Militant intentions: Taliban plan tit-for-tat if N Waziristan attacked

Published: April 18, 2011

Terrorist leaders plan attacks on parliament, PM. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

The Pakistani military high command may not have yet made a decision about strike against the Taliban in North Waziristan, but the militant groups based there are taking no chances, preparing contingency plans for a counter-assault if necessary.

An interior ministry report states that a secret meeting of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Masjlis e Shura, recently held in South Waziristan was attended by the leaders of the Haqqani group, the Al Haq Brigade, the Fidayi Force, the Allah Dad group, the Lashkar-e-Islam, the Jaish-e-Islam, and the Mujahid Khalid group. The militant leaders had gathered to decide how to respond in the event of a Pakistan Army attack on North Waziristan.

The meeting was more akin to the board of directors meeting of a large corporation, with a presentation of cash flows, a review of past operations and perceived threats in the coming year as well as a strategic plan for 2011.

The militant leaders reportedly reviewed the availability of funds from donors in the Arab world, and created a strategic plan to conduct large-scale attacks against important buildings, military installations and high-profile individuals in the coming year, including Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his son. The plan would be activated if the military initiated an operation against Taliban groups in North Waziristan.

The United States has been pressuring Pakistan to attack the Taliban in North Waziristan and has stepped up its own drone strikes campaign against them. The strikes’ success at targeting Taliban leaders was alluded to at the meeting and militant leaders were advised to avoid moving out of North Waziristan and avoid living there.

Another interior ministry report revealed that the TTP has created four terrorist groups, collectively known as the Lashkar e Kharaji, under the command of the TTP’s South Waziristan commander, Qari Muhammad Idrees, also known as Ilyas. The groups are likely to target United Nations offices in Islamabad, Saudi diplomats, and vehicles of law enforcement agencies.

The report adds that Qari Dadullah has been assigned the task of targeting government training institutions in Lahore that are frequented by senior officials.

Another secret meeting of groups working under the name of the Al Toheed group was reportedly held in Charsaddah, at the house of a local militant, Hafiz Naseerullah Maavia, alias Master Jee. The group decided to conduct suicide bombings against shrines in Multan and Lahore, especially the shrines of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and Bahauddin Zakaria.

The leaders of the Fidayi (Suicide Bombers) Force of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi met in Nowshera at the house of Ahmedullah, alias Rahman Bhai. They reportedly decided to target police officers’ residences throughout the country. Qari Zafar, alias Bahader Khan, was assigned the task of bombing the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad.

Several interior ministry reports detail threats to targets such as the Parliament building in Islamabad, important bridges, large dams, airports, and factories across the country. One report revealed that militants have moved arms, ammunition and explosives to south Punjab.

Another report reveals that military cantonments in Gujranwala, a church in Lahore and large hotels are also terrorist targets. Other reports reveal that the militants plan to kidnap leaders of the Ahmediyya community and the principal of the United Christian Hospital in Lahore.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • faraz
    Apr 18, 2011 - 9:48AM

    So terrorists in North Waziristan will blow up Pakistan if they are touched. Isnt this a breach of our soverigntyRecommend

  • vasan
    Apr 18, 2011 - 9:58AM

    Looks like ET has the full blueprint of the TTP’s plans. What are the objectives of TTP; To take over Pakistan??Recommend

  • OmaR
    Apr 18, 2011 - 10:27AM

    It’s scary how well organised they are. Just wondering obviously they have a inside man that it telling them this information. Why not bomb all of them when all of the promeninent people are in ne of these high fi shura meetings. Recommend

  • OmaR
    Apr 18, 2011 - 10:29AM

    It’s scary how well organised they are. Just wondering obviously Pakistan Intelligence have a inside man that it giving them this information. Why not bomb all of them when all of the promeninent people are attending one of these high fi shura meetings.Recommend

  • SaudiRules
    Apr 18, 2011 - 12:34PM

    “An interior ministry report states that a secret meeting of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Masjlis e Shura, recently held in South Waziristan was attended by the leaders of the Haqqani group, the Al Haq Brigade, the Fidayi Force, the Allah Dad group, the Lashkar-e-Islam, the Jaish-e-Islam, and the Mujahid Khalid group. The militant leaders had gathered to decide how to respond in the event of a Pakistan Army attack on North Waziristan.”

    If the interior minister knew about the meeting then how can it be a secret meeting!!!
    Bigger question is, if the interior ministry/army/isi is aware of a meeting being held by “non-state” actors on pakistani soil, planning to attack pakistan, then why no action is being taken by the guardians of the “land of pure”?
    Is it because the isi/army is hand in-glove with the “non-state” actors?Recommend

  • John
    Apr 18, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Now at least PAK people will come to understand why drones are flying over in Waziristan.

    Or hatred towards US blinds reasoning ?Recommend

  • zia ur rehman
    Apr 18, 2011 - 4:57PM

    @john… this is our problem and not america’s… u guyz just keep ur self against pak’s internal matters…Recommend

  • hornkk
    Apr 18, 2011 - 5:43PM

    the Terrorists said the same thing about an invasion of South Waziristan, they have no credibility… nor the ability to withstand such an attack….

    as they showed in South Waziristan.Recommend

  • Malik Hamza
    Apr 19, 2011 - 1:45PM

    John it’s all because of your secret countries spies,they are paying the Taliban or watever they are called to do these activities in Pakistan,don’t act innocent.Recommend

  • John
    Apr 19, 2011 - 7:38PM

    @zia ur rehman

    Yes, it is America’s problem. It’s no secret they use N/S Waziristan to stage attacks on innocent civilians, whether they are American on Pakistani. They are evil and Pakistan is too weak to take them on by themselves.Recommend

  • KamenWentt
    Apr 19, 2011 - 8:52PM

    The Pakis have got to realise it’s their own army, who are arming and training the terrorists, so therefore killing it’s own people, and stop blaming everybody else, they need more drone attacks and wipeout the tribes associated with, perhaps carpet bomb the lot, for peace on Earth.Recommend

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