The Gujrat attack on Pakistan army, in which at least seven poor soldiers and a policeman lost their lives, is a reminder to Pakistan army generals to refrain from breaking their “understanding” and “undeclared truce” with the Jihadi-sectarian militants of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ, currently operating as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat ASWJ).
According to unconfirmed reports, two days ago Pakistan army started operation against Baloch insurgents in Mastung and other areas of Balochistan, and in the process also arrested a couple of LeJ-ASWJ militants. The Gujrat attack could be a reaction of the arrest of two Lej-ASWJ terrorists in Balochistan.
The Gujrat massacre is similar to an earlier LeJ-ASWJ attack against Pakistan army (in November 2011 in Chakwal). In Nov 2011 an Army Major (Muhammad Haroon) and four officials of Military Intelligence (MI) were killed by LeJ-ASWJ terrorists (led by Dr. Arshad Jhangvi) in Choa Saidan Shah area of Chakwal district.
We condemn LeJ-ASWJ’s attack on Pakistan army soldiers in Gujrat, Pakistan.
Ironically, ASWJ is a part of the army-sponsored anti-USA, anti-India alliance of religio-militant parties namely Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC). Gujrat attack may be seen as a warning to Pakistan army to refrain from conducting an anti-LeJ-ASWJ operation in Mastung (Balochistan) Karachi and Southern Punjab.
Lej-ASWJ Gunmen killed eight security personnel at an army camp close to Islamabad on Monday (9 July 2012) hours after a DPC protest march against the resumption of Nato supply convoys passed through the are. The encampment was attacked from a bridge over the river Chenab, close to the industrial city of Wazirabad, less than 150 kilometres (100 miles) southeast of the capital. Hours earlier, thousands from the Defence Council of Pakistan (DPC) coalition of right-wing and hardline militant groups crossed the bridge on a “long march” from Lahore to Islamabad to protest against the reopening of Nato supply routes to Afghanistan.
Attacks in Pakistan army in Punjab province and capital had almost vanished after Pakistan army and civilian governments in the Punjab province and the centre (lslamabad) reached an undeclared truce with the LeJ-ASWJ militants in 2008 in the aftermath of the Laal Masjid operation in Islamabad. Scores of dangerous Jihadi-sectarian terrorists were released in the aftermath of the deal between army and LeJ-ASWJ; in return, LeJ-ASWJ relocated their terrorist activities against Shia Muslims and moderate Sunni Musims to Karachi (Sindh) and Quetta (Balochistan).
“At least seven security personnel including a police official embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and five others were injured due to firing by unknown assailants near Wazirabad,” the military said in a statement.
A military rescue party had camped by the Chenab to look for the body of a pilot missing in a helicopter crash in May, the statement said, and the camp came under attack from a bridge.
“The exact number of attackers is not known but they came by motorbike and sprayed bullets on the troops from the bridge,” a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“It is highly likely that the attackers belonged to a banned religious outfit, which is a hand in glove with Taliban.”
This is high time that Pakistan army and its associated machinery (ISI, judiciary, pro-establishment media etc) stop distinguishing between good and bad Taliban. All Taliban are bad for Pakistan and its people. Similarly, the policy of appeasing and neglecting Jihadi-sectarian militants attacking country’s Shias, moderate Sunnis and other communities has also backfired.
We urge Pakistan army generals to break their undeclared truce with Jihadi-sectarian beasts, sever all connections with the LeJ-ASWJ and JuD-LeT militants, good Taliban and other enemies of Pakistan.
It’s time for Pakistan army generals to show their loyalty to the land and its people. It’s never too late.
Update: Punjabi Taliban (aka Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, currently operating as ASWJ) have accepted the responsibility of the Gujrat attack. The Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman told BBC Urdu that its Punjab Wing was responsible and would continue to target the army wherever it could.