Lashkar-e-Islam asks tribe to offer recruits

Published: January 12, 2013

Pamphlets distributed and announcements made from local mosques. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

JAMRUD: A wave of panic ran through Zakha Khel tribemen in the Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency on Friday after Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) fighters told them to find them new recruits and money or leave the area.

Talking to journalists from an undisclosed location, LeI spokesperson Abu Rasheed Lashkari said the Zakakhel tribesmen were opposed to the LeI and therefore it had issued a warning to them.

He said that the LeI’s local commander Kandahar Afridi had distributed pamphlets and announced from local mosques in Shalobar, Naweya Qamar and Baz Garha areas of the Bara tehsil that every family of the Zakhakhel tribe should either offer one volunteer to LeI, pay Rs0.3 million or leave the area.

Talking to The Express Tribune Toor Gul*, a Zakhakhel tribesman from the troubled Shalobar area, said the pamphlets had spread fear among Zakhakhel families in the area.

“We were told that each family should provide a fighter or pay LeI. I can’t provide a fighter,” he said in a shaken tone.

Gul, a businessman with house and property worth millions of rupees, said he cannot leave the area, because his “options are limited.”

Fahim Afridi *, a tribesman living in Nawiya Qamar area of Malikdin Khel, said that more than 1,000 families of the Zakhakhel tribe and its sub-clan Ziauddin are living in Baz Garha and Nawiya Qamar areas.

He said that militant commander Kandahar Afridi, along with dozens of LeI men, toured the area’s local mosques and announced through its loudspeakers that we could leave the area, pay LeI militants or provide a recruit.

Fahim Afridi said that as he could not afford to pay the group nor provide any fighter to militants. “I and some more families have decided to leave the area but when the LeI men found that we were leaving, they blocked all the routes,” he said.

Another tribesman, who requested anonymity, said that LeI militants had also warned the medics in the area not to treat any patient of the Zakhakhel tribe. “Most members of the Zakhakhel tribesmen, along with their families were stranded in the area.”

The political administration officials refused to comment on the issue created due to the wave of violence and fear let loose by LeI militants in the region.

*Names have been changed to protect identities

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2013.

Reader Comments (15)

  • Supersequel
    Jan 12, 2013 - 10:22AM

    What is wrong with us? How do you guys live in Pakistan like this? You can twitter about one guy being killed and protest but not against Shias being slaughtered or about crap like this? Wake the heck up because I assure you that this beautiful nation of your wont exist or will be another Afghanistan.

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  • abid
    Jan 12, 2013 - 10:37AM

    what are the paramillitary forces doing over there?

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  • erudite
    Jan 12, 2013 - 10:42AM

    Pakistan, RIP

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  • Hmm
    Jan 12, 2013 - 10:43AM

    Really these are Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) !!

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 10:49AM

    Pakistan zindabad !!!

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 10:57AM

    Great and Unique Pakistan Zindabad !!!

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  • AM
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:15PM

    I am scared for the tribesmen….

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  • Farhan
    Jan 12, 2013 - 5:54PM

    @p r sharma: don’t worry, u r next … let the NATO leave from Afghanistan

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 6:46PM

    Kufr!

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  • abc
    Jan 12, 2013 - 6:53PM

    @KM
    Muslims also can’t kill non-muslims or hurt other living things. I get annoyed when people say that muslim can’t only kill muslims what about others?

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  • Ricky
    Jan 12, 2013 - 10:48PM

    So few people condemning these terrorists says it all. Where are the rightwing leaders and their outrage? Why is there no march or dharna against these atrocities and shia murders? The most we do is release a weak statement, not like when we got up at Ray Davis or Salala incident.

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  • Insaan
    Jan 13, 2013 - 12:34AM

    Islam is a religion of peace. Pakistan is a land of pure people.

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  • stuti
    Jan 13, 2013 - 7:21AM

    Dear Muslims, when will you take words like kill/not kill, believer/nonbeliever, fidel/infidel etc out of your parlance.

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  • Haji
    Jan 17, 2013 - 9:14PM

    What else is the solution,,, drones?

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  • KM
    Jan 23, 2013 - 3:43PM

    @abc

    You are absolutely correct. Sorry for not including that in my comment.

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