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Pakistan Timeline: News, Discussions & Opinions

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by tariqkhan18, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    ISLAMABAD—The Pakistan army acknowledged Wednesday that at least 45 civilians died in a military air strike targeting Taliban leaders last weekend, an admission which could fan domestic criticism of the U.S.-backed war effort against Islamic militants.

    General Athar Abbas, the chief military spokesman, said the civilians were killed when Pakistani jets bombed a suspected militant hideout in Sera Vela village which is located in the Khyber tribal region in the northwest of the country near the border with Afghanistan.

    The military, which rarely confirms civilian deaths, had earlier denied a report by Pakistani newspaper Dawn that more than 60 civilians were killed in the attack. The dead had gathered around a compound used by Taliban militants that was targeted by a Pakistani air force strike, Gen. Abbas said. He didn't detail how many militants died in the action.

    Many of those killed belonged to the Kookikhel tribe, which has opposed the Taliban. Some retired army and paramilitary soldiers living in the area were among the dead and injured. Kashmalo Khan, a 63-year-old retired soldier whose right leg was fractured, said he lost 11 family members in the strike.

    Washington has praised Pakistan for success in battling Islamic militants in its tribal areas, a semi-autonomous zone which has been used by Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders for years as a base to plan attacks against U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

    The military, aided by unmanned U.S. drone strikes, has since last year killed a number of top Pakistan Taliban leaders who were operating from the tribal region of South Waziristan. The Pakistani military believes that militants who survived those attacks have taken refuge in Khyber and Orakzai, another tribal area.

    Since late last year, stepped up military operations in Orakzai have forced more than 200,000 people to leave their homes in the area, the United Nations said this week. That added to an estimated 1.3 million people who had already been displaced by fighting in the tribal regions.

    Mounting numbers of civilian deaths, added to a growing refugee crisis, could further undermine the Pakistani military's war against Islamic militants in the border regions, analysts say. U.S. drone strikes are already unpopular among many Pakistanis.

    "The incident will further complicate the Pakistani military's efforts to mobilize public support for its anti-Taliban campaign," said Rifaat Hussain, a professor of security studies at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. "Family of the victims could become easy recruits for the militants."

    Although weakened, the Pakistan Taliban, which is linked to the Afghan Taliban, have been able to evade capture in the mountainous tribal regions and continue to carry out attacks. Earlier this month, the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a pro-government meeting in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, which killed more than 50 people.

    It remains unclear who is directing the Pakistan Taliban, known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, after its leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed by a U.S. missile strike in August 2009. Hakimullah Mehsud, who took over the leadership, was reported to have been injured in an attack on his hideout in February but it remains unclear whether he was killed.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...470355334684.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLTopStories
     
  2. AVADI

    AVADI Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Come on buddy lets keep this forum clean.
     
  3. Asmodeus

    Asmodeus 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    airforce cannot be blamed this..................they are trained for using destructive force.

    acc. to me fault lies with the intellegence.

    RIP the civilians
     
  4. Indian_Idol

    Indian_Idol 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    sure mate... i jst said abt the mindset of Pakistanis which i saw in PDF.
     
  5. dekho

    dekho FULL MEMBER

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    In every war collateral damage is to be expected.
    War is hell....that is the harsh reality.
     
  6. Indian_Idol

    Indian_Idol 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    but still it the only thing we have to defend ourselves..
     
  7. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Hey bro, dont use racist terms. We have to be friendly and nice to show our greatness and friendly nature.
     
  8. Ares

    Ares FULL MEMBER

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    Common man its too early in the day to start bashing Pakistan ...If we want this forum too grow we need valuable contribution from Pakistani members also.
    There is no need for such racial slur.
     
  9. Indian_Idol

    Indian_Idol 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    sorry, if you guys think this as a racial comment i'll take it back for the well being of the forum...
     
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    Tailchopper Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Absolutely Sad , i hope it wont happen Next time.

    NWFP Govt has apologized for this Unfortunate act.

    Regards:
     
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  11. Arjun MBT

    Arjun MBT Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    yes buddy, Civilian casualties have to be avoided at all cost, And How is the operation going on?? any updates?
     
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    Tailchopper Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    operation is doing good as it is not a full scale war all you would hear is PAF hitting selective targets and Army proceeding on the ground.

    High Mark 2010 & Azam E nau 3 Is keep Us busy and we are gearing up to clear more Areas soon after integration of new PGM's and JDAM's on Thunders.

    With the Arrival of new vipers we would have the capability to strike in the night more effectively.

    I pray that we succeed to take out this venom of terror or it will spill in the whole region.

    Regrds:
     
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  13. Arjun MBT

    Arjun MBT Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Yes thats so true, We must kill these terrorists once and for ever, thus making this planet a safe place to live in
     
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    Tailchopper Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    This is what we are Looking at.
     
  15. Arjun MBT

    Arjun MBT Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    wonderful.....:D
     

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