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The Taliban in Pakistan Take Aim: The Punjab Region

Updated on February 15, 2011

The New Taliban Offensive

 As my previous hubs on the deteriorating situation that Pakistan is facing with the terrorists and how indifferrent the authorities there seem to  be, we have yet another flashing RED warning signal about things to come, this from the huge Punjab district, home to nuclear related programs at Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan,

Dera Ghazi Khan is home where the mining of uranium, a key component to nuclear weapons,occurs as well as a processing plant which produces the "yellow cakes". Multan, a much larger city, also plays a vital role to Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.

The Taliban insurgency is co-authored by Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda, or one should say, being produced by them as they provide much of the infrastructure for them and monetary support. In return, Al-Qaeda co-exists among them, a sort of, Odd Couple. Since the Pakistani Army basically handed over the Swat District in the Northwest back in February, Pakistan's weakness in taking a hard line has allowed the Taliban to build three training bases and base up to 8000 fighters now. And the Pakistani Army had told the press then, the Taliban were gone. Government officials have chosen to largely ignore this development and have left it up to the police to deal with the growing presence of insurgents, but they're vastly understaffed, particularly in rural areas. A Taliban spokesman who openly admits the militants want to use Swat as a base to expand into neighboring areas.

Duh! It takes real intelligence to see what the next moves may be. If you want to destabilize Pakistan, you have to destabilize Punjab and that is what the terrorists and islamists are doing, sowing their seeds a little a time, winning the hearts and minds of locals and local governments, who are under the Taliban rule. Militants have gained strength considerably in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan, which is a gateway to the Taliban. Some villages in the Punjab are "no-go" zones for locals. They are akin to going to a "bad part of town". Multan has received threats regarding Internet cafes, barbershops and other western type businesses. The wolf is knocking at the door, simply waiting for its strength to be increased.

The Pashtun Taliban and Arab militants, who are part of Al Qaeda, have money, sanctuary, training sites and suicide bombers. The Punjabi militants can provide logistical help in Punjabi cities, like Lahore, including handling bombers and target reconnaissance. The Marriott bombing in Islamabad in September was their first jointly planned and orchestrated attack.

Dera Ghazi Khan is strategically situated at the intersection of two main roads. One is a main artery into Pakistan’s heartland, in southern Punjab. The other connects Baluchistan Province in the west to the North-West Frontier Province, both Taliban strongholds. Ghulam Mustafa Kaisrani, a jihadi who posed as a salesman for a medical company provided support for recent Taliban attacks in the town. Pakistani officials found that $11,000,000 had been transferred from his account to the Taliban. Out of 160,000 police officers in Punjab, fewer than 60,000 are posted in rural areas, leaving frontier stations in districts virtually unprotected.

The bottom line is that Pakistan must do more. The insurgency only grows if there is nothing opposing it or if corruption is too deep. The local population cannot fight it and will simply remain a silent, unwilling subject under the Taliban. God knows what will happen if the Taliban or Al-Qaeda obtains enough nuclear material for a dirty bomb. It is not rocket science.

Dera
Dera
This is what happens under Taliban rule. Why are men exempt from the Burga?
This is what happens under Taliban rule. Why are men exempt from the Burga?
if the Pubjab is Taliban, there is no Pakistan
if the Pubjab is Taliban, there is no Pakistan

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      Khwaja Aftab Shah 

      7 years ago

      Khwaja Aftab Shah | February 28, 2010 at 4:45 am | Reply

      The people of Bhakkar district have elected a chief minister of Punjab and a prime minister of Pakistan in different elections. Although a goup of local leaders sponcer the occassion but basically the people of Bhakkar elected them and dream of a better Bhakkar. It’s requested to the concerning authorities to please consider to upgrade Bhakkar as a divisional head quarter by appointing a commissioner to provide better governance, extra facilities and security in the area. There are news that religious violence and drug smuggling is increased in the area recently.Bhakkar has been head quarters of divisional level organization of Thal Development Authority since 1952. TDA was abolish in 1971 on corruption charges against it’s high officials. Bhakkar is also a border district to Dera Ismail Khan and a capital city of Thal desert area-spread in six districts of Punjab. Thanking you,

      ..KHWAJA AFTAB ALI Advocate High Court & I.P. Attorney-first & the only Pakistani lawyer who earned Intellectual Property laws scholarship in USA,presently residing in Florida, USA. pip.law@hotmail.com

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      perrya 

      7 years ago

      Nicely said!

