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Enemy At The Gates

Pakistan’s most wanted terror stalkers, their claims to infamy

Enemy At The Gates
Enemy At The Gates
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The death of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone attack on August 5 is alone unlikely to give Pakistan an easy reprieve in its military operations in the inhospitable tribal areas. For, scouring its countryside, as also its teeming cities, are many more irredeemable militants with guns in their hands and jehad on their minds. And they walk with a ready reckoner of their enemies, from the satanic United States to the hypocritical Pakistan government to the infidel India. Their goals are defined—they want to drive the Americans clean out of Afghanistan or install a government in Pakistan willing to support them or wrest Kashmir from India.

But it’s true, Baitullah’s death will have thrown the TTP into some level of disarray. Under his leadership, the TTP had established its sway over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), particularly South Waziristan, inflicting heavy casualties on the Pakistan army and sending bombers to rain havoc on Pakistan’s cities. Such was his reign of terror, so strong had the Taliban become in the area bordering Afghanistan, that the Americans feared Baitullah had all but destroyed any hope of tracking down Al Qaeda fugitives, including Osama bin Laden. A harried Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US had finally announced a whopping $5 million on Baitullah’s head, in addition to Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency’s Rs 50 million.

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