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Omar role in truce reinforces fears that Pakistan 'caved in' to Taliban
telegraph ^ | 24/09/2006 | Massoud Ansari in Peshawar and Colin Freeman

Posted on 09/24/2006 6:56:33 AM PDT by Flavius

The fugitive Taliban commander Mullah Omar has emerged as the key player behind the movement's controversial peace deal with Pakistan.

The Taliban's one-eyed spiritual leader, who has a $10 million price on his head for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks, signed a letter explicitly endorsing the truce announced this month. The deal between the Pakistani authorities and pro-Taliban militants in the tribal provinces bordering Afghanistan was designed to end five years of bloodshed in the area.

Mullah Omar Mullah Omar brokered the controversial peace deal

In return for an end to the US-backed government campaign in Waziristan, the tribal leaders - who have harboured Taliban and al-Qaeda units for more than five years - agreed to halt attacks on Pakistani troops, more than 500 of whom have been killed. The deal has been widely criticised as over-generous, with no way to enforce the Taliban's promise not to enter Afghanistan to attack coalition troops.

The disclosure that Mullah Omar personally backed the deal will come as a fresh embarrassment to Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who met President Bush in Washington on Friday to discuss security in the region.

While officially a US ally in the war on terror, Pakistan has been repeatedly accused by Afghanistan of not doing enough to clear Taliban militants out of its border regions, allegations it denies. However, Mullah Omar clearly felt that the deal benefited the Taliban, adding force to criticisms that it was in effect a cave-in. Tribal elders in south Waziristan said that Mullah Omar had sent one of his most trusted and feared commanders, Mullah Dadullah, to ask local militants to sign the truce. Dadullah, a one-legged fighter known for his fondness for beheading his enemies, is believed to be the man leading the campaign in southern Afghanistan in which 18 British troops have been killed.

"Had they been not asked by Mullah Omar, none of them were willing to sign an agreement," said Lateef Afridi, a tribal elder and former national assembly member. "This is no peace agreement, it is accepting Taliban rule in Pakistan's territory."

Waziristan has a 50-mile border with Afghanistan's Paktika province, long a trouble spot for US and Afghan forces in their battle against al-Qaeda and Taliban renegades. It is home to three tiers of Islamists who operate freely. Of greatest security concern is the al-Qaeda element, followed by Afghani Taliban and then local Taliban.

In return for a reduction in the Pakistani army's 80,000-strong presence and the release of about 165 hardcore militants arrested for attacks on Pakistani armed forces, local Taliban agreed to stop supporting the foreign militants in their midst, and promised not to set up their own fundamentalist administrations.

The government also agreed to compensate tribal leaders for the loss of life and property, and to return all weapons and vehicles seized during army operations.

Critics say the deal is a dangerous climb-down by Gen Musharraf, who is under huge pressure from religious conservatives in his own country to curb his US-backed fight against militant Islam.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; pakistan

1 posted on 09/24/2006 6:56:34 AM PDT by Flavius
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To: Flavius

Pakistan HAS surrendered to Taliban. I have the details on my web:
The Taliban now control Afghan border under the recently signed Waziristan Accord

2 posted on 09/24/2006 7:01:09 AM PDT by nancyvideo (nancyvideo)
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To: Flavius; dead

Wasn't it Freeper 'Dead' who used to have the tagline "I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar'?

We need to kill that guy, too bad Bill Clinton wasn't as determined to kill Mullah Omar as he was Osama, eh?


3 posted on 09/24/2006 7:04:50 AM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: mkjessup
Clarification: We need to kill that guy

That's Mullah OMAR, not Freeper 'Dead', LOL
4 posted on 09/24/2006 7:05:40 AM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: mkjessup
"That's Mullah OMAR, not Freeper 'Dead', LOL"

We knew what you meant because, well, one of'em is already dead. <>

5 posted on 09/24/2006 7:10:42 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

(groan) oh that was bad.

6 posted on 09/24/2006 7:13:27 AM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: nancyvideo
The Taliban now control Afghan border under the recently signed Waziristan Accord

That is the whole idea. With the area under the control of the Pakistani government there was no way the US or even NATO could do any thing at all. We could not invade that portion of Pakistan. Pakistan is a sovereign nation. All the Taliban had to do was attack then if things went badly for them they would just retreat over the Pakistani border.

We could not invade. What if NATO or the US troops killed some Pakistani troops by mistake. It was a risk we could not take.

We know the Pakistani army is not strong enough to take down the Taliban. We know some of the Pakistani commanders are sympathetic to the Taliban.

There was only one way to get something done. We had to find away to get the Pakistani government to relinquish control of that area of Pakistan.

On the other hand the Taliban could not use all their forces in Afghanistan. If they did there would be no one to take on the the Pakistani Army if they were to attack. So they had to leave some of their troops behind in case the Pakistani Army decided to attack.

Now Mullah Omar and his Taliban have no safe haven. Since the US and NATO forces can be sure that the Pakistani army will not be there they can attack at will.

The safe haven is gone.

What this proves to me is that Mullah Omar is not very bright. He must have an I.Q. of about your level. He traded a safe haven in a foreign country for a no mans land with no place to hide.

I couldn't believe Mullah Omar could be that dumb to take this deal but he apparently is.

7 posted on 09/24/2006 7:50:20 AM PDT by Common Tator
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To: Common Tator

Beg to differ. Taliban have sanctuary in North Waziristan. They have complete control of this area, with the agreement of the Pakistan government

8 posted on 09/24/2006 8:39:06 AM PDT by nancyvideo (nancyvideo)
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