India Intelligence Report
 

   Taliban Offers Truce to Pak

 

 

  • 80000 Pak troops fighting new Taliban in North Waziristan

  • Over 300 terrorists killed last year

  • Taliban’s ceasefire offer to allow jirga (council of elders) to be created

A rebel 'commander' of the new Pakistani Taliban running wild in Pakistan offered truce to allow elders to broker a settlement after months of fierce fighting "as the government wants to set up a tribal jirga (council of elders) here.”

Since last year, Pakistani security forces have killed more than 300 militants, including 75 foreigners in North Waziristan. Several Arab lieutenants of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden have been killed in North Waziristan by Pakistani forces and US has used unmanned drone aircraft to carry out missile strikes on al Qaeda targets from across the border in Afghanistan.

Although bin Laden is believed to have passed through North Waziristan to escape allied forces in late 2001 and is believed to be hiding somewhere on the Afghan-Pakistan border, given the security forces’ focus on the area, many security analysts doubt he is in Waziristan, .

Early March, Pakistan effectively used helicopter-laden missiles to destroy a large deployment of al Qaeda fighters in the mountains on the border. This invited militant Muslim clerics to incite a call to arms by in North Waziristan. Pakistan is believed to have deployed 80,000 regular troops on the border with Afghanistan and mostly deployed in North and South Waziristan where al Qaeda, Taliban remnants, and the new Taliban are fighting alongside.

The new uprising demands that the Government to abolish new checkpoints in the region and replace security forces deployed at checkpoints with tribal police. They also want Pakistan to release the thousands of detained tribesmen and reinstatement of official ousted from their jobs and restored autonomy they accuse the Government of eroding.