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    head of the Taliban's information department and one of their senior spokesmen, detained and handed over to US forces.

JUI-F leader, son killed in Quetta
[DAWN] QUETTA: A local leader of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazl (JUI-F) and his son were bumped off on Saturday evening, police said.
"Aaaiiieee! I am undone!"

Maulana Abdul Hayee Jatoi, JUI-F emir of Dhahdar in Bolan district, and his 27-year-old son Abdul Hafeez Jatoi were passing through the Sariab Road area when gunnies on a cycle of violence opened fire on them.
"Take that, Maulana!"
"And your nasty offspring, too!"

Police and FC personnel rushed
"Step on it, Mahmoud!"
to the scene of the crime along with rescue workers and took the bodies to Civil Hospital Quetta. Later, the bodies were handed over to heirs.
"You come fer yer relatives?"
"I guess so. Ew! Nasty!"

Police said the cause of the attack was an old enmity.
"I hates dat maulana! I hates ever' hair on his bushy hennaed beard!"
...back at the shootout, Butch cautiously raised his hat over the edge of the horse trough on the end of a stick......
a man bumped off his uncle in the Barkhan area.
"Har! [KERBANGO!] Take that, uncle!"
The dear departed was identified as Ghulam Rasool.
He's dead now.

1 dead, 12 injured in blast at Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan's Chaman area
[DAWN] A child has died and at least 12 other people were maimed after a suspected suicide kaboom attempted to target a paramilitary vehicle near the Chaman border crossing in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
, officials told DawnNews.

The injured had been taken to Civil Hospital Chaman for treatment, with three of them at death's door, District Police Officer Abdul Hayee Baloch and administration official Qaiser Khan Nasir said.

A 12-year-old boy injured in the blast departed this vale of tears at CHC, hospital sources said.

Nasir said a jacket wallah targeted the paramilitary patrol but their vehicle sped away and it was passers-by who were struck by the kaboom.

A senior administration official speaking to DawnNews added that body parts of a suspected suicide attacker were collected by law enforcement agencies during an initial sweep of the area following the blast.

Security has been tightened in and around the border in the aftermath of the kaboom. Besides Levies, Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
personnel have also reached the spot and cordoned off the area to probe the incident.

Majlis-e-Abrar, a breakaway faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Pakistain, grabbed credit for the attack. The group has claimed several such attacks earlier.

In the recent past, bandidos bully boyz have carried out low-intensity bombings in Chaman, targeting cop shoppes and other national installations.

Chaman is considered a sensitive town in Balochistan as it shares a border with Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province.


Missing person: police report points finger at ISI
[DAWN] Punjab police investigating the whereabouts of Khawar Mehmood have pointed finger at the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for the enforced disappearance.

A report submitted to the Supreme Court by District Police Officer of Bahawalnagar, Athar Ismail, said Khawar's uncle Abdul Hayee, who was detained by the ISI for five days, had also accused it of picking up his nephew.

The Additional Advocate General of Punjab, Mustafa Ramday, who read out the report before a three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, said a thorough investigation and evidence collected suggested that Khawar was perhaps in the custody of intelligence agencies.

The bench had taken up an application of Khalid Mehmood, father of 21-yeay-old Khawar who was taken away by intelligence agencies on June 26 last year from a distribution company in Fortabbas area of Bahawalnagar district.

Saadia Parveen, who married Khawar only six months ago, has approached Amna Masood Janjua of the Defence of Human Rights for help.

During the hearing, Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar requested the defence ministry and intelligence agencies to investigate the matter afresh in the light of the report submitted by the Punjab police.

The report said officials of the ISI and the Military Intelligence (MI) had denied that Khawar was in their custody.

Mustafa Ramday informed the court that the inspector general of police had also been requested to approach the ministries of defence and interior for taking up the matter with the MI and ISI high-ups.

Khawar's father admitted that his elder son, Amir Mehmood, was an activist of 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...
. He was tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
by intelligence agencies, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Later the Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
High Court acquitted him and since then he, along with his wife, has been missing.

A year after Amir's release, the intelligence agencies started chasing Khawar to trace his elder brother Amir.

