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Pakistan army’s gift to visiting Iranian President: 49 Shia Muslims slaughtered in Parachinar

Related posts: Graphic pictures of Shia Muslims’ massacre in Parachinar on 17 Feb 2012

Who will speak for Qaisar Hussain? – by Maisam Ali

Previously we have highlighted how Pakistan army is enabling further Shia massacres in Pakistan by tacitly supporting the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an alliance of vehemently anti-Shia, anti-Barelvi, anti-Ahmadi organizations. Two main components of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council are Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (new name: Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat) which is banned in Pakistan, and Jamat-ud-Dawa (previous name: Lashkar-e-Taiba) which is banned internationally.

We have also documented how Pakistan army-sponsored Jihadi-sectarian groups have been carrying out target killing of Shia Muslims, Barelvis, Ahmadis, Christians and other groups in the last several years. In particular, we have been highlighting how ISI-sponsored Haqqani Taliban, aided by SSP-ASWJ terrorists, have been persecuting and killing Shia Muslims in Parachinar.

Only last month, on 14 January 2012, an SSP-ASWJ terrorist attacked Shia Muslims in Khanpur (Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab) killing at least 34 Shias.

Yesterday (16 Feb 2012), Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Islamabad on an official visit to Pakistan.

Pakistan army backed Haqqani Taliban (who are visibly active in Kurram Agency, and have close links with Punjabi-dominated Sipah-e-Sahaba-ASWJ) took the opportunity to send a befitting gift to Iranian President.

Today (17 Feb 2012), a suicide bomber who had emerged from the Farooqia Hotel (attached with the Farooqi Mosque) in main Kurmay Bazar market in Parachinar (Kurram agency) exploded himself. At least 49 Shia Muslims are reportedly killed whereas more than 50 are reported to be injured, many in critical condition.

According to Shia sources, as long as indigenous Toori-Bangash volunteers were maintaining check posts around Parachinar city (to keep the area secure from Taliban-SSP-AWSJ attackers), the city was safe. Only recently paramilitary Frontier Corps replaced the Toori-Bangash volunteers, allowing suicide bombers to discreetly creep in the Parachinar city, thus enabling today’s attack. (Source)

“It was a suicide attack,” a senior Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Seven shops were also destroyed as a result of the blast. The injured were shifted to the Agency Headquarters hospital.

According to Newsweek Pakistan, a Taliban commander Fazal Saeed Haqqani (a member of ISI-supported Haqqani Taliban Network) has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred near a mosque in Parachinar as the main Friday prayers were taking place. “A few days ago, a person belonging to the Turi tribe was caught placing a bomb near a petrol station belonging to Haqqani,” a spokesman told Newsweek Pakistan. “We have carried out this bombing as revenge.”

According to daily Dawn: Fazal Saeed, leader of a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the latest attack in Kurram, near the Afghan border. “We have targeted the Shia community of Parachinar because they were involved in activities against us,” he told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location. Saeed was part of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but broke away last year after disputes with the umbrella militant group’s leadership. He is said to have close ties with the Haqqani militant group, one of the most feared factions of the Afghan Taliban.

Pakistan’s Daily Times explains that the mastermind of the Parachinar attack, Saeed Haqqani, has close links with Haqqani Taliban and was remained unscathed in a recent sham military operation in Kurram Agency:

Fazal Saeed Haqqani-led Tehreek-e-Taliban Islami (TTI) – a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – has claimed responsibility of the attack. Saeed Haqqani is said to have close ties with the Haqqani militant group, one of the most feared factions of the Afghan Taliban. Saeed Haqqani had reportedly issued a statement soon after the accord – inked in October 2011 – in which he made claims that no peace could be established in Kurram Agency against his will and “it is only possible when TTI wishes for it”. There are also reports that he had refused to give any guarantee for the implementation of the accord and to follow the decisions made by the two factions.

Hailing from Bagan area of Kurram Agency, Saeed Haqqani is known to be the first cousin of Munir Orakzai, parliamentary leader of FATA. He has been involved in abduction of more than 40 Turi Bangash tribesmen. A dozen of those kidnapped were killed. Reportedly, TTP, TTI and the Afghan Taliban movement fighting Western forces in Afghanistan are deep-rooted in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas. All have allegedly been involved in anti-Shia activities for years. They continue to have strongholds in the region despite a series of military operations in the last few years. Pakistani forces have been conducting operations against militant groups in Kurram Agency since the beginning of this year, in which dozens were killed in fierce fighting. However, Saeed Haqqani’s group is said to remain safe during the military operation, especially during the ‘Operation Koh-e-Sufaid’ following some unofficial accords. This indicates that absence of any operation against him has made him a sole powerful player in the area. Saeed Haqqani started his militant activities with the help of between 300 and 400 militiamen a few years ago.

According to BBC Urdu, death toll in Parachinar today includes those Shia Muslims who were killed by straight firing by the security forces when they were protesting against the suicide attack. At least one Shia protester was killed under a military tank! 

A single attack was not enough. After the attack, security forces fired on crowd protesting the attack, killing three people. (Source: Telegraph).

According to Shia sources, at least 8 Shia Muslims were killed by straight firing by security forces (Frontier Corps), at least one person was cut into pieces when he was run over by an army tank.  There is currently a military curfew in Parachinar; Pakistan army is treating peaceful, innocent residents of Parachinar with violence and firing; all communication lines (telephone, mobile etc) have been disconnected by the military thus isolating Parachinar from the rest of Pakistan. In essence, Parachinar has been converted into a mini Gaza of Pakistan; Frontier Corps is using all violent tactics against innocent Shia Muslims of Parachinar that Pakistan army has been using for last at least five years against innocent Baloch civilians in Balochistan.

We condemn the following:

  1. Those who carried out the attack on Shia Muslims in Parachinar (the footsoldiers of the Haqqani Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ))
  2. Those who provided the logistical support (Pakistan army, ISI)
  3. Those who provided the financial support (Saudi Arabia, other Arab countries in the Gulf region)
  4. Those who enabled Shia genocide by supporting the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Imran Khan, Ijazul Haq, Sheikh Rasheed, Hamid Gul etc)
  5. Those progressive authors and columnists who (except a token Tweet or once a year column) are silent on Shia genocide in Pakistan (e.g., Nusrat Javed, Raza Rumi, Nadeem Paracha, Fasi Zaka, Nasim Zehra, Mosharraf Zaidi, Talat Hussain, Irfan Hussain, Omar Qureshi, Ayesha Siddiqa, Beena Sarwar, Tammy Haq, Feisal Naqvi, Ejaz Haider etc)
  6. Those media persons and analysts who are misrepresenting target killing of Shia Muslims in Pakistan as routine Suni-Shia sectarianism, thus indulging in false neutrality. The SSP-LeJ-ASWJ-Taliban killers do NOT represent Sunnis, they only represent their backers and mentors in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan army.
  7. Those human rights groups and champions who are consistently silent on Shia killing in Pakistan, particularly Zohara Yusuf of HRCP and Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International.

List of some of the Shia Muslims killed in Parachinar on 17 Feb 2012

  1. Jauhar Ali
  2. Qaiser Hussain
  3. Ali Raza
  4. Yaqub Ali
  5. Murtaza
  6. Muzahir Hussain
  7. Sabir Hussain
  8. Jan Aagha
  9. Shujaat Hussain
  10. Hidayat Hussain
  11. Ishtiaq Hussain
  12. Habib Hussain
  13. Jamil Hussain
  14. Asghar Ali
  15. Irfan Ali
  16. Ghulam Hasan
  17. Haider Abbas
  18. Bahar Hussain
  19. Shaukat Hussain
  20. Rashid Hussain

ARY News Report: Parachinar bombing
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  • یوتھ آف پارہ چنار کی ہنگامی میٹنگ اسلام آباد میں طلب کرلی گئی، پارہ چنار کے موجودہ حالات پر نوجوان تبادلہ خیال کریں گے۔

    یہ کس کا لہو یہ کون مرا؟ ___ بد معاش حکومت بول زرا

    پارہ چنار مین دل سوز مناظر، آہ بکاہ سے علاقہ گونج رہا ہے __ مومنوں کے گھروں میں جنازے کی جنازے اُٹھائے گے۔

    کوئی ہے جو اس ظم کے خلاف آواز بلند کری؟

    https://www.facebook.com/shiakilling3

  • عینی شاہدیں کا کہناتھا کہ حملہ آور قریبی موجود مسجد فاروقیہ فاروقی کے ہوٹل سے نکل کر آیا تھا جس نے تھوڑی دیر بعد خود کو دھماکے سے اُڑا دیا۔ دھماکہ کے نتیجے میں زخمی ہونے والے افراد کو ایجنسی ہیڈ کواٹر اسپتال منتقل کیا جارہا ہے

    واضع رہے کہ پاراچنار شہر میں چار سال تک طوری بنگش اہل تشیع رضاکاروں کی سکیورٹی اور چیک پوسٹوں پر تعیناتی میں کوئی خودکش حملہ نہیں ہوا اور اب ایف سی کی تعیناتی کے فوراً بعد خودکش حملے کا ہونا دال میں کچھ کالا ہونے کے مترادف ہے۔ اسلئے جنت نظیر وادی پاراچنار کے باسی اپنے علاقے کو دہشت گردی کے خلاف نام نہاد جنگ کی آڑ میں دوسرا وزیرستان بنانے کی ہرگز اجازت نہیں دے سکتے۔

    باوثوق ذرائع کے مطابق حساس اداروں نے پولٹیکل ایجنٹ آفس میں بھیجے جانے والی اپنی ایک رپورٹ و مراسلے میں اس بات کا خدشہ ظاہر کیا تھا کہ آنے والے چند دنوں میں پاراچنار شہر یا اس کے مضافات میں اہل تشیع کو نشانہ بنانے کے لئے خودکش حملہ یا بڑی تخریبی کارروائی کا خدشہ ہے۔ اس بات کے بعد اہلیان پاراچنار، طوری بنگش اہل تشیع قبائلی مشران، علمائے کرام عوامی و سماجی اور سیاسی تنظیموں کے نمائندوں نے اس مراسلے و رپورٹ کو پاراچنار کے عوام کے خلاف ایک نئی سازش اور ریاستی دہشت گردی سے تشبیہ دی تھی۔

    http://pakshia.com/ur/2012/02/17/%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%81-%DA%86%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B4%DB%8C%D8%B9%DB%81-%D8%A2%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D9%85%DB%8C%DA%BA-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C/

  • Only a few days ago, ISI shifted its abducted terrorist prisoners at Parachinar internment center to Islamabad to be produced in front of Jhangvi loving chief justice.

  • Farah Khan is a prostitute…..Why i am saying this because i have the right to say whatever i want.. i donot need any proofs.

  • Atif S Ahmad @atifahmads
    Shame on Dawn news for calling it Shia-Sunni rivalry ! ‘Suicide bomber’ kills 21 in Kurram agency #Pakistan #Parachinar http://t.co/LRuN1khA

    javedahmedqazi @jvqazi
    30 shias have been killed in Parachinar allegedly by same forces who manifest sometime as PTI and Some time as DP and some time as Taliban

    Mona @mo2005
    Tooris reaping the benefits of opposing Taliban and haqqani network. #blast in parachinar.

    Shiite News Portal @shiitenews110
    Youth of Parachnar will hold the demonstration today at faizabad interchange, islamabad against bomb blast at parachinar at sharp 5:30pm.

    payyam @Raheimam
    Youth of Parachnar will hold the demonstration today at faizabad interchange, islamabad against bomb blast at parachinar at sharp 5:30pm

    Atif S Ahmad @atifahmads
    Pakistanis never condemn #ShiaKillings by the proxies of #ISI and militants outfits, but cry for months on #MayaKhan! #Parachinar #Shame

    Shia Sms Pakistan @shiasmspk
    Imran Khan is a partner of killers. He will celebrate the Parachinar victory with Ejaz Chaudhry, Ludhianvi and Hafiz Saeed.Shame on you IK.

    Shia killing News ! @ShiaKilling
    Parachinar Me Shaheed Hone Walay Momineen Kay Nam Shiakilling Ki Website Pr Dheksaktay Hain www. Shiakilling.com

    Newsweek Pakistan @NewsweekPak
    TTP-Islami claims responsibility for suicide attack in Parachinar newsweekpakistan.com/scope/878 Spokesman says it was revenge against Turi tribe.

    Riaz Ali Toori @RiazToori
    RIP Johar Hussain my class fellow from 1st to 10th in School killed in today #Parachinar blast. Three of my relatives identified r injured.

    Abdul Nishapuri @AbdulNishapuri
    Pakistan’s Sunnis, Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, Balochs, Pashtuns etc condemn Shia massacre in Parachinar by ISI-backed SSP-ASWJ terrorists!

    Atif S Ahmad @atifahmads
    Zardari-Ahmedenijad-Karzai in Islamabad talking of ‘Trilateral cooperation’ while ISI/LeJ/Taliban shows their Trilateral ties! #Parachinar

    Atif S Ahmad @atifahmads
    No media outlet ready to speak up on #Shia killings in #Parachinar !!! #Shame – Media remains a loyal ally of #MullahMilitary alliance

    Syed Shehroz Hussain @shehrozhussain
    media which kept talking about Port Qasim and barely mentioning the 30+ victims dead in Parachinar.

