parchinar killed by the Taliban?

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Thank you, General #Kayani, for #ShiaGenocide in #Pakistan http://criticalppp.com/archives/tag/shia-genocide
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    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    What an irony to see those mourning East Pakistan genocide while being tight-lipped on the #ShiaGenocide happening RIGHT NOW! #Parachinar
    14 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    For each Shia, Barelvi, Baloch, Pushtun, Christian etc killed, police FIR must be registered against the godfathers of the Good Taliban.
    17 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Each Pakistani, Sunni, Shia, Muslim, Christian, Baloch, Pushtun etc must boldly support all oppressed & persecuted communities of Pakistan
    20 minutes ago

    RiazToori Riaz Toori
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Unfortunately finally the Turi elders decided to stop cooperation with govt thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDet… via @thenews_intl #Pakistan #Parachinar
    53 minutes ago

    RiazToori Riaz Toori
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Toori tribe boycotts every department of the #Pakistan until the government recovered the kidnapped persons & arrested killers #Parachinar
    50 minutes ago

    RiazToori Riaz Toori
    by AbdulNishapuri
    Six killed in Kurram Agency tribune.com.pk/story/138398/s… via @etribune #Parachinar under attack of #Taliban
    45 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Good on u @RiazToori 4 attempting to jolt #FCS’ conscience on #ShiaGenocide. What good do u expect from those who ignored Bangalis’ massacre
    22 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    jo zulm pe lanat na kare aap laeen hay, jo jabr ka munkir nahin woh munkir-e-deen hay #ShiaGenocide #Parachinar #FCS #rightwing
    26 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Effectively, what’s the difference between Ansar Abbasi & Ayesha Tammy Haq OR Oryal Maqbool Jan & Naveen Naqvi? All ignore #ShiaGenocide
    28 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Pakistan’s right wing & (fake) liberals refuse to acknowledge, highlight and condemn the ongoing #Shia genocide in #Parachinar & elsewhere
    29 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    And the Shia genocide continues unabated in Pakistan. 6 more Shias massacred by General Kayani’s Good Taliban tribune.com.pk/story/138398/s…

  • Understanding the problems of Kurram Agency
    By Shaukat Qadir
    Published: March 28, 2011

