Dear John E. Carey,
I hope you will be in the best spirit of your life. Situation in Pakistan and tribal areas has been worsening with each passing day. A day after suicide bombing in Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province in which several people were Taliban and terrorists have attacked another city of the province killing some six people.
The administration, who the main supporter Taliban has almost crippled as they failed to control the situation. I want to bring in your notice that NWFP is being ruled by Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), an alliance of religious parties, always extended support to Taliban and terrorists. According to a report, Taliban militants fought running battles with security forces Wednesday in Tank, killing six civilians in a rocket blast at a bus stop, officials said.
A further 17 people, including five security officials, were injured after the fighting broke out in Tank, a northwestern town that adjoins the volatile Waziristan Agency on the Afghan border.
“The militants fired several rockets from three directions and one of them hit a group of people waiting at the bus stand, killing five civilians,” district police chief Zulfiqar Cheema said.
“Three policemen were injured when they were fired at by militants near district courts. Police have located a group of about 15 armed militants and we are trying to nab them,” he said.
The clashes began when assailants hurled hand grenades at a police station in the town and fired mortars and rockets at police and paramilitary units, drawing fire in return, witnesses said.
The situation was tense and markets were closed as heavy gunfire continued in the town until late afternoon, residents said.
The fighting also damaged power and telephone lines.
“We have received five bodies, they are all civilians,” said Aurangzeb, a doctor at the town’s main hospital who goes by one name. Twelve civilians and five security men were admitted to the Tank hospital, he added.
Eight people in a serious condition had been transferred to a hospital in the nearby town of Dera Ismail Khan.
On Monday, militants threw grenades at a paramilitary vehicle in the town, killing a soldier and sparking exchanges of rocket and mortar fire that left one civilian dead.
District Police Officer Tank Mumtaz Zarin said that the incidents of firing and hand grenade explosions reported from Wazirabad area and main Tank bazaar. The skirmishes between the law enforcers and anti social elements began at about 11.30 a.m. when some militants hurled grenade at police officials near District Katchery in main Tank bazaar injuring the police official on duty. Since then the firing incidents continued unabated in the district.
The dead were identified as Ahmed Khan, Shaikh Rafique residents of Tank, Ghulam Farid resident of Kulachi and two brothers Tulab Khan and Niaz Muhammad and his brother of South Waziristan Agency. According to doctors, thirteen injured have been shifted to hosptial in D I Khan.
The shopkeepers and traders pulled their shutters down due to security risk and the school children remained struck in their schools due to heavy firing. Tank, a town of around 100,000 people, was placed under curfew for several weeks last month amid violence triggered by the killing of a militant leader after hardliners raided a school to recruit students to fight in Afghanistan.
The people of tribal areas are grateful to you for your cooperation with them. Your kindness with them has been bringing positive change.
Thank you very much.
Khar, Bajaur Agency
Tribal Areas Pakistan