    Atif S Ahmad @atifahmads
    Pakistanis never condemn #ShiaKillings by the proxies of #ISI and militants outfits, but cry for months on #MayaKhan! #Parachinar #Shame

    Amjad Ali @amjoo
    Parchinar blast : Role of media is extremely condemnable. Pakistan is under attack of yellow journalism

    Syed Shehroz Hussain @shehrozhussain
    Parachinar suicide blast receiving very little coverage on TV. Wow. Why this insensitivity? #media #Pakistan #Parachinar

    Laibaah @Laibaah1
    Dear Raza Rumi, Nadeem Paracha, Fasi Zaka, Nasim Zehra, Najam Sethi: How many articles have you written on Shia genocide in Pakistan?

    Syed Shehroz Hussain @shehrozhussain
    Is Karachi Highway incident more important than the human lives lost in #Parachinar ? Why are you doing this Pakistan #media

    S Irfan Habib @irfhabib
    @AbdulNishapuri Its Pakistan’s citizens who need Difa (defence) against the born again Islamists, who hate and kill the fellow Pakistanis.

    Abdul Nishapuri @AbdulNishapuri
    @atifahmads The silent mafia includes those who call themselves as progressive and liberal. I want to name them but they will start crying!

    Riaz Ali Toori @RiazToori
    Bro @AbdulNishapuri we need not voice of sold coward journalists & HumanRightActivists for #Parachinar – #Tooris know how 2 defeat #Taliban

    Abdul Nishapuri @AbdulNishapuri
    Where is the rat namely Zohra Yusuf of #HRCP hiding? Why is she silent on Pakistan’s most target killed faith group?
    Dear Zohra Yusuf of HRCP, if you have an iota of integrity & honour left, resign. Please let someone else highlight & condemn Shia genocide!

    Dear journalists and authors: Do you know what is enabling further Shia genocide in #Pakistan? Your silence!

    Where is the so called liberal, progressive columnist hiding (yes, it is YOU!)? Why not a single column on Shia genocide by ISI-backed LeJ?

    Where are the elitist rats of Karachi Literature Festival #KLF hiding? Where’s their voice on Shia genocide in #Pakistan?

    Notwithstanding the brainwashed foot-soldiers, the Parachinar attack on Shia Muslims was enabled by General Kayani, Rehman Malik, Imran Khan

    Parachinar attack on Shia Muslims is a direct result of ISI’s support to sectarian terrorists (SSP-ASWJ) hiding in Difa-e-Pakistan Council

    ISI-backed Taliban-SSP terrorists are responsible for most of the massacres of Shias and Pashtuns in FATA, KP and Afghanistan.

    Pakistan army has revived Al-Shams Al-Badr in the shape of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) to kill anti-Taliban Pakistanis. Results are there!

    Dear Mosharraf Zaidi, u mourned each Pakistani soldier killed in Salala, please also mention each Shia Muslim killed in Paracinar today!

    ISI-backed Haqqani Taliban are closely linked with Punjabi dominated Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ). Killed 30 Shias in Parachinar today.

    Meera Ghani @MeeraGhani
    @Laibaah1 for those who talk about minority rights and injustice, pleas sign this petition: change.org/petitions/stop…| spread the word

    Laibaah @Laibaah1
    Liberal authors Ayesha Siddiaq, Nadeem Paracha, Raza Rumi, Najam Sethi, Nusrat Javed have not written a single column on Shia genocide.Why?

    Laibaah @Laibaah1
    Dear liberal authors, don’t recycle, repost your months/year old token column on Shia genocide. Write new columns NOW!

    Where is Zohra Yusuf and her HRCP? Where is Mustafa Qadri and his Amnesty? Shame on lazy bums if not sell outs!

    This is not a Sunni-Shia sectarian issue. LeJ-SSP-ASWJ-Taliban terrorists do not represent Sunnis. This is Pakistan army vs Pakistan!

    Amjad Ali @amjoo
    @geonews_english Parachinar blast. Kutta hai kutta hai, general kiyani kutta hai.

    Laibaah @Laibaah1
    @atifahmads Shame on Dawn News. SSP-ASWJ terrorists do not represent Sunnis. They only represent their Saudi-ISI backers!

    Ahmed Malik @AhmedMalik_
    I still think Whenever something happens in Parachinar we dont even see a video footage on the media. @RiazToori

    Riaz Ali Toori @RiazToori
    Pakistan Media of biased journalism- same are so-called HumanRights activists & liberals can’t speak on #Toori #Shia Killings @AhmedMalik_

  • A BIG SUCESS for ISI and Hameed Gul, the first fruit of Destroy Pakistan Council.

    Shias and Sunnis have to unite to protect Pakistan from this Saudi sponsored Fitna

  • پاکستان کے قبائلی علاقے کرم ایجنسی میں حکام کا کہنا ہے کہ بازار میں ایک بم دھماکے اور اس کے بعد ہونے والے احتجاج میں کم از کم انتیس افراد ہلاک اور چالیس سے زائد زخمی ہوگئے ہیں۔

    کرم ایجنسی سے رکن قومی اسمبلی ساجد حسین توری نے بی بی سی کو بتایا کہ یہ دھماکہ جمعہ کو دوپہر کے وقت صدر مقام پارہ چنار کے تجارتی مرکز کرمے بازار میں ہوا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دھماکے کے بعد لوگوں نے احتجاج شروع کر دیا اور اِس دوران سکیورٹی فورسز کی فائرنگ سے مزید افراد ہلاک ہوئے۔ احتجاج کرنے والوں میں سے ایک شخص ٹینک سے کچل کر ہلاک ہوا۔

    ساجد حسین توری نے کہا کہ دھماکہ ایسے وقت ہوا جب وہاں قریب ہی واقع امام بارگاہ سے لوگ نماز پڑھ کر باہر آ رہے تھے۔

    ان کے بقول ابتدائی اطلاعات کے مطابق یہ ایک مبینہ خودکش حملہ تھا اور بظاہر حملہ آور کا نشانہ امام بارگاہ تھی تاہم وہ وہاں تک پہچنے میں کامیاب نہیں ہو سکا۔
    انہوں نے کہا کہ اب تک کی اطلاعات کے مطابق دھماکے میں اکیس افراد کی ہلاکت کی تصدیق ہو چکی ہے جبکہ چالیس سے زائد زخمی ہیں۔

    زخمیوں کو ایجنسی ہیڈ کوارٹر ہپستال پارہ چنار منتقل کیا گیا ہے۔

    ایجنسی ہیڈ کوارٹر ہپستال پارہ چنار کے میڈیکل سپرینٹینڈنٹ سید سلطان علی شاہ کے مطابق اب تک پینتالیس افراد ہسپتال لائے جا چکے ہیں جن میں سے نو ہلاک اور چھتیس زخمی ہیں۔

    انہوں نے کہا کہ زخمیوں میں پانچ کی حالت تشویش ناک ہے اور انہیں صوبائی دارلحکومت پشاور منتقل کرنے کے انتظامات کیے جا رہے ہیں۔

    عینی شاہدین کا کہنا ہے کہ دھماکہ گورمی بازار میں سڑک کے کنارے واقع موبائل مارکیٹ میں ہوا ہے جہاں اس وقت لوگوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد موجود تھی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جمعہ کے دن ویسے بھی پارہ چنار کے بازاروں میں میلے جیسا سماں ہوتا ہے

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/02/120217_kurram_blast_sa.shtml

  • Ailia Zehra @AiliaZehra
    A single attack was not enough. After the attack, security forces fired on crowd protesting the attack, killing three people.

    A close friend lost her mother in today’s #Parachinar attack.Feel so sorry for her. I wonder, is this the #Pakistan I grew up in?

    Shia Sms Pakistan @shiasmspk
    For Media: Choti say choti khabar par 6,6 ganthay debates aur parachinar k liye 10 min b nahi, kiya Parachinar Pakistan ka hisa nahi?

    atnussan @atnussan
    THIS #Pakistan: Security forces open fire on crowd protesting suicide bomb in Parachinar – Telegraph tgr.ph/zrjzoj

    Maisam Ali @Qalandram
    While Turi, Bangash, Adeyzai et al are under wrath of Taliban on the real fronts, the intelligentsia is busy vindicating deal with beasts.

    Paradise lost ! #Parachinar. Lost by the generals who see and know nothing ahead of their momentarily gains.

    This is the high time when urban intelligentsia must stand behind those bearing the brunt of radicalization policies of state of Pakistan.

    Turis are far better than spineless urban liberal intelligentsia of Pakistan who has completely lost and sold the cause.

    Turis of #Parachinar are amongst the bravest of tribes in Pakistan who’ve stood fearlessly to beasts nurtured by Pak security establishment.

    Milty nahi panah hameiN jis zameeN par / Ik hashr is zameeN par uthaa dena chahaiye #Shiakilling #Parachinar #StateOfPakistan

    Is shehr e sangdil ko jalaa dena chahiye / phir iski khaak ko bhi uraa dena chahiye #Shiakilling #Parachinar #StateOfPakistan

  • Pakistan: Security forces open fire on crowd protesting suicide bomb

    Three people have died after security forces opened fire on a crowd protesting a suicide bombing attack.

    The demonstration took place after a bomber on a motorcycle struck in a market in the northwestern town of Parachinar, killed 23 Shiite Muslims and wounding 50.
    Local government administrator Wajid Ali said many of the 23 dead were shoppers or people with stalls in the market, he said.

    After the attack, security forces fired on crowds protesting the attack, killing three people, said Ali.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9089017/Pakistan-Security-forces-open-fire-on-crowd-protesting-suicide-bomb-in-Parachinar.html

    Shame!!!

  • A suicide attacker on a motorcycle has blown himself up close to a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 26 people and wounding scores more in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

    The bomber detonated his explosive vest outside a mosque after Friday prayers in a Shia Muslim neighbourhood in the Kurram tribal region, near the Afghan border, government officials said.

    Three more people were killed when police shot at protesters from the Shia community after the bombing in Parachinar, the main town in Kurram, an official said. A curfew was later imposed in Parachinar.

    The blast destroyed shops in the market, trapping some people, Wajid Ali, a local government administrator, said.

    Hospital sources put the death toll at 26, with 37 others wounded.

    Fazal Saeed, the leader of a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

    “We have targeted the Shia community of Parachinar because they were involved in activities against us,” he told the Reuters news agency by telephone from an undisclosed location.

    “We also warn the political administration of Parachinar to stop siding with the Shia community in all our disputes.”

    Saeed was part of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but broke away last year after disputes with the umbrella group’s leadership.

    He is said to have close ties with the Haqqani group, one of the most feared factions of the Afghan Taliban.

    The attack in Parachinar came as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of mainly Shia Iran, was visting Pakistan for a summit to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201221711501857202.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

  • The Conspiracies against Turi Bangash Tribes of Parachinar. By Naseer Hussain

    Parachinar is the capital of Pakistan’s tribal area Kurram Agency and has become famous by the name of Pakistan’s Gaza, has been become a victim of terrorism from last continuously 5 years and more than 50.0 million of its population has become besieged. Turi Bangash tribes of Kurram Agency were the target of Taliban’s, Lashkar-e-Jhangavi and Al-Qaida’s bedevils by the supports of some Intelligence Agencies of Pakistan. Carriages and coaches were attacked and passengers and students have been kidnapped and assassinated, goods and foodstuffs were looted and plundered and carriages have been burnt on fire. And Parachinar got more than the billions of harm due to the blockade and besiege of road.

    Kurram Agency is very important Agency because its boundaries are shared with Afghanistan’s three provinces Paktia, Nangarhar and Khost. In 1979 when Russian Forces entered the Afghanistan, then America used the Pakistan for his own advantages at that time and America supported the Afghan peoples by proclaiming them for Jihad. Peoples of Afghanistan were supported with every type of weapons, foodstuffs and goods. America and Pakistan chose the tribal area Kurram Agency to defeat the Russia in Afghanistan because its boundaries were attached with Afghanistan’s three provinces and all the tribes of those three provinces were Pathan (Pakhtun). America preached the Jihad in those Pakhtun areas. Stickers and pamphlets were distributed which were containing the pictures and slogans of Jihad, while America granted the Afghan Commanders with much Dollars.

    When Afghan Jang (Afghan Battle) was in progress at Afghanistan, then Government of Pakistan and Intelligence Agencies of Pakistan (I.S.I) made a program to make the Parachinar the head quarter of Afghan Contentions on the hint suggestion of America and created the Shia-Sunni disturbance to compel the Turi Bangash tribe to let the Kurram Agency. Turi Bangash tribes were targeted by the Afghan Contentions who were fully supported by the well weapons and other stuffs which had been given by the I.S.I and America. According to the program a camp was decided to be put on in Dera Ismail Khan for Turi Bangash tribes. But Turi Bangash tribes sacrificed their young ones for the defending of their areas. And killed the hundreds of Afghan Contentions, in which many Commanders have been also killed and letters were also recovered from their pockets, in which they had written that they will defeat the Turi Bangash tribes and will compel them to leave the Parachinar Kurram Agency just in three days. Even after the defeat of Afghan Contentions, Intelligence Agencies of Pakistan kept the chain of conspiracies against the Turi Bangash tribes repeatedly.

    Retired Brigadier Muhammad Yousaf, who was a Brigadier in Pakistan I.S.I Intelligence Agency, had been authorised for the responsibility of Afghan transactions by the Government of Pakistan during the Afghan Jang (Battle). Afghan Contentions had been training under the care of him, while weapons and other facilities had been also provided.

