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Is Pakistan Serious In Elimination Of Terrorism?

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There is no clear-cut policy for dealing with the menace of terrorism. Pakistani rulers have just been concentrating on one thing -  how to get dollars from the United States and fleece the innocent tribesmen. The US has so far given $10 billion to Pakistan and no one knows where the amount has been spent. The same officials have been receiving one billion Pakistani rupees from tribal areas monthly.

At this critical juncture when the war on terror has entered into its crucial phase, the Pakistani officials have hinted at the possibility of withdrawal of forces from the tribal areas. The Pakistani officials have been blackmailing the US.

According to media reports, the government is analysing whether troop deployment in the tribal areas has achieved its goals sufficiently to facilitate a possible troop reduction, NWFP Governor Ali Jan Orakzai said.

"We are analysing what goals were achieved and whether we can reduce the troops level or not," he told journalists at an iftar-dinner at Frontier House. "We have to analyse what level of force is needed to maintain peace and develop the region," he added.

Referring to the 300 soldiers taken hostage in South Waziristan since August 30, Orakzai said it was "carelessness" and "complacency" on the army's part that so many soldiers were abducted. He said the government preferred to use negotiation when dealing with the growing Taliban influence in the region, rather than force. "There is a need to build trust. We want peace to return to the tribal areas." He said the criticism of peace deals with militants in Waziristan did not bother him, as it was "in the national interest and if someone does not like it I do not care".

The governor claimed the deteriorating law and order situation in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and NWFP had "links" with Indian consulates near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. "I have evidence and that is why I am sure of this," he said.

Meanwhile, the report said that a paramilitary soldier and two women were killed and eight others injured on Friday night in clashes between security forces and militants in Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency.

Confirming the casualties, an official said on Saturday the militants fired rockets on the headquarters of the paramilitary Bajaur Scouts and a residential colony at about 1am. A rocket shell landed inside the paramilitary base, killing soldier Syed Waheed. Another soldier, Murad Khan, was injured.

Local people said the security forces retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for some two hours. Residential areas also came under attack.

Local people said a mortar shell hit the house of Mr Amanullah in the Shandai area near Khar, killing two women and injuring the house owner.

Another shell struck the house of Mohammad Zada in the Faza locality, injuring Suhail Khan, Mohammad Zada and the wife of Mr Zeeshan. Two Levies men were also injured.
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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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