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Fifteen killed in Pakistan as militants attack tribe

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Manmohan Yadav, Sep 18, 2011.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    By Ibrahim Shinwari
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan | Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:36am EDT

    (Reuters) - At least fifteen people were killed when Taliban militants attacked a checkpost manned by pro-government tribesman and security forces in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Sunday.

    Armed with assault rifles and hand grenades, the militants killed four ethnic Pashtun tribesmen and a paramilitary soldier in the late Saturday attack.

    Members of a tribal militia and security forces retaliated, killing 10 militants, said a senior government official in the Khyber region near the Afghan border, where the incident took place.

    "A large number of weapons from the militants were also confiscated," said the official, Rehan Khattak.

    Pakistan's Taliban, who are close to al Qaeda, have stepped up attacks on Pashtun tribes who have raised militias to help security forces.

    At least 40 people were killed and 68 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a funeral of a member of a pro-government tribe in the northwestern Lower Dir district on Thursday.

    Militants also claimed responsibility for an attack on a school bus on Tuesday which killed five people, saying the children on the bus were from a pro-government tribe.

    The Taliban are also holding more than 20 young men hostage from a pro-government tribe in an area straddling the Afghan border and have demanded the release of scores of prisoners and an end to support of military offensives against them.

    Pakistan, a strategic U.S. ally, needs all the help it can get in the fight against militants bent on destabilizing its government.

    The army has launched several offensives against militants. But its enemies often melt away when attacked, and suicide bombings persist, scaring away foreign investors needed for the fragile economy.

    But while Pakistan is battling domestic Islamists, it is at the same time accused of backing Taliban militants fighting the Afghan government and foreign forces there, as well as Muslim militants fighting Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region.

    Pakistan denies those accusations.

    Pakistani authorities have been encouraging the Pashtun tribes to revive traditional militias to counter the growing number of militants fighting the Pakistani state.

    Under a centuries-old tradition, the tribes raise the militias, or lashkars, in their semi-autonomous regions to fight criminal gangs and enforce their tribal codes.

    The drive has had limited success after the Taliban hit back by killing hundreds of tribal leaders and silencing others.

    Some tribal leaders complain that the government has failed to provide the militias with adequate funding or weapons, leaving them at the mercy of the Taliban.

    (Writing by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Michael Georgy and Robert Birsel)
     
  2. Manmohan Yadav

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    RIP to the dead
     
  3. Mr Hit Smith

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    Nowadays it's Common in Pakistan. :angel:

    Rest In Peace
     
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    Whats happening in Pakistan. Daily there will be a news of people getting killed in Pakistan. I dont know how pakistanis tolerate all this. On one side there people are getting killed and on other side they are breeding terrorist like JEM, Huji, LET etc. Are pakistanis having no desire to live a decent and peaceful life. First of all they should ban their Gun culture and the radicalisation of religion.
     
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    Even now its common in India too. But only thing is there it is daily and in India its weekly or monthly. Whether it is Delhi Blast, Jaipur Blast or train accident or some thing else. Even in India people are expendable. 10-15 people die; there will be an enquiry, no one will be caught, Cases will be going for years, and the victims will be hooping for justice till their death and common man willforget all this within 2 days and will be burdened with another price rise in Basic required things.
     
  6. Ahmad

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    why did they have to mention that? couldnt they say pakistanis or human beings lost their lives?
     
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  7. Manmohan Yadav

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    Yes we hear about it every 3rd day or so
     
  8. Jungibaaz

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    I wonder the same thing!
     
  9. Kaniska

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    @Ahmad...It takes time to change the mindset of people..same this rules applies for the author too...
     
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    Author?
     
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