    Retired Brigadier Muhammad Yousaf has described important reveals in his biography book “Shikast-e-Roos” (Defeat of Russia). His biography is an extend story, but I am describing only few words about Kurram Agency here. He writes in his book that I was belonged to the Pakistan’s famous Frontier Force Rajment. I was commanding an Infantry Brigade of Pak Army while I was suddenly made the Incharge of Afghan Bureau of I.S.I. Retired Brigadier Muhammad Yousaf writes in his book that all goods had been conveying the Pak-Afghan Border in Lorries. About 55 D-Poz of different size were established on Pak-Afghan Border, and majority of D-Poz was present in Parachinar, Miran Shah and Chaman. Retired Brigadier Muhammad Yousaf also writes that the area of Parachinar is come out in front like the beak of parrot, which is spread towards the Jalal Abad in north and Khost in south. This area has much military importance for enemy. Forward Supply Dumps of Mujahidin in those areas were too close to the Kabul than Parachinar and Khost. 60% supply for Afghanistan had been processing through the area of Parachinar. The Military Cantonment of Ali Khel was the major hindrance of our path, which was 12 Kilometres away from the boundary. Khost which is in south of Parachinar was also much important for Russian like the Jalal Abad, 25 Afghan Division and 24 Sarhadi (Boundary) Brigade were present there. They were also responsible for the supply to the posts near the boundaries. 20% supply for Afghanistan had been processing through Miran Shah.

    If we think about the words of Brigadier Muhammad Yousaf then we can understand, that why the Kurram Agency has much importance than the other Agencies of Pakistan for America, Al-Qaida, Taliban’s and Intelligence Agencies of Pakistan.

    Some important leaders and hundreds of Contentions (Mujahidin) of Al-Qaida marched towards the Kurram Agency when in December 2001 America bombarded the compound of Al-Qaida in Torah-Bora. But tribes of Kurram Agency were patriotic and beloved of country therefore they refused to give them shelter and referred the Al-Qaida Contentions to Government and Security Forces. Taliban’s and Al-Qaida asserted much anger and scorn for tribes due to that movement.

    Al-Qaida and Taliban’s started their activities against the tribes of Kurram Agency from 2007. Al-Qaida and Taliban’s established their strongholds in different areas of Lower and Central Kurram. And the activities of Al-Qaida and Taliban’s are still continued from 2007 here in Kurram Agency. Taliban’s have been demanding from 2007 that Turi Bangash tribes allow them for the road of Afghanistan otherwise they will keep their activities continued against the Turi Bangash tribes.

    On other hand Turi Bangash tribes have faced bedevils and did not allow the Al-Qaida and Taliban’s to use their land for terrorism even they had faced them in battlefields many time from 2007 to until now.

    Haqqani Network is also in motion besides the Al-Qaida and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Kurram Agency.

    Writer is also the resident of Parachinar and belongs to the journalism and an eye witness for the 5 years terrorism. There is no doubt that Taliban’s and Haqqani Network have been supported by some Agencies of Pakistan, it has been cleared because Taliban’s and Haqqani Network were occupant on Thall Parachinar road from continuous 5 years.

    Writer has described and informed the peoples again and again about the real facts of terrorism in Kurram Agency and Higher Officials about the real heads of terrorism in articles and news. Because of which Writer has been threatened for killing and kidnapping on telephone and by means of letters by Tehrik-e-Taliban Islami Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangavi Alalami, While Writer has been also warned by the Intelligence Agencies. Because God is the owner of life and death therefore Writer will bring real facts from time to time for the common peoples.

    When Taliban’s, Haqqani Network and Intelligence Agencies of Pakistan could not achieved their aims in Kurram Agency then suddenly in October 2011 Government Agencies became moveable for the opening of Thall Parachinar road and to reinstate of excluded peoples. And they claimed that Kurram Agency has been made clean from Talibanization. And Shia-Sunni tribes of Kurram Agency have agreed for the settlement of peace. Government announced the opening of all roads in Kurram Agency from 30th October 2011. And only after two days of mentioned announcement at Hayat Abad in Peshawar well armed extreme terrorists kidnapped the Dr. Sayed Muhammad Jamal who belonged to Turi Bangash tribes and shifted him to Khyber Agency. And terrorists demanded 100 million rupees for the payment of ransom. 0n 7th January 2011 after suffering the two month’s hardships and severities of terrorists Dr. Sayed Jamal has been killed with inhumanity and cruelty by the terrorists in Khyber Agency. Dr. Sayed Jamal has been buried on 8th January 2011.

    Taliban’s started attacks and blasts suddenly in Central Kurram Agency after the settlement of peace and announcing of road openings from 30th October 2011 in Kurram Agency. And only in the month of December two officers of Security Forces and common tribal’s and many Security Artisans have been killed, while some sources say that some important Leaders of Al-Qaida and Lashkar-e-Jhangavi Alalami are also present in Central Kurram Agency.

    I am trying to describe some important points here in article, which are; that during five consecutive years Turi Bangash tribes did not allow the Taliban’s or Haqqani Network for shelter. They did not allow the Taliban’s, Haqqani Network and Al-Qaida to use the road of Kurram Agency for arrival or departure to Afghanistan, while Government of Pakistan and Intelligence Agencies of Pakistan have started to seize the basic rights on Turi Bangash tribes as in punishment. And in 1st step Government has ordered to shift the C&W Division Office from Parachinar which is the capital of Kurram Agency and major area of Turi Bangash tribes to Sadda which was the head quarter of Taliban’s, Lashkar-e-Jhangavi Alalami, Al-Qaida and terrorists. C&W Division Office was established at Parachinar in 1973. And now suddenly the shifting of C&W Division Office to Sadda from Parachinar is significant.

    It means that something is wrong. Who is supporting the Al-Qaida, Taliban’s or Haqqani Network?

    While some sources say that besides of C&W Division some other offices and faculties are also going to be shifted in Sadda from Parachinar.

    Turi Bangash tribes and political parties have asserted their untrustworthy towards the Government because of shifting of C&W Division to Sadda from Parachinar without any reason and called it a conspiracy against the Turi Bangash tribes.

    Tribal elders told the Writer in a conversation that on a one side Government is claiming the settlement of peace while on another side Government is seizing the basic rights on them. Tribes told that seizing of basic rights from them in the claims of peace is a fraud. Tribes told that Kurram Agency has been destroyed because Government has besieged the Parachinar by means of Taliban’s, Lashkar-e-Jhangavi Alalami, Al-Qaida and terrorists for five consecutive years. And now seizing of basic rights is lifting the Parachinar more behind.

    Tribes told that at BalashKhel in Lower Kurram Agency 9 thousand Jirab land of Turi Bangash tribes is occupied by Parachamkani and Masoozai tribes by the support of Taliban’s. Unauthorised houses are building on those land of Turi Bangash tribes by Parachamkani and Masoozai tribes by the support of Taliban’s. But Government is completely silent on the buildings of those unauthorised houses and presence and activities of Taliban’s.

    Tribal elders have demanded the Government immediately to end the occupancy of Parachamkani and Masoozai tribes and Taliban’s. Otherwise Turi Bangash tribes will never grudge sacrificing for their rights. And Government will be responsible for everything.

    (Author Naseer Hussain is Tribal Journalist from Parachinar Kurram Agency FATA Pakistan)

    http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/viewarticles.php?editorialid=1395

  • Mohammad Taqi @mazdaki
    Is #Pakistan #Army firing on #Parachinar protesters after bombing ?

    Asad Munir @asadmunir38
    @mazdaki Do you genuinely believe that Army is supporting killing of Shias?What could be the possible motive?

    Mohammad Taqi @mazdaki
    @asadmunir38 Lala, I do.Army is responsible 4 #Shia murders.From Ali J Orakzai 2 present. Political, religious, tactical,strategic motives

    Asad Munir @asadmunir38
    @mazdaki Orakzai was an individual,who may have made more serious wrong decisions,than what you are referring to.Army as an Institution?

    Mohammad Taqi @mazdaki
    @asadmunir38 Ultimately it has been an institutional decision by Army to batter #Kurram #Shia & to impose #Haqqani network on them

    Mohammad Taqi @mazdaki
    Jihadi cancer primary tumor is #Pakistan #GHQ & #Punjab , rest are metastases

    Mohammad Taqi @mazdaki
    @ANPMarkaz @BushraGohar #AsfandyarKhan must speak about #Kurram plight. #ANP has been silent on massacres in #Kurram

    Mohammad Taqi @mazdaki
    MT“@atifahmads: Instead of calling it Shia-Sunni rivalry media should name and shame #ISI and its proxies! #LeJ #LeT #Parachinar”

  • Security officials and local tribesmen in Parachinar said a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-filled jacket when worshippers had come out of a mosque and were standing in a market. They said 26 people died on the spot while 48 others sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar and other private health centres as handling of the large number of blast victims for the lone government-run hospital was not possible. “Emergency had already been declared at the public sector hospital but it was beyond its capacity to handle all the victims. Therefore, some of the injured were shifted to private hospitals and those needing specialised treatment were referred to Kohat and Peshawar hospitals,” a government official in Parachinar said. He feared that the death toll could rise as condition of some of the injured was critical.

    Pleading anonymity, he said the majority of the blast victims were those standing in the market, which houses cellular phone shops, after performing their Friday prayer at the nearby mosque. Security officials said the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) of the Pakistan Army, along with the Kurram Militia, a wing of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC), rushed to the spot and surrounded the area and helped shift the injured to hospitals.

    Some of the angry tribesmen on the occasion staged a protest to condemn the suicide attack despite the beefed up security in and around the Parachinar city and allegedly threw stones at security forces. Local tribesmen alleged that security forces opened fire on the peaceful protesters in Parachinar bazaar and killed three protesters.

  • July 07, 2011

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    COMMENT: The sham operation in Kurram —Dr Mohammad Taqi

    A side benefit of the chaos created in the Kurram Agency is that it would be a lot easier to hide the jihadists in the midst of the internally displaced people, making the thugs a difficult target for precision drone attacks

    On July 4, 2011, the Pakistan Army announced that it has launched an operation in the Central Kurram Agency with the primary objective of clearing the ‘miscreants’ and opening of the Peshawar-Thall-Parachinar Road (why Tal has become Thall in the English press beats me). The geographical scope of the operation is rather circumscribed, if the army communiqués are to be believed, and its focus, ostensibly, would be on the Zaimusht, Masozai and Alizai areas. But speaking to the Kurramis from Lower, Central and Upper Kurram, one gets a different sense.

    At least one General has reportedly been heard saying during the recent operational meetings leading up to the military action that he intends to teach the Turis (in Upper Kurram) a lesson that they would never forget. The Corps Commander’s communication delivered to the tribal elders of the Upper Kurram literally ordered them to acquiesce in and sign on to the operation. But quite significantly, many other leaders among the Turis, Bangash and Syeds of Upper Kurram have vehemently opposed the military action as well as their own elders who seem to have caved in under duress.

    The Turis and Bangash tribesmen are of the opinion that on the Thall-Parachinar Road, the only extortionists bigger than the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are the officers of the army — and they specifically name two colonels — who have made life miserable for the people of Parachinar. These security officials levy protection money even on the supply of daily provisions and medicine to Upper Kurram, resulting in jacked-up prices and in many instances unavailability of life-saving drugs, resulting in deaths that otherwise could be preventable.

    The more ominous and geo-strategically important aspects of the current army operation are twofold and are interconnected. We have noted in these pages several times that the Pakistan Army has no problem securing Central and parts of Lower Kurram for its jihadist asset, i.e. the Haqqani terrorist network, who have essentially had a free reign in this region for almost a decade using the Sateen, Shasho and Pir Qayyum camps. The army has also helped the Haqqani and Hekmatyar groups set up humungous compounds on the Durand Line such as the Spina Shaga complex.

    The problem the security establishment has faced is to secure a thoroughfare between Central Kurram and the assorted jihadist bridgeheads along the Kurram-Afghanistan border, including but not limited to the Parrot’s Beak region. The key hindrance to such movement is the resistance by the Turi and Bangash tribesmen, which neither the security establishment nor its jihadist proxies have been able to neutralise, coerce or buy off. Projecting the Haqqani network and Hekmatyar’s operatives into Afghanistan from Tari Mangal, Mata Sangar, Makhrani, Wacha Darra and Spina Shaga and other bases on the border is a pivotal component of the Pakistani strategy to keep the US bogged down in Afghanistan and for the post-US withdrawal phase. But with the recent wave of drone attacks on the hideouts of these groups, their vulnerability to the US/ISAF — buoyed by the OBL raid — has also become evident and hence the need for secure routes to retract the jihadists back when needed.

    Several attacks on the Turi and Bangash, including by Pakistan Army helicopter gunships last year killing several Pakistanis, have not dented the resolve of the locals to fight back against the jihadists. I had noted in these pages then: “The Taliban onslaught on the Shalozan area of Kurram, northeast of Mata Sangar, in September 2010 was part of this tactical rearrangement [to relocate the Haqqanis to Kurram]. When the local population reversed the Taliban gains in the battle for the village Khaiwas, the army’s gunships swooped down on them to protect its jihadist partners” (‘Kurram: the forsaken FATA’, Daily Times, November 4, 2010).

    The option that the army wants to exercise now is to disarm the Upper Kurram’s tribesmen, especially the Turis. The security establishment has told them that they will have to surrender their “qawmi wasla” (an arms cache that belongs to a tribe as a whole). To disarm and thus defang the tribesmen, who have held their own against the disproportionately stronger and state-sponsored enemy for almost half a decade, is essentially pronouncing their death sentence.

