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Signing Of Deals With Militants To Affect War On Terror

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The Pakistani government again signed a deal with terrorists without taking the enlightened and moderate forces in tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border into their confidence.

Tribal areas have been handed over to Taliban militants.

They have closed down the girl schools.

There is still confusion about the status of these terrorists. Though they are criminals, some officials within the administration have been portraying them as heroes. Some of the politicians have been using the war on terrorism for achieving their political motives. But they forget one thing - which are the lives of millions of people. According to the tribesmen, Pakistan and other world countries must show sincerity in war on terror.

Terrorists have kidnapped the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan and they want to swap him for the release of some dreaded terrorists. The kidnappers of missing Pakistan envoy Tariq Azizuddin have demanded the release of 12 prisoners, including the men suspected of plotting Benazir Bhutto's assassination, in exchange for his freedom, the BBC reported on Sunday.

According to the BBC, the kidnappers have demanded the release of Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, Tehreek-e-Nifaaz-e-Shariat Muhammadi (TSNM) chief Maulana Sufi, five Afghan Taliban and the three men arrested on charges of allegedly plotting Benazir Bhutto's assassination - Aitzaz Shah, Hussnain and Rafaqat. According to the Online news agency, the people demanded by the kidnappers in exchange for the release of the envoy are all linked to militant commander Baitullah Mehsud.

Maulvi Umar, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told the BBC that the organisation had no involvement in the kidnapping of Azizuddin, adding that they also had no knowledge of the abduction.

A tribal leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the BBC that the tribesmen of the area could not confirm whether the kidnapped ambassador had ever been kept in any tribal area of Pakistan or Afghanistan. He also said that they had no information on the identity of the kidnappers. Separately, the political administration in the Khyber Agency has claimed that local Taliban were not involved in the abduction of the envoy, according to Dawn News. The assistant political agent of the agency stressed that Azizuddin was not in the Khyber Agency.

News of Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin, who has been missing since February 11, surfaced when an Arab satellite channel broadcast a video of him on Saturday. Flanked by his driver and bodyguard, Azizuddin urged the Government of Pakistan to secure his speedy release.
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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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