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India-Pakistan
Drone strike near Pak-Afghan border takes out Hakimullah's aide
2015-03-20
[DAWN] A close aide of former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) Chief Hakimullah Mehsud, Khawrey Mehsud, was killed in a drone strike near the Pak-Afghan border yesterday.

According to TTP front man Muhammad Khorasani, Khawrey Mehsud was killed in a drone attack in Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
near the Pak-Afghan border on March 18. Two other forces of Evil were also killed in the drone attack.

Khawrey Mehsud was a close aide of former TTP supremo Hakimullah and was said to have taken part in terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Pakistain.

Kurram is one of the most sensitive tribal areas as it borders three Afghan provinces and at one point was one of the key routes for bad boy movement across the border.

The region was claimed by the military to have been cleared of bandidos Lion of Islams during an operation a couple of years ago, however, forces of Evil still carry out sectarian attacks and also target security forces occasionally.

Kurram tribal agency is adjacent to North Wazoo region where the operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
is in progress against Taliban and other Lion of Islam groups.

Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistain and according to survey conducted in June last year, 66 per cent of the country's citizens oppose the strikes.
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India-Pakistan
US designates Mullah Fazlullah as a 'global terrorist'
2015-01-14
[DAWN] The US State Department on Tuesday designated Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah
...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much less bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullah's Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan...
as a global terrorist.

According to a State Department blurb, Fazlullah has been labeled a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets faceless myrmidons and those providing support to faceless myrmidons or acts of terrorism.

The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against American citizens engaging in transactions with Fazlullah, and the freezing of all property and interests of Fazlullah that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of US persons, the statement said.

Fazlullah was elected TTP commander in November 2013, following the death of former leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

Under the leadership of Fazlullah, TTP grabbed credit for the December 16, 2014 attack on a school in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
that resulted in the deaths of at least 148 people, mostly students.

Prior to becoming TTP leader, Fazlullah claimed he was behind the killing of Pak Army Major General Sanaullah Niazi in September 2013, as well as ordering the shooting of schoolgirl and activist Malala Yousafzai
...a Pashtun blogger and advocate for girls' education from Mingora, in Swat. She started blogging at age 11-12. She was 15 when a Talib boarded her school bus and shot her in the head in 2012. She was evacuated to a hospital in Britain and the Pak Taliban vowed to kill her and her father. Among other awards, she received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, which she deserved more than Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Yasser Arafat, or Rigoberta Menchu...
in 2012.

The State Department designated TTP as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on September 1, 2010.
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India-Pakistan
Key Taliban commander, three others handed over to Pakistan
2014-12-07
PESHAWAR: Latif Mehsud, a close aide of former Pakistani Taliban chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, has been handed over to Pakistani authorities along with his two guards and a broker, sources said on Saturday night.

High placed official sources told Dawn.com that Latif Mehsud, the then number-two of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud, was arrested along with his guards and a tribesman, Shah Jehan on Pak-Afghan border by the Afghan National Army.

Latif was crossing the border allegedly to buy weapons at the time of the arrest.
What, the ISI wasn't delivering?
The militants were then snatched by troops from NATO and the Afghan National Army. The former TTP commander was under the Afghan and NATO troops custody for some time and reportedly was handed over to Pakistani authorities after the recent visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan.

The Pakistani authorities had been demanding the return of the arrested TTP commanders. The other two militants handed over to Pakistan have been identified as Jafar and Aziz.
"Sorry you guys were held like that in Afghanistan. Why don't you settle in here at the Peshawar Hilton and take the month off to recuperate?"
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India-Pakistan
One soldier killed, six injured during rocket attack in Orakzai
2014-12-06
One soldier was killed and six others were maimed Friday in a rocket attack on Kalaya, the agency headquarters of the restive northwestern Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...

Official sources said that two rockets were fired on the Kalaya Headquarters as a result of which seven soldiers sustained injuries. One of the injured soldiers died on his way to a hospital, while six others are receiving medical treatment.

Last month, 18 suspected bully boyz and six soldiers were killed during a gun-battle in Orakzai Agency. The gun-battle was set off by an attack by bully boyz before dawn, on a check-post in Shireen Dara area of Lower Orakzai.

Orakzai is one of Pakistain's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pak Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked bully boyz are said to have carved out strongholds.

It was a key abode of former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud before he was killed in a US drone strike in North Wazoo in 2013.
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India-Pakistan
Pakistani Taliban Breakaway Faction Threatens India Attacks
2014-11-06
[AnNahar] A breakaway faction of the Pak Taliban that grabbed credit for a devastating suicide kaboom earlier this week threatened Wednesday to carry out attacks inside India.