    Without their weapons, the Turis and Bangash will be at the whim of an army that had literally abandoned Muhammad Afzal Khan Lala and Pir Samiullah in Swat and the Adeyzai lashkar (outside Peshawar). Afzal Khan Lala lost several loyalists and family members and Pir Samiullah was murdered, his body buried but later exhumed and mutilated by the Taliban, while the army stood by and did nothing. My co-columnist and researcher, Ms Farhat Taj has highlighted the plight of the Adeyzai lashkar several times in these pages, including the fact that it was left high and dry by the security establishment against an overwhelming Taliban force. And lest we forget, it was this same army that made Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Afrasiab Khattak of the Awami National Party (ANP) negotiate with Mullah Fazlullah’s Taliban, with suicide bombers standing guard on each men and blocking the door along with muzzles of automatic rifles pointed into their faces.

    A side benefit of the chaos created in the Kurram Agency is that it would be a lot easier to hide the jihadists in the midst of the internally displaced people (IDPs), making the thugs a difficult target for precision drone attacks. Also, the establishment’s focus has been to ‘reorient’ the TTP completely towards Afghanistan. The breaking away from the TTP of the crook from Uchat village, Fazl-e-Saeed Zaimusht (who now interestingly writes Haqqani after his name) is the first step in the establishment’s attempt to regain full control over all its jihadist proxies.

    The offensive in Central Kurram is not intended for securing the road; it will be broadened to include the Upper Kurram in due course, in an attempt to bring the Turis and Bangash to their knees. After their arms have been confiscated, it could be a turkey shoot for the jihadists and Darfur for the Kurramis. It is doubtful though that the common Turi or Bangash tribesman is about to listen to some elder who is beholden to the establishment, and surrender the only protection that they have had. The Pakistan Army’s track record of protecting jihadists and shoving the anti-Taliban forces off the deep end speaks for itself.

    Pakistan’s security establishment can perpetuate on the US and the world a fraud like the hashtag de-radicalisation on Twitter and buzzwords like de-programming suicide bombers by trotting out the so-called intelligentsia whose understanding of the Pashtun issues is woefully flawed. But it is unlikely that Kurramis are about to fall for this sham of an operation that paves the way for their genocide.

    The writer can be reached at mazdaki@me.com. He tweets at http://twitter.com/mazdaki

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C07%5C07%5Cstory_7-7-2011_pg3_2

  • 26 Oct 2010

    Pakistan army blockades anti-Taliban tribe in Kurram

    The Turi community and the Taliban have been bitter enemies
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    Pakistan’s military has blockaded a strategically important district in the country’s north, sealing in a fiercely anti-Taliban tribe.

    The Turi people have been keeping Taliban militants out of Kurram tribal district, near the Afghan border.

    Many in Kurram suspect the government is pressurising the Turis to meet Taliban demands to cross their land.

    Any deal between the Turis and the Taliban could have major implications for Nato’s operations in Afghanistan.

    The Turis, who follow the Shia branch of Islam, have traditionally abhorred the Taliban, who adhere to a hardline Sunni form of the faith. Many Taliban consider Shias to be non-Muslims.

    The blockade comes amid reports that the Turis have once again refused to allow the militants to enter Afghanistan via Kurram.

    The Taliban have been trying to launch operations around Kabul through the district, whose western tip lies just 90km (56 miles) from the Afghan capital.

    The blockade means that the Turis are hemmed in by the military on one side and by the Taliban on the other.

    Col Tausif Akhtar, of the Pakistani security forces, announced the move on Monday evening at a news conference in Parachinar, the main town in Kurram.

    Five border crossing points – Terimangal, Spina Shaga, Khairlachi, Burki and Shahidano Dand – have been shut, with security beefed up.

    “We have done this due to internal security concerns, because there have been sectarian clashes in Kurram and we do not want miscreants from outside to exploit the situation,” Col Akhtar told the BBC News website.

    ‘Baffling’
    But the BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad, one of the few journalists to have travelled to Kurram in recent months, says the move is baffling.

    The Turis have kept members of the Haqqani network – a branch of the Afghan Taliban based in Pakistan – away from Kurram.

    The Turi community have had to defend themselves from Taliban attacks
    The tribe beat the militants out of the area during a major battle in September 2008.

    In retaliation, the Taliban have blockaded the east of Kurram, effectively cutting off the area from the rest of Pakistan. The militants have been ambushing Turi commuters along a 10km stretch of road.

    The tribe has been forced to rely on trade with Afghan towns and villages over the border.

    But the government decision to block this route, too, places the Turis under an economic stranglehold, says our correspondent.

    Haqqani network members last week held talks with Turi leaders in Islamabad about striking a deal for access to Kurram.

    In return, the Taliban is thought to be offering safe passage for Turis travelling overland from Kurram to Peshawar.

    But the Turis reportedly rejected the Taliban approach – for at least the fourth time since 2008.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11625216

  • 13 Nov 2010

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    ANALYSIS: Between the military and militants —Farhat Taj

    With the Haqqanis moved to the safety of Kurram, a military operation will begin in North Waziristan that will kill innocent civilians and also lead to large-scale human displacement. In all the areas of FATA where military operations have been conducted, people complain that the army deliberately targeted civilians and let the Taliban flee or avoided firing at the terrorists

    Recently, there has been news in the national and international media that Jalaluddin Haqqani’s network, based in North Waziristan, is being shifted by the military establishment of Pakistan to Kurram to flee the relentless US drone attacks that have considerably damaged the group. Most media discussions about this development focus on external factors, like how difficult it may become for NATO and US forces to gather intelligence and strike the Haqqani group in Kurram, and the possibility of an extension of the US drone attacks to Kurram. The last possibility is also claimed as leading to more anti-Americanism in the wider society of Pakistan, which, unlike tribal society, seems to oppose the drone strikes as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

    No due attention is being paid to the impact of the arrival of the Haqqani fighters on the people in Kurram and the areas close to it. With the Haqqani network in North Waziristan, all the nearby districts were destabilised. D I Khan, with its mixed Sunni and Shia population, was rocked by sectarian attacks, the people in Tank and Bannu were attacked and the civilians in all frontier regions came under repeated terrorist actions.

    The point is that Jalaluddin Haqqani is widely respected among the Taliban groups and he uses his position to influence them and to make peace among warring Taliban groups. When two Taliban groups anywhere in Pakistan or Afghanistan have a go at each other’s throats, Jalaluddin asks his sons to invite the two to one of his guesthouses in North Waziristan. He ultimately convinces them to stop fighting against each other by giving money to some and weapons to others. People in Waziristan constantly complain that our intelligence agencies always try to push all militants, Pakhtun, Punjabi and foreigners, into the ‘Haqqani loop’. Staunchly anti-Shia sectarian groups are also linked to the Haqqani network. So many militant groups now coming to Kurram, including the sectarian groups, will inevitably intensify sectarian violence against the civilians from Kurram to Kohat, the region with a mixed Sunni-Shia population.

    This means that the Sunni IDPs from Parachinar (Kurram), displaced since 2007, and Shia IDPs from Sadda (Kurram), displaced since the 1980s, should forget about going back to their native areas in the near future. The Shias in upper Orakzai suffered at the hands of the Taliban and this was followed by the Taliban atrocities against the Sunnis in upper Orakzai. The Ali Khel, the biggest tribe in Orakzai, lost its entire mixed Sunni and Shia leadership (over 100 tribal leaders) in a suicide attack by the Taliban. The Shia area in lower Orakzai that has remained largely stable could face acute, violent attacks from the anti-Shia groups. Some of the Orakzai Sikh families displaced by the Taliban have been given refuge by the Shias in lower Orakzai. Instability in lower Orakzai could displace the Sikh families once more. Both Kohat and Hangu with their mixed Sunni-Shia population have already been victims of several sectarian attacks. There have also been suicide attacks on the general public in both cities regardless of sectarian distinction, including the attacks on markets and families of policemen. Residents of the two cities may now be exposed to intensified violence of the kind never seen by them before.

    Moreover, the US is putting pressure on Pakistan to start a military operation in North Waziristan and, seemingly, Pakistan will give in. With the Haqqanis moved to the safety of Kurram, a military operation will begin in North Waziristan that will kill innocent civilians and also lead to large-scale human displacement from the area. In all the areas of FATA where military operations have been conducted, people complain that the army deliberately targeted civilians and let the Taliban flee or avoided firing at the terrorists. This is the key reason why so many people became displaced in the tribal areas where the military operations have been conducted. This is also precisely the reason why the people in FATA favour drone strikes on the militants instead of military operations; the former never miss their target, the latter always kills civilians in large numbers and have been unable to kill any leading Taliban commander in so many military operations. Despite the relentless drone attacks in North Waziristan, there is no mass scale displacement from the area. There would be large-scale human displacement from North Waziristan if a military operation begins in the area.

    How long will the ‘strategic assets’ — the Haqqanis — of the military establishment be moved from one area of FATA to another to destabilise it along with nearby districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa? It has been years since the people of FATA and the adjoining districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been trapped between the military and the militants. The two have killed civilians when they are fighting each other as well as when they are not fighting each other. The recent media debate about the Haqqani’s new destination in Kurram is from the point of view of NATO and US forces, the strategic considerations of the military establishment of Pakistan, and state level relations between Islamabad and Washington. There seems to be no one to voice the local people’s perspective in the whole debate, the people who will most likely become innocent victims of the strategic transport of the Haqqanis from North Waziristan to Kurram.

    The writer is a PhD Research Fellow with the University of Oslo and currently writing a book, Taliban and Anti-Taliban

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\13\story_13-11-2010_pg3_4

  • june 14, 2011

    from a kurram agency-based journalist — read it
    A journalist based in Parachinar sent this to me — its here unedited, uncut — might be a bit obtuse at times but worth a read

