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Major General, Lt Colonel martyred in Upper Dir blast

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  1. layman

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    PESHAWAR: Three military officials including two senior officers of the Pakistan army were martyred in a blast near Pak-Afghan border, said the Inter-Services Public Relations, media wing of the army on Sunday.

    Major General Sanaullah (pictured above), Lt Colonel Tauseef and Lance Nayak Irfan Sattar were martyred in Upper Dir area when a roadside bomb went off in Bin Shahi area.

    Asim Bajwa, a spokesman for the ISPR, said that two soldiers were also injured.

    The ISPR said that Major General Sanaullah was General Commanding Officer (GCO) Swat Division while Tauseef was Commanding Officer 33 Baloch Regiment.

    They officers were on visit to the front positions of the army along the Pak-Afghan border and were returning from the area when the incident took place.

    The killings of the Pakistan Army’s senior officers come when the country is mulling over offering peace deal to the militants to put an end to the surging violence, which has so far killed over 40,000 people including 5,000 security officials.

    Commenting over the tragic incident Rahimullah Yousafzai, the doyen of journalists in Pakistan’s North Western Province, said that Mullah Fazlullah, a fugitive leader of the Swati Taliban might be behind the IED attack.

    He said that Fazlullah and his militants have sanctuaries in Afghanistan’s Noristan and Kunar provinces. Yousafzai added that the area was relatively calm as the martyred Major General often visited the region.

    Saleem Khan Safi, another senior journalist and expert on Taliban militancy said that the government in Islamabad was not serious in its efforts to tackle the issue of terrorism.

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  2. ColdPlay

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    TTP kills Pak Army Major general, Lt.Colonel in Northwest Pakistan.

    PM condoles, TTP claims responsibility for killing of a Major General in KP.
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    2013-09-15 17:39:52

    PESHAWAR: A roadside bomb attack on Sunday killed Pakistan's two senior military officers and a soldier in the country's troubled northwest, the military said.

    The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have accepted responsibility for the attack, which was confirmed by TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid in a statement.

    Major General Sanaullah Niazi and Lieutenant Colonel Touseef were visiting troop posts in the Upper Dir district of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, along the Afghan border, when their vehicle hit a planted bomb killing them along with a soldier.

    “Maj Gen Sanaullah and Lt Col Touseef embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) this morning. They were returning after visiting troops posts on Pak Afghan Border,â€￾ the military said in a statement, adding that the incident resulted from an IED planted on the road near the border.

    “Sepoy Imran also embraced Shahadat (martyrdom), two soldiers injured in the blast have been evacuated,â€￾ it added.

    “Pakistan army has made substantial sacrifices to protect the nation against the menace of terrorism and such cowardly acts by terrorists cannot deter the morale of our armed forces,â€￾ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement.

    The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had announced on Saturday that withdrawal of troops from Malakand division would begin next month and the civil administration would take over control of the area.

    The announcement came at a time when the federal government is preparing to launch peace talks with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the light of decisions of an all-party conference.

    Separately, two roadside bomb attacks in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan, killed two soldiers on Sunday and wounded four others, security officials said.

    In the neighbouring district of Bannu, Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of tribal police early Sunday, killing two of them and wounding four others, the officials said.

    Pakistan says more than 40,000 people have been killed as a result of bomb and suicide attacks carried out by Taliban and Al-Qaeda-led militants who oppose Islamabad's US alliance.

    PM condoles, TTP claims responsibility for killing of a Major General in KP - DAWN.COM
     
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    and they talk about islamic unity :lol:
     
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    More to do with the cancer attatched to Pakistan.The terrible Tribal areas and its people.
    Their medeival mentality wont let them move away from their warring roots and murderous mentality.
    They learn use of gun and shoot to kill from young ages,and have access to all sorts of weapons.
    They take out their vengence Pakisran army for American drone attacks and Pakistan army's operations against terrorists,most of them also happen to be their tribal bretheren and the deaths have to be avenged as per tribal traditions.
    No wonder that among all these attacks there is one common denominator....the tribal areas or areas next to tribal areas.
     
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    yes a cancer ............but of their own creation and making

    The problem is not terrible tribal areas and their people neither their medieval mentality

    The problem is pakistani actions

    During afghan occupation by USSR

    pakistan / pakistan army created supported the afghan insurgency

    Pakistan helped in training them

    pakistan provided sanctuary / safe heaven

    Pakistan helped in providing arms

    Pakistan gave a free rein for madressas to recruit and and become terrorist factories.

