North Waziristan tribes declare war against US

Published: March 19, 2011
Jirga also authorises attacks against Pakistanis who assist drone strikes.

Jirga also authorises attacks against Pakistanis who assist drone strikes.


A grand jirga of tribal elders from North Waziristan Agency on Friday said that they would wage jihad against America to avenge those killed in drone attacks.

A US drone attack killed at least 40 people, most of them tribal elders, in Datta Khel tehsil, North Waziristan on Thursday. Pakistan’s top leadership, including the army chief, have already condemned the attack.

Malik Jalal Sarhadi Qatkhel, head of the North Waziristan Peace Committee, told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club that the tribes would wage a jihad against the US as well as Pakistanis who are helping them carry out the Predator drone strikes. He said that they had allowed their youths to carry out suicide attacks against the Americans.

The tribal elder claimed that there were no al Qaeda or Taliban members in North Waziristan, or the rest of the tribal areas, and that  children, women and the elderly were being massacred instead.

“There is no al Qaeda and Taliban presence in North Waziristan, while the Americans themselves have acknowledged that around 70 per cent of Afghanistan is under the control of militants,” Qatkhel said.

“Unlike [those] who pardoned the killer of two Pakistanis for dollars, we will take revenge for our dead and the world will see it.”

He said that they would avenge the killing “even if it takes a hundred years” and so they were announcing jihad against America and its allies in Pakistan.

He said the media had been presenting the wrong information about militants. He said reports of foreign militants dying in Predator strikes were false and mostly innocent tribesmen were being killed in such attacks.

“We have valid evidence and those who claim deaths of foreign militants in these attacks should show us or the media. The latest attack which killed tribal elders shows us this reality of tribesmen being massacred,” he said.

Other tribal elders of the jirga including Malik Faridullah Saifli Kabal Khel, Malik Daaraz Mada Khel Wazir and Nek Daraz Khan were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, the top US general in Afghanistan said Friday it was “hugely important” that Pakistani forces take action against militants in North Waziristan.

General David Petraeus, commander of the NATO-led force in the Afghanistan war, credited Islamabad with battling insurgents elsewhere but said the campaign needed to move to North Waziristan, where, he said, members of the al Qaeda and Haqqani networks are based.

“The fact is that it’s hugely important that there’s a campaign in northern Waziristan that is putting enormous pressure on the al Qaeda sanctuaries there,” Petraeus said at a conference in Washington.

US officials have long urged Pakistan to crack down on militants in North Waziristan but the country’s military commanders have said their forces are already stretched.

“They have lost thousands of soldiers and thousands of civilians in a very impressive counter insurgency campaign to clear Swat Valley and the other areas” in Khyber and South Waziristan, Petraeus said. WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM AFP

Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (58)

  • Spy BOy
    Mar 19, 2011 - 8:49AM

    this is getting messy day by day…those pashtuns tribes known for taking revenge..Pakistan must ask US to stop drone strikes otherwise be ready for wave of suicide attacksRecommend

  • Akhtarrao
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:00AM

    America has crossed the limit….allowed by the Pakistani government……..Let the Pakistani government sleep….
    They have sold Pakistan’s sovereignty just for the dollars…Recommend

  • Mar 19, 2011 - 9:10AM

    American want at operation in north waziristan…

    With a drone.. He started this!Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:26AM

    At least the Tribesmen have the guts to respond to terror from the air, lacking sophisticated weapons. They have hearts that beat not like the armed forces of Pakistan whose only purpose in life is to finagle a corner plot in a DHA, or finagle agricultural land, like Maulana Diesel did. Our officer corps are Real Estate agents. I wonder if they have ever read about von Moltke, Guderian, Von Manstien, Rommel, Model, von Rundstedt, Kesselring?? I probably know more about military history than our Corps Commanders. Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:28AM

    Here we GO Agian…! That’s what americans wanted… to pull these tribes in front of pak army… Finaly they won it….!Recommend

  • UncleSargam
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:46AM

    “There is no al Qaeda and Taliban presence in North Waziristan” Qatkhel said.

    Qatkhel is a liar… I hope the drones know the address of this terrorist loverRecommend

  • Fareedi
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:53AM

    It is a wakeup call for all Pakistanis. We have to rise beyond Party Politics and think of Pakistan. Those responsible for this National shame must never be re-elected. If we do not realize what our responsibility is, we should not complain.

