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North Waziristan Opration

10 October, 2007

People have started shifting to safer places from troubled area of North Waziristan following deadly fighting between security forces, and local Taliban during last five days.

Clashes in different parts of North Waziristan have so fare claimed 250 lives, including 75 soldiers, and 65 civilians. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), some 110 militants have been killed as the air force jets bombed their suspected hideouts.

US State Department on Tuesday said that Al Qaeda is using once again Pakistan’s tribal belt as a safe haven.

The fresh fighting broke out on Saturday, October 6, the day the country’s military ruler General Pervez Musharraf got re-elected in a controversial presidential election.

Area people allege that security forces are “oppressing” the tribesmen.

Journalists should visit the area so they can see the miscreants targeted by security forces were in fact women and children”, they charged.

Army spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad expresses ignorance about the civilian deaths.

“ I have no report about civilian deaths. Our operation is very well-targeted. Forces are targeting militant hideouts only”, he said.

He, however, admitted, that some houses, being used for attacks on security forces were targeted and some locals may have died.

Here are some questions
1)Where will this civil war leave us?
2)What are the main reasons of this incessant trouble in tribal areas and what steps should be taken to resove this mess?
3) Can Benazir’s return resolve this lingering crisis?

Reader Comments:

Yes, a solution too, Mr Siddiqi

FINALLY AMERICANS ARE PLANNING TO DO THE SAME WHAT MUGHALS DID TO THIS AREA. THEY PLAN TO SPEND A BILLION DOLLARS FOR TRIBAL UPLIFT.

MY PAK FRIEND MR SIDDIQI MUST KNOW FROM HISTORY THAT EVEN ALEXANDER THE GREAT, CHENGEZ KHAN AND TAMERLANE GOT A GOOD TASTE OF THESE TRIBALS.THEY ARE THE FIERCEST INDEPENDENT MINDED PEOPKLE IN THE WORLD AND IN HISTORY.ALEXANDER THE GREAT CALLED THEM THE TOUGHEST NUTS THAT HE JUST FAILED TO CRACK.

EX-UN ENVOY AND THINK TANK MR ASH BROWN HAD ARTICLE IN PAPERS OF NORTH AMERICA SUGGESTING DIALOGUES AND COMPROMISES WITH TALIBANS EVERY WHERE, EVEN IN TRIBAL AREAS.

WITH MUCH MONEY SPENT THERE IN CONCERTED UPLIFT BY THE WORLD POWERS, THE TRIBALS MAY BE COERCED TO PART WITH THEIR GUNS.

OUR PAK GOVERNANCE IS ALSO PLAYING SWEET AND SOUR WITH THEM AND RATHER MORE SWEET THAN SOUR.300 OR SO OF OUR OWN SOLDIERS HAD SURRENDERED TO THEIR LEGENDARY HOSPITALITY.

THERE IS NO NEED TO START A MASSIVE ASSAULT ON THEM FROM ANY QUARTER.EVEN THE SMALL HOSTILITIES WILL END VERY SOON-INSHALLAH.

MR SIDIQQI, PLEASE READ TODAY'S PAK TRIBUNE FOR COMPROMISING NEWS BETWEEN TRIBALS AND OUR TROOPS.

MUSHARRAF WENT INTO PLAYING CAT AND MOUSE GAME AFTER 9/11 REGARDING TALIBANS ONLY. IT WAS WISE THEN TO SAVE PAKISTAN FROM THE WRATH OF AMERICA.

AGAIN NOW MUSHARRAF IS SEEN OFT CHICKENING OUT OF THE CAT AND MOUSE GAME IN THAT WHOLE AREA.HE HAS FLATLY REFUSED, UNLIKE BB, TO LET US-NATO TROOPS IN. EVEN THE AMERICANS DO NOT INSIST ON THAT AND WE HOPE THAT BB WILL FORGET ABOUT SUCH PROCLAIMATIONS SHE DID EARLIER.

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 19 October, 2007

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