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    Pakistan - Under Fire

    May Allah Give Faith & Power to the current Govt. to get rid of fanatics. Ameen

    Pakistani Militants Warn of Attacks

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan- A former Taliban commander says Islamic militants led by al-Qaida want to strike quickly against American interests in Pakistan in retaliation for the death sentence in the Daniel Pearl murder case and the ongoing crackdown on Muslim extremists.

    Fazul Rabi Said-Rahman, once the top Taliban military commander in eastern Afghanistan, said it was important to the militants to act quickly because Pakistani security forces were stepping up pressure on Taliban and al-Qaida members who fled the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan.

    "There will be another big attack in Pakistan, and it will happen soon," he told The Associated Press in an interview conducted Friday in a moving vehicle in this Pakistani city 40 miles from the Afghan border.

    Said-Rahman predicted the attack would be carried out by Pakistani militants at the instructions of al-Qaida operatives. But he would not discuss details except to say the attack would be carried out in a Pakistani city.

    The warning was similar to one he conveyed less than three weeks before the June 14 car-bombing at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, which killed at least 12 Pakistanis. His associate, Obeidullah, a former assistant to Taliban intelligence chief Qari Ahmadullah, also had spoken of an upcoming attack shortly before the May 8 car bombing in Karachi that killed 11 French engineers and three others, including the bomber.

    Said-Rahman said the attack would be in response to a death sentence handed down last week to Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, convicted in the kidnap-slaying of Pearl, the Wall Street Journal correspondent who disappeared in Karachi on Jan. 23 while researching the Muslim extremist underground.

    "The Muslim brothers will do this, but the leaders will be al-Qaida," Said-Rahman said. "The situation is very tense for them (Islamic militants) right now. They will do the attack very quickly because everyone is looking for them."

    On July 15, the day the sentence against Saeed was handed down, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad cautioned Americans in an announcement posted on its Web site that "the announcement of the verdict may increase the chance of attacks against Americans."

    The State Department advised Americans on Friday not to travel to Pakistan and urged U.S. citizens already here to leave, citing the Pearl verdict.

    Earlier this month, police in Karachi arrested three men accused in an attempt to kill President Pervez Musharraf in April. The plot failed when a vehicle rigged with explosives did not detonate when Musharraf's convoy drove past, police said. The same vehicle subsequently was used in the U.S. Consulate bombing, according to police.

    The Pakistani magazine The Independent said 100 activists from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Kashmiri group with well-established links to al-Qaida, have vowed to kill Musharraf.

    Eliminate extremists one by one

    Pakistan Arrests 4 Militant Suspects

    MULTAN, Pakistan- Pakistani police arrested four members of a banned Islamic extremist group suspected of involvement in dozens of religiously motivated killings, officials said Sunday.

    The arrests of the members of the Sunni Muslim Lashkar-e-Jhangvi occurred in the town of Jhang in Punjab province, said inspector Farhan Tanveer of the Jhang police.

    They had been in hiding since returning from neighboring Afghanistan where they fought alongside the Taliban against U.S.-backed forces, Tanveer told The Associated Press.

    One of the four militants, whose names were not given, is wanted in connection with dozens of sectarian killings in Pakistan, including a 1992 rocket attack on a police armored vehicle in which six police died, said Tanveer.

    "All the four activists are involved in a number of religiously motivated killings of minority Shiite Muslims across the country," he said.

    On July 1, police arrested Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader Akram Lahori and four followers, all accused of involvement in religious killings. Lahori is also accused of killing the brother of Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider.

    Although Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has traditionally targeted Shiite Muslims, police have speculated recently that they may be working with groups connected to al-Qaida to take revenge on Westerners and the Pakistani government for the collapse of the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan and for Musharraf's crackdown on militant Islamic groups.

    Police have detained dozens of suspected militants, many of them Lashkar-e-Jhangvi members, in connection with the June 14 car bombing outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi that killed 12 people, and the May 8 suicide bombing outside the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi, which killed 11 French engineers and three other people, including the bomber. None of the suspects has been charged.

