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Terrorists have increased their activities in the tribal areas as now they have been issuing threats to the local people to adopt their ways of life. This new situation has created great terror and fear among the people of the areas. Some of the tribal leaders accused the officials of extending support to terrorists and Taliban. "We have been leading life in great danger, but the government to whom we have been paying huge amount in the form of taxes is doing nothing to control this menace. According to them, events in the tribal areas will have certainly bad affects on the whole world. They suggested that the civilised world should extend help in stablishing rule of law.
According to a newspaper report, suspected militants hurled three grenades at the home of a senior tribal journalist in the Hayatabad area of Peshawar. The blast damaged two rooms but no one was hurt.
Nasrullah Afridi, Khyber Agency correspondent for Urdu daily Mashriq, informed that his home in phase four of Hayatabad in Tatara police station limits was attacked at around 8:00pm. Shamsur Rehman of Tatara police station said that he had so far not received any information about the blast.
Afridi said he was not at home at the time of attack but his family was in another room and remained unhurt. He said the Khyber Agency based Lashkar-e-Islami was behind the attack and he would lodge an FIR against the organisation.
The tribal journalists held a protest demonstration against the attack on the journalist house. The demostration was arranged in front of Peshawar Press Club. They demanded full protection to journalists residing in tribal areas.
Meanwhile, according to another report of the same daily, the United States Embassy has warned its citizens to defer travel to Pakistan because of recent information indicating terrorists may be plotting attacks on Western interest in the country.
"Recent information indicates that terrorists may be planning to conduct attacks against Western interests in Pakistan. These interests may include NGOs and companies. No further information is available regarding the exact timing, location, or specific targets of these attacks. US citizens should defer travel, and are reminded to examine their personal security practices," says a warden notice issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad.
"The embassy would like to remind the American citizen community of the need to stay alert, to reduce travel to minimum acceptable levels, and to act self-defensively at all times. American citizens should avoid areas where Westerners are known to congregate, vary their routes and times, and maintain a low profile. We remind American citizens that protests and demonstrations may occur throughout Pakistan without prior notice and to avoid all demonstrations and protests."
Militants have warned music and video shops, as well as clandestine hashish and alcohol outlets, in Dara Adamkhel to close their business, local people said "The Taliban have set July 1 as a deadline to abandon all 'un-Islamic' business in the area," local resident Murtaza Khan said.
The Voice For Peace originated from Bajaur Agency, tribal areas said that the people of tribal areas would extend their support for rule of law in their areas. "We shall cooperate with the United States in giving defeat to terrorism, some of the tribesmen said.
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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, 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 also (more...)
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