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Forty people were killed and 30 others, including women and children, were wounded when helicopter gunships struck a suspected militants’ compound in a village in North Waziristan on Wednesday morning, officials and residents said. The attack triggered a strong reaction in Miramshah where hundreds of pious seminary students with automatic weapons besieged several checkposts of paramilitary forces. Pitched battles between locals and security forces continued for hours.

North Waziristan Agency’s political agent Zaheerul Islam claimed that most of the people killed in the attack on the Dandy Saidgay village, about 15km from Miramshah, belonged to Central Asia.

A security official said that a Chechen commander was also hit from a helicopter, when he tried to escape in a red double-cabin pick-up. His (Chechen’s) name could not be ascertained, he added.
"Ford F-150 Club Cab don't fail me now!"
“Two guards of the Chechen commander were killed on the spot, while he died a couple of hours later,” said a military source in Peshawar.

Officials said one soldier was killed and 15 others were wounded in the assault carried out in the area along the Afghan border.

About 12 helicopters, including six gunships, and commandos from the army’s Special Services Group took part in the operation that started at around 7am. Witnesses said that while residential compounds were hit by combat helicopters, ground troops moved in for conducting a search operation, prompting a gunbattle with tribesmen.

A wounded person, Shabir Khan, under treatment at a hospital in Miramshah, said he saw helicopters shelling houses in the area. Shabir, student of a local college, said he was travelling with a female relative across the rugged area when their vehicle was attacked by a helicopter. The woman died on the spot, while he and his driver suffered injuries, Shabir said.

Sources said that two children of Noor Payo Khan, the alleged protector of foreign militants, were among the dead. Thirteen civilians, including women, were wounded in the airstrike.

Official sources said that army troops backed by helicopters attacked the suspected compound owned by Noor Payo Khan, in the middle of a cluster of houses in Dandy Saidgay. “Certainly, the compound was used as a hideout by foreign militants, but it was completely empty at the time of the attack. Nobody was there,” said a resident.
"We knocked on the door, and the voice inside said no one was home."
Protesting against the attack, hundreds of madressah students, known as the local Taliban, thronged the town and besieged several paramilitary checkposts. Witnesses said the protesters, many of them armed, captured 12 soldiers and took away their arms. However, the soldiers were later freed.
Since they were all related.
The seminary students smashed government offices and attacked soldiers, prompting a heavy gunfight between the security forces and locals. Helicopter gunships were called in. People fired at helicopters when they started shelling houses.

The house of a tribesman, Janan Khan, and a clinic came under attack in the Dandy Derpakhel area. A witness said that the body of an unidentified man was found on the Sergardan Chowk.

Locals said that about 1,000 students of local seminaries later paraded the streets, chanting slogans against the US and calling for jihad. Local cleric Maulvi Abdul Haq led the march. Maulvi Haq called for jihad prompting people to take up positions on various buildings. A helicopter engaged the armed men on rooftops and fired several rounds. It attracted some fire from the protesters.

The locals said that the gunfire lasted three hours. Sources said that a large number of Taliban had gathered in a mosque to devise a future line of action.
Of course the Paks couldn't hit a mosque, nope, nope, couldn't be done.
Army spokesman Maj-Gen Shaukat Sultan said the raid followed intelligence that there was a big gathering of foreign militants in the compound, housing eight residential quarters.

Mr Zaheerul Islam said the militants were targeted following information that they were carrying out attacks across the Afghan border. “We have reports up to 40 militants, mainly foreigners, were killed in the raid on the compound where there was a big gathering of foreign militants,” a security official told AFP.

A local official identified the suspected Chechen commander as Imam. “It was an Al Qaeda camp and a training centre,” an official said seeking anonymity.

