– ANOTHER “PEACE” SCRAPPED IN PAKISTAN
A wing of Tehrik-e-Taleban in North Waziristan, Pakistan, said on Tuesday 06/30/2009, they have scrapped a peace deal with the government.
The group led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur (pic) in North Waziristan withdrew from the deal, agreed on 02/23/2009 (see – Bajaur-offer), as the army stepped up its offensive against the Taliban in the north-west. The announcement comes a day after his men ambushed a Pakistani military convoy, killing 16 soldiers (see – Gharlamai 06.28.09).
Hafiz Gul Bahadur’s group had initially pledged to stay on the sidelines during the continuing operation against the country’s top Taliban commander, Baitullah Mehsud. Neighboring South Waziristan is where the Taliban commander is said to be based. The army wants to eliminate his network of militants based in the mountainous territory there.
Bahadur’s group said they were abandoning the peace deal because of continued USA missile strikes and Pakistan’s widening anti-Taliban offensive in the North-West.
Announcing their decision, spokesman Ahmedullah Ahmedi, also said they would now carry out attacks on military targets in the region until the army left and UAV strikes were halted.
Most of the drone strikes have been targeted at Hafiz Gul Bahadur and another tribal leader, Mullah Nazeer Ahmed who also abandoned his deal when he declared war on the Pakistan army two days ago.
The scrapping of the deal leaves the army facing a near impossible task – no one has ever defeated a combined insurgency in the Waziristan area.
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