    Wake up my Country men, or remain asleep for ever.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:54AM

    good decision..Recommend

  • Mar 19, 2011 - 10:18AM

    At times I see my beloved country as a “Colony of United States”. Why do they have double standards when they talk about human rights situation and at the same time kill our innocent people in Drone Strikes. When they talk of respecting law and “free Raymond Davis”. Recommend

  • Eeman
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:27AM

    Stupid America, each and every unjustified attack is breeding more and more waves of Taliban or radical Muslims. You’ve been blatantly ignorant about this very fact since the past 10-years. Recommend

  • Rohail
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:31AM


  • Mar 19, 2011 - 10:35AM

    The drone attacks have proven to be counter-productive. General Petraeus is not able to give any satisfactory answer to the question Why NATO forces cannot defend the borders of Afghanistan. Why even after 10 years they have not been able to control Afghanistan?

    Pakistani media is asking question about presence of CIA operatives in Pakistan supposed to be working to help ISI of Pakistan to track militants. But killing of thousands of innocent civilians and hundreds of service men has lead many analysts to believe that this strategy is also wrong and creating more hatred against US despite their financial aid. Recommend

  • Sumair
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:43AM

    Malik Jalal Sarhadi Qatkhel, head of the North Waziristan Peace Committee, told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club that the tribes would wage a jihad against the US as well as Pakistanis who are helping them carry out the Predator drone strikes. He said that they had allowed their youths to carry out suicide attacks against the Americans.

    This is what our Sleeping army waiting for. Congrats General Kayani!! you put all of us in the hell and now what is the use of those big defense budgets paid by the taxpayers?? buy the bangles and stay with the slavery of US!!Recommend

  • commonsense
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:50AM

    these tribal elders are chicken they want their youth to
    fight against americans why are they so scared. We from karachi
    really want to see this rethoric implemented asap. By the way
    before you attack anyone else be prepared to face brave pakistani army who
    have already defeated other tribal areasRecommend

  • Realist
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:51AM

    And so it begins.Recommend

  • Akbar
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:54AM

    Its ok that the tribes have declared war against the US; but has anyone factored in what would happen if the US reciprocates and declares war against Pakistan.

    I guess its time to be bombed back to the stone age =(Recommend

  • Spy boy
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:58AM

    Its geting messy. . .tribals r known for taking revange. .be ready for suicide attacks in the wave of Pashtun drones.Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 19, 2011 - 11:02AM

    Why cant the government ask for 20 crore Diyat for these poor tribals; just because they dont live in Punjab and are potential recruiting area for our cheap disposable strategic assetsRecommend

  • SK
    Mar 19, 2011 - 11:16AM

    So its like we are fighting our own war with America’s help against local terrorists- oh just a correction- first we make ordinary people terrorists by killing their families especially their children in front of their eyes, once they take law into their own hands as state doesn’t do its job, we label them as terrorists and THEN we fight our own war against terror.

    my dear govt, bureaucratic and military leaders I dare you to wait for that day when you will have to be accountable for the deaths and mayhems you are causing to your own peopleRecommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Mar 19, 2011 - 11:40AM

    Since Kiyani, ISI chief & the govt are too chicken to take this step, hence, tribal people should rage this war and we all are with them in this.Recommend

  • Hail the American way of li(f)e
    Mar 19, 2011 - 12:45PM

    Oh bunch of turbaned women-beater, shariah-eater and Olympically-trained stoner, why don’t you understand the American way of education about the practical implantation of democracy amongst Third-World brownies ?

    /mode Pakistani-liberal-politician-sited-in-Karachi/Lahore/…-drinking-his-chai : offRecommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:27PM

    @Hail the American way of li(f)e:

    It’s people like you who make normal moderate people like myself hate America even more. Recommend

  • Safdar Abbas
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:33PM

    We have to tell amerca as well as the whole world that Pakistanis are not amercans slaves.It is govt. who afraid of u,we can fight with u.O amerca u should learn the lesson from russia.we will destroy u like that of russia.Recommend

  • Mar 19, 2011 - 1:36PM

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    real picsRecommend

  • Fahad
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:43PM

    This is a well organised move by the americans. We all knw Pak army was refusing to start north waziristan operation. Jirga has waged war on armericans and indirectly on pak army. NW people will attack the pak army more sucide bombings will take place and eventually force the pak army to conduct operation NWRecommend

  • m0xin
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Chief never condemned these attacks this time he did.Now i think tribes are bucked up ..Some thing serious gona happen in our countryRecommend

  • Mar 19, 2011 - 1:46PM

    well done Pakistan tribes.Recommend

  • Dabang
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:50PM

    There is no other solution , Right DesicionRecommend

  • Fahd hassan
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:58PM

    @Hail the American way of li(f)e:
    This bunch will teach you a lesson in war fare and civility beyond your pathetic imagination you murderer of women and children. We have whipped your honor and sham democratic war heros in Afghanistan and now let us unite against this murder of yours for this must not go unpunished.Recommend