    The writer is a retired brigadier and a former president of the Islamabad Policy Research Institute
    I had the privilege of commanding the Thal Brigade in the period when the Taliban were beginning to capture Afghanistan. Thal lies between Hangu and Parachinar, in the heart of the volatile Kurram Agency. I have, therefore, some first-hand experience of the terrain, the people and the problems there.
    Everyone knows that there is an age-old sectarian rift in the region. However, that is one of a myriad of issues. Unlike other tribal agencies, where one tribe is dominant, if not the exclusive occupant of the agency, Kurram has a diverse tribal structure, giving rise to inter-tribal rivalries and internecine wars. The main tribes in Kurram are: Turi, Bangash, Zazi, Para, Mangal and Orakzai. The Orakzai are, in many ways, the most significant of the tribes in Kurram, since the Orakzai Agency, consisting almost exclusively of Orakzais, neighbours it.
    The army went into South Waziristan (SWA) when the Isaf troops, instead of playing the anvil to the Pakistan Army’s hammer, vacated numerous posts opposite the SWA. This meant Hakeemullah, and the bulk of his Mehsud followers (estimates of their numbers range from 3,000-5,000), managed to escape to Afghanistan.
    The Mehsud faction of the Taliban was always the most effective machinery targeting the Pakistani state; whether under Baitullah or his successor, Hakimullah. This was due to the fact that they had control of a considerable territory in SWA, which provided administrative, training and financial support, along with a safe haven and a command and control infrastructure, training volunteer recruits even from Punjab. Deprived of this by the entry of the army and denied such space in Afghanistan by the Afghan Taliban, the faction needed another safe haven.
    In March 2008, the Orakzai tribe organised a Loye Jirga (Grand Council of Elders) to raise a lashkar against the Taliban. The jirga was targeted by three suicide bombers, killing as many as 125 tribal elders, depriving the Orakzai tribe of effective traditional leadership. The Taliban swiftly took over Orakzai Agency and rule it to date, though not as effectively as they controlled SWA. This was the space available to Hakimullah, but Orakzai Agency shares no border with Afghanistan. Consequently, Hakimullah and his followers had to trickle in via Khyber and Kurram Agencies.
    After securing SWA, Orakzai was marked by the army as its next target. However, Orakzai Agency has a peculiar advantage for the force defending it. It presents a linear front to the settled areas in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and its flanks are protected by Khyber and Kurram. Any army that has learnt its lesson on the conduct of warfare against a guerrilla army (and the present Pakistan Army seems to have done so), is fully cognisant of the importance of surrounding the guerrilla forces to deny them any exit for escape. Any attempt at assaulting Orakzai frontally, even if multi-pronged, will afford the guerrilla force an ideal opportunity to fade away to the flanks of each prong, and, in small groups, nibble at the flanks. That is why it is imperative for the army to secure its flanks in Khyber and Kurram before entering Orakzai in force.
    Even if one flank, Kurram, is secured, the army can, from that direction, launch its offensive, while sealing the linear front Orakzai presents to the settled areas opposite it, and, if Hakeemullah continues to retreat into Khyber, the army could also continue to extend its operation. But the army definitely requires a secure Kurram, at the very least.
    Hakeemullah is aware of this strategic compulsion and cannot but ensure that the army is denied secure flanks in Khyber and Kurram. In Khyber, Hakeemullah is being assisted by the few followers of Mangal Bagh and numerous splinter groups amongst the Afridis. However, in Kurram, he is forced to ensure this personally. Thus, the incident on March 25, killing some and kidnapping over three dozen individuals, all members of the Shia community, came at a juncture, when, powered by the Orakzais — who have a vested interest in seeing the Orakzai Agency liberated — the Turi, Bangash, Zazi and the Mangal tribes had joined to make peace and reassure their Shia brethren of their safety.
    It has nothing to do with the inability of the Taliban to abide by their word; it is a strategic necessity in their fight for survival.
    Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2011.
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    TightDhoti
    14 hours ago
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    How about reflecting on the loss of lives in the region rather than the strategic machinations? After all you claim to know the terrain, people and problems well?
    Stop giving excuses for the Army on how it has to secure its flanks first. As you said, this is going on for years, which means for years fellow Pakistani citizens have been murdered or killed. They are acting only now? Actually no, they are negotiating another round of peace talks with the very same people.
    You claim that the present Pakistan Army has learnt how to deal with gorilla forces. Was part of that learning process to ditch the anti-Taliban lashkars that they themselves encouraged?
    Your article suggests that the military is under resourced and needs time to secure exit points in the region, to make sure no one melts away. In such a situation its good to know that our establishment has agreed to offer all support necessary to help prop up the Saudi Royals. Never knew we had the extra troops to not only guard the Eastern border, fight the bad guys in the West and support foreign dictatorships.
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    observer
    14 hours ago
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    @Shaukat Qadir
    Brigadier Saab, any information on,
    a. who ‘softened’ the nay sayers with gunship attacks.
    b. who armtwisted the Shias into accepting a peace accord.
    c. who was the principal beneficiary of the accord.
    d. who guaranteed it with ‘shariah compliant’ punishments for the violators.
    e. who has carried out the latest attacks.
    f. and now that it has been carried out, what does the state propose to do.
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    faraz
    10 hours ago
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    Hakeemullah mehsood entered Kurram in 2008, but Kurram agency was put under siege in 2006. And you have conveniently avoided discussing the role of good taliban in massacring the Shias.
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    Agnostic Muslim
    6 hours ago
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    @TightDhoti:
    “How about reflecting on the loss of lives in the region rather than the strategic machinations?”
    And how wil the lives in the region be saved or made better without proper strategic and tactical calculations to ensure victory in the long run at an acceptable cost?
    Pointless emotional rhetoric and inane hyperbole is what you have posted above.
    “Was part of that learning process to ditch the anti-Taliban lashkars that they themselves encouraged? ”
    Cherry picking of facts as usual by the Pakistan bashing liberal fascists. The Army never claimed that it would offer an open ended supply of weapons and resources to the Tribal lashkars. Yes, it is true that it encouraged them to rise up against the Taliban to assist in keeping Taliban remnants (which would be much smaller after military operations) at bay, but even then there were warnings that we did not want to replace one ‘non state militia’ of the Taliban with another ‘non state militia’ of the Lashkars, especially if we supported the latter with weapons and resources. There were in fact many commentators, Western and Pakistani, who questioned the wisdom of supplying and strengthening the Lashkars, and cautioned against doing so using some of the arguments I summarized above. Apparently the Army HAS learned its lessons, and did not create another ‘non-state monster’ to replace the current Taliban one.
    “Your article suggests that the military is under resourced and needs time to secure exit points in the region, to make sure no one melts away. In such a situation its good to know that our establishment has agreed to offer all support necessary to help prop up the Saudi Royals. Never knew we had the extra troops to not only guard the Eastern border, fight the bad guys in the West and support foreign dictatorships.”
    More balderdash. Pakistan is not paying for those selected to serve in the Arab security forces – their wages and other expenses are being borne by the Arab states. And for liberals who rant and whine about Pakistan being in no position to ‘take on the US for the sake of the Ghairat brigade’ you sure have no qualms about bringing out the ‘Ghairat card’ when it comes to helping the Arabs with manpower, which in fact benefits Pakistan as well since the money does come back in the form of remittances.
    “Actually no, they are negotiating another round of peace talks with the very same people. ”
    There is no credible evidence that the Army is simply going to allow the Taliban to rule certain areas unchallenged as a goal of negotiations. All we have for now is speculation and anonymous sources. Wait and see.
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    SaudiRules
    5 hours ago
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    We love all of the pakistan army’s support for our king! The pak army is the best money(oil) can buy.
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    zarin
    2 hours ago
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    I agree with Tight Dhoti.
    I think this is challenge or in some way shame for prestegious Pak army that are unable to clear a road from Sadda to Thal which is hardly 50 KM . The respectable retired army officer knows as he was commander in Thal. No body has any reason to defend army. The ground reality is that the so called military operation is in fact Hide and Seek game in Kurram & Orakzai and also Waziristan. I don’t say Army is not capable but what is the reason of their failure is million dollars question. The peace agreement was sponsored by ISI , with guranty of Haqani network and a local Taliban wanted supremo Fazle aeed Haqani announced to punish the violator as per Sharia rules, but all are silent after this brutual killing.This also shows who is the real player in the area and the respectable author a retired army officer may know the facts.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/138954/understanding-the-problems-of-kurram-agency/

