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Pakistan: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Asks Media Persons Not To Distort Party's Statements

SAP20110521122015 Quetta Dunya in Urdu 19 May 11 pp 1, 7

[NNI report: "Bullets Can Target Chests of Media Men Also: Lashkar-e Jhangvi"]

Quetta -- Ali Sher Haideri, spokesman for the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, has

said: "The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims responsibility for the attack in

Gauharabad on 18 May. We will conduct further attacks of similar kind

as well. The political parties should mend their ways and stop begging

aid from Iran and Shiite people. If there is a Muslim member in any

political party, he should understand this Shiite infidelity. If they

supported the infidelity of Shiite people out of fear, they will be on

our target as are the Shiite people."

On 18 May, talking to NNI news agency from an undisclosed location via

satellite telephone, Ali Sher Haideri said: "The media persons should

mend their ways and stop distorting our statements. Moreover, some of

the papers do not report our statements. If from now onward, the media

persons did not publish our statements, the media persons will not be

safe. Their offices will be in danger as well. If we can open fire on

Shiite people, we can also the attack them. Media persons should

honestly perform their duties."

"We appeal to the entire Sunni trader community that they should not

take part in any strike or rally of the Shiites, otherwise, they will

face terrible consequences." He also severely criticized the

organization of a traders' community.

[Description of Source: Quetta Dunya in Urdu -- "The World," a

moderate newspaper mostly presenting government views. It does not

carry detailed reporting on activities of nationalist groups.

Editorials and articles are mostly borrowed from major newspapers. The

Dunya Group of Newspapers also publishes the daily Qudrat in Pashto

and the daily Talib in Urdu. Circulation unknown.]

Pakistan: Two Terrorists Killed in PNS Attack Identified as Uzbek Nationals

SAP20110527100007 Islamabad Khabrain in Urdu 26 May 11 pp 1, 4

[ANN news agency report: Uzbek Group Came to Karachi Two Weeks Ago,

Visited Mehran Base; Mobile Recovered ]

Karachi - The investigation agencies have found the cellular phone of

one of the terrorists, who attacked Pakistan Navy Station [PNS] Mehran

that has facilitated the investigation. The finger prints are being

sent to National Database and Registration Authority to identify the

attackers.

According to military sources, the terrorists who attacked PNS Mehran

had brought big cache of arms with them but they did not have edibles.

The sources told that the four terrorists who entered into the base

were wearing suicide jackets and they also had night-vision goggles.

During operation on the PNS Base, the first encounter between the

terrorists and navy commandos took place early on Monday morning [ 23

May].

According to military sources, the commandos taking part in the



operation were directed to arrest the terrorists alive due to which

the naval commandos showed care during the operation and made every

effort to arrest the terrorists alive. When the naval commandos

reached near a terrorist to arrest him, he blew himself up. During the

operation the terrorists targeted the navy commandos.

According to sources, operation at PNS Mehran was launched by naval

commandos of Pakistan Navy prepared on the model of the US navy seals.

Two of the persons [attackers] killed in the attack have been

identified as Uzbek nationals. They are stated to be hailing from

terrorist outfit Islamic Jihad Union of Uzbekistan. This group has

expertise in launching attacks on airports and has been involved in

several attacks in Afghanistan.

The sources revealed that a high-ranking intelligence official has

confirmed the identity of these people. He has expertise regarding

Uzbek and Chechen terrorists. The official said Islamic Jihad Union

has close links with Taliban Movement and Al-Qa'ida and prepares

suicide bombers for attacks. Most of the youth in the organization are

aged between 16 and 25 years. The sources say the group that took part

in the attack had smattering of Urdu.

The group had come to Karachi two weeks ago to launch attack on Mehran

Base where Usman group of Taliban made arrangements for its stay and

was assigned the task of monitoring the area. Some people at Mehran

Base informed the group about the way-in and positions of the cameras.

The group visited Mehran Base a few days ago in this connection. The

day for the operation was chosen by Jihad Union at its own and the

objective of the mission was to destroy the US-made aircraft. Some

colleagues of the group kept on watching the action from a distance

and later fled away with [some] attackers. It is stated that those

escaping went to Korangi and Defense areas. The sources say that as

the identity of two out of four terrorists has been established, the

investigation agencies are convinced that the terrorists who escaped

can be arrested. High alert has been sounded in the country after this

situation. In this connection, four arrested navy officers are being

investigated, who have been tried in court martial for contacts with

terrorists.

The law enforcement agencies have started investigation in southern

Punjab after apprehensions that Lashkar-e Jhangvi is involved in the

incident. According to media sources, the law enforcement agencies

have received such information that those launching attack on PNS Base

in Karachi may be associated with Lashkar-e Jhangvi. After that the

law enforcement agencies started massive investigations in southern

Punjab and started a hunt for Lashkar-e Jhangvi men.