Afghanistan/South Asia
Police arrests four TNSM leaders
SWAT: Police arrested four leaders of the banned organisation Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) on Thursday. The police took TNSM Malakand ameer Maulana Safiullah, district ameer Maulvi Abdul Haq, Maulana Dost Muhammad and Mattah tehsil ameer Muhammad Iqbal into custody under the Anti-Terrorism Act. They have been moved to an undisclosed location. Sources said that the TNSM leaders had been called to the police station on the pretext of a meeting and were later arrested. More arrests are expected in this connection, sources added.
TNSM's most notable accomplishment was to recruit thousands of Paks to run off to Afghanistan in support of the Taliban. Many, if not most, were slaughtered, and most of the survivers ended up bunking in shipping containers or being held for ransom by various warlords. The organization's supremo, Sufi Mohammad, was sentenced to seven years in jug for making Pakland look ridiculous.

Karzai govt takes a leaf from Taliban book
Registration, EFL
In a surprising move, President Hamid Karzai’s government has stopped thousands of young Afghan married women from attending school. The move, according to government sources, is aimed at discouraging fraternisation between girls and married students which can lead to ‘discussion on sex’.
The affected women have called the development ‘shocking’ and a ‘big blow’ to female education. Interestingly, one of the charges against the ousted Taliban regime was the way it denied women their basic rights and freedoms, including the right to education. “After the Taliban regime fell, we thought the new dispensation would give women more opportunities to exploit their potential. That dream remains unfulfilled,” says an Afghan woman in Peshawar. TFT sources in Kabul disclosed last week that a mid-70s law stating that married women cannot attend high school was re-enacted in September this year by President Karzai’s government and the education ministry in Kabul has ordered strict implementation of the rule across the country. Deputy Education Minister Sayed Ahmad Sarwari did not know the exact number of women who were expelled, but sources estimate the decision will “likely impact more than two to three thousands married students”. What makes the decision worse is the fact that in the Afghan society most girls are married off at a very young age. “This means the majority of them will be unable to get high-school education,” says an observer.
The Northern Alliance actually contains Islamist factions that could be considered moderate only in comparison to the Taliban. Although Ahmed Shah Masood was a pragmatist, his Jamaat-e-Islami party developed out of the Muslim Brotherhood, and many of its members are fundamentalists, including it’s leader, Rabbani. Their main dispute with the Taliban was over ethnicity and power politics, rather than on treatment of women.
The proponents of the move defend it by saying that it is only meant to “protect unmarried girls from hearing explicit details about sex from their married classmates”. The opponents say by this logic married men must also be banned from attending school.
That sounds fair, but fair isn't a concept that does well in Muslimdom...
An Afghan woman TFT spoke with was livid. “And what would stop an unmarried woman from knowing about sex within the family circle or through friends outside the school. Would the government prevent girls from fraternizing with married women even at home?” she asks, adding: “This is just incredible.”
Prob'ly. They want that wedding night to be a surprise. It's kinda like the old Benny Hill routine, where he wakes up with his wife pounding him with a shoe:

"Wot the 'ell is that for?"
"That's for bein' a lousy lover!"

Whereupon he proceeds to beat the little woman with a shoe.

"Wot the 'ell was that for?"
"'At's for knowin' the difference!"

Strong feelings of inadequacy, anyone? Little Pee-pee syndrome, perhaps?
After the Taliban were overthrown, one of the first signs that the authorities were putting the past behind them was the reopening of girls’ schools. While the law on married women remained, it was not implemented while the liberal-minded Rasool Amin was the education minister. President Karzai did not pick him up after the cabinet was reshuffled in June 2002 following the Loya Jirga. The ministry is now run by a leader of the Northern Alliance. While western NGOs try to better the plight of Afghanistan’s lost generation of pupils, setting up literacy classes for girls who could not attend schools, religious leaders at places have banned these classes. “They want to keep married women totally illiterate,” says an observer. Maulvi Abdul Haq, one of the clerics in Kabul, insists that women should be denied education “because Allah says in the Holy Quran that women should stay at home and not expose their beauty.” He added: “At the literacy centres, male strangers visiting the classes may see the girls and that is not permitted.”

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