Waziristan drone attack: Taliban faction threatens scrapping peace deal

Published: March 21, 2011

Hafiz Gul Bahadur group unhappy over govt’s inaction over US drone strikes in North Waziristan.

ISLAMABAD: 

The Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led Taliban faction in the North Waziristan tribal region has threatened to scrap a peace deal with the government to protest ‘inaction’ against US drone attacks in the region. The threat came after a key Taliban commander was killed in a drone strike last week.

Sherabat Khan Wazir, the group’s commander for the Datta Khel area, was among the 12 militants killed in Thursday’s drone strike. Over 40 people died in the attack targeting a tribal jirga.

Top military and political leadership condemned the strike and the US ambassador in Islamabad was summoned to the foreign ministry to seek an unconditional apology.

Sherabat Khan, a man from the Mada Khel clan of the Uthmanzai Wazir tribe, was the most popular commander of Hafiz Gul Bahadur’s group that shares the control of North Waziristan with the Haqqani network.

“He was one of the most important guys… he was the right-hand man of Bahadur,” a source told The Express Tribune by phone.

Both groups are said to be pro-government and their operations are reportedly focused in Afghanistan where Nato forces are struggling to quell a deadly Taliban insurgency for almost a decade now.

A spokesperson for commander Gul Bahadur said in a statement on Sunday that they could scrap the peace deal with the government signed almost four years ago if drone strikes were not stopped.

“The agreement was made for the establishment of peace in the region but the people of North Waziristan are continuously being targeted with drone attacks and now even jirgas are not safe,” the spokesperson added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2011.

Reader Comments (8)

  • John
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:03AM

    This confirms the high value target reported in US press.Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Unarmed and innocent has been killed by sudden Drone attack
    it is a commission of heinous crime subject to revenge.Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 21, 2011 - 12:51PM

    First Gul Bahadar should allow Pakistan army to enter North Waziristan; our airforce wont provide air cover to taliban so they can operate against US troops without retaliatory drone strikes.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:45PM

    Now the truth comes out. These so called “civilians” were terrorist who have made a deal with the Pakistani govt – there allowed to cross the border and kill NATO soldiers so long as they leave the Pakistani govt alone. Classic example of how Pakistan provides sanctuary to terrorist. The USA should ramp up the drone attacks – better yet they should put boots on the ground. Shame on the two faced Pakistani’s.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:46PM

    Hypocrisy? If someone uses Pakistan as their home base to attack troops in Afghanistan then there legit targets – you don’t become a civilian by cutting a special deal with Pakistan whereby you temporarily agree to leave Pakistani troops alone. One wonders whether Pakistani’s have ever looked up the word “sovereign” – if you claim territory as yours then you should be held responsible for the activity which takes place there. If one freely allows others to use their territory to attack a neighbor country – isn’t that legit grounds for declaring war? Time for Pakistan to fish or cut bait.Recommend

  • droneking
    Mar 22, 2011 - 2:30AM

    so looks like Americans killed a “good” Taliban guy. No wonder Kayani is all upset. when will Pakistan give up its flawed policy of using terrorists to advance its foreign policy goals. it clearly hasn’t worked till now and will never work in the future also even if Americans leave Afghanistan. They will use this to declare Pakistan an “state sponsor of terrorism” one day after they don’t need Pakistan to keep their troops supplied in Afghanistan. If anybody thinks Pakistan’s economy is in bad shape wait till America no longer needs Pakistan.Recommend

  • irfan wazir formanite
    Mar 30, 2011 - 10:05AM

    as in the sudden drone attack many innocent people has been killed in North Waziristan.I am agreed and every one knows that terrorist groups are present in North Waziristan but why Neto forces do not attack on these terrorist groups?Neto Forces have a very big technology as their spy plane or others but then why they do this crime which is the against of huminity.I think there is some reason behind this.It is the responsibility of our Govt. to protect their citizens. these peoples are citizens of this country.

    my first letter and encourage me and if their is mistakes then please guide,i will try to minimize that mistakes……..if my letter is eligible of essuing please them….i will be very thankful to you.thanksRecommend

  • irfan wazir formanite
    Mar 30, 2011 - 10:06AM

    as in the sudden drone attack many innocent people has been killed in North Waziristan.I am agreed and every one knows that terrorist groups are present in North Waziristan but why Neto forces do not attack on these terrorist groups?Neto Forces have a very big technology as their spy plane or others but then why they do this crime which is the against of huminity.I think there is some reason behind this.It is the responsibility of our Govt. to protect their citizens. these peoples are citizens of this countryRecommend

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