  • Rehan Ali
    Mar 19, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Go Go Go !!!Recommend

  • Fahd hassan
    Mar 19, 2011 - 2:04PM

    This must not be forgiven, even for a moderate pathan like my self this was just beyond my limits. I am seriously considering joining up against anything that is hurting us and Pakistan, in arms. This attack came after we let Davis off the gallows. Two people were killed in Lahore by Davis and here 40 innocent pathans were slaughtered. This will not and must not be forgiven. Pakistan Army should react or they will only be dreaming about winning hearts minds or battles in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. The drones are flying out of Pakistan thats for certain. I’d like to see entire KPK up in arms for everyone realize and weigh their options against the seriousness of the situation.Recommend

  • Realist
    Mar 19, 2011 - 2:15PM

    I say we Nuke Waziristan and be done with it because seriously, we can’t confront USA. We need loans/aid for the coming Budget in June. So lets take the easy way out. ;)Recommend

  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Mar 19, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Go tribesmen, go! Recommend

  • Mar 19, 2011 - 3:09PM

    which stone age you are talking about. 10 years ago a genral said that america will put you in stone age and now all Pakistan is showing almost the same pic or worst which from which we are afraid of.
    So Akbar you are waiting for Americans to come in your pfivate home and killed some of your family members because you didn’t comsider Pakistan as your home and the families who are suffered as your brother or sisters.
    You just close ur eyes and see the dreams of not gonig to stone age.But in reality you are much more backward then stone age.
    Open your eyes and face the reality and dont be coward,
    I have a better idea for you, just just wear jewlery and sit in home.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 19, 2011 - 3:41PM

    Pretty simple solution. Quit allowing terrorist to use your territory as a home base. Quit using terrorism as part of your national policy. Your two faced approach to working with your allies combined with your innate xenophobia will be Pakistan’s undoing. Recommend

  • Mar 19, 2011 - 4:05PM

    every action has an equal and opposite reaction sighsRecommend

  • Jupiter
    Mar 19, 2011 - 5:52PM

    Please aim for the Parliament first.Recommend

  • TBM
    Mar 19, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Aren’t these overwhelmingly innocent people who are saying “Go Go Go” (and things like that) here in this thread, aware of the fact that these people will execute this revenge actually against us, the urban population, police, the Pakistani army and so on!……is it something to cheer about? :o

    Yes they are right to raise their voices against the unprecedented killings of innocent people, but who will make sure about the right distinctions to be made!…Recommend

  • usman
    Mar 19, 2011 - 5:59PM

    The only way we Pakistanis can stop powers from playing us like a pawn is to unite, educate, grow our economy, elect classy people of all ethnicities on the basis of merit, curb violent extremism by teaching true islam.Recommend

  • Jupiter
    Mar 19, 2011 - 6:42PM

    I would suggest our leadership to run to their masters now in UK & US. These people who just issued warnings are not your coward CIA backed TTP nor they are going to kill with suicide bombing like this article implies. When you killed someones grand fathers and fathers dont expect them to be subtle. This is the real deal, run now.Recommend

  • mehsood
    Mar 19, 2011 - 7:08PM

    one day these drowns attack islamabad and south of punjabRecommend

  • ahmad eshtiag
    Mar 19, 2011 - 7:46PM

    with regret if you were bourne in country like pakistan and specialy if you are a pushtoon what do you expect from your goverment and from US these are the people who secrefices there lives for pakistan in the war of freedom now look pakistani politetion and pakistani army both are sold for dollers they take money and let ammerica do what ever they want. is it possible that in a part of a soveriegn country some one can throw bomb and misales and kill twenty people every day and the army , governament keep quite today it is ammerica tomorow it’s gona be india but inshallah we will beat all those enemies of ours with the help of allah …allah will bring his ghazab on these responsibleRecommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 19, 2011 - 7:55PM

    This message has by jirga has been made under pressure from Taliban who are preparing for military operation in North Waziristan.Recommend

  • Gulkhaiz
    Mar 19, 2011 - 7:57PM

    @Billo Bhaya(
    I do not know who you are and from where you are, but I am sure of one thing that you do not even know the ABC of military strategy or military history. Because if you would have known anything you would have talked sense and would have avoided spreading hatred when the armed forces and the country is locked in the war. You are the type of people who are a continuous pain for the society and always spread despondency and create fissure.By the way hundreds of soldiers have died in FATA/ Swat, have you ever thought of them while commenting.

