Skip to comments.Bin Laden not in Pakistan: Sherpao
Posted on 05/28/2006 5:20:16 PM PDT by Dog
* Interior minister rules out operation in Upper Dir * Asks Afghan leaders to mind their own business, put own house in order
PESHAWAR: Federal Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao on Sunday ruled out Upper Dir becoming the next battleground in the search for Osama Bin Laden and his associates following a report by an American television channel claiming the Al Qaeda chiefs presence in Pakistan.
There is no iota of truth in the news report depicting the presence of Bin Laden in NWFP. The residents of the area need not to be worried by such baseless reports, the interior minister told reporters after attending a tribal jirga from Mohmand Agency here at Peoples House.
The minister also ruled out any US attack in the area to hunt down the Al Qaeda head. These are mere speculations generated by irresponsible statements made by the Afghan leadership, he said, and added that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his government should put their own house in order instead of levelling allegations against Pakistan.
Sherpao said Pakistan had been extending maximum cooperation and assistance to Afghanistan for restoration of peace as the stability of Kabul was vital for Islamabad and for the whole region.
Regarding a missile attack in Balochistan on Saturday, the minister said the incident was being investigated. He said patrolling of the area by the security forces had been increased. To a question, Sherpao said his ministry had written a letter to the Foreign Office asking it to send a team to Afghanistan to ascertain the exact number of Pakistanis languishing in Afghan jails.
Earlier, in his address to the tribal jirga, the interior minister reiterated that Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used by foreigners for terrorist activities. The tribesmen were by and large peace-loving people and had all along showed loyalty and extended total support for the defence and solidarity of the country, he said.
The interior minister clarified that the operation in Waziristan was being conducted only to flush out foreign militants, who, according to him, had rejected the governments offer for general amnesty and registration with the Pakistani authorities. Referring to government policy on FATA, Sherpao said a comprehensive development plan had been prepared to bring prosperity and peace to the tribal belt. He said the powers of the political administration would be increased to ensure timely implementation of uplift schemes.
He said the viewpoint of elected representatives and tribal elders would be given importance in the policy implementation. He said a separate authority had been set up at the Governors Secretariat to ensure proper utilisation of funds in a transparent manner and to monitor the timely completion of development schemes.
The interior minister assured the tribal jirga that a well-integrated communication link and network of social services would be established in the area that would substantially improve the living standard of the tribal people. He said duty-free reprocessing zones would be established in FATA, which would provide jobs to the people of the area. Tribal elders Abdul Wadud, Dr Nasir Mohmand and Fakhar Alam also spoke.
I think Iran.
Don't look in Upper Dir....nobody is there.
Middle Dir... that is another story.
Middle Dir... that is another story.
I've said that before and got ridiculed. I believe it's a distinct possibility, given the current group in charge in Iran. The openly support and fund Hezbollah, so why not?
We need to find that one overly ambitious, aggressive and commanding member of the Pak ISI and or some tribal knuckle-dragger who wants his own kingdom - - Either of those can deliver the HUMINT we need -
Putting Pak forces up into the NWFP probably doesn't accomplish a thing (regarding getting UBL).
Though without question being willing to take more risks, offer more ties, and cut more throats is definitely needed. Because of last year (and what was accomplished) the second half of 06 is the best opportunity we've had yet of putting guns on him (UBL).
We have to make it happen come hell or high water.
The Mullahs ain't stupid..
Chitral....it all points to him being up near there.
UBL has likely eked out his survival along a number of sections of the Afghan / Pak border region - (though my guess is mainly staying in the NWFP)....However moving down into the Fed Admin Tribal area's a time or two is very likely as well -
Konar, right across the Pak border in Stan was very important to al-Qeada / UBL.
Just like Zarqawi in Iraq, it all comes down to HUMINT now (these guys are operating in the dark completely...they aren't taking any chances of getting caught by SIGNIT for example).
Either finding that someone who is overly ambitious (who is currently on the other side) or simply becoming uglier with our tactics (regarding UBL in the border regions) is what it is going to take (to acquire the HUMINT needed).
Then why persue nukes? They have to know the US and Israel won't let it happen. I have no idea if we know where Bin Laden is, or not. My instinct tells me we have a pretty good idea, but cannot act on it for various reasons:
1) It would expose intelligence assets.
2) If he's in Pakistan, action would damage the relations with Musharraf and risk conflict with an Islamic nuclear nation.
3) If he's in Iran, action there would risk having an unsettled Iraqi Shia turn on American forces. It may also galvanize nationalists in Iran to support the current regime.
4) The intelligence is there, but the CIA's credibility is tenuous after Tenet's "slam dunk" claim.
persue = pursue
..anyone wanna bet where our special forces are operating?. I wouldn't trust these hoop rollers with a used napkin
If Pakistan can't control a part of its territory, why should it be allowed to claim it as part of its nation? I say declare the region unaffiliated and blast the hell out of it.
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