At least 55 people were killed and more than 120 maimed at the main Pakistain-India border crossing on Sunday when a bomb tore through crowds of spectators leaving after the colorful daily ceremony to close the frontier.

Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JA), a faction of the Pak Taliban which broke away from the main leadership in September, was one of a number of groups that grabbed credit for the attack at the Wagah border crossing

The group's front man Ehsanullah Ehsan
...formerly the front man for the Pak Taliban, now the lips and tongue of the Jamaatul Ahrar splinter group in Mohmand Agency...
said India would be the target of their next attack, warning Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his country was not "out of reach" for the group.

"India is included in our next attack, Narendra Modi should not have this misconception that we cannot attack his country," he told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

"If we can attack on one side of the border we can also attack on the other side of the border. We do have access to the other side of the border," he added.

Ehsan also repeated his group's claims that they carried out the Wagah border crossing attack, saying he would soon release a video to prove his faction was behind the blast.

There were several conflicting claims of responsibility for the attack, reflecting the fragmentation the umbrella Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) movement has undergone in recent weeks.

Abdullah Bahar, a front man for a Pak Taliban faction loyal to its dead chief Hakimullah Mehsud, said they carried it out to avenge Mehsud's killing in a U.S. drone strike last year.

TV channels also ran claims from a third hard boy faction, called Jundullah.

But the Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction, which broke away from the main TTP leadership in September, rubbished the claim and said they were behind the blast.

Ehsan previously said in an email statement that the attack was Dire Revenge for those killed in the ongoing Pak military operation in North Wazoo tribal area on the Afghan border.
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India-Pakistan
Taliban's Mehsud faction condemns attack on JUI-F chief
2014-10-26
[DAWN] The Taliban's Mehsud faction, led by Khan Said alias Sajna, has condemned the attack on Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
and has said that attacks on Ulema were disgraceful.

Azam Tariq, front man for the Mehsud Taliban, said the group condemned the attack and felt that those involved in similar incidents were against Learned Elders of Islam and Islam.

Tariq, who had previously also served as the TTP front man under former Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike on November 1, 2013, said that Khan Said Sajna was still the Ameer of the Taliban's Mehsud faction and that members of the group were united under his command.

Earlier on Thursday, at least two people were killed and dozens had been injured when a suspected jacket wallah detonated his explosives outside a JUI-F rally in Quetta.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman remained unhurt in the attack which targeted his bullet-proof vehicle. The banned krazed killer group Jundallah grabbed credit for the attack.
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India-Pakistan
MQM workers detain suspicious foreigner near Nine Zero
2014-10-22
[DAWN] KARACHI: A foreigner was apprehended by Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) workers on Tuesday near the party's Nine Zero headquarters. The man was later handed over to the police.
Speaking to the media, MQM leader Iftikhar Alam said the suspect appeared to be of Afghan or Uzbek descent and could not speak Urdu.

Alam added that despite the language barrier, the suspect had managed to convey an offer of USD 100,000 for his release.

He alleged that the man was scouting the area for a possible attack.

Two mobile phones, Rs 25,000, a portrait of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain's (TTP) former chief Hakimullah Mehsud, and other paraphernalia was recovered from the man's possession.

Speaking to news hounds on Oct 13, senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that party leaders had been receiving threatening letters from the banned Taliban outfit in the recent past, asking them to immediately pay up extortion money or face dire consequences.
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India-Pakistan
Fazlullah has joined hands with killers of Taliban, says splinter group
2014-09-06
[DAWN] The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain and its splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar
...a splinter group of the Pak Taliban led by Maulana Qasim Khurasani. The group has pledged allegiance to Mullah Omar and has agreed to follow his ideology, such as it is. It's probably the latest incarnation of the splinter group Ahrarul Hind since Khurasani used to head that group...
(JA) are on a collision course as the latter has accused TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah
...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much less bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullah's Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan...
of joining hands with people involved in the killing of krazed killer commanders.

In a statement on Thursday, JA front man Ehsanullah Ehsan
...formerly the front man for the Pak Taliban, now the lips and tongue of the Jamaatul Ahrar splinter group in Mohmand Agency...
said those who were involved in the killing of TTP commanders Nadeem Abbas, Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani
...a Pashtun tribe centered on Jandola, in Tank district. They are the hereditary enemies of the Mehsuds, unless there are furriners or infidels around, in which case they share ammunition and targeting data...
, Tariq Mansoor and 200 fighters of the Mehsud tribe were now sitting beside Fazlullah.

Ehsan, who earlier served as central front man for the TTP, said that being head of his group Fazlullah should bring the killers to "justice".

He said the TTP chief lacked qualities of a good leader, which had resulted in the killing of many commanders.

The JA front man said the Fazlullah-led TTP group "now comprised only a few people".

