The Army of Pakistan continues to hunt the mountains for their kidnapped brothers in arms as they pound Al Qaeda and Taliban camps and hideouts in Miranshah. From the Daily Times:
“In previous months there were several attempts made by miscreants against security forces and we would show patience but it is not the case now.”
Arshad said the military was hunting for 16 paramilitary soldiers who went missing on Thursday morning in South Waziristan.
Arshad said the stepped-up action in the border areas was not in reaction to pressure from Washington. “We know Al Qaeda is present in the region, there are Taliban elements and their local supporters and we are acting against them in our own national interest.”
This is true as Al Qaeda has declared war on Pakistan, and attempted more than twenty assassinations of leaders in the past two years, some successful. They have all their pawns out on the board; but their leaders hide as they always do. You won’t catch Ayman strapping on a suicide vest, nor will Sami Al Haq — instead they send the young — the useful idiots with heads pumped full of vileness. Whose son or daughter is next to die, what people will be without power tomorrow as idiots blow up more power poles? Who will lie in pieces in a gutter next week while the Saudi dogs bark in the hills, and howl in the Wafaqul assembly?
Meantime, in the Wafiqul Madaris al-Arabiya mayhem broke out as Sami Al Haq and Rehman had a screaming match – certainly the masks slipped as the radicals attempted a putsch of the leadership. From Daily Times Editorial:
The Wafaq had taken disciplinary action against the Lal Masjid clerics because of their radicalism and had expelled their seminaries from the Wafaq. The Wafaq had also condemned the vigilante action taken by Lal Masjid against the citizens of Islamabad. When Mian Sahib Zargari from the JUI got up to defend the action taken against Lal Masjid the ulema leapt at him and gave him a thrashing (hatha-pai and pitai). At the sight of all this, Maulana Fazlur Rehman commented that Lal Masjid should not be made a cause for playing politics.
Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, who now heads the group trying to take over the Wafaq, then wrote in daily Pakistan (8 August 2007) that the Lal Masjid clerics, Maulana Abdul Aziz and Maulana Abdur Rashid Ghazi, had condemned the Wafaqul Madaris delegation that had gone to the scene of trouble as “political ulema” whose attitude towards Lal Masjid was “more tyrannical than that of the government”. He accused the Wafaq of actually paving the way for the action taken against Lal Masjid.
The Taliban have raided a village, and destroyed houses after looting them in Darra, as reported at the Daily Times. They paint the victims of their raid as criminals, and perhaps some were; however they have no right nor writ to do this — it’s one criminal gang looting another. The mask has come off: the Taliban is about rape, pillage, plunder, and power in the frontiers. They follow a foreign dogma, the twisted political wahabbism of Ayman Al Zawahiri.
With all of this you would think that the world is crumbling around the Pakistanis, but Pakistan is a very large country of many peoples, they are both strong and resiliant; they will weather this like a fine ship through rough storm. Metroblogging Islamabad has a good article about how life goes on.