In an email message sent to media, TTP, an umbrella militant group, said it had received “an exclusive intelligence report” about the offensive in North Waziristan from its “sources” in army headquarters.
TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan outlined details about the regiments and units and the possible commander for the campaign, said to be launched on August 26 for one month.
Although this statement was largely ignored by the Pakistani media and our intellectuals but it’s not possible for me to overlook this claim from the Taliban spokesman. For the first time, they have claimed that they are getting highly sensitive intelligence reports from “ their sources “ in GHQ . It would seem that they have all the knowledge about the operational strategy and duration for the planned Army operation in North Waziristan.
I am seeing this statement from Taliban in reference of recent attacks on military installations in Pakistan. These attacks were carried out by well trained Jihadis who were very well equipped with the inside information of our military bases.
How can these Taliban commanders who are hiding somewhere in North and South Waziristan can plan and conduct the raids on our military bases in the heart of Pakistan. The attacks from Taliban on Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi, Mehran Base in Karachi, Kamra Base in Attock and Wah Cantt have all the hallmarks of an inside job. We could have a debate on how strong or weak their penetration and links are in the ranks of armed forces but these events have proved their inside connections. These are not hit and run operations from the Taliban but they are hit the security apparatus and challenge the state writ style operations.
What happened to journalist Saleem Shahzad who was working on the report about active Al-Qaeda cells in the ranks of Pakistan Navy? His story in Asia Times covered the wave of attacks on Navy buses in Karachi and then an extra ordinary attack on Mehran Base.
“ Al-Qaeda carried out the brazen attack on PNS Mehran naval air station in Karachi on May 22 after talks failed between the navy and al-Qaeda over the release of naval officials arrested on suspicion of al-Qaeda links, an Asia Times Online investigation reveals ”.
Saleem Shahzad got threats from the alleged powerful intelligence agency officials to stop his investigation or face dangerous consequences. The denial from him resulted in his abduction, severe torture and death. Pakistani Nation is still waiting for the findings of the commission formed to investigate the journalist’s death.
Pakistan Army court martialled of a senior Army officer recently on the charges of having ties with banned Islamic organization “ Hizb ul Tahrir”. The charges were that Brigadier Ali Khan and his companions were planning to topple the present military leadership and replace them with the one towing extremist agenda. This is what the world heard from the ISPR spokesperson ( Athar Abbas ) and not from Ehsanullah Ehsan, the Taliban spokesman.
Who could forget the important speech of MQM leader Mr. Altaf Hussain last year in which he shared the disturbing realities and facts with the Pakistani Nation that various parts of Pakistan Army and ISI are infected with cancer.
“If some people in the army and military are hand in glove with the Taliban, then they should be dealt with. We have to eliminate the problem without forgetting the sacrifices rendered by them,” The Daily Times quoted Altaf, as saying.
The security establishment of Pakistan has been using these extremist organizations as their hidden weapon to promote their agenda in neighboring countries. Our generals have been trying to find strategic depth in Afghanistan, India and Central Asia but in the process are losing their depth and control on Pakistan. The creators of Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi never thought about the implications of these terror outfits on Pakistani soil.
Now here they are in full control and command, they are attacking Shia community and other minorities in Pakistan at their choice of time and place. Our Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik can only suspend the mobile service in major cities to halt any attack on Eid processions. This is called a desperate step from the very desperate and failing administration.
The face of extremism in Pakistan changed into the phase of terrorism within no time. If our security apparatus and intelligence agencies are crossing their limits in Balochistan then why can they not start a fresh crackdown on the real enemies of Pakistan like Taliban, Haqqani network and other terror linked organizations. North and South Waziristan are a part of Pakistan and killers of thousands of innocent Pakistanis should not be allowed to take shelter in these areas at any cost.
General Kayani should take immediate steps and action to trace the links and sympathizers of Taliban in Armed forces of Pakistan before it gets too late.
Save Taliban or Save Pakistan !!