    After Nine-Eleven when fierce game started at the name of terrorism, this fierce game not only compelled the thousands of people to exclude them from their ancestor areas, but it was also the harmful reason for the “Educational Murder” of tribal students. Bright and shined future of tribal students has been made darken by the terrorists. The innocent children, who might have a pen and book, were forced to hold on weapon and explosive material. Suicides were trained to kill their own Pakistanis. This bloody game and tribal students “Educational Murder” are still continued.
    Terrorism in Pakistan and especially in tribal areas is the part of the Worldly conspiracy. But names of some Pakistani Agencies have been also included in this list of terrorism doubtfully with continuation. Misunderstood policies of rulers and government made the common people doubtful about them. Different weapons are using to explain the FATA tribes as terrorists. Different criminals, murderers, thieves, robbers and plunderers were assembled and named “THARIK-E-TALIBAN”. The people who were stranger and unacquainted by Islam and Islamic ordinances made Commanders. They spoiled the appearance of Islam. Anti-Islamic activities and terrorism of Talibans revealed the tribes as terrorists all over the World. And electronic media also explained the little accidents of FATA by advancement to take superiority on each other. Talibans were cover-aged mostly by them, which give progression to terrorism in Pakistan and FATA. Pakistani Agencies and rulers set the media free for their cover-age. Freedom for media was a personal purpose of Pakistani Agencies and rulers.
    Pakistani Agencies and rulers got a lot of funds and aids from America and other countries for operations in FATA. America and other countries granted packages of thousands of $dollars for the FATA tribes. But FATA tribes were kept disappointed from these packages. How did the funds and packages vanish? OR
    Who had eaten them?
    Tribes are unknown to these situations.
    Writer also belongs to the tribal area Parachinar Kurram Agency and related to journalism.
    Fierce game is still continued at the name of terrorism in Kurram Agency since five years. Thousands of peoples had been killed. More than billions of rupees have been damaged. The educational system is in critical conditions.
    In2007when Talibans marched towards the Kurram Agency from Northern and Southern Wazirstan and started their activities at the name of “Tharik-e-Taliban”. In the meantime Shia-Sunni elders of Kurram Agency wrote a letter and faxed it to the President of Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan and security officers. In that letter they expressed untrustworthy against the activities of Talibans and demanded to give them no permission for the entrance towards the Kurram Agency. But strange situation was created, when the photocopy of that letter reached the Talibans Commander next day. Talibans Commander sent five hundred rupees for each head of Shia-Sunni elders by the help of officials for their shrouds. He warned them, that they should purchase their coffins and be ready to death. Because killing is the only result for everyone, who disobeys the Talibanization.
    At that time in2007the local journalists of Kurram Agency met the Political Agent and informed him about the activities of Talibans and different doubts of people. Political Agent told them, that the activities of Talibans are the policy of Federal Government.
    Journalists asked him that, if we write a letter about the activities of Talibans and doubts of people and fax it to the superior officials. Political Agent revealed and told them, that the elders of Shia-Sunni tribes have also faxed a letter to the superior officers before this. But photocopy of that letter reached the Talibans Commander next day. Talibans Commander sent five hundred rupees for each of them and threatened them, that they will kill them. Your faxing letter will also reach the Talibans next day.
    The meeting of Political Agent of Kurram Agency cleared the reality, that the running fierce game and terrorism are also supporting by some Pakistani Agencies and officials.
    Activities of Talibans were developing day by day by the help of Pakistani Agencies. Talibans made their check posts, training centers and residences at Lower and Central Kurram Agency. Talibans also reached to Parachinar the capital of Kurram Agency and putted on their tents in “Central Principal Mosque” and schemed to attack and holds the Parachinar.
    At this on15thNovember2007elders and journalists of Kurram Agency informed the Political Agent of Kurram Agency about critical situations and conditions. But Political Agent told the tribal elders and journalists, that circumstances are in control and nothing will be happened.
    But next day after the “FRIDAY PRAYER”on16thNovember2007Talibans attacked the innocent people of Parachinar with Hand-Grenades and Rockets. In result many people of Turi-Bangash tribes were killed.
    Passengers of Turi-Bangash tribes who were traveling from Peshawar to Parachinar killed with inhumanity at the powerful Network of Talibans called “Shashu” located in Lower Kurram Agency. And thus disturbance rose in whole Kurram Agency. Activities of Talibans are still continued from 16thNovember2007.
    Durable and strong centers of Talibans are located in Lower and Central Kurram Agency. These training centers existed indigenous and external terrorists. Talibans are training for terrorism in these centers. Thall-Parachinar road is blocked since five years. Thousands of Upper Kurram Agency tribes are besieged. Parachinar is harvested from whole country of Pakistan. Telephonic media has been also prevented for many hours. Electricity is suffering load shedding. Developmental programs are stopped. Supply of goods is also stopped. Tribes of Parachinar are compelled to purchase a lot of eating and drinking commodities expensively from Afghanistan.
    Even Parachinar is facing hardships, but some Pakistani media is not cover-aging the references of Parachinar. Media represents the news or accident so clearly, if it is happened in other areas of Pakistan.
    Thousands of Parachinar tribes are besieged since five years, arrival and departure roads are blocked. Road blockade caused 100reds of patients and injured to death due to nonexistence of life saving drugs and treatment in time.
    But it is so sorrowful, that some media of Pakistan especially electronic media is completely silent about Parachinar. They are not interested to give any cover-age about the circumstances of Parachinar and people’s difficulties. Most media of Pakistan resembles the hardships and terrorism of Parachinar with sectarian disturbance, which is completely wrong.
    Media representatives of Peshawar and Islamabad have been invited to Parachinar for the coverage of situations. They came and talked to the people of Parachinar. They observed the situations of Parachinar. During this they told, that they had been often informed about the sectarian disturbance of Parachinar at Peshawar and Islamabad in press released by Government. But reality is completely different. There is no disturbance between the Shia and Sunni tribes at Parachinar. They have been also affected by Talibans. And terrorism is still running. Roads are blocked. And tribes are besieged.
    Government arranged official convoy many times for arrival and departure of passengers and eating and drinking commodities from Peshawar to Parachinar since five years. But Talibans attacked, looted, and burnt the trucks and coaches fully loaded by goods and passengers many times in the presence of F.C.
    Writer has a video, in which Talibans and well armed local individuals are looting goods from the trucks and coaches of Turi-Bangash tribes in the presence of F.C servants in official convoy at Lower Kurram Agency. They set the trucks and coaches on fire. Talibans are crying at the time when they are looting goods and burning the coaches and trucks. And some F.C servants are replying their slogans by raising their hands. The dead body of a young is on the ground. But official servants are not bearing the trouble to take up the dead body. Faces of Talibans can be identified in that video.
    Talibans attacked the convoy many times at Lower Kurram Agency. But every time their target was to hit only the people of Turi-Bangash tribes. F.C servant or conveyance has not been harmed. It is guessed and Turi-Bangash tribes are also blaming continuously, that attacks on convoy are supported by some F.C servants. Therefore Talibans don’t attack the official servants or conveyance. Government and Security Forces were silent against the Talibans even they had proofs and videos. Therefore Turi-Bangash tribes asserted their untrustworthy towards the F.C.
    When America pressured the Pakistan to operations the Talibans of Northern Wazirstan, especially Haqqani Network. The negotiations started for the settlement of peace and opening of roads. Negotiations were in progress at Islamabad and Peshawar.
    Tribal elders of Kurram Agency, Grand Tribal Jarga (Multitude) and Haqqani Network also took part in these negotiations. During which many elders of Turi-Bangash tribes criticized against the presence of Talibans Commanders in these negotiations. Objecting members were eliminated from these negotiations after this.
    On 3rdFebruary2011 Federal Interior (Home) Minister of Pakistan Rehman Malik stated with Grand Tribal Jarga and M.N.A’s of Kurram Agency, that parties have been agreed for peace agreement. Thall-Parachinar road will be opened on 5th February 2011.
    On 8thFebruary 2011 members of Grand Tribal Jarga came to Parachinar by road and thus the Thall-Parachinar road has been opened for traffic. People started their arrival and departure on Thall-Parachinar road. Kurram Agency was showing great pomp and show. Tribes were unbelievable about the opening of Thall-Parachinar road. They did not believe that the besieged tribes have been set free.
    During this Pakistani and International Media also acquainted, that Haqqani Network has been shifted from Northern Wazirstan to Kurram Agency. Safety of Haqqani Net-work for the arrival and departure to Afghanistan is the only purpose to open the Thall-Parachinar road. Because the borders of Kurram Agency are joined with Afghanistan’s three provinces Paktia, Nangrar and Khost. And Talibans have also issued news and reports to support the peace agreement in Kurram Agency, which have been recorded.
    Some means say that, the time when Thall-Parachinar road was unblocking and peace agreement was passing, Talibans held some personal stakes. Permission of road, residences in some areas and some other demands were their basic conditions. Therefore one month duration has been given for that agreement.
    But Turi-Bangash tribes told them again and again, that safety of Thall-Parachinar road and passengers is the responsibility of Government. And they will not allow Talibans and terrorists on the road of Kurram Agency and for making their camps/hideouts.
    Accidents started immediately after the one month of peace agreement and opening of road. Two innocent children were kidnapped from the Lower Kurram Agency. Passengers of Turi-Bangash tribes were kidnapped along with drivers and coaches, who were traveling from Peshawar to Parachinar. Drivers belonged to Charsada and Pesha-war. They were warned; that they will never be ever carry the Turi-Bangash tribal passengers, who are against the Talibans and terrorism. Talibans charged them heavy fines.
    On 13thMarch2011 well armed terrorists attacked the passenger’s coach of Turi-Bangash tribes at “Mamoo-Khwar” nearer to Hangu and killed the 10 passengers. And in reaction of police three attackers were killed. Identified three terrorists were the men of “Mangal Tribe” of Kurram Agency. One of them was a recently serviced F.C servant.
    But Government didn’t take any action against the colleagues of these terrorists, even in the presence of proofs and identifications.
    On Friday 25th March 2011 Talibans attacked the three passenger’s coaches and killed the three passengers at main road nearer to F.C check post in Baggan at Lower Kurram Agency. 45 passengers of Turi-Bangash tribes were kidnapped along with women and children by Talibans. Women and children were set free after the some hours of this accident.
    Talibans were telling them, that they have been deceived in agreement. Their demands have not been fulfilled. Therefore they have kidnapped the passengers of Turi-Bangash tribes.
    After this accident government and “Grand Tribal Jarga” convinced the Turi-Bangash tribes that kidnapped passengers will be set free immediately. Grand Tribal Jarga negotiated many times to Talibans for the freedom of kidnapped passengers. In which Talibans demanded to pay them a huge amount and recognize their stakes.
    Negotiations were in progress. In the meantime on 21stApril2011 Talibans slaughtered and burned 8 kidnapped passengers. Two of them were the students. Burned dead bodies were sent to the Turi-Bangash tribes. And Talibans also issued the video of a kidnapped passenger. In which he is slaughtered by a knife. After that Talibans placed some woods and pour oil on the dead body for burning. The scene of burning of the dead body has been also shown in that video.
    Negotiations are in progress between Talibans and Grand Tribal Jarga. But still the negotiations have not been succeeded. And still the kidnapped passengers are in the custody of Talibans.
    Means are telling that Talibans will not let the kidnapped passengers of Turi-Bangash tribes until their stakes and conditions have been accepted.
    Kidnapped people are still in the custody of Talibans, therefore different tales are spreading.
    Although Talibans kidnapped and killed the passengers but Turi-Bangash tribes described the Haqqani Network and Talibans, that they will not let the Talibans on the road of Kurram Agency for the arrival and departure to Afghanistan. And the land of Kurram Agency will not be allowed to use against any other country. After this announcement of Turi-Bangash tribes Talibans and Haqqani Network started attacks of missiles and mortars on Upper Kurram Agency area’s “Sahlozan” from 17th February 2011, which are still continued. And in these attacks two have been martyred and fifteen have been injured.
    While Talibans hit mortars, missiles to Turi-Bangash tribe’s village called “Balash-Khel” in Lower Kurram Agency to arrogate the area. In result four men of Turi-Bangash tribes were killed and seven were injured. In answer of Turi-Bangash tribes two important Commanders and seventeen Talibans were killed there.
    During these clashes droll situation was created, when suddenly Security Forces reached the Village of “Khar-Kali” and “Balash-Khel” and bombarded the fortifications (morchas) of Turi-Bangash tribes with tanks and picked up the dead bodies of that Talibans who were on the ground nearer to the fortifications of Turi-Bangash tribes. Means are telling about these dead bodies, that they exists some members of Haqqani Network and Al-Qaida.
    Turi-Bangash tribes protested by means of shutter down in whole city against the action of Security Forces towards them by bombarding and hitting missiles instead of Talibans.
    And announced great protest against them in Parachinar.
    Protesting processions are in progress. Addressing with protesting processions tribal elders deployed and said, that Turi-Bangash tribes are fighting with Talibans in Kurram Agency. But Security Forces are targeting the fortifications of Turi-Bangash tribes by bombarding instead of Talibans fortifications. This confirms that Talibans back has been supporting by Security Forces, and double game has been playing.
    Tribal elders describing that, if the Government and Security forces don’t stop the double game, and react against the Talibans, and don’t accept the demands of Turi-Bangash tribes, then protest shall be continued. And Turi-Bangash tribes will also block the road for the eating and drinking commodities for Government and Security Forces.
    Writer has contacts with Shia-Sunni tribal elders and common people.
    They say! Why the protectors of borders and devoted for settlement of Pakistan are punishing for an unknown reason?
    Why the thousands of tribes and tribal students are compelling for violence?
    Why the foundations of country are hollowing by the illegal policies of rulers and Pakistani Agencies?
    They say! That the circumstances have been marched towards the dangerous side after the destruction of Osama.
    Now it is the suitable time that Pakistani Agencies, rulers and policy maker should re-view their policies. And should make the friendly and brotherhood’s policy. Other wise country will become a victim of crisis and critical conditions.

    Posted by Omar R Quraishi at 2:38 PM

    http://omarrquraishi.blogspot.com/2011/06/from-kurram-agency-based-journalist.html

  • Shiite deal gives militants new Afghan access
    By KATHY GANNON – Associated Press | The Associated Press – Sat, Nov 27, 2010

    Shiite Muslim militias in Pakistan’s tribal regions are helping some of NATOs fiercest enemies evade missile attacks from U.S. drones to cross safely into Afghanistan, a tribal activist told The Associated Press.
    Shiites, who control a key piece of tribal real estate, cut a deal with the deadly Haqqani network to give insurgents a safe, alternative route to Afghanistan through Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region, said Munir Bangash, who is familiar with the deal. A second tribesman from Kurram confirmed the deal but spoke only on condition of anonymity fearing retribution from the Taliban and from fellow tribesmen.

    The deal underlines the problems of shutting down the Haqqani network’s access to its bases in Afghanistan from its refuges in Pakistan.

    The Haqqani network is blamed for many of the deadliest attacks on US troops in Afghanistan. Washington has been pressing Pakistan to launch a military operation against the Haqqani network in North Waziristan but so far the military has held back, saying its 140,000 soldiers deployed across the tribal belt are already stretched too thin.

    Analysts and Afghan government officials have accused Pakistan of protecting the Haqqani network as allies who could be of use after the Americans and their allies leave Afghanistan.

    The deal in Kurram was brokered two months ago during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A delegation of Shiite elders and Shiite militiamen from Kurram met representatives of the Haqqani network and laid the groundwork for the deal, said Bangash, who is the chairman of the Community Rights Program, an independent organization trying to broker peace between Kurram’s Shiites and Sunnis while bringing development to their areas.

    Under the agreement, the Shiites gave the Haqqani network safe passage through Kurram from its Pakistan strongholds in neighboring North and South Waziristan across the border to its Afghan bases in Khost and Paktia provinces, Bangash said.

    In return, the Haqqanis intervened with the Sunni Muslim militants to get them to agree to a truce with the Shiites in Kurram. The two sects have been engaged in brutal tit-for-tat killings, although most of the dead have been Shiite Muslim. Rival Sunni Muslims have also blocked the only highway connecting Kurram to Pakistan’s Khyber Pukhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar.

    Bangash said hundreds of Haqqani insurgents as well as Pakistani Taliban have taken refuge in Kurram to escape attacks by U.S. drones in North Waziristan as well as a Pakistan military offensive in South Waziristan and Orakzai tribal regions.

    Kurram’s Shiites had an intense interest in striking a deal for local reasons.

    Kurram is divided between a northern half bordering Afghanistan controlled by Shiites and a Sunni-dominated southern half, which includes the only road connection to Peshawar and the rest of Pakistan.

    Hundreds have been killed in fighting between militias run by the each sect. Divisions between the communities worsened with the growing influence in the area of the Pakistani Taliban, allied with the Sunni radical group Lashkar-e-Janghvi, known for its attacks on Shiites around Pakistan, said Bangash.

    The bloodletting peaked in 2007 when Shiites drove Sunnis out of Parachinar, the regional government headquarters. Sunni Muslims retaliated by denying Shiite Muslims access to road. In some instances, Sunni militants have stopped buses on the road, taken out Shiite passengers and executed them.

    The Shiite militias had to turn to the Haqqanis to strike a deal “because they are so strong. No one else is as strong,” Bangash said.

    Neither Bangash nor other Kurram tribesmen could say whether negotiations involved a member of the Haqqani family. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the network’s operational head, was in Kurram in September, according to the Long War Journal, a U.S.-based Web periodical which tracks insurgent activity.