    After USSR withdrew from USSR

    then pakistan made them a policy instrument and used them and the same tactics in kashmir / for influence in afghanistan for strategic depth

    Developed whole terrorist / terrorism eco system for recruiting training fund raising for terrorists

    OK once a mistake has been

    BUT still after so much suffering / bloodshed at their hands still Pakistan is not shunning terrorism / terrorists

    Also other article mentions offering peace to them - I guess the peace deal will say - you can do whatever you want just dont shoot at our army, soldiers, people in pakistan - we will leave you alone you leave us alone - and do all terrorist activities in our neighboring countries - we will help you / provide you with all facilities - just leave us alone
     
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    Thats one long posts that i disagree with...
    Afghan war was fought Mostly by these Tribals not because of Islam,but because ther "Pushtoon" brethren were Invaded and their "Homeland" was attack,because Most of them call Afghanistan as their country of Origin,not Pakistan.
    There were other Ethnicities also who volunteered to go to Afghanistan and fight the soviets,they were Jihadis,but they were less than 10%.

    You are facing Naxalites problem,so you may understand that Tribal mind is programmed to fight,if there is no fight they will create one,and that's what is happening in Pakistan.

    Even now,all the training and is provided in Tribal areas to the terrorists,and all the weapons for any crime in Pakistan,terrorism or otherwise,come from there...

    watch this and you may Understand how even thir children are busy making Bullets and ammunition.

     
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    How many such brainless belligerents are there in FATA and the Pak-Af border regions?
     
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    Yes i have also heard that - an afghan is at peace when he is at war - to a certain extent i buy your argument for the tribal mind - code of honour - behavior

    If as per your argument lets say america will withdraw their forces in 2014 and naturally their dones strike and pakistan operations will stop, then will the peace automatically break out .........i am not so optimistic

    Agreed that the afghan war was not islam based .....at that time............

    how about today with Taliban .......Alquaeda..........Shariat law...........islam..........militancy......thrown in.

    but by mixing terrorism / islam / kashmir / afghanistan in their state policy pakistan has created a heady cocktail .....the aftereffects / hangover are strong and lasts long

    But the issue is if you go on a course corrections and reverse these policies then also it will take a couple of years to establish peace and undo the socio / religious / military /state / terrorist complex that there right now

    But the sad part is that despite so much damage to pakistan itself nothing is happening to stop militancy


    Pakistan has so many terrorist training camp in azad kashmir / POK / Gilgit baltistan / pak army provides the militants with forward lauching bases support to them to sneak into india etc....etc....

    Yes we do have naxalite problem - but that is not only because of tribal people - it also has socio - economic dimensions


    In india i have seen that the states having development /higher earnings - have the least problem - take Gujarat for example - there were and are states with naxal problems and many other problems - but when the local govt in those states has focused on development and delivered on development then these problems have started showing signs of receding......

    madhya pradesh, bihar, odisha, chattisgarh are some good examples where the situation has improved with improvement in development
     
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    Taleban kill Pak general

    A roadside bomb killed a Pakistani general and another officer on Sunday near the border with Afghanistan, the Pakistani army said.
    The major-general and lieutenant-colonel were visiting troop positions in the Upper Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, along the Afghan border, when their vehicle hit a bomb killing them and a soldier. “Maj-Gen Sanaullah and Lt-Col Touseef embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) this morning. They were returning after visiting troop posts on Pak-Afghan Border,†the military said in a statement. “Sepoy Imran also embraced Shahadat (martyrdom), two soldiers injured in the blast have been evacuated,†it added. Taleban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility for the bombing.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a statement condemned the blast. “Pakistan army has made substantial sacrifices to protect the nation against the menace of terrorism and such cowardly acts by terrorists cannot deter the morale of our armed forces,†Sharif said.

    Separately, two roadside bomb attacks in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan, killed two soldiers on Sunday and wounded four others, security officials said.

    Shahidullah Shahid had earlier welcomed the new government’s move to begin peace talks, but said on Sunday it must show its sincerity. “First of all, troops in the entire tribal area should go back to barracks and then our prisoners should be released,†Shahid said.