Bomb targets residence of PML-N candidate
[Dawn] Militants on Tuesday hurled a hand-held bomb at the residence of Pakistain Mohammedan League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Zubaida Jalal in Turbat town of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
, Levies sources said.

The Levies officials who preferred to remain unnamed told Dawn.com that snuffies lobbed a bomb inside the house of former federal minister Zubaida Jalat in Turbat bazar, adding that the blast damaged her residence, but no human loss was reported.

In a separate incident, two Frontier Corps (FC) vehicles were destroyed in a road side bomb in the Mastung town of Balochistan, police said.

Abdul Hayee Baloch, the District Police Officer (DPO), told Dawn.com that two vehicles were destroyed in the attack near Deputy Commissioner's office in Mastung. Baloch said there was no human loss.

In yet another incident, snuffies blew up a school in Gwadar. According to the police, the snuffies had planted a bomb near the school.

The school was designated as a polling station for the coming May 11 election.

Pakistan Arrests Terrorist Linked to Daniel Pearl Murder
The mills of Justice certainly grind slowly in this case. Is the ISI perhaps protecting the gentleman from ghosts in the night and Predators in the sky?
Pakistani security officials have arrested a former senior leader of a banned terrorist outfit who was allegedly involved in the 2002 murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl in Karachi.

Qari Abdul Hayee, popularly known as Asadullah and from Karachi's eastern Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighborhood, was detained in a raid on his hideout on Sunday, said a spokesman for the Rangers paramilitary force, according to the AFP news agency.

Asadullah was formerly chief of the sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) in the southern province of Sindh and was "involved in several terror acts", said the official.

"He was also in the picture about US journalist Daniel Pearl's murder case," the spokesman said without elaborating.

Pearl, 38, was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted in Karachi on January 23, 2002, while researching a story about Islamist terrorists.

A graphic video showing his decapitation was delivered to the US consulate in the city nearly a month later.

The spokesman said that in 2003 the group led by Asadullah had sent parcel bombs to police officers, injuring many people.

Former LeJ chief involved in Daniel Pearl murder arrested in Karachi
[Dawn] Security forces achieved yet another success in the ongoing targeted operation against cut-throats and lawbreakers in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
when they jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
the former chief of outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
(LeJ) on Sunday, DawnNews reported.
Say, whatever happened to Omar Saeed Sheikh?
Qari Abdul Hayee alias Asadullah, along with other serious crimes, was wanted for his alleged connection in the murder of an American journalist, Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and killed in 2002 in Karachi.

Earlier on Thursday, police had also arrested six Pak Taliban in connection with Abbas Town bombings and killed one of its activists, for his alleged involvement in murder of social worker Parveen Rehman, during an encounter .

Hayee was arrested during a targeted raid on University Road area and was taken to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for interrogation over recent Karachi and Quetta bombings by the paramilitary security forces.

Officials say the arrested was also involved in planning an attack on US soldiers near airport in 2002. He is also accused of sending parcel bombs to CID coppers.

Weapons were also recovered from Asadullah's possession, who has a long history of being involved in different acts of terrorism mainly against Shias.

Panjgoor police foils terror bid: officials
[Dawn] Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani has lauded the Panjgoor police for foiling a major terrorist bid. The Panjgore police seized 1700 kilograms of explosives meant for a terrosit attack in the Makran belt.

District Police Officer Panjgoor Abdul Hayee Baloch told DawnNews that police seized 1700 kilograms of explosives from a vehicle during a routine search 15 km away from the Panjgoor bazaar.

The accused caught the attention of the police when they attempted to flee a possible snap checking. Police chased them and an exchange of fire followed.

Police recovered the explosives but failed to apprehend the suspects. According to the DPO the explosives were meant for terrorist activities in the Makran belt.

Police arrest 43 'terrorists'
Police claim to have arrested at least 43 suspected terrorists from various parts of the province as part of a countrywide crackdown against militants. On Wednesday, officials revealed they had arrested 25 suspected Taliban from Islamabad, some of who were plotting attacks on foreign targets.

