Monday, October 8, 2007

Taleban threat is biggest challenge to Musharraf: Pashtun leader

from The Qatar Peninsula

They are terrorising people, triggering a mass exodus, says Doha-based Pakistani Pashtun community leader, Firoz Khan Afridi. Lawlessness continues to prevail in these rugged tribal terrains, where the famous Tora Bora mountain range is located. Armed Taleban operatives move freely in pick-ups and terrorise people. They burn down the properties of those who don't subscribe to their views. The irony is that they have political backing ... One Taleban faction is pro-Deoband (which subscribes to the conservative Wahhabi school of thought), while the other is opposed to it. They have regional leaders and even private jails to punish people who defy their diktats. People are fleeing the tribal areas and taking refuge in Peshawar, NWFP's capital city and in the neighbouring Punjab province.

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