[Description of Source: Islamabad Khabrain in Urdu News, a

sensationalist daily, published by Liberty Papers Ltd., generally

critical of Pakistan People's Party; known for its access to

government and military sources of information. The same group owns

The Post in English, Naya Akhbar in Urdu and Channel 5 TV. Circulation

of 30,000]

Pakistan: PIPS Report Titled 'Backgrounder' on Attacks on Sufi Shrines

SAP20110529106007 Lahore Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies in

English 25 May 11

[Unattributed report: "Backgrounder: Attacks on Sufi Shrines"]

[Text disseminated as received without OSC editorial intervention]

A spate of terrorist attacks targeting shrines of renowned Sufis and

worship places has been witnessed across the country in recent years.

Many of these attacks did not attract much media attention mainly

because they took place in the conflict-hit areas of the country, and

were considered within the context of the insurgency and militant

violence in those areas rather than as a specific attempt by the

militants to target those places. However, 2010 was a watershed in

this regard as most major Sufi shrines in the country--including the

shrines of Data Ganj Bakhsh (Lahore), Abdullah Shah Ghazi (Karachi),

Baba Fareeduddin Ganjshakar (Pakpattan) and Sakhi Sarwar (Dera Ghazi

Khan)--were targeted. The attacks fueled extensive media coverage and

discussions.

The targeting of shrines could have a number of motives:

Disturbing sectarian/communal harmony in the country by stirring up

another layer of conflict that increases religious polarization. This

in turn diverts the attention of the security forces from their

campaigns against the militants in the tribal areas and stretches them

to maintain security within the urban centers, thus providing the

militants with a breather to reorganize and regain strength.

Maximizing anarchy which is conducive for growth of militancy.

At an ideological level, such attacks are a manifestation of

prevalence of Al Qaeda's Takfiri ideology within the ranks of banned

sectarian outfits who, by closely linking themselves with Al Qaeda,

increasingly use tactics such as suicide bombings to target these

shrines. Militants have shown that they would attack anyone who

opposes their version of Islam. Therefore, attacks on the shrines of

renowned Sufis who advocated tolerance and peace make perfect sense.

They are also in sync with the Islamist militants' espoused ideology

of purging Islam of "religious impurities" and ridding Pakistani

society of "moral ills."

Since the beginning of 2005 until the end of April 2011 as many as 24

attacks have been reported on shrines which have left at least 200

people dead and another 542 injured. These attacks should not be

looked at as isolated incidents with sectarian/communal undertones but

as continuation of a well-thought strategy of the militants against

anyone opposing their version of Islam. Most of these attacks have

been sectarian in nature and have been carried out by the

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Punjabi Taliban, the key knots of the network of

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Terrorist Attacks on Sufi Shrines in Pakistan (Jan 2005-April 2011)

Date


Place

Shrines


Killed

Injured


Apr 3, 2011

D.G.Khan


(Two Attacks)

Sakhi Sarwar Shrine

50

100


Feb 3, 2011

Larri Addah

area,

Lahore


Haider Saint Shrine

3

30



Jan 24, 2011

Lund Khur

Sub-district,

Mardan


Shrine

2

3



Jan 3, 2011

Angoor Adda area,

South Wazirstan Agency

Mussa Neeka Shrine

-

-

Dec 14, 2010



Budh Bheer area

Peshawar


Ghazi Baba Shrine

3

3



Oct 25, 2010

Pakpattan district

Punjab

Baba Fareeduddin Ganjshakar Shrine



7

25

Oct 14, 2010



Landi Kotal

Khyber Agency

Shrine

-

-



Oct 7, 2010

Karachi/Sindh

Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shahid shrine

9

75



Aug 19, 2010

Green town area

Lahore

Shrine


-

2

July 15, 2010



Landi Kotal

Khyber Agency

Shrine

-

-


July 1, 2010

Data Ganj Bakhsh

Lahore/Punjab

Data Ganj Bakhsh Shrine

At least 40 persons were killed and 175 others injured when three

suicide attackers blew themselves up inside the shrine of Lahore's

patron saint Syed Ali Hajwairi popularly known as Data Gunj Bakhsh, at

about 11 pm (PST) in the night.

