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
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
According to military sources, the commandos taking part in the
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
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
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
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)
Sakhi Sarwar Shrine
Angoor Adda area,
South Wazirstan Agency
Mussa Neeka Shrine
Dec 14, 2010
Baba Fareeduddin Ganjshakar Shrine
Oct 14, 2010
Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shahid shrine
Green town area
July 15, 2010
Data Ganj Bakhsh
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.
Chamkani area Peshawar
The shrine of Mian Umer Baba
Satori Khel area
March 5, 2009
A 400-year-old shrine of Abu Saeed Baba
in Bara Tehsil Khyber Agency
The shrine of Hazrat Pir Baba
Dec 18, 2007
Shrine of Abdul Shakoor Malang Baba
May 27, 2005
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.
Urs of Sufi saint Pir Syed Rakheel Shah Jhal Magsi shrine bombing
[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:
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
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