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April 17, 2008

Pakistan Tribes Taking On Islamo-Fascists

Topics: Pakistan

Changes are apparently occurring along the Afghan border of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), where fighting has now broken out between Islamo-Fascist militants and local tribes along a key transportation line between Afghanistan and Pakistan. And it appears that the local tribes may be getting some support from Pakistani security forces.

As a Paki friend in Pakistan with close connections to Senator Asfandyar Wali's "Awami National Party" (which defeated the religious parties in the recent election) described the situation to me, people are getting fed-up with foreign influences from Saudi Arabia and Iran, and want education and a better economy (i.e. real jobs), not militancy. And the religious parties that for the past five years have governed North-West Frontier Province and Baluchistan Province (they receive much of their funding from foreign sources), which border Afghanistan and the tribal areas, are loosing their influence.


Of great importance to the U.S. and the War on Terror is that one of the most significant outcomes of Pakistan's recent elections has been the marginalization of the religious political parties which had gained tremendously during the 2002 elections by capitalizing on anti-U.S. sentiment that had swept the country in the wake of the invasion of Afghanistan. Now we're seeing that a likely coalition is emerging - counter to the policies of the Islamo-Fascists - between the late Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People Party (PPP) joining hands with Nawaz Sharif's faction of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Asfandyar Wali's Awami National Party (ANP) since the latter has emerged as a major political force in the NWFP.

It is Wali's supporters in the North-West Frontier Province who defeated the Islamists of the religious parties and who are behind the push to reverse the "Talibanization" of the region.

As AJStrata notes, the current infighting inside the enclaves of the Islamo Fascists is exactly how the Awakening in Iraq began that led to al-Qaeda being purged from that country and becoming the enemy of Islam, not the future of Islam.

It is possible the same pattern is repeating in Pakistan. This is not the first (or would I bet the last) report of fighting between local tribes and the brutal Islamo Fascists in Pakistan.

... the Khyber pass is an important transportation line that some suspect has been the path militants take between the two countriesan important transportation line that some suspect has been the path militants take between the two countries:

The real importance of what we're seeing in the FATA is not that the Pakistani security forces are active in the fighting, but that the push is coming from within the FATA - from tribesman that are resisting the extremists and that have voted to oust them out of power in the last election. As is suggested in AJStrata's piece, this is how things began to reverse in Iraq, and this is surely a sign of more to come.

Related: NEFA Foundation: Videos of Pakistan Terror Training Camp, UK Airline Bomb Plotters:

The NEFA Foundation has obtained video footage of a terrorist training camp run by the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) somewhere inside northwestern Pakistan. The video shows the production and testing of explosives, and the recruitment of young children as fighters. On May 25, 2005, the U.S. State Department announced the designation of the IJU as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). The IJU is a breakaway faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and was responsible for bombings in July 2004 at the U.S. and Israeli embassies in the Uzbek capital Tashkent. According an official statement from the State Department, "The Islamic Jihad [Union] continues to target Americans and U.S. facilities overseas and is a dangerous threat to U.S. interests."
HT - The Counterterrorism Blog

Posted by Abdul at April 17, 2008 3:35 PM

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