45

175


June 21, 2010

Chamkani area Peshawar

The shrine of Mian Umer Baba

-

-



Apr 21, 2010

Orakzai Agency

Shrine

-

9



Jan 5, 2010

Satori Khel area

Orakzai Agency

Seven Shrines

-

-

March 5, 2009



Hazarkhwani area

Peshawar


Rehman Baba's Shrine Attacked, Famous Pashtun Traditional Islamic Poet

-

-



May 8, 2009

Peshawar


Sheikh Omar Baba's shrine in Peshawar

-

-



March 7, 2009

Nowshera


Shrine of Bahadur Baba in Nowshera

1

-



March 3, 2008

Bara


Khyber Agency

A 400-year-old shrine of Abu Saeed Baba

in Bara Tehsil Khyber Agency

10

-



May 7, 2008

Peshawar


The shrine of Ashaab Baba

-

-



Dec 9, 2008

Buner


District Swat

The shrine of Hazrat Pir Baba

1

4

Dec 18, 2007



GT Road, Peshawar

Shrine of Abdul Shakoor Malang Baba

4

1

May 27, 2005


Islamabad / Punjab

At least 25 people, including a suspected suicide bomber, are killed

and approximately 100 others sustain injuries during a powerful

explosion at the Bari Imam shrine of the Shia sect located in vicinity

of the diplomatic enclave in capital Islamabad.

25

100



March 20, 2005

Jhal Magsi

Kachhi district/Balochistan

Urs of Sufi saint Pir Syed Rakheel Shah Jhal Magsi shrine bombing

40 15

Total


24

200


542

[Description of Source: Islamabad Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies

in English -- Website of an independent, not-for-profit

nongovernmental, research and advocacy Pakistani think tank dedicated

to producing surveys and analysis of South Asia-related issues.

Muhammad Amir Rana, a well-known author on Pakistani militants, is

President of PIPS Board of Directors. Advisory Board members include

American terrorism expert Peter Bergen and Khalid Ahmed, renowned

moderate intellectual and consulting editor of the weekly Lahore

Friday Times in English and Lahore Daily Times in English; URL:

http://www.san-pips.com.]

Article Says Saudi State Agencies Funding Extremist Elements in Pakistan

SAP20110530136008 Islamabad Daily Express in Urdu 30 May 11 p 6

[Article by Mujahid Hussein: "Extremism in South Punjab: An Analysis

-- Last Part"]

The game has now gone out of the control of the Inter Services

Intelligence [ISI] and Army, and it has become impossible to block the

Taliban power in Punjab. They have become active against all the state

institutions, and their designs against other sects and minorities

have come to the fore.

The ISI is in fix, and the Army is also left with limited options. Now

the situation is such that the ISI is making efforts to withhold the

information it extracted from terrorists after interrogation.

Moreover, it is being considered dangerous to make public the links

between the security agencies and perpetrators of attacks on Pervez

Musharraf, General Headquarters [GHQ] and the ISI centers in Lahore,

Multan Peshawar, and Faisalabad, and ties with extremist outfits of

Punjab.

The gravity of situation can be understood from the fact that when

terrorists held the Pakistan Army's top brass hostage in GHQ, the ISI

chief requested the chiefs of the Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Taiyiba

[LeT], Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and Jaish-e-Muhammad in Punjab by telephone

to help save those officials. It can be assessed from this incident

that what power centers in Punjab are and where they are located.

The LeT's governing offices are located in Muridke and Lahore. The

Sipah-e-Sahaba is controlled from Jhang. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi takes

directions from Rahimyar Khan and Karachi, and the Jaish-e-Muhammad is

linked with its center in Bahawalpur.

Moreover, the provincial and district offices of powerful agencies

keep on issuing "necessary" directions whenever needed. Members of

these outfits and parties continue to perform their assigned duties in

police, district administration, educational institutions, traders'

unions, Urdu newspapers, TV channels, government departments, as MPs,

in trade unions of Pakistan International Airlines and railways, and

other government and semigovernment departments. Seminaries of various

religious sects and their outfits in South Punjab also play their role

in this holy war of extremism and sectarianism.

Most of the terrorists involved in suicide attack on Marriot Hotel

Islamabad belonged to Jhang city and adjoining villages. They kept on

loading a truck with explosives for one week and then passed through

highway to reach their target. No one today knows who were these

people, and to which religious party they belonged, whom the law

enforcement agencies arrested on charges of these attacks.

Similarly, several perpetrators of GHQ attack belonged to Dera Ghazi

Khan, Rajanpur, and Bahawalpur. However, the newspapers were provided

with limited information about a single character, Dr Usman, and the

issue was shelved.

Majority of the perpetrators of attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team

in Lahore belonged to Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah, Jhang, and Bahawalpur.

However, nothing is available anywhere about them or their links.

Similarly, people who attacked the ISI center in Lahore also belonged

to the cities of South Punjab.

However, everything regarding these accused perpetrators is

confidential. Majority of people accused in various attacks, including

suicide attack at Royal Artillery Bazaar Lahore, attack on the ISI

center in Faisalabad, massacre of Ahmadis in Faisalabad, suicide

attack on the intelligence agency office in Model Town Lahore, Karbala

Gamay Shah [Shiite worship place in Lahore], and Data Darbar, and even

those involved in assassination of General [retired] Faisal Alvi,

former chief of the military commandos wing in Rawalpindi, belonged to

South Punjab and other cities of Punjab. However, no one knows about

their centers and sponsors.