    Police working with the FBI are also investigating possible links between the bombings and the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl this year.



      Pakistani Police Arrest Four Hard-Core Militants



        Eliminate Extremists one by one!!!

        Pakistan 'Church Attackers' Arrested



          Terrorism Threat In Pakistan Puts Diplomats on High Alert 3 Dozen Al Qaeda Believed To Have Arrived Recently

          Islamabad, Pakistan -- With warnings from both the Pakistani government and high-ranking Taliban leaders, diplomatic missions are on high alert against possible terrorist attacks in the near future.

          "We have credible reports of potential terrorist activity," said an Interior Ministry official, who asked not to be named. "All foreigners in Pakistan are under advisement to stay alert."

          Pakistani authorities are seeking some three dozen suspected al Qaeda operatives believed by local intelligence agencies to have entered the country by land in the past week after flying into the region from the United Arab Emirates.

          Police have beefed up their presence around embassies and government buildings here in the capital.

          A likely target, Pakistani police say, is the Indian Embassy in Islamabad. With tension still high between the two South Asian neighbors over Kashmir, an attack on India's independence day, Aug. 15, would be certain to damage relations further.

          The alert by authorities came a day after a former senior Taliban commander issued a warning that Islamic militants wanted to strike quickly against U.S. interests in Pakistan in retaliation for a crackdown on Muslim radicals and for the death sentence imposed on Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh last week for the kidnap-murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Pearl disappeared in Karachi on Jan. 23 while researching a story on the Muslim militant underground. His body was found in May in a shallow grave in Karachi.

          "There will be another big attack in Pakistan, and it will happen soon," said Fazul Rabi Said-Rahman, once the Taliban's top military commander in eastern Afghanistan. "The Muslim brothers will do this, but the leaders will be al Qaeda. The situation is very tense for them right now. They will do the attack very quickly because everyone is looking for them."

          Last week, the State Department advised U.S. citizens not to travel to Pakistan and urged those already in Pakistan to leave, citing the Pearl verdict.

          Militants are outraged by President Pervez Musharraf's alliance with the United States in its war on terror and have unleashed a series of deadly attacks this year.

          Said-Rahman, who would not discuss details except to say the attack would occur in a Pakistani city, made his comments to a reporter in Peshawar, a Pakistani city near the Afghan border.

          He had issued a similar warning two weeks before the June 14 car-bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, which killed 12 Pakistanis. His associate, Obeidullah, foretold an attack shortly before the May 8 car bombing in Karachi that killed 11 French engineers and three others, including the bomber.

          "We are taking no chances," said a British diplomat in Islamabad. "Our security precautions have been in place since last September and are constantly under review."

          On July 11, the British diplomatic mission received an e-mail in which the sender threatened to blow up the U.S. Embassy. On the same day, a caller telephoned the Canadian Embassy and threatened to blow up that building.

          Although Pakistani police were asked to investigate the threats, no arrests have been made.

          "We are doing everything we can," said Islamabad Police Superintendent Ehsan Saddiq. "Security has been tightened at all diplomatic and strategic buildings in the city."

          Despite continuing efforts by Pakistani security forces to detect and arrest would-be terrorists, authorities admit that the threat of more attacks looms large.

          "We are getting them, but it takes time," said the same Interior Ministry official. "For every one we arrest, there are another three, five or seven out there operating. We simply may not get to them in time to prevent another attack."

          Dead, captured or on the run

          Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mohammed Omar, the ousted Taliban leader, remain at the top of America's most wanted list as the hunt continues in Afghanistan and Pakistan for terrorists associated with al Qaeda and the Taliban. A look at the known dead, those in captivity, and those whose status is unclear, according to U.S. officials:

          KNOWN TO BE DEAD:

          -- Qari Ahmadullah: Taliban intelligence chief; killed by U.S. bombing Dec. 27.

          IN CUSTODY

          -- Abu Zubaydah: Al Qaeda's operations chief; captured in March in Pakistan.

