"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity".
(surah Al-Imran,ayat-104)
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It's almost like a bad joke. A bus driver, a ski lift operator and a gym rat have turned the Islamic world's only nuclear-armed nation upside down. On Saturday Pakistani forces chased militants led by former bus driver Mangal Bagh from the fringes of Peshawar, a provincial capital 30 miles from the border with Afghanistan and a key transit point for vital supplies destined for U.S. and NATO forces fighting the Afghan insurgency. In Swat, a one-time tourist haven 100 miles from the capital, Islamabad, militants set five schoolgirls on fire, torched a primary school and burned down the country's only ski resort. Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the local Taliban chapter, used to work the chairlift. Last year he nearly brought the Pakistani military to its knees in brutal fighting that turned "little Switzerland" into something resembling Afghanistan before the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The government sued for peace. Fazlullah agreed, on the condition that he be able to implement Islamic law in the area. Meanwhile, in Waziristan, followers of Baitullah Mehsud, the physical trainer turned assassin have slaughtered at least 22 peace negotiators who arrived on behalf of the government seeking to cement a ceasefire accord. Both the CIA and Pakistan's intelligence agencies say he is behind the attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December. Three years ago no one had even heard of these men. What happened?

According to a new Pentagon report released on Friday, Taliban militants in Afghanistan have regrouped after their fall from power and "coalesced into a resilient insurgency." That resilience, according to military officials in Afghanistan, has a lot to do with their ability to find sanctuary in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas along the border. The day before the report's release, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a press briefing that he had "real concern" that Pakistan was contributing to Afghanistan's instability by failing to prevent militants from crossing into Afghanistan to carry out attacks on coalition forces. Cross-border attacks on U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan have gone up 40% over the past several months. Gates attributes the increase to cease-fire accords with Islamist militants in which Pakistan's coalition government agreed to pull the military out of their areas in exchange for a promise not to attack government institutions. The deals meant that "the pressure was taken off" the militants, who are now "free to be able to cross the border and create problems for us," Gates said.

According to U.S. terrorism experts, the threat to the United States emanating from Pakistan's ungoverned tribal areas is comparable to the one it faced from Afghanistan on September 11, 2001. Al-Qaeda "has hundreds of training camps" scattered throughout the region, says a western official in Pakistan with access to some intelligence reports. "Most are less than an acre in size, so they are difficult to detect." But at the moment Pakistan has little to no ability to tackle the problem. What it does have is a weak, fractured government whose sole focus is on trying to figure out who is running the country. The parliamentary coalition that eclipsed the former military leader, Pervez Musharraf, spends most of its time in office wrangling over positions of power, neglecting the country's most pressing problems. Any long-term strategy on dealing with militants is just being pushed aside. "It's like nobody is minding the store," fumes Shaukat Qadir, a retired brigadier. "If they don't start paying attention, we will be in trouble."

At this point, the government's lack of attention borders on negligence. For months militants have taken advantage of the administration's distraction to consolidate forces around the strategic provincial capital of Peshawar. They have attacked freight trucks ferrying fuel, supplies and even helicopter parts from the southern seaport of Karachi to Afghanistan. The notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has seized on this weakness, exhorting militants in Pakistan to attack American interests there rather than coming to fight across the border. "These days, the Afghan mujahideen have no need for you to come and fight in Afghanistan," he said in a statement obtained by the Afghan news agency Pajhwok. "But we do want you to fight Americans inside Pakistan." The supply convoys, he said, were being used to kill "innocent Afghans and civilians." In Karachi, long-distance truckers have been warned by a Taliban leaflet campaign threatening "any trawler caught supplying diesel, petrol or goods" destined for foreign forces in Afghanistan, "will not only be set on fire but the driver will also be slaughtered."

The offensive against Mangal Bagh marked the first major military response the new government has taken against militants in Pakistan. While the operation was nominally successful - Bagh and his men were driven from the area and his compound was blown up - it does not bode well for future anti-insurgent activities. Only one militant has been killed, and within a few hours after the attack Bagh was back on his pirate radio station vowing that he would continue his campaign for the imposition of Sharia - that is, Islamic law.