  • Kurram Agency under attack

    The attack on inhabitants of the Kurram Agency, one of the deadliest so far, is one of the most brutal and bloody even for an Agency with a reputation as a centre of long-drawn-out sectarian violence. On Friday, two minibuses carrying Shia passengers and travelling from Peshawar to Kurram were fired at by suspected militants, killing 13 people and wounding 18. It is also reported that some 16 Shia passengers have been abducted. There are some unconfirmed reports that the number of abductees in this ambush is in fact much more. Most of the passengers belonged to the Toori tribe of Kurram, predominately Shia and unwilling to bend to militant rule in the Agency. It is little wonder then that they are incurring the wrath of villains who, reportedly, have deep connections to Pakistan’s establishment.

    The history of Kurram Agency is a sordid one: strife with violence in the name of sectarianism and double games by some of the highest powers in the land. Kurram is a strategic hot zone as it is a part of FATA but also juts into Afghanistan — hence called the Parrot’s Beak — providing militants with easy access to Afghanistan in their war against US/NATO troops. It is a strategic staging ground for the militants. It is well known that our intelligence establishment has plenty of ‘friends’ amongst the Afghan Taliban, who they consider strategic assets in any end deal in Afghanistan after the US/NATO troop withdrawal. It is because of this cushy relationship that the predominant Shia majority in Kurram has been under increasing pressure by the establishment to allow the militants to relocate to the area. Not only would this save them from the spate of drone attacks in North Waziristan (NW), the military establishment would be able to preserve its proxies if it is forced to undertake an operation in NW. Kurram will also provide the militants with a perfect launch pad for any attacks in Afghanistan. The Shia tribes in Kurram, in the past, stood their ground and refused to allow any such militant relocation. However, dual policies and double games by those who are quite well versed in such tactics brought about such a violent situation in Kurram through stoking the fires of Sunni-Shia sectarianism that the area saw bitter rivalries between the two sects with bloody attacks on both sides, attacks that had never occurred before Kurram came onto the radar of the establishment. The situation became so bad that the Parachinar Highway, the main access road between Kurram and the rest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was blocked, causing immense difficulty for travellers and supplies to the area. Those braving alternate routes, including a circuitous route through Afghanistan and back into Pakistan, ran the risk of being looted, kidnapped for ransom or murdered. Due to such a dire situation, the Shia tribes had no other choice but to entertain the wishes of the establishment and a peace deal was inked (and the Parachinar Highway reopened) in February in which it is rumoured the Haqqani network participated to broker the deal.

    Now Kurram is at the mercy of the militants. The dignity of its people, who stood against hosting the militants initially, has been beaten out of them. This latest incident follows a long line of similar attacks on the Shia inhabitants. The Taliban, whether Afghan or Pakistani, have always considered the Shia to be heretics and now it looks like it is payback time for these ‘infidels’ who dared stand up to the militants. Kurram is convulsing at warp speed due to the dual policies of those who consider the militants friends. This vile game must be stopped; in the end, it is the people of Pakistan who suffer at the hands of these ‘strategic assets’.

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