          -- Abu Zubair al-Haili: An al Qaeda operational planner, captured in June in Morocco.

          -- Mullah Fazel Mazloom: Taliban army chief of staff.

          -- Mullah Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil: Taliban minister of foreign affairs.

          -- Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef: Taliban ambassador to Pakistan; arrested by Pakistan and turned over to the United States.


          -- Osama bin Laden: The purported mastermind of the al Qaeda terrorist organization; whereabouts unknown.

          -- Mullah Mohammed Omar: Head of the Taliban; believed to be in Afghanistan.

          -- Bin Laden's lieutenants: An unspecified number of the al Qaeda inner circle -- mostly Arabs -- have abandoned Afghanistan. One group of leaders is thought to be in Pakistan, while other members have scattered to other countries.

          -- Ayman al-Zawahiri: Bin Laden's top deputy.

          -- Shaikh Saiid al-Sharif: Al Qaeda's financial chief.

          -- Tayeb Agha: Top Omar aide; believed to be in Pakistan.

          -- Jalaluddin Haqqani: Former Taliban minister of frontier affairs, believed to be in Pakistan.

          -- Mullah Baradar Akhund, Akhter Mohammed Osmani, Mullah Dadullah: Former Taliban guerrilla commanders; believed to be in Pakistan.


            Pakistan Orders Terror Suspect Held

            KARACHI, Pakistan- An anti-terrorism court on Thursday ordered a man suspected of planning and financing a deadly attack on a U.S. consulate held in police custody for questioning.

            Mohammed Ashraf is suspected of belonging to Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen al-Almi, an extremist group with links to the al-Qaida terror network. Two of the group's top leaders were arrested this month, and police say they have confessed to roles in the June 14 car bombing in Karachi.

            Police allege Ashraf arranged preparation of the explosive-laden vehicle used in the attack, which killed at least 12 people, all Pakistanis. They also suspect him of being the group's treasurer.

            The court ordered Ashraf to remain in police custody for interrogation about alleged accomplices, Assistant Advocate General Habib Ullah told The Associated Press. The court will examine Ashraf's detention again on Saturday, Ullah said.

            Ashraf was brought blindfolded and handcuffed to the court Thursday amid tight security. He was arrested in Karachi on Wednesday by paramilitary troops.

            Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen al-Almi, a splinter group of Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen, or Movement of Holy Warriors, worked closely with al-Qaida in Afghanistan before the collapse of the Taliban government.


              6 Killed In Pakistan Shootout

              MULTAN, Pakistan - (AP) -- Six suspected Islamic militants were killed Sunday in a gun battle with police, and four of the dead were suspects in a fatal attack on a Catholic church last year, officials said.

              According to police chief in the city of Behawalpur in Punjab province, Sikandar Hayyat, police were traveling with four members of the outlawed extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi outside the city when they were fired on from a car.

              The attackers freed all four militants and wounded nine officers, but police pursued them and caught them near the town of Kherpur Tamewala, 60 miles southeast of Multan.

              Six people were killed, including all four of the men who had been with the police.

              The four who had been in police custody were all suspects in last October's attack on St. Dominic's Church in Behawalpur during a Protestant service, in which 14 worshipers, their minister and a Muslim security guard were killed.

              Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi two months earlier as part of an effort to rid the country of extremism and terrorism.

              Lashkar-e-Jhangvi traditionally targets Shiite Muslims, but police believe it may now be targeting Westerners and the Pakistani government.
              PAKISTAN - ALL THE WAY


                165,000 Illegal Weapons Recovered In Pakistan

                ISLAMABAD, July 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Pakistan has recovered 165,000 illegal weapons since the government began to purge the society of extremism and terrorist elements, the Rawalpindi-based daily The News quoted Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider as saying on Tuesday.

                While addressing a seminar arranged by Pakistan National Forum in Lahore, the minister said, "If a target of recovering another 22,000 weapons is met in the next two months the country will become the third de-weaponised country of the world."

                He said in the federal budget 800 million rupees have been allocated for bringing about madrassah (Islamic Academy) reforms which mean improving the courses being taught by adding modern knowledge of science and mathematics.