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      muktar bibi 

      7 years ago

      The New Taliban Offensive

      As my previous hubs on the deteriorating situation that Pakistan is facing with the terrorists and how indifferrent the authorities there seem to be, we have yet another flashing RED warning signal about things to come, this from the huge Punjab district, home to nuclear related programs at Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan,

      Dera Ghazi Khan is home where the mining of uranium, a key component to nuclear weapons,occurs as well as a processing plant which produces the "yellow cakes". Multan, a much larger city, also plays a vital role to Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.

      The Taliban insurgency is co-authored by Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda, or one should say, being produced by them as they provide much of the infrastructure for them and monetary support. In return, Al-Qaeda co-exists among them, a sort of, Odd Couple. Since the Pakistani Army basically handed over the Swat District in the Northwest back in February, Pakistan's weakness in taking a hard line has allowed the Taliban to build three training bases and base up to 8000 fighters now. And the Pakistani Army had told the press then, the Taliban were gone. Government officials have chosen to largely ignore this development and have left it up to the police to deal with the growing presence of insurgents, but they're vastly understaffed, particularly in rural areas. A Taliban spokesman who openly admits the militants want to use Swat as a base to expand into neighboring areas.

      Duh! It takes real intelligence to see what the next moves may be. If you want to destabilize Pakistan, you have to destabilize Punjab and that is what the terrorists and islamists are doing, sowing their seeds a little a time, winning the hearts and minds of locals and local governments, who are under the Taliban rule. Militants have gained strength considerably in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan, which is a gateway to the Taliban. Some villages in the Punjab are "no-go" zones for locals. They are akin to going to a "bad part of town". Multan has received threats regarding Internet cafes, barbershops and other western type businesses. The wolf is knocking at the door, simply waiting for its strength to be increased.

      The Pashtun Taliban and Arab militants, who are part of Al Qaeda, have money, sanctuary, training sites and suicide bombers. The Punjabi militants can provide logistical help in Punjabi cities, like Lahore, including handling bombers and target reconnaissance. The Marriott bombing in Islamabad in September was their first jointly planned and orchestrated attack.

      Dera Ghazi Khan is strategically situated at the intersection of two main roads. One is a main artery into Pakistan’s heartland, in southern Punjab. The other connects Baluchistan Province in the west to the North-West Frontier Province, both Taliban strongholds. Ghulam Mustafa Kaisrani, a jihadi who posed as a salesman for a medical company provided support for recent Taliban attacks in the town. Pakistani officials found that $11,000,000 had been transferred from his account to the Taliban. Out of 160,000 police officers in Punjab, fewer than 60,000 are posted in rural areas, leaving frontier stations in districts virtually unprotected.

      The bottom line is that Pakistan must do more. The insurgency only grows if there is nothing opposing it or if corruption is too deep. The local population cannot fight it and will simply remain a silent, unwilling subject under the Taliban. God knows what will happen if the Taliban or Al-Qaeda obtains enough nuclear material for a dirty bomb. It is not rocket science.

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      athulnair 

      8 years ago from India

      visit to find more about the game played by Pakistan with all these aid. They know the US will attack them if they don't act against Taliban, which was grown by Pakistan, ISI.

      http://hubpages.com/hub/pakistan-complete-failure-...

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      KHWAJA AFTAB SHAH, Florida, USA 

      9 years ago

      The people of BHAKKAR district have elected a chief minister of Punjab and a prime minister of Pakistan in different elections. Although a goup of local leaders sponcer the occasion and personally benefited by this gesture but basically the people of Bhakkar elected these leaders in hope of a better Bhakkar. It’s requested to the prime minister of Pakistan and chief minister of Punjab to please consider upgrading Bhakkar as a divisional head quarter by appointing a commissioner to provide better governance, extra facilities and security in the area. There are news that religious violence and drug smuggling is increased in the area recently. Bhakkar is a gate way to the Punjab and Sind provinces for NWFP and Afghanistan. Bhakkar has been head quarters of divisional level organization of Thal Development Authority since 1952. TDA was abolish in 1971 on corruption charges against it’s high officials. Bhakkar is also a border district to Dera Ismail Khan and a capital city of Thal desert area-spread in six districts in Punjab. Thanking you, Khwaja Aftab Shah,Florida, U.S.A

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