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Recent media and war strategies of Taliban clearly unearth the fact that Al-Qaeda has nearly taken over the operational command of Taliban Movement in Pakistan. Though initially, Al-Qaeda’s role was confined to just consultation & collaboration, but latter incidents showed that Al-Qaeda and Taliban are carrying out their subversive campaign in Pakistan jointly. After the assassination of Mohtarma Benzir Bhutto Shaheed, the shrewd media statements of Taliban Movement of Pakistan showed that Al-Qaeda’s masterminds are not only controlling accessories before the effect, but they are also commanding the accessories after the effect.

In the past, Taliban used to claim responsibilities of their subversive activities, but in the incident of 27th Dec; they blamed the Government for the carnage, which clearly shows that they are turning the wrath of the people towards the Government & President Musharraf. With this stance of Taliban, the confusion amongst the masses will also intensify manifold. This tactical move of Taliban bears the hallmark of Al-Qaeda. Though in the past, international community & media were of the view that these militants were actively supported by the Pakistani Establishment, but fatal suicide attacks on senior government leaders and military’s top-brass, military operation in South & North Waziristan Agencies, Swat military operation and Taliban’s tactical move in the tragic incident of gun-and-suicide attack on Mohtarma Shaheed signify that there is a clear conflict of interest between the Militants/Taliban and the Government.

When the Taliban regime was ousted from Afghanistan in October, 2001, the Pakistani Government pursued two-pronged strategy in this regard. On the one hand, at the behest of U.S, the Government captured key Al-Qaeda figures and handed them over to the U.S. While on the other hand, the Taliban was given free hand to continue their Jihadi activities and harbour them to Afghanistan. The Government was unable to fight with Al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and Taliban simultaneously. If the former was dangerous in terms of its planning and executing subversive activities, the latter was not less dangerous as it has deep roots within the Pakistani society through Madrassa chains scattered across the width and breadth of the country. As a result, Al-Qaeda and Pak Army came into head-on collision course and we have witnessed that Pakistan Military’s top brass (Gen:Musharaf and Corps Commander of Karachi Lt: Gen: Ahsan Saleem Hayat) faced fatal suicide and bomb attacks. Those political personalities who joined hands with Musharaf and supported its regime also came under fatal suicide attacks. The suicide attacks on the election campaign of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at Kohat, former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, former Minister of State Amir Muqam. The bomb-blast at the PPP’s supporters at Islamabad was a warning to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto not to enter into any political deal with President Musharaf. But Mohtarma’s defiant attitude challenged them and suicide attacks on the election campaign of two would-be Prime Ministers (Mr.Shaukat Aziz & Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto) may be seen in that perspective. Nevertheless, other key politicians such as Ch: Shujaat, Sheikh Rashid and Maulana Fazlur Rehman were also on their hit lists. These politicians must be thankful to Mohtarma, who diverted the attention of these terrorists towards herself, as former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz got the attention of these militants and diverted the wrath of these militants from General Musharaf towards himself during his election campaign at Kohat.

After successfully countering Al-Qaeda and undermining its network in Pakistan, the Government aggressively pursued a policy that the militants (better known as Taliban) in the tribal belt must not fall prey in the hands of Al-Qaeda operatives. The Government succeeded in persuading a faction of the Taliban to contain their activities to Afghan soil. But Al-Qaeda was ready to counter Government’s move, by supporting a faction of these militants under the leadership of Baitullah Mehsood. In April, 2007, fierce clashes occurred between militants of Baitullah Mehsood and the Government backed Taliban under the leadership of Maulvi Nazir, hailing from dominant Ahmedzai Wazir tribe, in which Baitullah Mehsood’s supporters (especially Uzbek foreigners) sustained heavy death toll, as the Government was supporting Maulvi Nazir’s militants with men and material. Towards the end of 2007, when Baitullah Mehsood formed Tehrik Taliban Pakistan with the help of Al-Qaeda, comprising militants from all parts of the tribal belt, in January, 2008, they retaliated by attacking the Offices of Maulvi Nazir and killed 8 of his supporters in South Waziristan.

Al-Qaeda’s activities will continue to remain focused on two fronts i.e, Iraq and Pakistan. Al-Zarqawi proved himself the true leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and his successor lieutenants are still doing well in Iraq. But in case of Pakistan only time will tell whether Baitullah Mehsood can prove himself the Al-Zarqawi of Pakistan or not. Recent media reports suggest that the number of attacks in Iraq had fallen by 60% since June, 2007, while 75% of Al-Qaeda networks and 70% of its activities have been eliminated. With the formation of Awakening Council in Iraq, the activities of Al-Qaeda were severely restricted and violence ratio is decadent. After head-on collision with the Pakistan Army, the insurgency in Afghanistan will also come down, as Al-Qaeda and her surrogate faction of Taliban will be compelled to focus its activities in Pakistan. With 140 suicide attacks and more than 6000 deaths, 2007 was the bloodiest year in Afghanistan since Taliban was ousted from the Government in October, 2001.

The very existence of newly established Taliban Movement of Pakistan is a clear indication that the majority of these militants will divert their insurgent activities from Afghanistan towards Pakistan and sending of mercenaries to Afghanistan for Jihad is no more required, as the holly Jihad will be fought in Pakistan. This is what exactly the coalition forces in Afghanistan wanted to and the Pakistani Government was avoiding from happening. After Iraq and Afghanistan, the violence and insurgency is going to visit Pakistan with its full swing and the reverberation of Jihadist activities is already being felt within the Pakistani society. Besides countless suicide attacks, target killings, deaths of innocent civilians and destruction of Government & public properties in the last several years, further pitched battles are believed to be fought between the Jihadists and law enforcement agencies in Pakistan. The coalition forces with their robust funds, advanced war-machines and tactics are helping the Government of Iraq & Afghanistan in eliminating the Jihadists from their soil. What will be the U.S. and its allies’ response, when Al-Qaeda, after repulsing from Iraq & Afghanistan fronts, will open another full-fledged war-front in Pakistan? At that time, Al-mighty Allah knows this new development will take how many lives of innocent citizens of this beleaguered country. According to media report, at present fifty U.S. special operation forces are stationed in Pakistan under the operational command of CIA.