    While Kurram’s Sunnis have come under Taliban sway, its Shiites have come under the influence of two local militias called Hezbollah and the Mehdi militia — unrelated to the militant groups of the same name in Lebanon and Iraq, respectively — Bangash said.

    “The Shiites are held hostage to the Hezbollah and Mehdi militias, like the Sunnis are held hostage to the Taliban,” said Bangash.

    The agreement brokered during Ramadan is an uneasy one, says Bangash. Relatives of Shiites killed by their Sunni rivals oppose the dealmaking with the Haqqani network.
    “About a week ago some of Haqqanis representatives came to Parachinar to talk to the elders to try to keep the deal in place,” said Bangash.

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    Kathy Gannon is the AP’s special regional correspondent for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    http://my.news.yahoo.com/shiite-deal-gives-militants-afghan-access.html

  • FC has killed at least 8 Shia Muslims by straight firing on peaceful protesters.

    One innocent boy was intentionally run over by an army tank, his body was cut into several pieces.

    Locals said that security forces, who rushed to the scene soon after the blast, opened fire to control the angry crowd, resulting in the death of eight people and injuries to 28 others.

    MNA Sajid Hussain said that at least four people were killed by FC’s firing.

    The town is currently under very strict curfew. It is worse than Gaza and Kashmir.

  • پارہ چنار: شہر کربلا میں تبدیل۔ 8مومنین ایف سی کی فائرنگ سے شہید ۔ شہداہ کی لاش پر ٹینکر چلا دیے گئے
    Written by Admin | February 18, 2012 | 1
    نمائندے سے ملنے والی اطلاعات کے مطابق پارہ چنار شہر ملت تشیع کے لیے انتہائی خطرناک مناطر پیش کررہا ہے۔ گزشتہ دنوں میں بم دھماکے کے نتیجے میں 26 مومنین شہید ہوچُکے تھے۔ بم دھماکے کے خلاف شیعہ عوام جب احتجاج کرنے نکلے تو ایف سی کے وردی والے دہشتگردوں نے شیعہ مومنین پر گولیاں برسادی جس کے نتیجے میں 8 مومنین شہید ہوگئے۔ وہ گولیاں جو بارڈر پر انڈیا کے خلاف یا پھر کسی ملک دشمن کے خلاف استعمال کی جاتی تھی وہ اپنے ہی محب وطن شہریوں پر برسادی گئی۔ مگر افسوس صد افسوس یہ نام نہاد آزاد میڈیا کوئی بھی خبر دینے سے قاصر ہے کیوں؟ شاید اس لیے کہ یہ میڈیا بھی اُن کے اشاروں پر چل رہا ہے جن کے اشاروں پر ملت تشیع پر ایف سی اہلکار گولیاں یا طالبان کے دہشتگرد بم برسارہے ہے۔ عینی شاہید نے شیعہ کلنگ کو بتایا کہ ایک مومن کے جسد خاکی پر ٹینکر چلادیا گیا ہے۔ جس کی وجہ سے شہید کا جسد خاکی ٹکڑوں ٹکروں میں تقسیم ہوگیا ہے

    پارہ چنار شہر میں مواصلاتی نطام بند کردیا گیا ہے تاکہ مظلوموں پر ہونے والا ظلم منظر عام پر نا آسکے۔ آخری اطلاعات کے مطابق ایف سی کے اہلکار ٹینک لے کر شیعہ آبادیوں میں داخل ہوگئے ہے۔ دشمن کو خوف میں مبتلا کرنے کے بجائے یہ وردی والے ایف سی کے اہلکار شیعہ مومنین پر ہی گولیاں برسا کر پورے پاکستان ملت تشیع کو اندھیری گلی میں دھکیلا جارہا ہے۔

    تمام لوگ بس ایک بات یادرکھے یہ سب کس کے اشاروں پر ہورہا ہے۔ کون کون کس کس کے اشارون پر خاموش ہے۔ یہ تمام باتیں ملت تشیع کو پتہ ہے۔ قسم خدا کی ہم مظلوم ہے مگر ہم بزدل نہیں ہے۔ ایک ہاتھ میں عباس کا علم ہوگا ایک ہاتھ میں پاکستان کا پرچم پھر وہ ہونگا جو پاکستان میں پہلے کبھی نہیں ہوا

    فوج کی فائرنگ سے شہید ہونے والے مظاہرین:

    سید محمد ولد سید ولایت حسین کرمان
    قیصر خیواص
    سید گلزار علی شعری
    نا معلوم
    نا معلوم
    نا معلوم
    نا معلوم

    http://pakshia.com/ur/2012/02/18/%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%81-%DA%86%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B4%DB%81%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%84%D8%A7-%D9%85%DB%8C%DA%BA-%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%AF%DB%8C%D9%84%DB%94-8%D9%85%D9%88%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%86/

  • From facebook open group:

    Asif Mall Pak Army is indicating its anti-Shia resolve to Americans; especially as USA prepares to attack Iran 🙁
    23 hours ago · Like

    Sadia Salam I am not too sure. Pakistan army has undertaken a very successful operation in that area infact its still going on. I might be wrong but I believe its some one’s else job.
    23 hours ago · Like · 2

    Sakhi Sarwar This is very old picture, body parts in the picture are of armys soldiers from shia community but they were soldiers of Pak army killed by Taliban.
    22 hours ago · Like

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎PakistanBlogzine PB previously posted a link that was of a very poor quality. Once again it has posted a poor quality post. Facts have been distorted. Half hour after the suicide, a conclusion has been made that Army is involved. Also as indicated by another friend, the picture sure is of Shias but they were Pak Army soldiers. Also saying that Haqqani network is backed by Pak Army indicates in whose voice this blogger is talking. I request Ali Abbas Taj to look into this matter and i warn pakistaniblogzinebb to be responsible and not to distort facts otherwise i will be reporting your actions to related authorities. You are killing our struggles who are trying to bring a positive change in all institutions of Pakistan including Army.We don not hate Pak Army like you apparently do. We hate some of its policies.
    22 hours ago · Like · 2

    PakistanBlogzine PB ‎Muneeb Ur Rehman ISI’s links with the Haqqani Taliban are known to all but ISI stooges and apologists. By the way, a Haqqani operative has claimed today’s attack (read Newsweek Pakistan).
    20 hours ago · Like

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎PakistanBlogzine PB – you have some serious issues. why don’t you put your name and id up? what are you hiding. And once again you wrote a load of crap. Why don’t you write the full name of the person who took responsibility. His name is Fazal Saeed Haqqani. But u only mentioned Haqqani. And he runs Tehreek-e-taliban islami, a group that split away from TTP. And all this is written in the same newsweek article. Once again your miserable attempt to distort facts has failed. Writing incomplete names won’t help. Here’s the article of the newsweek all readers can check:
    http://newsweekpakistan.com/scope/878 Ali Abbas Taj – once again i request you to look into this matter.
    20 hours ago · Like · 3

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎PakistanBlogzine PB – Either you stop twisting the facts and stop this fake propaganda or get me banned on this group. I see more false propaganda here then i will do whatever i can to stop you. Even if it means me contacting ISPR. Everyone is accountable Army, me and YOU too
    20 hours ago · Like

    Sabah Hasan ‎Sakhi Sarwar, the picture is indeed over three years old … and thank God they didn’t use any picture of body parts from today’s incident in which 30 NAMAZIS were slaughtered as they were coming out of the mosque after offering Friday prayers. Does it really matter if they were Shia?

    The photograph shows body parts of Shia civilian truck drivers who were slaughtered by accursed Taliban in June 2008. Pakistan Army soldiers were escorting them for security, but ran away when Taliban attacked. That is a fact which is already public knowledge, and thus hopefully the ‘related authorities’ – whoever they are – are reasonably expected to know about it. However, if one wishes to re-report it to them, so be it. Qatl kr dein gey na, iss sey ziada kia kr sktay hein? Vo tau Karbala sey ab tk hm bhugat hi rahay hein.

    It is great that on the same day that Shia Namazis are slaughtered, people find it appropriate to issue such threats, instead of consolation.
    20 hours ago · Like · 2

    Danish Tahir thanks 4 sharing.
    20 hours ago · Like
    PakistanBlogzine PB ‎Muneeb Ur Rehman Tehreek-e-Taliban Islami, is a group that split away from TTP? And TTP is a group that split away from good Taliban? And Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is a group that split from good Sipah-e-Sahba? And ISI is a group that split away from Pakistan army? And denial is a river in La-La Land. You want our names? Why? Want to make a Saleem Shahzad out of us?
    19 hours ago · Like · 2

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎Sabah Hasan – related authorities mean page owner here, the authors of the blogs and all parties. And the purpose of saying “its an old pic…………” was to bring forth fact. Only animals can support such killings and my consolations are indeed with the innocent
    19 hours ago · Like · 4

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎PakistanBlogzine PB – NO! I only want you to post that is fact. You have some guts to compare yourself to saleem shahzad shaheed. He raised truth against Army and ISI. You do that too and inshAllah i will be with you.
    19 hours ago · Like · 2

    Sabah Hasan Thanks for clarifying. The institution called Pakistan army under its chiefs Generals Zia and Musharraf has been guilty of crime that attracts death penalty. That institution also founded many of the terrorist groups that run amok in the country till now. If the authorities here cannot accept a spade being called a spade, then I would be the first to voluntarily part company with such ostriches.
    19 hours ago · Unlike · 5
    PakistanBlogzine PB ‎Muneeb Ur Rehman Do you know who killed Saleem Shahzad? Pakistan army! Why? Because he exposed Pakistan army’s links with the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
    19 hours ago · Like · 4

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎PakistanBlogzine PB – ok this is fact. Saleem shahzad was martyred by ISI for exposing truth and so i will like that comment of urs….But other posts that i have seen from you have more lies than truth.
    19 hours ago · Like · 2

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎Sabah Hasan – i condemned that attack when i heard it on Ali Abbas Taj’s personal page and then because of false information all my focus was shifted here. We all stand by our shia brothers and may the persons behind the attacks rot in hell, be it anyone on this earth.period
    19 hours ago · Like · 4
    PakistanBlogzine PB Death toll in Parachinar today includes those Shia Muslims who were killed by straight firing by paramilitary FC. At least one of them was killed under a military tank!
    19 hours ago · Like · 2

    Sabah Hasan ‎” Fazal Saeed, leader of a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Saeed, who follows an anti-Shia school of thought, was part of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but broke away last year after disputes with the umbrella militant group’s leadership.

    He is said to have close ties with the Haqqani militant group, one of the most feared factions of the Afghan Taliban.”

    http://www.dawn.com/
    19 hours ago · Like · 2
    PakistanBlogzine PB ‎Muneeb Ur Rehman Don’t be vague in condemning. SSP-LeJ-Taliban have proudly claimed attacks on Shia Muslims. Don’t be vague like other apologists and those in denial!
    19 hours ago · Like · 4

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎PakistanBlogzine PB – so why don’t you post info like you have started to post NOW…..Thats all i was saying..Post against Army, ISI whatever but post truth…
    19 hours ago · Like · 4

    Ali Abbas Taj ‎Muneeb Ur Rehman PakistanBlogzine PB May not be 100 percent spot on here but does point to an the evil of killing a certain group. More have been killed in this group than any other.

    As one of very very few voices raising that concern we encourage him to post here.

    We urge PakistanBlogzine to followup with some amendments which gives a more informative and less accusatory piece. Which can be tweeted and shared and different forums.
    5 hours ago · Like · 2

    Ali Abbas Taj We must all analyze what PakistanBlogzine PB posts and give constructive feed back.
    5 hours ago · Like · 3
    PakistanBlogzine PB ‎Ali Abbas Taj The current post is published (not by PB) but by LUBP website, which I only cross-posted on this page. Personally I don’t see anything wrong in the post in question and don’t understand vague advices (e.g., what exactly is wrong in the blog post and why?). I agree that constructive comments may be sent to LUBP editors or left on the blog post directly. I think the better thing would be if advisors become bloggers or authors themselves and start doing things in a better manner. That will give us a good example!
    about an hour ago · Like

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎PakistanBlogzine PB – You may not be the author of this post but you sure did share it on this public page and copied its contents as description to it so you share the responsibility.
    And saying that ‘advisors’ should become bloggers or authors is like Genreal Kayani telling you or me to become a general before we criticize him. This luxury of ‘advising'(as u called it) here is given to us by the owner of this page Ali Abbas Taj and unless he disables comments on posts here or tells me specifically not to comment, i will be a so-called ‘advisor’ here.
    about an hour ago · Like · 1
    PakistanBlogzine PB ‎Muneeb Ur Rehman Surely comments are a cheap luxury. Feel free to write in support of the innocent Shias killed routinely in Pakistan by Pakistan army backed Jihadi-sectarian militants. At least 8 protesters were killed by by Pakistan army (FC), one of whom was brutally cut into piece by running over by an army tank. http://pakshia.com/ur/2012/02/18/%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%81-%DA%86%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B4%DB%81%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%84%D8%A7-%D9%85%DB%8C%DA%BA-%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%AF%DB%8C%D9%84%DB%94-8%D9%85%D9%88%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%86/ Will you and other ISI-LeJ-PTI apologist write against this tyranny? That will be the day!