                He said the government has received 100 million US dollars grant for police reforms and another 10 billion dollars to make andatabase of all the crime record of the country, adding this wouldalso include a database of all the registered weapons in the country.



                  Three Suspects Arraigned In U.S. Consulate Bombing

                  Militants, Pakistani Face Assassination Plot Charges

                  KARACHI, Pakistan - Under heavy security that included police with machine guns, three Islamic militants were arraigned yesterday on charges in June's car-bombing of the U.S. Consulate, which killed 12 people.
                  The three and a member of the Pakistan Rangers paramilitary police were also arraigned on charges of plotting to kill President Pervez Musharraf during a visit to this sprawling city of 12 million people, where criminal and sectarian violence is common.

                  The trial on both charges is scheduled to begin Saturday.

                  This year, Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, has seen three high-profile incidents of violence - the June 14 consular bombing, the May 8 suicide bombing outside the Sheraton Hotel that killed 11 French engineers and the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

                  The suspects were brought to the closed-door arraignment at the Anti-Terrorism Court in an armored personnel carrier. Officers with machine guns were deployed around the court building.

                  The three charged in both cases were Mohammed Imran, Mohammed Hanif and Mohammed Ashraf. Imran is identified as the leader of the Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen al-Almi extremist group and the other two as group officers.

                  Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen al-Almi, a splinter group of Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen, or Movement of Holy Warriors, worked closely with al-Qaida in Afghanistan before the collapse of the Taliban government.

                  If convicted on charges of planning and executing the bombing, the three could face the death penalty.

                  Six other suspects have been identified but are still at large.

                  In the plot to kill Musharraf, Imran, Hanif, Ashraf and Rangers' inspector Waseem Akhtar were arraigned on conspiracy, terrorism, attempt to murder and use of lethal explosive charges. The charge of terrorism carries the death penalty.

                  The six men being sought in connection with the bombing are also suspects in the alleged plot against Musharraf. The plotters allegedly parked an explosives-rigged pickup truck along the route of Musharraf's motorcade during an April visit; the truck is believed to have been used in the consulate bombing.

                  Musharraf has incurred the wrath of Islamic extremists for his moves against terrorism.

                  In related developments, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell finished his eight-nation Asia tour yesterday with a visit to the Philippines and said he has seen progress in cooperation among Southeast Asian nations in fighting terrorism.

                  Washington fears that Muslim extremism could fester in the region and provide al-Qaida with an alternative base now that it has been driven out of Afghanistan. Several Muslim extremist groups in Southeast Asia have been linked to al-Qaida, including the brutal Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. which was the target of the first expansion in the U.S. war on terrorism outside Afghanistan.

                  Powell also said he does not take seriously an Iraqi expression of interest in allowing the return of United Nations weapons inspectors.

                  "We have seen the Iraqis try to fiddle with the inspection system before. You can tell that they are trying to get out of the clear requirement that they have," he said.
                  PAKISTAN - ALL THE WAY


                    Pakistan Detains Al-Qaeda 'Protector'


                      Attack Kills 3 At Pakistan Hospital

                      TAXILA, Pakistan Aug. 9 Three attackers hurled grenades Friday at women leaving a church on the grounds of a Presbyterian hospital in Pakistan, killing three nurses and wounding about 25 people in the second attack this week against Christians.

                      One of the attackers also died in the assault at 7:45 a.m. on the grounds of the hospital in Taxila. All the victims were Pakistanis, and about half were seriously wounded, police said.

                      The attack is the latest in a series of terrorist incidents here since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf sided with the United States against the Afghan Taliban, outraging extremists.

                      Police said they believed the attack in Taxila, 25 miles northwest of Islamabad, was linked to an assault four days ago against a school for children of Christian missionaries in which six Pakistanis were killed.

                      "It is clear that terrorists are targeting the Christian community in Pakistan," said S.K. Tressler, the government minister in charge of minority affairs. "The entire Pakistani nation will have to fight terrorism."