He said that Fazlullah had no authority to expel Umar Khalid Khurasani
...intel chief of the Jamaatul Ahrar TTP splinter group, or whatever it's calling itself these days...
of Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
from TTP. Khurasani was now an active member of JA and the group's leadership had the authority to appoint a leader for Mohmand.

He claimed that a majority of Taliban capos had joined JA and the families of both Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud had become associated with it.

He said JA had expressed allegiance to Mullah Umar and had faith in the leadership qualities of the top leader of Afghan Taliban.

Ehsan said some elements in the Fazlullah-led TTP were hatching conspiracies to drive a wedge between JA and the Afghan Taliban.

The JA front man said that Fazlullah should reveal the names of people who killed Nadeem Abbas alias Inteqami, who was the TTP leader for Rawalpindi, Asmatullah Shaheen and Tariq Mansoor Afridi.

It is the first time that a Taliban-linked group has acknowledged the death of Nadeem Abbas, who beat feet from police custody in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
in August, 2011, and was reportedly involved in several acts of terrorism.

In 2011, Abbas and another TTP leader Zakim Shah were brought to the Khyber College of Dentistry for treatment. They bravely ran away when being moved back to the central jail in Peshawar.

Asmatullah Shaheen, who was an acting chief of TTP, was killed outside his residence in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, North Wazoo, in February last year.

Ehsan also clarified that JA had no links with the Janud Khurasan group and that Ahrarul Hind had merged with JA. He said a majority of TTP commanders in Malakand division had joined JA.
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India-Pakistan
Punjabi Taliban shift focus to Afghanistan
2014-09-06
[DAWN] Punjabi Taliban, an influential myrmidon faction of the Pak Taliban on Friday said it would abandon krazed killer activity inside the country and redirect its energies towards Afghanistan.

The announcement indicates further fragmentation in the umbrella Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), which suffered a setback Thursday when a new bloc declared its split from the group's official leadership.

"We will confine our practical jihadist role to Afghanistan in view of deteriorating situation in the region and internal situation of Pak jihadist movement," Punjabi Taliban chief Ismatullah Muawiya said in a pamphlet faxed to the media, without clarifying further.

Jamatul Ahrar welcomes new Al Qaeda branch

The faction is active in Punjab, Pakistain's wealthiest and most populous province and the political power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
and his Pakistain Moslem League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

Muawiya said the faction will operate in Afghanistan under the guidance of Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
, the spiritual leader of Afghan Taliban, while its activities in Pakistain will be confined to preaching Islam.

"The announcement is a major setback for the TTP as it shows fragmentation is continuing and the organization is fracturing," defence and security analyst Talat Masood told AFP.

"The groups within TTP have not accepted Mullah Fazlullah
...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much less bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullah's Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan...
, which has caused a serious split in the organization."

Mullah Fazlullah was elected head of the TTP last November following the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike.

A new bloc, named the TTP Jamatul Ahrar (freedom fighters group), announced its split from the group Thursday and named Omar Khalid Khorasani as its commander.
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India-Pakistan
AuH warns of suicide attacks if NWA op continues
2014-07-30
[The Nation (Pak)] Ahrar-ul-Hind (AuH), a splinter group of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), the other day (Friday) threatened to stage suicide kabooms across the country if the government did not stop military operation against turbans in North Wazoo Agency.
Weren't they doing that before the operation started?
"We will target security forces all around the country. Our jacket wallahs have reached the major cities of the country. This time the focus of our attacks will be Punjab, as all policies are formulated there," said Asad Mansoor, a spokesperson for AuH, while talking to The Nation on phone from some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location.

The AuH under the leadership of Maulana Umar Qasmi parted ways with TTP when the former initiated peace talks with the government earlier this year. "AuH had asked the leadership of TTP not to initiate any peace talks with the 'infidel government' until the Mujahideen did not take Dire Revenge" of the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud. They did not agree with us and the result is in front of all," he added.

He further said that talks were under way between AuH and TTP and hoped that both the bully boy groups would soon reconcile, as both have a common enemy (security forces of Pakistain). According to the AuH, the ongoing military operation has resulted in the killings of innocent people and AuH 'will avenge the killings.'

The AuH became active when the TTP leadership initiated peace talks with the government and during that period the group grabbed credit for different attacks against the security forces. "We had carried out attacks in different parts of the country like Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
and Quetta and we have the capability to reach our targets," warned Abu Mansoor. The spokesperson also revealed formation of a new central Shura of AuH under the leadership of Qasmi. "We have formed a new Shura (council) with members from all around the country," he added.