    پارہ چنار: شہر کربلا میں تبدیل۔ 8مومنین ایف سی کی فائرنگ سے شہید ۔ شہداہ کی لاش پر ٹینکر چلا دیے گئے
    pakshia.com
    نمائندے سے ملنے والی اطلاعات کے مطابق پارہ چنار شہر ملت تشیع کے لیے انتہائی خطرن…
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    Sabah Hasan May Allah’s curse be on these tyrants and their supporters!
    51 minutes ago · Like · 2

    Muneeb Ur Rehman which of my comment makes you think that i am not against this prejudice going on against shias. You may wanna include Baloch, Hazaras, Ahmedis, Christians, Journalists, Politicians murdered in the name of Blasphemy (S. Taseer, S. Bhatti) and etc. I condemn that all and again i will come back and tell you to be responsible
    51 minutes ago · Like · 2

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎**responsible about what you post ^^^
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    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎Sabah Hasan – Ameen
    50 minutes ago · Like · 3
    PakistanBlogzine PB ‎Muneeb Ur Rehman You remain in denial about Pakistan army’s complicity via its Jihad Enterprise.
    49 minutes ago · Like

    Muneeb Ur Rehman ‎PakistanBlogzine PB – I sure in a way agreed when i called sallem Shahzad a shaheed. What did he do? He exposed mutiny inside Army, Navy, Airforce and ISI. Tell me if i left any armed force of Pakistan?
    Saying that i again ask you to be reasonable
    46 minutes ago · Like · 2
    PakistanBlogzine PB ‎Muneeb Ur Rehman Do you condemn Pakistan army’s role in target killing of Balochs? Do you condemn Pakistan army’s enabling of further Shia genocide by support to anti-Shia militant groups via DPC and also vial Haqqani Taliban? Do you condemn Pakistan army’s policy of training and protecting Jihadi-sectarian militants?
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    Huda Rashid Such heartless animals 🙁
    27 minutes ago · Like · 4

    Huda Rashid I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. It’d be an insult to the animal kingdom :@
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    Sabah Hasan They are beneath description without use of foul language.

  • ‘Good Taliban’ leader Fazal Saeed Haqqani kills 21 civilians in Kurram suicide attack

    By BILL ROGGIOFebruary 17, 2012 7:31 AM

    A Taliban commander who left the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan after an internal feud last year claimed credit for a suicide attack today that killed 21 civilians at a market in Parachinar in the Kurram tribal agency. Fazal Saeed Haqqani defected from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last June after publicly chiding the group for intentionally killing civilians. This is what he said when he defected and joined the Haqqani Network, or what Pakistani officials like to call the “good Taliban” (those who do not attack the Pakistani state):

    “I repeatedly told the leadership council of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan that they should stop suicide attacks against mosques, markets and other civilian targets,” Saeed told AFP by telephone.
    “Islam does not allow killings of innocent civilians in suicide attacks,” he said, likening what TTP does in Pakistan to “what US troops are doing in Afghanistan” and vowing to continue the fight alone against the Americans.

    “I have therefore decided to quit TTP,” Saeed said, claiming to have defected along with “hundreds of supporters.” A 10-member consultative council will meet within days to formulate the group’s programme, he told AFP.

    Here is what he said today, while claiming credit for the suicide attack in a call to Reuters:

    “We have targeted the Shia community of Parachinar because they were involved in activities against us,” he told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
    “We also warn the political administration of Parachinar to stop siding with the Shia community in all our disputes.”

    So, less than a year after he denounced the Taliban for intentionally killing civilians and defected to the Haqqani Network, Fazal Saeed decides he is justified in murdering civilians.

    Last summer, when Fazal Saeed defected, the Pakistani military and government touted the development as a breakthrough in reducing the power of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The press uncritically repeated this line, held his defection up as yet another sign of the decline of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and inflated his position within the Taliban (the press called him the overall leader in Kurram when in fact he commanded several hundred fighters).

    But at The Long War Journal and Threat Matrix, we warned you that such views were both wrong and dangerous. Here are two points from a post on June 27, 2011. We even predicted that Fazal Saeed may not consider the Shia to be civilians:

    Note that Fazal didn’t condemn suicide bombings, but only attacks against civilians, and at markets and mosques. Presumably all other targets are fair game. And one wonders if Fazal considers Shia to be “civilians,” given that he’s responsible for the butchering of quite a few in Kurram.
    Fazal’s defection from the TTP will likely be touted by some observers as a major blow to the terror group, but in all likelihood, little will change in the big picture. Fazal isn’t going up against the TTP, he just dropped out of the fight. He still wants to impose Sharia, or Islamic law, in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is continuing to battle US forces in Afghanistan. In all likelihood, Fazal merely joined the so-called “good Taliban,” the groups that are favored by the Pakistani state. The Haqqani Network has expanded its influence greatly in Kurram [see this report at AEI from Reza Jan and Jeffrey Dressler for more information], and Fazal may be positioning himself to ally with them (note that Haqqani Network fighters were killed in his camps during last week’s Predator strikes).
    And see the conclusion to a July 5, 2011 post that addressed the so-called decline of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan in the context of Fazal Saeed’s defection:

    What you are witnessing [Kurram with Fazal Saeed’s defection] is a very cynical game by the Pakistani military and intelligence establishment to get wayward Taliban groups back into the fold.
    In other words, Fazal Saeed’s “defection” from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan means little in the big picture when it comes to the jihadi groups that operate in Pakistan. He still supports jihad in Afghanistan, seeks to impose sharia law in Pakistan, and shelters terrorists, including la Qaeda, in areas under his control. Just like the Haqqanis and Taliban commanders such as Hafiz Gul Bahadar and Mullah Nazir, all of whom are not members of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The only difference between them and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan is that the former do not advocate attacking the Pakistani state.

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    READER COMMENTS: “‘Good Taliban’ leader Fazal Saeed Haqqani kills 21 civilians in Kurram suicide attack”

    Posted by Neimoidian Taliban at February 17, 2012 2:59 PM ET:

    Just like the fictitious alien species in ‘Star Wars’, known as Neimoidians, the Taliban if not the general characteristic of people in the AfPak region is to lie and deceive everyone, including each other.

    How do you know when a Neimoidian is lying?

    When his mouth is open.

    Seems to be the case for the Taliban and “good Taliban” as well…

    Posted by Joe at February 17, 2012 3:33 PM ET:

    Hypocrisy seems to be as vital as oxygen to all of the players in this tragedy.

    Posted by khan at February 17, 2012 4:39 PM ET:

    I think that Fazal Saeed is an ISI represantitive in kurram agency. In the past,When amarican pressure built on Pak.Govt about to dismiss TTP in Waziristan, than the pak. intelligence ISI made feud in taliban and declared that Fazal Saeed is defected from the movement. His activities still continues according to the willings of ISI. The recent bomb blast in Parachinar has done by ISI and claimed credit from Fazal Seead.

    Posted by Devin Leonard at February 17, 2012 7:39 PM ET:

    There are no “Good” Taliban leaders…except the dead ones:)

    Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012/02/good_taliban_leader_fazal_saee.php#ixzz1mjSJ4Yw4

  • Another massacre
    By Editorial
    Published: February 19, 2012

    There are many TTP terrorists and their autonomous commanders involved in the killing of Shias, an activity that has links to similar sectarian violence in some cities of Punjab, in a chain of cities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. PHOTO: AFP/FILE
    A suicide blast killed 31 people in Parachinar, Kurram Agency, on February 17 and when the Shia community protested following this tragedy, government troops shot and killed two more. A splinter group of the Taliban says it has attacked the imambargah because “the Turis are involved in activities against us”. A leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban ‘Islami’, Fazal Saeed Haqqani said on the telephone: “We had warned the political administration previously not to side with Turis.” That is not how the local Shia — a majority in Parachinar — see the latest attack. They say that it was no coincidence that this bombing happened at a time when the presidents of Iran and Afghanistan were in Pakistan. It also criticised the establishment in particular by accusing it of tacitly supporting the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), which it said is an alliance of vehemently anti-Shia organisations. Two main components of the DPC are the Sipah-e-Sahaba (new name: Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat) which is banned in Pakistan, and the Jamaatud Dawa which is banned internationally.
    Sectarian conflict is an old issue in Kurram Agency, which saw violence in 1982, 1996 and 2007. In 2005, a man by the name of Fazal Saeed raised a Taliban force in Central Kurram and in 2007 he joined the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which the media is now reporting as a ‘splinter’. The fact is that Hakimullah Mehsud, current head of the TTP, has always been rabidly anti-Shia and has devoted himself to killings in Kurram and his home agency Orakzai. He is also closely aligned with al Qaeda and the Haqqani network. The more one goes into details, the murkier it gets in terms of Pakistan’s policy of fighting terrorism. In 2007, Hakimullah’s men began their assault on Kurram, closing the Thall-Parachinar road, which is the only link with the rest of the country. In 2008, the two sects signed a peace deal known as the Murree Accord, but the terrorists never allowed it to be implemented till 2011. In July that year, the military launched an operation and opened the Thall-Parachinar road to traffic by October. But the opening of the road was not a resolution of the sectarian issue which remains the central crisis of the agency and involves the rest of Fata as well.
    There are many TTP terrorists and their autonomous commanders involved in the killing of Shias, an activity that has links to similar sectarian violence in some cities of Punjab, in a chain of cities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on the road going from Peshawar through Kohat to Kurram, and in Karachi. It means nothing when ‘splinters’ are reported among the terrorists because they were never well-knit in the first place. The important factor is that they carry out their criminal activities without tangling with one another, except in the case of Khyber Agency where two terrorist organisations are busy battling for power. Fazal Saeed, who has claimed responsibility for this most recent massacre, is supposed to have defected from the TTP last year but signalled that he would not fight the military, thus setting his outfit apart from the other Taliban. This led to Hakimullah appointing Mullah Toofan in his place. But all of them — while disunited — target the Turis of Kurram, a predominantly Shia tribe. There is a group led by Tariq Afridi of Orakzai, there is the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi with Punjabi Taliban in its ranks, and a faction of Sirajuddin Haqqani sprinkled with a number of foreign militants. The army operation of 2011 scattered a lot of these terrorists: to the mountains of Central Kurram, Tirah in Khyber Agency, and to Orakzai Agency where the military is fighting on another front. And in the past few weeks, a military operation with several casualties on both sides helped dislodge the Taliban from hideouts on top of the mountains of Central Kurram.
    The latest Parachinar massacre highlights the central crisis of Pakistan: that life is very close to death all the time for those who live in regions lost to elements whom Pakistan will not fight ‘because it is not our war’; and that schisms emanating from state ideology create serious issues.
    Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2012.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/338403/another-massacre/

  • In Pakistan, hundreds have taken to the streets in protest against recent bombing which claimed the lives of at least 36 people, Press TV reports.

    Protesters gathered in the capital Islamabad’s Faizabad Square from across the country, to condemn what they call the Pakistani government’s failure to secure the country’s tribal region, especially the Shia community of Parachinar.

    Shia majority town of Parachinar is located in Kurram tribal region, which is considered a main base for the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

    Protesters chanted anti-government slogans, demanding the authorities to come up with a solution for the worsening security situation.

    On Friday, at least 36 people, mostly Shia Muslims, were killed in a powerful bomb blast in a northwestern marketplace, close to the Afghan border. Many others were also injured in the attack.

    The Shia Muslim community in Kurram has been facing a humanitarian crisis since November 2007, when pro-Taliban groups cut off the area from the rest of the country. According to local sources, hundreds of Shias have been killed in the region since the militants launched their campaign.

    TTP militants have also targeted several Shia religious gatherings in different parts of the country over the past few months.

    SZH/JR

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/227348.html

  • According to local people and hospital sources, 15 more people succumbed to their injuries on Saturday. Two of the injured died in Peshawar, one on way to a hospital and 12 in the agency headquarters hospital in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram tribal region.

    The powerful explosion after Friday prayers ripped through Kurrmi bazaar, killing 23 people and injuring 37 others. Another three people died and 12 suffered injuries when security personnel opened fire when people enraged by the massacre started protesting and attacking public and private property.

    According to security forces, in all 35 people were killed in the suicide attack and four in security forces’ firing.

    Curfew remained imposed in the town on Saturday and Thall-Parachinar road has been closed for an indefinite period because of security reasons.

    Meanwhile, elders of Turi and Bangash tribes, members of civil society, political and social circles condemned the suicide blast and the firing by security forces on the innocent protesters.

    They said there was no suicide attack when the town was in the control of Shia volunteers. But as soon as security forces took control of the area and set up bunkers and security posts such incidents started taking place, they alleged.

    They held the political administration and secret agencies responsible for the violence in Kurram. They alleged that some hidden hands were patronising militants to create the law and order situation.

    They demanded immediate removal of the political agent in Kurram.

    http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/19/parachinar-suicide-blast-firing-toll-soars-to-41.html

  • While this blog is quick to highlight this topic, why does it not use its outreach to ask its liberal progressive supporters to write on this issue in the real media. Reconciliation is a political strategy; not a media strategy. The Ansar Abbasis, Kamran Khans and Javed Chaudhary are openly with Jihadis. But what about those who oppose them. Why don’t they write about the ongoing Shia killings. Why are they not standing with us and writing about us in the mainsteam media.

  • There are quite a few unanswered questions about this incident. Firstly, how could a bomber sneak past the considerable security presence in the area?

    It is also unacceptable that security forces fired on protesters when effective non-lethal methods of crowd control exist.

    As we have said before, it is the state’s responsibility — specifically that of the security forces — to keep the Thall-Parachinar road open and safe for travel and to neutralise the militants.

