Muhammad Kurshid, a professional journalist in Pakistan, has assisted Peace and Freedom with understanding the taliban and the war on terror in Pakistan for about a year. This is his latest report today which we thought many would find of interest.
John E. Carey
Dear John E. Carey,
Peace and Freedom
Situation in tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is normal to some extent, but the danger of violence is still there as events proved that
Lal Majid was the headquarter of Taliban and terrorists. According to reports, the government has still been trying to convince the Mullahs to give up violence. If the government shows lethergy at this moment then there is possibility of more violence in the day to come. According to reports, hundreds of suicide bombers have been hiding in the mosque.
According to reports, the medical authorities have confirmed death of 9 people including a Rangers man, a reporter, a photojournalist; a businessman and over 150 people were injured as a result of Lal mosque gun battle.
The police fired tear gas to disperse the students who resorted to target firing on the Rangers stationed near Lal masjid and Jamia Hafsa killing a Rangers Lance Naik and injuring five other jawans.
The situation worsened when crossfire started from both sides bringing the life to standstill and blockade of the roads for the safety of general public.
The Sporadic continued for quite sometime and left six people dead and dozens injured who were admitted to local hospitals for necessary treatment.
According to details, two injured expired at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) as 23 others were under treatment after suffering injuries during crossfire.
Hospital sources said that two persons including a student of Jamia
Hafsa and a shopkeeper Amraiz succumbed to injuries inflicted in crossfire and tear gas shelling. The injured include 17 male and 6 females from Jamia Hafsa.
Jamia Hafsa students snatched weapons from the police personnel and resorted to target fire on Rangers and blocked the roads along the seminary.
Rangers and police fired shells to disperse students, which responded with gunfire from Jamia Hafsa, injuring a Ranger who later died at hospital.