Most wanted: "We have arrested 25 Taliban and recovered suicide jackets from them. Six of the men arrested had been on the most wanted list," Islamabad police chief Kaleem Imam said. "These terrorists, who hailed from Swat and Waziristan, were planning sabotage activities in Karachi, Lahore and other big cities," he added. "Their targets mostly were law enforcement agencies, vital installations and foreign dignitaries," the police chief said.

Confirming the threat, the Swedish Foreign Ministry has claimed that one of the men arrested had told investigators he had been preparing for attacks on embassies, including the Swedish mission.

Also on Wednesday, Punjab Inspector General Tariq Saleem Dogar told a top-level meeting in Lahore that the 18 terrorists had been arrested in from Punjab and suicide jackets recovered over the past month and a half.

The meeting discussed means to improve counter terrorism measures being taken in Punjab. It was told of the integrated and intensive strategy being implemented to combat terrorism, which had led to the arrest of 18 terrorists and suicide bombers over the last month-and-a-half. The meeting was told that Shahbaz Ali Khalid alias Abdullah, Shujat Ali alias Tikka, Muhammad Akhtar Naeem alias Shah Jee, Said Ahmad alias Mujahid and Qari Muhammad Arshad were planning to commit terrorist acts, while Qari Asim, Muhammad Zubair, Rizwan Mehmood, Rizwan Abdul Qadir, Qari Sanaullah, Hijratullah alias Shakirullah alias Pattanga alias Sher Khan, Muhammad Zubair alias Naik Muhamad, Malik Naeem Haider alias Waqas alias Vikki alias Haji, Ghulam Mustafa Qaisrani, Qari Muhammad Ismaeel, Saleem Zaman, Abdul Hayee, Abdullah alias Ghazali were wanted by the Punjab Police for their involvement in the Rawalpindi Peer Wadhai bombing; the Police Training School attack in Manawan, the attack on Mianwali Checkpost, Sri Lankan Cricket Team attack and the suicide attack on a mourners' procession in DG Khan.
Alias Vikki? Good Gawd. I hope it's not Vicky, possessor of the Bosom of Desire. I don't think I could take that. But it's probably not. That was a long time ago, in a convertible far away...

Suicide bomber kills 16 in Pakistan
A suicide bomber blew himself up in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday killing 16 people as police tried to search him, police said. The bomber was trying to get into a van taxi in the city of Dera Ismail Khan when police confronted him and told him to remove a shawl he had wrapped around him, police said. The bomber, who was in his teens, then set off his explosives killing two policemen, a paramilitary soldier and 13 civilians. "Most of the dead were in the vehicle," said police officer Abdul Hayee Babar.

Several hundred people have been killed in violence since July, most of them in the northwest, but more than 50 people have been killed in suicide blasts in Islamabad and the nearby city of Rawalpindi, where the army has its headquarters.

Separately, security officials said at least seven people were killed in clashes with pro-Taliban fighters in the South Waziristan region, also in the northwest on the Afghan border, where militants are holding about 240 soldiers captive. Clashes in the Makeen area began early on Monday and went on through the night as militants attacked a school where security forces had set up camp.

4 killed as elders hold talks with Waziristan militants
Four people including a Frontier Corps (FC) soldier and two civilians were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a security checkpost in North Waziristan on Friday hours after a 45-member jirga began talks with pro-Taliban militant leaders to resurrect a peace deal and stem spiraling violence.

The security checkpost at Boya, 25 kilometres west of Miranshah, was attacked at 11am. “The jirga members are holding talks with the local elders and clerics and then they will negotiate with the Taliban commanders,” a jirga member told Daily Times about the developments taking place in Miranshah. The jirga is likely to return to Peshawar on Saturday.

Agencies add: A spokesman for pro-Taliban militants, Abdul Hayee Ghazi, told Reuters: “One of our comrades carried out this suicide bombing as others did in the last few days. We will not stop such attacks.” As the tribal elders were meeting with militant leaders, security forces backed by a helicopter raided an alleged militant hideout, a security official told AP.

Meanwhile, suspected militants destroyed three checkposts of the Khasadar Force in two areas – Ghulam Khan and Miranshah Bazaar, NNI reported. Meanwhile, suspected Taliban militants set ablaze seven music shops in the Razmak Adda area in Miranshah late on Thursday night, destroying the whole market.