    Unfortunately, the security establishment has failed miserably on all these counts, to the detriment of the people of Kurram. It needs to act now to prevent the resumption of sectarian violence in the agency.

    http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/19/parachinar-blast.html

  • While much of the media, public, and politicians’ attention in recent weeks has centred on the Gilani government’s legal skirmishes in the Supreme Court, the country’s ‘existential war’ against terrorism and sectarianism seems near forgotten. But a deadly reminder has now in the form of a suicide attack at Parachinar in Kurram Agency where a bomber detonated his explosive vest outside a mosque in a Shia neighbourhood abuzz with activity after Friday prayers. The attack killed at least 36 people, while three more people died when police shot at protesters from the Shia community after the bombing. Fazal Saeed, leader of a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, is reported to have claimed responsibility for the attack. Kurram Agency, which has a significant Shia population, has been racked by sectarian violence for long. There is a clear linkage between the sectarian violence in Kurram and the militant activity and military operations in the neighbouring agencies and also to events across the Durand Line. The sectarian fault lines in Kurram Agency began to intensify as far back as 1982, though much of the present problems lie with the ingress of the Taliban in the area in 2007. During the Zia era and the Afghan war, the Shias in Fata, especially in the Kurram and Orakzai agencies, became alarmed as the conflict witnessed the disproportionate arming of Sunnis. During this phase in the 1980s and thanks to Zia’s Islamisation drive, sectarian tension was simultaneously building up all over Pakistan, with the Shias organising themselves under the Tehreek Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jafria banner. In the mid and late 1990s, sectarian tensions in Kurram rose again, but this time the explanation lay in events across the Afghan border where the Taliban were consolidating. The expansion of the Taliban’s influence, their narrow interpretations of Islam, and their targeting of Shias in Afghanistan, increased the sectarian divide not only inside Afghanistan but also in Pakistan, particularly in Fata. Moreover, the expanding sectarian conflict in Punjab and Sindh had its own reverberations in the Northern Areas and Fata.

    In essence, especially in the last decade, the sectarian conflict in Kurram has exposed the complete failure of the state to check the movement of battle-hardened Taliban with their sectarian streak into sensitive places like Kurram and Orakzai. Indeed, the state’s failure in Kurram should be seen in the context of its wider and historical lack of interest in maintaining its writ in Fata and in narrowly pursuing its strategic interests in Afghanistan. Bringing an end to the violence in Kurram Agency, and the Parachinar area in particular, is a matter of the state taking its responsibilities more seriously.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=93527&Cat=8

  • #DifaePakistan’s chairman’s student, Mufti Saeed Haqqani, killed 50 Shias in Parachinar:

    Mastermind of Parachinar massacre is a graduate of DPC chairman’s madrassa. Thank you, Sami-ul-Haq

    کرم میں طالبان کمانڈر کے گھر مسمار
    آخری وقت اشاعت: پير 20 فروری 2012

    پاکستان کے قبائلی علاقے کرم ایجنسی میں حکام کا کہنا ہے کہ چار دن قبل مبینہ طورپر پارہ چنار خودکش دھماکے کی ذمہ داری قبول کرنے والے طالبان کمانڈر فضل سعید حقانی کے تین مکانات کو تباہ کردیا گیا ہے۔

    “فضل سعید حقانی نے گزشتہ سال جون میں کالعدم تنظیم تحریک طالبان پاکستان سے منحرف ہوکر ’ تحریک طالبان اسلامی پاکستان‘ کے نام سے ایک الگ گروپ بنانے کا اعلان کیا تھا۔ انہوں نے خودکش حملوں، بازاروں اور مساجد پر ہونے والے حملوں کو حرام اور دہشت گردی بھی قرار دیا تھا”

    پشاور میں فرنٹیر کور کے ایک ترجمان نے بی بی سی کے استفسار پر تصدیق کی کہ پیر کی صبح سکیورٹی فورسز نے لوئر کرم ایجنسی کے علاقے اوچت کلی میں سرچ آپریشن کے دوران طالبان کمانڈر فضل سعید حقانی کے تین مکانات اور حجروں کو مسمار کردیا ہے۔ آپریشن کے دوران آس پاس کے مقامات میں کرفیو نافذ کرکے تمام علاقہ سیل کردیا گیا تھا۔

    لیکن مقامی لوگوں کا کہنا ہے کہ آپریشن میں طالبان کمانڈر اور ان کے رشتہ داروں کے چار مکانات، دو حجرے اور ایک پیٹرول پمپ کو تباہ کیاگیا جبکہ ان میں فضل سعید کا اپنا ایک گھر اور حجرہ بھی شامل ہے۔

    جمعہ کو کرم ایجنسی کے صدر مقام پارہ چنار میں ہونے والے ایک خودکش حملے میں چالیس کے قریب افراد ہلاک اور پچاس سے زآئد زخمی ہوئے تھے۔ مقامی صحافیوں اور اخباری اطلاعات کے مطابق اس دھماکے کی ذمہ داری طالبان کمانڈر فضل سعید حقانی نے قبول کرلی تھی۔

    خیال رہے کہ اس حملے کے بعد کرم ایجنسی میں حالات ایک مرتبہ پھر کشیدہ ہوگئے ہیں جبکہ حال ہی میں کھولی جانے والی واحد مرکزی ٹل پارہ چنار شاہراہ بھی غیر اعلانیہ طورپر بند کردی گئی ہے۔اس سے قبل یہ شاہراہ تقریباً چار سال تک بند رہی تھی تاہم امن معاہدہ کے بعد یہ واحد راستہ فریقین کے رضامندی سے چند ماہ قبل ہی کھول دیا گیا تھا۔

    یہ بات قابل ذکر ہے کہ طالبان کمانڈر فضل سعید حقانی نے گزشتہ سال جون میں کالعدم تنظیم تحریک طالبان پاکستان سے منحرف ہوکر ’ تحریک طالبان اسلامی پاکستان ’ کے نام سے ایک الگ گروپ بنانے کا اعلان کیا تھا۔ انہوں نے صحافیوں سے ملاقات میں خودکش حملوں، بازاروں اور مساجد پر ہونے والے حملوں کو حرام قرار دیا تھا ۔ انہوں نے کہا تھا کہ اس طرح کی حملوں کی اسلام قطعی طورپر اجازت نہیں دیتا بلکہ ان کے مطابق یہ کھلی دہشت گردی ہے۔

    فضل سعید حقانی کا تعلق بنیادی طورپر اورکزئی کے زمشت قبیلے سے بتایا جاتا ہے۔ انہوں نے اکوڑہ خٹک کے مشہور اسلامی مدرسہ دارالعلوم حقانیہ سے دینی تعلیم حاصل کی ہے ۔ وہ عالم دین اور مفتی بھی بتائے جاتے ہیں

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/02/120220_taleban_home_razed.shtml

  • LUBP should give Nadeem Paracha a pass. I will also include Omar Qureishi sahib as someone who is sympathetic to the plight of Shias in Pakistan – ET blog section has published excellent posts that highlight Shia genocide in Pakistan.

    Please see NFP’s time line on Febuary 18 to 20th. I wish he also wrote a post on this but he has not been silent or token in his support either.

  • Comrades, Nadeem bhai has been vocal against all these extremists and constantly gets threatened and abused on twitter and other forum for his anti-establishment views. To include him with some of the others like Ejaz Haider and Mosharaf Zaidi is not fair

  • Mastermind of Parachinar massacre was a good Taliban, spared by Pakistan army in the sham operation:

    Read this banner in the Shias protest in Islambad: Who is behind the SSP-ASWJ-Taliban bombers? Pakistan army!

    ……..

    After Parachinar bombing, Kurram admin turns on ‘good Taliban’
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    Staff Report Monday, 20 Feb 2012 10:56 pm

    Condemning the parachinar blast: Youth of Parachinar workers protest against the suicide bombing in Parachinar targetting Shia Turi tribesmen at D-Chowk in Islamabad. ONLINE
    PESHAWAR – Taking strong exception to last Friday’s suicide explosion at Parachinar, which killed over 40 individuals, the Kurram Agency political administration on Monday demolished the houses of three Taliban commanders. Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Kurram Agency commander Fazal Saeed had claimed responsibility for Friday’s suicide attack which targeted Shia Turi tribesmen. The tribesmen declared Fazal Saeed their enemy and urged the government to take stern action against him.
    Officials informed that heavy contingents of law enforcing agencies cordoned off the houses of Fazal Saeed and his relatives at Ochat village in Lower Kurram Agency. Upon confirmation of identity, authorities demolished the three houses. The two other houses were owned by Khalil Ur Rehman and Mohammad Karim, considered close relatives of Fazal Saeed.
    Fazal has not spoken about the demolition of his and his relative’s houses. Fazal Saeed was known to be amongst a list of what officials claim are “good Taliban.”
    Officials said good Taliban are peaceful inside Pakistan while they resist US-led allied presence across the border in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, security forces continued action against militants in Upper Kurram Agency on Monday. They used gunship helicopters to bomb suspected hideouts of alleged militants in Marghan. Officials claimed that eight militants were killed and three dins were destroyed.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/02/after-parachinar-bombing-kurram-admin-turns-on-%E2%80%98good-taliban%E2%80%99/

    Mastermind of Parachinar massacre is a graduate of DPC chairman’s madrassa. Thank you, Sami-ul-Haq

    #DifaePakistan’s chairman’s student, Mufti Saeed Haqqani, killed 50 Shias in Parachinar: http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/02/120220_taleban_home_razed.shtml

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    پاکستان کے قبائلی علاقے کرم ایجنسی میں حکام کا کہنا ہے کہ چار دن قبل مبینہ طورپر پارہ چنار خودکش دھماکے کی ذمہ داری قبول کرنے والے طالبان کمانڈر فضل سعید حقانی کے تین مکانات کو تباہ کردیا گیا ہے۔
    “فضل سعید حقانی نے گزشتہ سال جون میں کالعدم تنظیم تحریک طالبان پاکستان سے منحرف ہوکر ’ تحریک طالبان اسلامی پاکستان‘ کے نام سے ایک الگ گروپ بنانے کا اعلان کیا تھا۔ انہوں نے خودکش حملوں، بازاروں اور مساجد پر ہونے والے حملوں کو حرام اور دہشت گردی بھی قرار دیا تھا”
    پشاور میں فرنٹیر کور کے ایک ترجمان نے بی بی سی کے استفسار پر تصدیق کی کہ پیر کی صبح سکیورٹی فورسز نے لوئر کرم ایجنسی کے علاقے اوچت کلی میں سرچ آپریشن کے دوران طالبان کمانڈر فضل سعید حقانی کے تین مکانات اور حجروں کو مسمار کردیا ہے۔ آپریشن کے دوران آس پاس کے مقامات میں کرفیو نافذ کرکے تمام علاقہ سیل کردیا گیا تھا۔
    اسی بارے میں
    پارا چنار دھماکہ، ہلاکتیں اکتیس ہوگئیں
    لوئر کرم میں حملہ، سات سکیورٹی اہلکار ہلاک
    ’بھرپور آپریشن نہ ہونے سے ہلاکتیں زیادہ‘
    لیکن مقامی لوگوں کا کہنا ہے کہ آپریشن میں طالبان کمانڈر اور ان کے رشتہ داروں کے چار مکانات، دو حجرے اور ایک پیٹرول پمپ کو تباہ کیاگیا جبکہ ان میں فضل سعید کا اپنا ایک گھر اور حجرہ بھی شامل ہے۔
    جمعہ کو کرم ایجنسی کے صدر مقام پارہ چنار میں ہونے والے ایک خودکش حملے میں چالیس کے قریب افراد ہلاک اور پچاس سے زآئد زخمی ہوئے تھے۔ مقامی صحافیوں اور اخباری اطلاعات کے مطابق اس دھماکے کی ذمہ داری طالبان کمانڈر فضل سعید حقانی نے قبول کرلی تھی۔
    خیال رہے کہ اس حملے کے بعد کرم ایجنسی میں حالات ایک مرتبہ پھر کشیدہ ہوگئے ہیں جبکہ حال ہی میں کھولی جانے والی واحد مرکزی ٹل پارہ چنار شاہراہ بھی غیر اعلانیہ طورپر بند کردی گئی ہے۔اس سے قبل یہ شاہراہ تقریباً چار سال تک بند رہی تھی تاہم امن معاہدہ کے بعد یہ واحد راستہ فریقین کے رضامندی سے چند ماہ قبل ہی کھول دیا گیا تھا۔
    یہ بات قابل ذکر ہے کہ طالبان کمانڈر فضل سعید حقانی نے گزشتہ سال جون میں کالعدم تنظیم تحریک طالبان پاکستان سے منحرف ہوکر ’ تحریک طالبان اسلامی پاکستان ’ کے نام سے ایک الگ گروپ بنانے کا اعلان کیا تھا۔ انہوں نے صحافیوں سے ملاقات میں خودکش حملوں، بازاروں اور مساجد پر ہونے والے حملوں کو حرام قرار دیا تھا ۔ انہوں نے کہا تھا کہ اس طرح کی حملوں کی اسلام قطعی طورپر اجازت نہیں دیتا بلکہ ان کے مطابق یہ کھلی دہشت گردی ہے۔
    فضل سعید حقانی کا تعلق بنیادی طورپر اورکزئی کے زمشت قبیلے سے بتایا جاتا ہے۔ انہوں نے اکوڑہ خٹک کے مشہور اسلامی مدرسہ دارالعلوم حقانیہ سے دینی تعلیم حاصل کی ہے ۔ وہ عالم دین اور مفتی بھی بتائے جاتے ہیں

  • we strongly condemn the killings of innocent Shia Muslims in Parachinar.But this act of terrorism has nothing to do with the pak army. pak army is itself busy in fighting this menace.They casuality rate of pak army is the highest in the world.a huge force is deployed on the western front to fight these militants so called talibans.the author is simply spreading the foreign propoganda to weaken the armed forces of pak army.

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