Taliban will soon capture Islamabad, says Mullah Nazeer
Posted by jagoindia on April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
MINGORA: Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Nazeer Ahmed said in an interview with Al Qaeda’s media arm, Al-Sahab, that the Taliban would soon capture Islamabad.
Pakistani Taliban factions had united and would take their war to the capital, he said.
“The day is not far when Islamabad will be in the hands of the mujahideen.”
He accused the Pakistan Army of sending spies to facilitate US drone strikes against Al Qaeda and Taliban, and said Pakistani authorities were misleading the public by saying it was the United States carrying out the attacks.
“All these attacks that have happened and are still happening are the work of Pakistan,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview posted on Al-Sahab’s website.
Alarmed by deteriorating security in Afghanistan, the United States has since last year stepped up drone strikes in Pakistan. Pakistan objects to the strikes, calling them a violation of its sovereignty.
Mullah Nazeer Ahmed also blamed the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency for sowing divisions between factions, saying the ISI was the Taliban’s main enemy.
Pak Taliban fighters uniting to take over Islamabad: Reports
The Pioneer, April 10, 2009
Taliban fighters from Pakistan’s restive Swat valley have begun
extending their influence to other areas even as a top militant
commander said that the rebels would also take over the federal capital.
Some 400 to 500 Taliban militants from Swat have taken over two villages
near Buner, 100 km northwest of Islamabad, after two days of clashes
with a ‘lashkar’ or tribal militia formed to stop their advance, TV
channels reported today.
Militant commander Rizwan Bacha told Dawn News channel that Maulana
Fazlullah, chief of the Taliban in Swat, had ordered them to remain in
Buner despite calls from tribal elders for militants to leave the area.
The Taliban have set up a base in Buner after torching several houses.
A group of clerics is mediating with the Taliban and tribal elders after
the two sides agreed to a ceasefire in Buner. At least eight militants,
two members of the lashkar and three policemen died in clashes that
erupted after the Taliban moved into Buner on Monday.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Nazeer Ahmed said various
militant factions had united to take over the federal capital.
“The day is not far when Islamabad will be in the hands of the
mujahideen,” he said in an interview with Al Qaida’s media arm,
Al-Sahab. Ahmed accused the Pakistan Army of sending spies to facilitate
US drone attacks against Al Qaida and Taliban. He claimed Pakistani
authorities were misleading people by saying it was the US that was
carrying out the missile strikes.
He also blamed the Inter-Services Intelligence for sowing divisions
between militants factions and said the spy agency is the Taliban’s main
Tensions ran high in the Buner region after gun battles between the
local lashkar and militants over the past two days. The militants have
rejected calls by the tribal jirga to leave Buner district.
Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan told BBC Urdu that nobody could oust the
militants from Buner.
The militants have also occupied a police post and a government school.
They have set up a camp in an area about four kilometres from the
district headquarters of Daggar. A large number of people have left the
area due to the violence.