The leading members of the shura are Maulana Habib-ul-Haq, popularly known as Nazim Sahib (Malakand division), Maulana Yaseen (Malakand division), Maulana Salih (Malakand Division), Maulana Hamza (Mohmand Agency), Maulana Naik Salam Haider (Orakzai Agency), Misbahuddin Sayyad (Kohat), and Abu Ibrahim (Punjab).
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India-Pakistan
Key Taliban commander among five killed in Orakzai blast
2014-07-25
[DAWN] A key commander of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) was among five holy warriors killed Thursday night in a blast at a compound in lower Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...

Official sources said the kaboom took place inside a house in Out Mela area of Orakzai agency, destroying the building and killing the five suspected holy warriors inside.

Sources said that a key Lion of Islam commander Amir Salam was among the dead.

Orakzai agency was known to be a stronghold of Talibs and a key abode of former TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud before he was killed in a US drone strike in North Wazoo.
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India-Pakistan
Taliban cut hair and beards to flee army assault
2014-07-07
[DAWN] Hundreds of Taliban fighters rushed to disguise themselves with new haircuts in the weeks before the launch of the North Wazoo operation, it has emerged, as refugees revealed details of life under the murderous Moslems - and their taste for imported luxuries.

Azam Khan was one of the top barbers in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
until he, like nearly half a million others, fled the long-awaited offensive unleashed by the military on the tribal area in June.

He told AFP his business boomed in the month leading up to the army assault as the murderous Moslems sought to shed their distinctive long-haired, bearded look.

"I have trimmed the hair and beards of more than 700 local and Uzbek murderous Moslems ahead of the security forces' operation," he said while cutting hair in a shop in Bannu, the town where most civilians fled.

For years he cut Taliban capos' hair to match the flowing locks of former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a US drone last November, but in May a change in style was called for.

"The same leaders came asking for trimming their beards and hair very short, saying that they were going to the Gulf and wanted to avoid problems at Pak airports," Khan said.

Even Uzbeks and Tajiks with little knowledge of the local language came to him, he said.

"Knowing little Pashto, they used to utter four words: 'mulgari (friend), machine, zero, Islamabad'," said Khan -- asking him to shave their beards to nothing so they could go to Islamabad.

French perfume
The military launched the offensive against murderous Moslems in North Waziristan tribal area on June 15, vowing to wipe out the strongholds they have used to wreak countless deadly terror attacks across the country.

The rugged, mountainous area on the Afghan border has been a hideout for years for Islamist murderous Moslems of all stripes - including Al Qaeda and the homegrown TTP as well as imported muscle including Uzbeks and Uighurs.

For years people from North Waziristan remained tight-lipped about life in a Taliban fiefdom, scared of being kidnapped or even beheaded if they shared information about the bully boys.

But as the exodus of people has grown, some have found the confidence to tell their stories.

While the murderous Moslems bombed and maimed thousands in their fight to install an austere sharia regime in Pakistain and publicly professed contempt for the West, in North Waziristan they indulged themselves with fancy imported goods.

Hikmatullah Khan, a shopkeeper in Miranshah, said that at the same time as commanders were insisting he pay 300 rupees a month "tax", their fighters were stocking up on grooming products.

"They were very keen to buy foreign-branded shampoos, soaps and perfumed sprays," Khan told AFP.

"They had a lot of eagerness for French and Turkish perfumes, body sprays and soaps. "Muhammad Zarif, a wholesale merchant in Datta Khel, near Miranshah, said fighters would buy large quantities of British detergent and American cooking oil, much of it smuggled from Dubai.

Militants gone?
Pakistain's allies, particularly the United States, have long called for an operation to flush out groups like the Haqqani network, which use the area to target NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
troops in neighbouring Afghanistan and are thought to have links to Pak intelligence services.

The military has said it will target murderous Moslems "of all hue and colour" but the scant resistance troops have encountered has led many to believe the gunnies fled before the offensive, limiting its effectiveness.

The army says the operation has killed nearly 400 murderous Moslems and will rid North Waziristan of their bases, denying them the space to plan attacks and allowing investment to come to one of the country's poorest areas.

But it remains to be seen what the long-term impact of the offensive will be. Local intelligence and bully boy sources told AFP that up to 80 per cent of fighters fled after rumours of an army assault emerged in early May, most over the mostly non-existent border into Afghanistan.

These sources estimate the present number of murderous Moslems as around 2,000, down from around 10,000 before the operation. The figures are uncertain and difficult to confirm.

The army has asked Afghanistan to crack down on TTP refuges across the border and this week top brass from both sides met in Islamabad to discuss the issue.

"It is clear that murderous Moslems were aware that the offensive was coming before it started. Lots of them fled," a Western diplomat told AFP.

"The big question is: after the offensive, will Pakistain allow the Haqqanis and others to come back? "
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