                      Chief investigator Raja Mumtaz Ahmad told The Associated Press that the attackers wanted to kill Christians or Westerners to express anger over Pakistan's support for the U.S.-led war against terrorism.

                      The attack occurred as worshippers were leaving a church on the hospital grounds, according to Dr. Ernest Lall, a former hospital director who was in the church. The service was attended mostly by women and children, and women traditionally exit first.

                      The three assailants, one of them b*****shing a pistol, ran through the front gate of the hospital grounds, locked two watchmen in a guard booth, then rushed at the women with the grenades, police said. The explosions shattered windows and gouged two large holes in the pavement outside the church. Shoes belonging to some of the victims were seen scattered outside.

                      Officials said one attacker died when a piece of sharpnel flew into his back and pierced his heart.

                      Hundreds of onlookers gathered in front of the hospital's locked gates, while inside the hospital, women wailed and pounded their chests. Staff members hugged each other or stood in shock.

                      "I was still inside the church when I heard explosions," said staff member Margif Tariq. "Windowpanes were falling on us, everyone was crying, everyone was in pain. ... When I came out, I saw dozens of women were lying on the pavement and most of them were bleeding."

                      Erik Masih, one of the security guards locked in the booth, said he tried to stop the men but "one of them pulled out a pistol and pushed me inside the room."

                      "I was inside the room for a few seconds when I heard the sound of explosions," he said. "At that moment, the man who was guarding me outside ran away toward the main gate."

                      The hospital, which is supported by the Presbyterian Church USA and the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan, was founded in 1922 and treats mostly poor Muslim patients. Following the attack, outpatient services were suspended for the day.

                      "We have been here since 1922, and someone throws a bomb," Lall said. "I don't know why. It is somebody who must be against Christianity. We never thought we would be a target like that."

                      Shah, the regional police commander, said he believed the assailants were linked to the Murree shootings on Monday because the attacker who died was wearing clothing similar to that of the school attackers.

                      One day after the Murree attack, three men believed to have carried out the school raid blew themselves up with grenades after being stopped by police in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

                      Before killing themselves, the three men in Kashmir admitted to attacking the school and warned that other groups like them "plan to carry out similar attacks on Americans and nonbelievers, and you will soon hear about it," Shah said.

                      Extremists have vowed revenge against both Musharraf and his Western supporters since the Pakistani government broke with the Taliban and began a crackdown on hard-line Islamic groups.

                      "If immediate steps are not taken by authorities to provide protection to Christians, I fear that it will lead to the start of genocide in Pakistan," said Shahbaz Bhaddi, leader of the All-Pakistan Minorities Alliance. "We strongly condemn this incident and we will definitely stage protests. We will not remain silent."

                      On March 17, a grenade attack on a Protestant church in Islamabad's heavily guarded diplomatic quarter killed five people, including an American woman, her 17-year-old daughter and the lone assailant.

                      In October, 16 people were killed in an attack on a Christian church in Behawalpur, a city in south-central Pakistan.



                        Christian School Attacked In Pakistan



                          Hunt Widens For Terrorists

                          PAKISTANI police widened the search yesterday for those responsible for Friday's grenade attack on a church at a Presbyterian hospital.

                          Police identified one of the assailants who died at the scene and were focusing on anti-western extremists seeking to destabilise the government. They said they were searching for between 15 and 20 militants, who have split into small groups to attack western and Christian interests in Pakistan.

                          In Washington, the State Department issued a statement yesterday condemning the attack.

                          "As Pakistan stood with the people of the United States after September 11, we now stand with Pakistan in confronting this common enemy," the statement said.

                          At the Vatican, Pope John Paul II also condemned the church attack and one earlier in the week on a Pakistani school for the children of Christian missionaries.

                          Officials at Pakistan's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, believe the group that attacked the school in Murree was linked to the three men who killed three Christian nurses at the church in Taxila, about 32km west of Islamabad.

                          Iftikhar Ahmad, spokesman for Pakistan's Interior Ministry, said the attacks were related and investigators had gathered important evidence.