Pak pols complain about army, Punjab to Nicholas Burns
Pakistani politicians on Saturday criticised the armed forces, the Punjab province and intelligence agencies in a meeting with Nicholas Burns, the US deputy secretary of state for political affairs. Burns said he supported democracy in Pakistan but refused to comment on the country’s internal matters. The visiting US official held a meeting with the leaders of opposition and ruling parties. The politicians raised internal matters like unequal distribution of resources and lack of consensus on Kalabagh Dam. “Meeting Pakistani politicians is a learning experience for me. Apparently, the whole lot of them is stark raving bonkers. When does my plane leave, again? We (the US government) want to play a role in the promotion of democracy in Asia. And Pakistan is fundamentally important to us,” sources privy to meeting quoted Burns as saying.

MNA Fauzia Wahab of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians questioned how the US could promote democracy in Pakistan when it supported a military dictator. She said political parties had been marginalised by the military regime. She told the US official that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was being threatened with court cases if she returned to Pakistan. Abdul Hayee Baloch, a Baloch nationalist, briefed Burns about the Balochistan situation. He claimed the Balochistan had suffered a lot from “military dictators”. Nasreen Jaleel, a leader of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), complained that Sindh was not given its due share by the federal government. Sources said the MQM leader criticised President Musharraf for announcing Kalabagh Dam and launching an operation in Balochistan.

Sources said Burns refused to comment on Pakistan’s internal issues. He said provincial autonomy and the distribution of resources were purely internal issues.

Human rights activist Asma Jehangir said that Musharraf’s policies were “damaging the federation of Pakistan”. “Elections are held in ISI offices rather than in towns,” sources quoted her as telling the US official. MNA Sheikh Waqas Ahmed, who belonged to the ruling PML, claimed intelligence agencies and military officials were patronising banned religious outfits.

Afghanistan/South Asia
Baloch nationalists up in arms again after 30 years
Backgrounder from September 2004. EFL.
There is serious turmoil in Balochistan, irrespective of whether the rest of the country is willing to acknowledge it. Over the last six months in particular, Baloch rebels have been hard at work 153 out of 156 working days, to be precise planting mines, firing rockets have, exploding bombs or ambushing military convoys. Their attacks have turned bloody on at least 25 occasions, killing over 40 persons including military and paramilitary personnel, levies, security agents, government officials and also some civilians. The Sui airport building has been blown up, gas pipelines and electricity grids have been repeatedly hit and bomb explosions have taken place close to the official's residence of the chief minister as well as the governor. Even military installations in Quetta have not been spared. Though many such attacks remain unclaimed to this day, a group called the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed the responsibility for quite a few, demanding and end to garrisons and Mega-projects.

For those who have seen the actors in this bloody confrontation take form, this ragtag group of rebellious nationalists may take a lot more force to dissipate then the ideologues from the mid-1970s required. The key to the events currently unfolding in Balochistan
perhaps lies in the early days of 2003, a year that will go down in Baloch political history as the year of mergers and coalitions between nationalist groups. By September, four Baloch parties had fallen together in an alliance called the Baloch Ithehad. Its two-point agenda, unsurprisingly, was exactly the same as the one professed by the armed rebels: opposition to military garrisons and Mega-projects in the province. Within a year, it became an active and violently articulated agenda in the province. As such, the Ittehad's significance as the de facto political front for armed struggle cannot be exaggerated.

Even more significant is the less visible face of BLA, scattered all across the province in the shape of training camps and infrastructure. Evidence of these camps first came to public light in the last week of July 2004, when a group of Sindhi and Baloch journalists visited Kahan, the native town of Balochistan's former strongman Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, in Kohlu district. The journalists found these camps manned by "mostly Marri tribesmen," equipped with wireless sets, walkie-talkies and satellite phones. Each camp had one or more electric generators as well as fleets of motorbikes and four wheel drive trucks. Their hosts claimed that there were 60 such camps in the Kohlu area alone.
Official sources in Quetta confirmed to the Herald that more than 150 camps, housing between 3000 to 5000 armed rebels, have been operating in different parts of Balochistan over the last two years. The camps are scattered wide across the province, from Kohlu and Sibi in the northeast to Kech and Gwadar in the southwest and from Khuzdar and Kalat in eastern and central Balochistan to Kharan and Chaghi in the northwest. The BLA's geographical spread is matched only by the diversity of its weapons: assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades (RPG's) mortars and even anti-aircraft guns.

