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The Coming War in Pakistan

Posted by Atilla89 on July 18, 2007

I didn’t really blog on the Red Mosque Assault in Pakistan mainly because I didn’t think that it was that important. However after reading this article from Frontpage, I’m going to have to change my view of this: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=29151

Here is an excerpt:

The Red Mosque, described as the Taliban’s “ideological heartland”, was closely connected with that radical religious group and other Islamist militias in the NWFP. The Islamabad mosque supplied the Taliban with money and recruits from its madrassa (religious school) system to fight the NATO troops in Afghanistan, while the two brothers who ran the extremist religious institution called for jihad and Islamic revolution in Pakistan.

In retaliation for the Red Mosque’s violent closure last week, twenty-four Pakistani soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack on Saturday in the NWFP, while about 50 other people, including three Chinese nationals, also perished violently there since the beginning of the siege. Further strikes brought the death count of soldiers over the weekend alone to 60. The Taliban and supportive tribes have also renounced their peace deal with the Pakistani government, which exercises little authority in this province, where 20,000 tribesmen with rifles were reported to have staged an anti-government demonstration.

In addition, a local, radical cleric, Maulana Fazlullah who is described as the head of the outlawed, Taliban-allied Tehrik-Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Mohammadi (Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Law) in the NWFP’s Swat district has called for his men to prepare for jihad. Fazlullah has been called “Maulana Radio” since he gets his radical messages out via 107 small, illegal F M radio stations, according to Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad. TNSM fighters have already closed roads into the Swat region and seized the important Karakoram highway, part of the ancient Silk Road, which is Pakistan’s main transportation connection with China.

In response to the deteriorating situation in the NWFP, the Pakistani government has sent thousands of troops with heavy artillery to the area where an offensive into the Swat Valley is expected any day. The Red Mosque’s closure was regarded as an important first step for any military action to be taken there. It not only eliminated the heart of the Islamic extremism movement in Pakistan, but also destroyed a powerful center of resistance to the army’s coming campaign. In 2004, the Red Mosque helped undermine the army’s offensive against al-Qaeda in Waziristan when the two sibling leaders issued a ‘fatwa’ (religious decree), calling on people not to say prayers for dead army soldiers or bury them in Muslim graveyards.

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3 Responses to “The Coming War in Pakistan”

  1. aquarium said

    no matter they are terrorist or not they’re still our brother.all moslems is in 1 body n blood.just face the different among us wisely! no gun on our brothers.

  2. Atilla89 said

    These people (the Taliban) are ripping Pakistan apart, how could you support them when they want to term Pakistan into another Afghanistan?

  3. […] Listen To Your Brother, Musharraf Filed under: Afghanistan, America, Islamism, Pakistan, Terrorism, U.S. Politics, War on Terror — Atilla89 @ 8:30 am As you know, I have been following the situation in Pakistan, you can check out some of me other posts here, here and here. […]

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