[DAWN] Senior Tehrik-e-Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... Pakistain (TTP) leader Omar Khalid Khorasani and two others members of the banned outfit were killed in a roadside kaboom in Afghanistan on Monday, according to Taliban front man Muhamamad Khorasani.
Omar's real name was Abdul Wali Mohmand and he previously headed the TTP in the Mohmand Agency ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. and Kunar... bordering Afghanistan.
In a statement today, TTP officials said that the car carrying Omar came under attack in the eastern Paktika ...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo... province near the Barmal district on Sunday evening.
They urged the Taliban government in Afghanistan to investigate the incident and unearth "spies" who could be responsible for the death of senior TTP leaders.
Apart from Omar, the two other men killed in the attack have been identified as Mufti Hassan and Hafiz Dawlat Khan. They were among several TTP leaders who had joined the outlawed ISIS in 2014.
It is pertinent to mention here that Omar was a member of the TTP team involved in negotiations with Pak officials, Pashtoon jirgas and recently with religious scholars over the past few weeks.
Recently, a jirga member had posted the TTP leader's photo on the sideline of its meeting with Pakistain's side which had held two rounds of talks in Kabul in the first week of June and late July.
Omar and a majority of the TTP members from Mohmand agency had parted ways with the TTP and formed a splinter faction Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA) in 2014.
The then TTP chief Maulvi Fazalullah had sacked him after he had announced the formation of his own group Jamaat ul Ahrar, which comprised of almost all the Taliban leaders from the Mohmad Agency. Omar had accused the TTP leadership of deviating from the outfit's ideology.
The group received prominence when Jamaat-ul-Ahrar front manEhsanullah Ehsan ...formerly the front man for the Pak Taliban, then the lips and tongue of the Jamaatul Ahrar splinter group in Mohmand Agency... grabbed credit for the Wagah border suicide kaboom in November 2014, in which over 70 people, almost all civilians, were killed.
The TTP leader's killing could be seen as a major blow to the group, especially at a time when it is involved in talks with the Pak government.
Omar was wanted by the Pak government for his involvement in a series of attacks on security forces, tribal elders and members of the peace committee in the area.
In July 2017, one of the UN Security Council’s sanctions committees, upon Pakistain’s request, had approved the addition of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar in the list of entities and individuals subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.
Meanwhile, ...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38... the United States added Omar's name to the US State Department's Rewards for Justice wanted list in March 2018. The US had announced a reward of up to $3 million for information on him.
In recent years, several TTP leaders, including former chief Maulvi Fazallah, have been killed in Afghanistan after they crossed into the border due to military operation in the tribal areas, Swat ...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat... and parts of the Malakand division. Fazlullah, who served the TTP chief in Swat, was killed in a US dronezap in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... in June 2018.
Meanwhile, some sources said that Khurasani was present in the negotiations which were reportedly held between the TTP and Pakistani government in Kabul.
The political analysts gave various views on the killing of Khurasani.
“To gain money and weapons from the US, (Pakistan) should always declare an enemy and that enemy is now TTP. This is an enemy who could be controlled everywhere and they can eliminate it anywhere they want to,” said Sher Hassan Hassan, a political analyst.
“I think there are disagreements among the TTP. Usually, whenever there are peace negotiations, the hardliners are on one side and the moderates are on the other side. I think it is about the internal disagreements among the TTP,” said Waheed Faqiri, a political analyst.
Khurasani was the chief of Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a TTP branch that is designated a terrorist group by the United Nations and United States, according to Reuters.
... also known as the Congolese Revolutionary Army, the Tutsi group was founded in 2012 as a sock puppet of Rwanda, which no doubt seemed a good idea at the time. But in less than a year the Congolese army defeated them, and then Rwanda publicly stepped back in response to international pressure. Recently M23 has started acting up again, possibly again at Rwandan instigation...
in Congo’s restive east has exacerbated tensions between the neighbours, with Kinshasa accusing Kigali of backing the rebels.
Blinken was speaking in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, where he arrived on Tuesday for the second leg of a three-nation African tour and met President Felix Tshisekedi.
Rwanda has denied the allegations.
"We are very concerned by credible reports that Rwanda has supported the M23," the top US diplomat told a press conference in Kinshasa. "All countries have to respect their neighbours’ territorial integrity. Any entry of foreign forces into the DRC must be done transparently and with the consent of the DRC."