Some residents of Makran's Dasht area who have relatives among the BLA camps in Makran told the Herald in Turbat that BLA members were paid monthly salaries ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 rupees. They added that a majority of BLA members in the Makran camps are educated Baloch youth having past or present links with the nationalist Baloch Students Organization. In addition, both government sources in Quetta and people from Dasht confirm that the rebels are led by the Marri and Mengal activists who had constituted the younger lot of the 1970s resistance and are now in their early or mid-fifties.

As for the source of their money, America tops the list of speculation, with a senior government official in Quetta pointing out that the US may want to put a damper on the growing Chinese presence in Balochistan. Some influential business groups in Dubai and Qatar are also said to be piqued over what they perceive as potentially adverse effects of the Gwadar port on business opportunities in the Gulf. The intelligence community in Islamabad believes Iran is another possible opponent of the Gwadar port because this project would compete with Iran's newly built Chahbahar Port on the Balochistan coast. India, of course, is an old time rival and would like to get even with Pakistan over Kashmir. But observers warn the Pakistani establishment against reading too much into this aspect of the conflict. "Much of what is happening in Balochistan today has a strong internal dimension that connects with its recent history and it will be a folly to ignore it any longer," says one analyst.

On the policy front, BLA's inception can be linked to Islamabad's attempts to explore oil and gas in Kohlu between 1999 and 2000. Armed Marri tribesmen led by Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, resisted this attempt. Islamabad retaliated by recruiting a 1000-strong levies force of the rival Bijarani tribe in Kohlu to contain Nawab Marri's influence... During this period, pressure from the so-called Bijarani Militia gradually pushed the Marri tribesmen underground, creating conditions for a militant backlash. This underground network soon proliferated to central Balochistan where Sardar Attaullah Mengal threw in his lot with Marri, his comrade-in-arms since the insurgency of the mid-1970s
 The Bugti tribe was drawn into the conflict after a two-year lull in militant activity during 2001 and 2002 due to development in Afghanistan. The repeated bombing and rocketing of the gas pipelines in the Sui area in late 2002 and early 2003 worked as a catalyst

By mid-2003, the scattered forces of another Baloch nationalist leader from the 1970s, the late Mir Ghaus Bux Bizenjo, were also closing ranks. The non-tribal, essentially middle-class groups such as the Balochistan National Democratic Party (BNDP), headed by Hasil Bizenjo and Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, and the main faction of the Balochistan National Movement (BNM) led by Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch announced a merger in October 2003 and re-christened the new party as the National Party (NP). The merger came a month after the four main Nationalist forces, namely BNP, JWP, Nawab Khair Baksh Marri and the elements that have now formed the NP, joined the Baloch Ittehad.

So where are things headed? A more sensible way to the future could be a serious effort on the part of Islamabad to lay the foundations of a truly participatory system of government in which provincial concerns are addressed in a constitutional framework. This has only a remote chance of happening, though. "It will be overoptimistic to expect the establishment to resolve the national and democratic question", says senior NP leader Dr Abdul Malik. Another way, and one that the ISI probably cannot resist, is to infiltrate the militant ranks anew, engineer greater "collateral damage" to discredit the struggle and effect a division in their ranks as it did by infiltrating the BSO ranks in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

On the political front, Islamabad has already launched efforts to draw Bugti into talks while instituting criminal cases against Marri and Mengal leaders. This strategy can ensure "friendly" government in Quetta, as it did during the past 30 years. But the fact remains that instead of the bringing the Baloch people forward of the path of progress and development, it has taken them full circle back to the dark ages of 1973. The future of this strategy cannot be any different. "The establishment can play its game as long as it likes, but it can never score a point in what is essentially a zero-sum game", concludes BNP leader Habib Jalib Baloch.

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