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Digging Out Causes of Terrorism a Must

By Muhammad Khurshid  Posted by Muhammad Khurshid (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   1 comment
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Coupled with the fact that millions of human lives and billions of dollars have gone wasted, there is still confusion about the intention of the rulers.

Many ordinary people do not know why they have been subjected to violence and terror. There was a time when the rulers of Pakistan created the impression that the people of tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border are terrorists. It is interesting to note that now, all of sudden, the policy has been changed. Now the war on terror has been abandoned without any reason.

Many people may not agree, but the fact is, most of the terrorism in tribal areas is the rampant corruption. The rulers are busy looting and plundering and are allowing very little time to evolve a system of goverance.

The administration of the United States may know full well the situation of Pakistan and the corruption of the rulers, but still it has been providing dollars to these rulers. And yet, it is the rulers who are responsible for the creation of hatred against the United States among the people.

Several tribal elders suggested that the US should have taken the control of the tribal areas. They have welcomed the report carried out by a leading newspaper of Pakistan that US has launched operations against terrorism.

According to the report, US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates told a congressional panel that the United States has military missions in the tribal area to go after Al Qaeda leaders hiding there.

At a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Mr Gates said Al Qaeda had established training facilities in Fata and the extremist leaders based there also had links to terror cells in other parts of the world.

"We know that Al Qaeda has re-established itself in the Federally-Administered Territories on the western border of Pakistan where they are training new recruits," Mr Gates told the Senate panel while defending his department's budget for 2008.

"They have established linkages now in North Africa.  And so ... Al Qaeda has actually expanded, I would say, its organisation and its capabilities."
Expounding on his statement, Senator Byron Dorgan, a Democrat, asked Mr Gates if there were US military missions in that area pursuing Al Qaeda activists.

"Yes, sir. We are still going after the Al Qaeda leadership," said Mr Gates.
He then explained that Al Qaeda was operating from an area which was difficult, "both in terms of terrain and in terms of politics in terms of our ability to range freely in that area."

He said as he had indicated earlier, most of Al Qaeda activities were concentrated in the western part of Pakistan in Fata. "But we do have military operations that are planned ... not just in North Waziristan and Iraq, but in other places as well, to go after Al Qaeda leadership," he added.

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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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