Tuesday, March 06, 2007

NWFP [Pakistant] faces wave of suicide terror

The Friday Times
By Imtiaz Gul

"Ever since suicide bombers struck in downtown Peshawar and took out several people including the senior-most police official in January this year, the city finds itself continually in the grip of fear and rumours. Even the ISI, IB, Special Branch and FIA officials openly and privately talk of the spiralling of 'Talibanisation and suicide-bombings' from the tribal areas into the settled areas of the province."
" 'the militant threat is growing and fast overtaking cities like Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu and Kohat'."
"The general law and order situation too is deteriorating."
"... one wonders whether they can counter the ideology and control its advocates."
"...women suicide bombers were ready to strike wherever 'un-Islamic practices were observed or girls found without veil'."
"...as many as 37 acts of terrorism took place in various parts of the country in January 2007. Balochistan topped the list with 26 terrorist incidents, followed by the NWFP with eight attacks and one incident each in the Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory."
"...terrorists hit Quetta five times, Dera Bugti seven times, Kohlu and Naseerabad twice each, Bolan thrice, and Noshki, Mastung, Zhob, Lasbela, Khuzdar, Awaran once each."

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