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Terrorists in Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border have shot dead three personnel of law-enforcing agencies. This incident has occurred just after few days of the killing of alleged terrorists at the hands of the same law-enforcers.

According to reports, terrorists from various parts of the world have been hiding in moutains of the agency. Now the Pakistan troops have been deployed in the areas to control the situation. But at the movement terrorists have been ruling the tribal areas. The government has been planning an operation against the terrorists. The US troops have also arrived in Bajaur Agency and now have started search for the alleged terrorists.

Meanwhile according to a report from Miran Shah, the headquarter of North Waziristan Agency, another tribal area, the bullet-ridden body of senior tribal cleric Maulana Janat Mir was found nine days after his kidnapping by suspected Taliban militants from Mir Ali in North Waziristan, residents and a security officials said.

Mir, 55, a pro-government cleric, was on a hit-list circulated by the Taliban some six months ago warning him and 27 others against "spying" on the militants for the government, the said. "His body was found early on Monday near a Mir Ali town," local residents said by phone.

They said pictures showing the cleric in meetings with top military generals were put on his chest to verify his "contacts with anti-Taliban forces".

The dead cleric's kidnappers also left a message with the body. "Don't think we have killed an innocent and aged cleric. We will soon release a CD to prove his guilt and his confession to his crimes," it read.

Malik Mir Sharof, a pro-government Dawar tribe elder, was kidnapped on his way home from Mir Ali to Haider Khel village. He was released four hours later.
Newspapers reports said from Bannu, the home of NWF Provice of Pakistan, Akram Khan Durrani, Mir Muhammad Khan, uncle of NWFP Chief Minister was shot and killed by unidentified assailants in the Surani area. One of his bodyguards and two attackers received bullet injuries in the clash, police said.

The 50-year-old Khan was returning home from a hunting expedition when the attackers, said to be five in number, ambushed the double-cabin pickup he was travelling in with automatic weapons.

"Khan died on the spot while one of his gunmen was injured," Rahatullah Khan of Bannu Town police station said.
According to the local police, the deceased had no known enemies. "He kept bodyguards because he was the uncle of the chief minister of the province," the police official said.

The chief minister cancelled all his engagements and immediately left for his hometown after receiving the news.

The Voice For Peace expressed great concern over the incident of terrorism. It said that checking of terrorism is a must for restoration of peace in Pakistan. The Pakistani government instead of wasting energies in politics should give immediate attention to elimination of terrorism, which is posing great to the very existance of world.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is (more...)

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