                          "The body of one terrorist who died in an attack on a church at Taxila has been identified and further investigations are in progress," Mr Ahmad said.

                          Investigators believe all the attackers are members of outlawed militant groups opposed to military ruler General Pervez Musharraf because of his support for the US war against Afghanistan's Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
                          PAKISTAN - ALL THE WAY


                            Pakistan Acknowledges Presence
                            of Al Qaeda Fugitives

                            ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Federal officials acknowledge that al Qaeda operatives fleeing Afghanistan have been able to pass through Pakistan on their way to their homelands, and a newspaper says hundreds have gone underground in Pakistani cities.

                            It is not clear whether any are directly connected to a wave of attacks on Westerners including two incidents aimed at Christians last week but authorities believe the perpetrators are at least loosely connected to al Qaeda.

                            Many members of Osama bin Laden's Afghanistan-based terror network are believed to have crossed the border into Pakistan's rugged tribal areas in the face of U.S.-led attacks late last year.

                            Despite Pakistani efforts to seal off the border, some of these fugitives have made their way deeper into Pakistan with the help of local sympathizers, and even have reached seaports for the voyage to their homes, mainly in the Middle East, according to Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider.

                            "We are mindful of people sometimes leaving by boat," said Mr. Haider, a retired army general who heads Pakistan's civilian security forces, in an interview.

                            The Independent, a Lahore-based weekly newspaper, recently reported that Pakistani sympathizers helped an estimated 200 al Qaeda activists make their way to Karachi, the nation's largest city, where they were taken to safe houses in the city's suburbs.

                            The newspaper quoted an unnamed police source as saying, "Many al Qaeda people were received with bullet wounds at some private hospitals and were looked after by supporters and sympathizers."

                            They keep changing their addresses to escape arrest, amid manhunts carried out jointly by Pakistan's military Inter-Services Intelligence and the FBI, the newspaper said.

                            It said many escaped by boarding boats at small ports such as Port Qasim, or by taking bumpy bus rides through the Baluchistan desert to Mand, near the Iranian border.

                            From Iran, it is a short hop by dhow or launch, using ports such as Bandar Abbas or Chabahar, to get to Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

                            Mr. Haider acknowledged that some al Qaeda fighters "did manage to come through" the border with the help of tribal supporters "who were with them in Afghanistan."

                            But he noted that Pakistan's security agencies were able to track down many of them in places such as Lahore, Faisalabad and the tribal areas.

                            Pakistani police and intelligence agencies scored their biggest success on March 28 when they captured bin Laden's top field commander, Abu Zubaydah, with help from the United States.

                            Mr. Haider said security forces had stepped up surveillance in coastal areas in recent months to prevent seaborne escapes. U.S. warships have also been patrolling the coast since the war on terrorism began last fall.

                            The minister said there had been no reports of al Qaeda members escaping by sea "in large numbers." Authorities "are very alert on the other side, also," he said, referring to immigration police in ports such as Muscat, Oman, and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., to which the stragglers were believed to be heading.

                            Police and intelligence officials got a wealth of information from Zubaydah and others arrested with him and from other al Qaeda suspects captured in Karachi, but often too late to prevent others from escaping.

                            Police have been able to learn that many al Qaeda men got away on regular flights from Karachi airport by using fake travel documents, or on regular shipping lines by bribing ship captains in Karachi harbor.

                            There was no suggestion that bin Laden was among those who managed to escape.

                            Making the work of the police and intelligence agencies more difficult is the fact that the Karachi City Council is dominated by Islamic fundamentalists from parties such as the Jamaat-e-Islami, many of whom are known to be bin Laden sympathizers. Some are rich enough to own posh houses in the Karachi suburbs, and are able to keep al Qaeda activists hidden for months.

                            Police now fear that the presence of so many al Qaeda activists and supporters in the city has made Karachi a nest of terrorist cells.

                            The city has been the scene of three terrorist events since October, including the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in January.

