Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
The Taliban from Bajaur threaten a suicide campaign the same day a peace agreement with them by the Pakistan government is signed. Bill Roggio reports.
"The tribesmen and militants agreed not to give foreign militants safe haven in the area or allow 'subversive' activities, while the authorities pledged not to make arrests without consulting the elders," according to AFP. "The administration will not raid our places without any solid proof and withdraw warrants of arrests issued against our people on the basis of suspicion," said Aziz, the Taliban representative. AFP reports the Pakistani government has not agreed to withdraw military and security forces, unlike the Waziristan Accord.
The 'local Taliban' wasted no time in flexing its muscles. On the very same day the Bajaur Accord is inked, the 'local Taliban,' or TNSM, demanded the release of TNSM leader Sufi Mohammed. If Sufi is not released, the TNSM threatened to conduct a suicide campaign inside Pakistan. The TNSM claims to have over 100 suicide bombers available to strike at targets inside the country.
Somehow somebody's not getting the essence of what it means to reach a P-e-a-c-e Accord. And given the mental cast of the parties, one wonders whether they ever will.
The tribal militants are led by Faqir Muhammad, government sources told Dawn, an English-language Pakistani newspaper, the day the agreement was made. Faqir Muhammad is a senior leader of the Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Laws, which provided the ideological inspiration to the Afghan Taliban in the 1990s. Faqir's group sent over 10,000 fighters into Afghanistan to fight U.S. forces during Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001. His two sons and two cousins were arrested by Pakistani authorities after returning from Afghanistan.
But as Scarlett O'Hara once said, "tomorrow is another day."