Pakistan at War; Talibans slowly marching towards Peshawar.

  1. Last week, 16 local Christians were briefly kidnapped from the heart of Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

  2. Pro-Baitullah Mehsud militants killed 22 rival tribesmen in Jandola, the day after kidnapping them, an official said on Wednesday.

    They belonged to the Niamatkhel clan of the Bhittani tribe and were captured in clashes with militants on Monday.

    Officials estimated that militants had kidnapped 30 people and eight were still missing.

    Barkatullah Marwat, District Coordination Officer of Tank, told Dawn that bodies of the victims had been retrieved from Kari Wam and Sor Ghar areas. All of them were buried later.

    A spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Maulvi Umar, claimed responsibility for the killings, saying the fate of the eight people still in their custody would be decided by members of the Shura.

    He warned government and security forces not to ‘meddle’ in the dispute. Otherwise the peace deal would suffer a “lasting damage”.

  3. Operation against miscreants begins in Khyber Agency , Security forces have launched an operation against miscreants in Khyber Agency on Saturday.

    Sources said that mortar shells have been fired from Qila Shahkas of FC in tehsil Jamrood.

    Meanwhile, additional contingents of security forces have been dispatched to tehsil Bara from tehsil Jamrood.

    The security forces convoy comprised of six armored vehiclesand tanks.

    Situation in Khyber Agency has been tense since several days and political administration has imposed indefinite curfew in the area. Sixty people have been killed and more than 80 injured so far in the clashes.

3.Pakistani Taliban leader suspends peace talks

Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud told Reuters on Saturday he was suspending peace talks with the government, as security forces had begun launching an operation against the militant movement. “The talks will remain suspended until the government stops talking about operations and attacks against us,” he said by satellite phone from an undisclosed location.

4.A contingent of troops has blocked the road towards Afghanistan, imposed a curfew and ordered shops to shut.

5.officials said they thought most of the militants may have left the region ahead of the attack.

6.  Waris Khan Afridi, a tribal leader from the Khyber agency and a former member of the National Assembly, said: “There is no strategy to counter them. Very soon, the Taliban will go to Peshawar and say: ‘Hands up.’ “

7.Arbab Hidayatullah, a former senior police officer said  “The government is helpless. It has lost its wits. The police have lost so many men at the hands of the Taliban they are scared,”