                            There was also a car bomb explosion that killed 11 French technicians and four Pakistanis in March, and a car bomb blast that killed 12 Pakistanis outside the U.S. Consulate in June.

                            Investigators were quoted yesterday saying two attacks on Christians in northern Pakistan last week are most likely the work of Jaish-e-Mohammed, an indigenous Pakistani group that supports al Qaeda and has been banned by President Pervez Musharraf.

                            An intelligence official told the Associated Press that authorities believe at least two out of five extremist groups outlawed by Mr. Musharraf have links to al Qaeda.
                            PAKISTAN - ALL THE WAY


                              List of 150 Terrorists Circulated

                              ISLAMABAD: A list of 150 alleged religious terrorists has been handed over to the provincial CIDs, police departments and intelligence agencies, it is learnt.

                              The list includes pictures of the wanted persons, and other person-related information, their network, code operations, and nick names.

                              Different countries including Iran, Afghanistan, and Holland are also being contacted for the repatriation of some of these wanted people who had fled to these countries after committing terrorist acts in Pakistan.

                              The Pakistan government is already trying to sign extradition treaty with these countries to get the wanted people back.

                              Majority of terrorists belonged to the banned religious outfits like Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jahngvi, Sipah-e-Mohammad, Tehrik-e-Jafria Pakistan etc.

                              The list has been prepared in Urdu language so that it could be circulated all over the country and an ordinary constable could also read it.

                              The police is also planning to give briefing to the staff of police stations, personnel posted at check posts, traffic highways, highway police, railways police, border security police and other law enforcement agencies to enable the officials to arrest the wanted men.

                              The information about these terrorists includes how they speak, address, their gestures, visible signs, dressing, hair style, beards, nose, physical deformations, mother language, and education. The history of their crimes has also been made part of their profiles given in the report.

                              The report also carries the names of killed leader Riaz Basra, and recently arrested Akram Lahori.

                              Following is the list of the alleged terrorists and the head money: Zakiullah (Sheikhpura), Rs 2 million, Shakeel (Bahawalnagar), Rs 1.3 million, Qari Abdul Hai alias Qari Asad (Karachi), Rs 1 million, Qari Akram alias Qari Akram (Multan), Rs 1 million, Shahnawaz (Muzaffargarh), Rs 0.5 million, Shahbuddin alias Hunzila (Multan), Rs 0.5 million, Ahsan Shah alias Baara Shah (Rahim Yar Khan), Rs 0.5 million, Inayatullah Shah alias Jamil Shah (Mirpur AJK), Rs 0.5 million, Kashif alias Kashi (Gujranwala), Rs 0.5 million, Nasrullah alias Fazul Rehman (Fort Abbas), Rs 0.5 million, Haji Abdul Manan (Bhawalnagar), Rs 0.5 million, Aziz Hussain (Gujranwala), Rs 0.5 million, Rashid (Rawalpindi), Rs 0.5 million, Abdul Majid (Layyah), Rs 0.5 million, Hafiz Mazhar Iqbal (Sargodha), Rs 0.5 million, Hafeez Ullah alias Israr (Kot Sultan), Layyah, Abdul Majid alias Bilal (Layyah), 0.5 million, Mohammad Salim (Sargodha), Rs 0.5 million, Hafeezur Rehman (Layyah), Rs 0.5 million, Qurban Hussain (Attock), Rs 0.5 million, Mohammad Wasim (Layyah), Rs 0.5 million, Mohammad Fiaz (Vehari), Rs 0.5 million, Asif (Faisalabad), Rs 0.2 million, Abdul Wahid (Multan), Rs 0.2 million, Shaman son of Allah Bux, Rs 0.1 million.