The lackluster performance of Pakistani security forces has raised eyebrows elsewhere in the region. Coalition force officials in Afghanistan have noticed a distinct pattern to some of the more recent cross-border strikes. "The point of origin of the attacks [from Pakistan into Afghanistan] is routinely next to border posts of the Pakistani Frontier Corps," says an official with Western coalition forces in Afghanistan. "Either they are ignoring the fact that Taliban are fighting within their areas, or they are complicit." Furthermore, details have emerged of deals involving Pakistani officials, which specifically allow attacks into Afghanistan on the condition that those militants do not conduct any attacks in Pakistan. "People are kidding themselves in Pakistan if they think they can solve their insurgency problem by sending it across the border," says the military coalition official. "Any short-term gain has to be offset by the longer-term fact that anyone pursuing the fight across the border is not someone you want in your country."

The U.S. is in a difficult position, says Seth Jones, a terrorism expert at the Rand Corp. No one knows who is in power in Pakistan, so the Americans are dealing with everybody, which means essentially no one. Pakistan has become the neglected stepchild, only third or fourth in a list of U.S. strategic interests that start with Iraq and Afghanistan. "Pakistan should be number one," says Jones. "The most serious homeland threat to the United States, from abroad, comes from militant groups operating in Pakistan. That in itself means that Pakistan should be at the top of U.S. interests for all."

With reporting by Massimo Calabresi/Washington, Shaheen Buneri/Peshawar and Ershad Mahmud/Rawalpindi
It appears like US media with help of their Pakistani counter parts are creating ground to justify a major intrusion in Pakistan by the US/NATO forces.
 Reply:   For Moment Forget 9/11 and See
Replied by(invite2truth) Replied on (5/Jul/2008)

 I am open to listening to the facts, some of these people from FATA are very cruel & will go to any extent for money, unfortunately there is a lot of mixing nowadays and the cunning people take shelter in the guise of Taleban or Al-Qaeda. Look at the facts out of 2250 industrial units 750 are totally closed al this due to lawlessness. so are the Taleban helping the NWFP to make progress?
Moreover if you study the history of Khawarij people, they were equally cruel you will find mnay similarities beteen them and the present day Tehrik-e-Talebans people who are openly challanging the writ of the government and also threatening to make suicide blast is this Islam?

 Reply:   This behavior f yours, Will no
Replied by(Noman) Replied on (5/Jul/2008)

You are not even interested to listen to them, their reasoning, i am not talking about accepting them or not, i am just talking about listening their problems issues and others.
For you what ever happened to them is right and what ever they are doing is wrong, that's it.
You should listen their problems and should try to see what they have opted this way, which money you are talking, Osama was wealthy enough but he opted to live in caves running, fighting and hiding, these jehad's are fighting,running and hiding and you are talking bout money. Are you ready to live the way they are living with some money.

My brother, some of your posts are really good and forced me to change my views about you, but my humble request to you, don't throw them away like this, this won't help any thing.

Even if you think they are totally wrong, even then give them a chance to speak and just only try t listen , may be this will help you in changing them without killing them.
 Reply:   Becoming Jehadi is Big Busines
Replied by(invite2truth) Replied on (5/Jul/2008)
becoming Jedahi leader in the style of Taleban & Al-Qaeda of today means a lot of money and people to control!
What money was this bus cleaner or driver making before, than what he is making now;
Yes becoming Jedahi Leader in the style of Taleban & Al-Qaeda of today means a lot of money and people to control!
Even the present wars started by USA means a lot of Business (Income) for some vested interest in the administration.
Value of lives of innocent people means nothing to these "Modern Animals" showing the faces of human beings.

 Reply:   Why bus driver turned into Je
Replied by(Noman) Replied on (2/Jul/2008)

Some one must think this thing, what was the tragedy behind which let him go this way.
One should think, the man was worldly man as he was doing normal day to day affairs previously, but then suddenly turned to be fake/real jehadi.
Some one should look into these consequences and instead of killing evil try to kill the root cause.
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