Blinken added that he was "not turning a blind eye" and would discuss the issue with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
He said his trip to the region was to ensure US support for mediation efforts led by Angola and Kenya "to prevent further violence, to end conflict (and) to preserve the territorial integrity of the DRC".
He spoke after visiting South Africa on Monday, where he said the United States was seeking a "true partnership" with Africa.
[GREATERKASHMIR] The sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday carried out simultaneous searches at six places in Doda district and one place in Sunjwan area of Jammu district against the members of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... (JeI) in terror financing case and recovered incriminating documents."NIA teams conducted multiple searches on the premises of six suspects (office bearers of the Jamaat) in district Doda and one suspect in Jammu district in the case about JeI J&K, which even after its declaration as Unlawful Association in 2019 continues to raise funds in various forms purportedly for charitable purposes," an official front man said. "These funds were, however, being diverted to organizations like Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI... for promoting terrorist activities in Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... as well as the rest of India."
The front man said that the NIA had recovered incriminating literature, receipts of funds raised by JeI J&K, bank and property-related documents, and electronic devices and said that further investigations in the case were in progress.
In the Jammu district, a team of NIA officials, accompanied by local Police and paramilitary personnel searched the residence of a retired DFO of the Forest Department at Firdousabad in Sunjwan in a terror funding case.
"The retired official is allegedly involved in terror funding and searches were conducted at his residence early morning. Mobile phone, some digital evidence, and documents were seized for further scrutiny," the front man said.
However, Switzerland makes more than cheese... the official was not taken into custody although the searches continued for several hours till the afternoon.
The retired DFO is originally a resident of Doda.
Similar searches were conducted in the mountainous Doda district by different teams of NIA about terror funding with a motive to fuel terror activities in J&K allegedly by JeI.
These searches were conducted as a part of the J&K Terror Financing case RC 03/2021/NIA/DLI.
The searches were part of the ongoing investigation in the case filed by the NIA on February 5, 2021, and a chargesheet was also filed against four persons in the terror financing by Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Centre banned JeI in February 2019 for five years by issuing a notification under anti-terror laws for its terror links and funding of terror activities.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/10/2022 00:00 ||
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[DAWN] Six people were killed and several others fainted in a stampede during the 8th Muharram taboot (coffin) procession in Rohri late on Sunday night.
The procession was taken out from Imambargha Shah-e-Iraq in the evening. The stampede occurred when many of the hundreds of participants tried to touch, kiss and shoulder the taboot at a time. Scores of them fell down and were run over by many others.
They fell unconscious and six of them died before they could be provided any medical assistance.
Five of the dear departed were identifed as Dil Sher, son of Moorzado, a resident of Kashmore; Hassan Pathan, a resident of Local Board locality of Sukkur; Zulfiqar Solangi and his brother Mansoor Solangi, residents of Khairpur district; and Kamran Ali, a resident of Ghotki district. The name of the remaining one could not be ascertained till late in the evening.
The other affected people were taken to nearby medical camps set up by the Edhi and other welfare organizations in Rohri.
The procession continued to take its course after the incident to reach its culmination point, Mandho Khabar.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/10/2022 00:00 ||
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Not may have, but were. Still, dear Reader, we don’t expect better from Ay Pee.
Close to one-third of the Palestinians who died in the weekend of fighting between Israel and Gaza militants may have been killed by errant rockets fired by the Palestinian side, according to an Israeli assessment that appears consistent with AP reporting. https://t.co/IzeVFmRUfv
[DAWN] An attacker stabbed 10 people to death in Kerman province in southern Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... due to "personal differences", before being arrested by police, state media reported on Monday.
On Sunday, "an Afghan national killed ten people due to personal differences in Rafsanjan," Hossein Rezai, acting governor of the city, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
He "was arrested by the police as he attempted to leave the province" in the evening, Rezai added. Six Afghans and four Iranians were killed in the attack in a rural area, he said. One person was also maimed.
State broadcaster IRIB said that the suspect was reportedly "mentally unstable" and addicted to drugs.
Iran has hosted millions of Afghan refugees for decades, but fresh waves have flooded through the shared 900-kilometre (550-mile) border between the countries since the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... ’s return to power in Afghanistan last year.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/10/2022 00:00 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.