    Your comments are in bad taste, neither humorous nor intellectual. So please stop ridiculing our armed forces.And if you have something worthwhile to contribute then please do so otherwise stop insulting national institutions.
    . Recommend

  • Sudhir
    Mar 19, 2011 - 8:50PM

    I couldn’t be more happy, am loving the whole situation.Pakistan is inching towards chaotic Afgan like situation,and has become a war game century for US ,in which drones are hunting islamic mullahs.More is yet to come.Abhi to puree picture bakee hai.


  • rofl
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:51PM

    I LOL’ edRecommend

  • Shazada Zahid Malik Loan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:21AM

    It is about time that the Wazirs declared an all out assault on the Americans – they should be provided with sophisticated weapons to take the war to the Indians, Israelis, Iranians, NATO and the Americans in Afghanistan. The people of Pakistan have been patient for too long.Recommend

  • Macdoodle
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Are/were these “tribal leaders” Taliban /al Qaeda supporters ?
    I understand 14 militant extremists were the targets and supporters and others also became casualties.
    Is someone saying that information was wrong?Recommend

  • Mohammed Munir
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:54AM

    Waziristan should NOT harbor evil and you will have no more drone strikes. North Waziristan can learn to live as decent people like every body else. Many of the attacks on Pakistani citizens in the recent years within Pakistan have been carried out by individuals who trace their roots to these area. Recommend

  • anuj mehta
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:14AM

    Human development index is rising in Pakistan…more and more civilians are developing into terrorists, extremists and suicide-bombers….. :PRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:50AM

    I am neither impressed by this so called “guts” nor surprised —– these people are master strategists ——– we as divided as never before, our masses incited by some of our own so called leaders (in fact agents and propagandist for these “gutsy” men out there in the middle of nowhere) —— What could be better time for any enemy of Pakistan to create a situation like this display of “guts” and provoking such sentiments as generally displayed right here, us questioning loyalty and courage and ability of our own military?! It’s disappointing and it’s disgusting, one could expect better than this immature sentimentality at least from the so called educated. If they have declared a war then they must get it. They must receive what one gets in war —- give it to them and now —– better don’t show any tolerance or leniency. They have dared us and we must retaliate with all the force we have out there and in here, before their agents start blowing all over and all around us —— this can only be curbed and controlled if we as one Pakistani nation unite and fight together to obliterate any and all threat to our national security and safety of our people. This is the only option and this will take care of the primitive tribes of this and that Wazirzistan, they will learn a lesson or two about our patience and when it’s stretched too far, as well as, to our friends in the WEST that we can if the need be stand any, really ANY challenge from any direction. Recommend

  • KQ
    Mar 20, 2011 - 3:05AM

    I wish these North Waziristan tribes had declared jihad against the Taliban and foreign terrorists, who had attacked them multiple times even with suicide bombers. Why didn’t they send their youth as suicide bombers to attack the Taliban like they want to do against America. Looks like their tradition of revenge is only limited to America, not to the Taliban. Hypocrites!Recommend

  • American
    Mar 20, 2011 - 3:34AM

    How about we just hand over all the Neo-Cons and Zionists in this country and we call it even?Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 6:42AM

    Will Pak army join US and fight N Waziristan or join N Waziristan and fight US. You are damned either way.Recommend

  • Bill
    Mar 20, 2011 - 7:36AM

    See, they ARE terrorists!Recommend

  • David Banner
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:49AM

    The Peace Deal

    The peace agreement signed on September 5 was a commitment by Fakhr-e-Alam Irfan, the political agent in North Waziristan and a representative of the North West Frontier Province governor, on one side, and “tribal elders,… local mujahedin, seminary students” described as “taliban,” and tribal ulama on the other. Seven North Waziristan “locals” initially signed the agreement but two more have added their support. Later versions of the peace deal include the names of close to 50 representatives of North Waziristan.

    Under the agreement, the North Waziristan side should “ensure” that they will not set up any “parallel administration” in the region, meddle in neighboring districts, or allow the crossing of the border with Afghanistan “for any kind of militancy.” Trade, business, and meeting with family across the border can “continue in accordance with the traditions and the prevailing laws.” The deal also states that “foreigners present in North Waziristan will leave Pakistan,” although it also allows for those who cannot leave “because of some compulsion…[to] respect the prevailing laws and the agreement and…remain peaceful.”
    * I guess they broke the agreement and got what they deserved.* Recommend

  • Ayesha.
    Mar 20, 2011 - 5:54PM

    America now you are in big trouble………………………………..Recommend

  • Adnan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:20PM


    Pakistan needs to getrid of these Western apologists who promote terrorism by US. Recommend

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