Children born in traditional poverty and backwardness of South Punjab

are trained in violence and sectarianism in religious seminaries and

scattered everywhere because 90 percent of these religious seminaries

belong to a specific school of thought. All the religious seminaries

established in these areas get unimaginable funds from Gulf countries,

particularly Saudi Arabia. Those who prov ide assistance include Saudi

state agencies and affluent Arab shaykhs donate funds openheartedly.

The government does not have any mechanism to stop or monitor similar

assistance. Successive governments, under foreign pressure, have made

half-hearted attempts regarding syllabi of these seminaries and their

registration. However, the powerful agencies come to these seminaries'

rescue, and governments stop this process. The powerful agencies come

to the rescue of these seminaries and governments stop their job. The

only reason for this type of intervention by the powerful agencies is

to save these jihadist organizations from any type of accountability.

These organizations have been providing human resource to these

agencies, whenever needed, on the domestic as well as external fronts.

Following the damage done by these extremists to the state and the

security agencies themselves, it always appears that the powerful

agencies have renounced assistance to them. This is such a wishful

thinking that cannot be cured because it has never materialized into

action. This horrifying tradition of willful neglect continues with

full force, and despite identification, these characters in Punjab,

about whom there is no ambiguity now, are being ignored.

Numerous similar horrible characters, which were once dear to the

adventurous and powerful agencies, are now engaged in war against the

state. These characters, from Ilyas Kashmiri to Zakiur Rahman, are in

front of us. They were fully armed and provided with militants to turn

the dream of strategic depth into reality. Strategic depth has become

further "deeper," and several friends of past have turned into foes to

such an extent that major military centers have been rendered

insecure. Fingers are being pointed at similar characters within the

security agencies that provide information and assistance to

terrorists. All the details of this situation are surprising, and also

point toward shallowness of the state.

[Description of Source: Islamabad Daily Express in Urdu -- Daily owned

by Century Publications of the Lakson Business Group. The second

largest daily after Jang newspaper with a circulation of over 120,000.

Provides good coverage of national and international issues and

follows moderate and neutral editorial policy.]

Pakistan: New Terror Wave To Surface With Operation in North Waziristan

SAP20110601109008 Rawalpindi Jang Online in Urdu 01 Jun 11

[Report by Irshad Ahmed Arif: "US Gave Pakistan Target of Military

Offensive in North Waziristan Within One Month, Also Asked Pakistan to

Arrest Five Commanders"]

Lahore -- The war expanses amounting to $113 billion during the

current fiscal year and $107 billion during the next year are the most

significant reason for the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

However, Pakistan has been given the target to conduct military

offensive in North Waziristan within the next one month i.e. by the

commencement of military withdrawal on 1 July in line with the

declaration of US President Barack Obama.

Moreover, the United States has also asked for the arrest of five

Al-Qa'ida and Taliban commanders Dr Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Mullah Muhammad

Umar, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Ilyas Kashmiri, and Attiya Abdur Rehman

through unilateral or joint operation. It has added to the worries of

Pakistan nation. This also is a reason of concern and surprise that so

far Pakistan army was following a policy to avoid conducting military

showdown in North Waziristan because on the one hand, the Haqqani

network poses no threat to Pakistani national interests, and on the

other, it is an important Pakistani source of contacting the Taliban,

battling against NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Thirdly, Mullah Nazir and Hafiz Gul Bahadur groups in North Waziristan

have kept some effective tribes, in particular Wazir tribe, away from

this war against Pakistan which Baitullah Mehsud and his predecessor

Hakimullah Mehsud had triggered in unison with the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi

and other sectarian groups and Mehsud tribe.

According to a report of the US newspaper The Washington Post, the

most important factor in military withdrawal from Afghanistan is

neither the rise in death toll of battling the Taliban nor is purging

a lot of areas from the control of the Taliban but it is only and only

the growing US war expanses, which have forced the political team of

US President Barack Obama to make this decision of withdrawal. In the

process, the opinion of David Petraeus and other military advisors has

been turned down. After earmarking a huge amount of $113 billion for

the war expanses alone, the social sector is impacted negatively.

The death of Usama Bin Ladin has cemented the decision of the US

military withdrawal and senior political colleagues like Joe Biden

told the US president not to deviate an inch from the roadmap declared

during 2009 so that the US economy could be saved from destruction.

Prior to withdrawal, the apparent goal of toning up pressure against

Pakistan for military offensive is that at one hand, the arrest or

killing of the "most wanted" persons should boost the morale of the US




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