                              The list also carries the names of other terrorists without any head money. They are: Sabir Hussain (Attock), Usman Haider (Attock), Maqbool Ali (Qasur), Zafar Iqbal alias Baala (Jhang), Malick Mohamamd Safdar (Lahore), Hafiz Yasin alias Nadeem (Qasur district), Irshadullah Butt (Karachi Baldia Town), Aslam (Karachi), Hafiz Saghir (Gujrat), Abdur Rehman (Chourangi North Nazim Aabad Karachi), Shahzad (karachi), Habibullah (Karam Dad Qureshi), Qari Ramzan Qaisrani (Dera Ghazi Khan), KM Saeed alias Nadeem (Sheikhupura), Hafiz Ashfaq (Okara), Qari Haneef alias Tooka (Sheikhupura), Ali Shir (Nazam Abad Karachi), Zakriya (Khairpur Tamewali), Mohsin (Room No 13, Salahuddin Hostel New Campus Punjab University), Malick Ashiq Sheikhupura, KM Saleem (People's Colony Faisalabad), Jahanzeb Farhan (district Faisababad), Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi (Toba Take Singh), Qari Ashraf (Sahiwal district), Aneesur Rehman (Vehari), Maulvi Jalil Ahmad (Bahawalnagar), Gohar Iqbal (Bahawalnagar), Maulana Abdulla Jan (Ahmadpur Sharqia, Bhalwapur district), Sheikh Ilyas (Gujranwala), Asif Zaheer (Rawalpindi), Abdur Rehman (Toba Tek Singh), Khadim Hussain (Chichawatni), Qari Gull alias Jafri (Attock), Hamid Ashraf (Abbottabad), Ashfaq (Lahore), Khalil Ahmad alias Nanha (Multan Road Lahore), Qari Abdul Qayum (Sarae Saddhu, district Khanewal), Shahid alias Pasha (Chichawatni, district Sahiwal), Hafiz Anwar (Toba Tek Singh), Saeed Ahmad Commando (TT Singh), Mahmood Ahmad alias Sohail (Bahawalpur), Aslam (Khairpur Tamewali, district Bahawalpur), Abu Bakar (Jhang city), Akram Habib (Chowk Vehari).

                              The list also carries the names of banned Sipah-e-Mohammad and Tehrik-e-Jafria Pakistan members. They are: Rizwan alias Bilal, (Lahore), Baqir Mousvi (police station Akbari gate), Dr Qaiser Raza (Multan city), Tanveer Hussain (Sheikhupura), Asad (Thokar Niaz Beg), Tahir Abbas, Sarfrazul Hassan (TT Singh), Zohir Abbas (Thokar Niaz Beg), Anwar Waheed Shah (Misri Shah Lahore), Zahid Hussain (Khanewal), Mumtaz alias Kaka (Shorkot, district Jhang), Agha Haider Ali (Sheikhupura), Asad Ali Bokhari (Bahawalnagar), Asad Abad Naqvi (Lahore), Rizwan Ali (Sargodha), Imran Zaidi (Jhang), Khawar Abbas (Sargodha), Murid Abbas (Muzaffargrah), Shabir Hussain and Ghulam Raza Jafri (Thokar Niaz Beg), Abid Shah (Sheikhupura), Intazar Malhi (Sheikhupura),Ishtiaq (Jhang), Imran (Wafaqi Colony Lahore), Sharafat Ali (Mohgulpura Lahore), Asghar Lahoria (Thokar Niaz Beg), Zulqarnain Raza Naqvi and Qamar Aabas (Karor, district Layyah), Haider Ali (Sargodha), Agha Khan Pathan (Parachanar, NWFP), Zubair Abbas, Ali Shan, Ejaz Naqvi, Shabbir Hussain, Shahnawaz, Farooq Ahmad, Akbar Abbas, Imran Abbas Alvi, Wajahat Shah, Qari Mohsin (district Sheikhupura), Murid Ahmad (Kot Luckhpat Lahore), Farrukh Abbas (Jhang), Intazar Ali, Jalil, Saqlain, Ali Abrar (Burewala, district Vehari), Ashraf alias Chooto, Ghulam Murtaza (Thokar Niaz Beg), Sheikh Zulfikar (Calvary Ground Lahore), Iqbal alias Bala (Nishat Colony), and Mulazim Hussain (Mailsi, district Vehari).

                              Courtesy: The News
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