    “The Pakistan government must take steps which can develop an atmosphere of trust and can remove the doubts and suspicion. We cannot move forward unless the governments accepts these two demands.â€

    He was speaking after the Taleban’s shura or decision-making council held three days of talks about the government offer of dialogue.

    Shura members from across the country took part in the meeting and stressed the need for confidence-building measures, the spokesman said. Shahid said: “The government began a war against us and the government has to announce the ceasefire if it is really sincere in peace talks.â€

    Meanwhile, Pakistan will start withdrawing troops from a troubled northwestern district where Taleban insurgents shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in the head, local officials said on Sunday.

    The army in 2009 sent 30,000 troops to battle Taleban fighters controlled by cleric Maulana Fazlullah, who since 2007 had taken control of the scenic Swat valley and waged a campaign of beheadings, other violence and attacks on girls’ schools.

    Taleban kill Pak general - Khaleej Times

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    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/pak-major-general-among-two-killed-in-blast-near-afghan-border-418974
     
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    Re: Taleban kill Pak general

    The good lady was after all right - You can't hold a krait against your chest and expect not to be bitten by it.
     
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    IED Attack Kills Senior Pakistani Officers

    ISLAMABAD — Two senior Pakistani army officers were among those killed in a weekend IED attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) in the restive area along the Afghan border. The attack comes as peace talks with the TTP are being pushed by the government.

    Maj. Gen. Sanaullah Khan, Lt. Col. Tauseef Ahmed and Lance Naik Irfan Sattar were killed Sept. 15 when an IED targeted their convoy in the Upper Dir district near the Afghan border.

    Khan was commander of 17 Division, operating in Swat, formerly a stronghold of the TTP before they were ejected by the army in 2009. The general was returning from visiting troops in the region.

    Earlier IED attacks the same day on posts along Miranshah Road near Mir Ali in North Waziristan, a terrorist stronghold, killed a soldier and a member of the paramilitary Frontier Corps. An attack on members of the Khassadar — the government-allied tribal militia — in the early hours of the morning killed one and injured four.

    The attack that killed Khan comes after the Sept. 9 All Parties Conference (APC) hosted by the government to establish political a consensus to tackle terrorism in the country. It unanimously adopted a resolution for unconditional talks with all terrorists, including the TTP.

    Claude Rakisits, an associate professor in strategic studies at Deakin University in Australia, is one of several Pakistan analysts who are skeptical about talks with the TTP.

    Killing Khan “only days after the APC resolution gives a clear indication that negotiating with the TTP is bound to be a recipe for disaster,†he said.

    The deaths of two high-ranking officers “will be taken very badly by the Pakistani army,†he said.

    He foresees “increasing pressure on the government to demand pre-conditions before starting formal talks, including an end to TTP violence. ... Anything less than that would mean that the military would be negotiating from a position of weakness.â€

    During the past 10 years there have been nine agreements with militants, but none lasted more than several months, noted Salma Malik, an assistant professor in the Department of Defence & Strategic Studies at Islamabad's Quaid-i-Azam University.

    “Each time the government has faced embarrassment and lost more maneuvering space against the [non-state actors],†she said. “Ironically the accords have always been breached and unceremoniously dumped by the [non-state actors] than the government, further weakening latter’s case.â€

    The possibility of talks aside, the attack again raised the question of Pakistan's response to IEDs.

    The deaths of two senior officers are unlikely to spark a change in thinking on better-protected vehicles, said Brian Cloughley, a former Australian defense attaché to Islamabad.

    “This won't mean a change of direction to acquire these vastly expensive protected vehicles,†he said “Even if the army got them for nothing from the US ... the operating costs are horrendous and simply could not be afforded by Pakistan.â€

    Pakistan's own indigenous Burraq mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle has still not been officially unveiled despite claims earlier this year by officials from state-owned manufacturer Heavy Industries Taxila that it would be soon.

    And despite an order for an undisclosed number of Type CS/VP3 MRAPs from China’s Poly Group Corp. in November, none have been seen in Pakistan so far.

    Analyst Usman Shabbir of the Pakistan Military Consortium think tank said it is unclear why the military is seemingly dragging its feet on the acquistion of a suitable MRAP, but said the reason could be purely financial.
     
  15. S K Mittal

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    boye ped babool ke aam kha se khaye
     
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