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Pakistani Army boot camps want to ‘re-program’ ISIS terrorists

 An undated photo posted to a militant website in January shows ISIS fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria.Photo: AP



It’s a 12-step program for terrorists.

Pakistan has successfully deradicalized thousands of Taliban jihadists using special boot camps — and now wants to try the tactic on the monstrous Islamic State, The Post has learned.

Pakistani military officials say they are confident that they can re-program the twisted minds of the head-chopping ISIS terrorists and turn them into normal, hard-working citizens.

“I believe that if we are able to harness ISIS in our rehab centers, I think it is doable,” said one Pakistani military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Since the program began in 2009, Pakistan has reformed a whopping 2,500 Taliban warriors — most of whom were suicide bombers and mid-level troop commanders, officials said.

“We have a 99 percent success rate. [The Taliban] would have killed themselves and a lot of other people, too. We are saving a lot of lives,” another Pakistani army official, Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, told The Post last week in Washington, DC.

Pakistan is now willing to share its expertise on rehab centers with Iraq and Syria in their fight against ISIS, which has taken over large swaths of land in those countries to create their self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Bajwa said.

“If we receive a request from [Iraq or Syria], I think we can talk to them about it,” Bajwa said, adding that all Middle Eastern countries need to take an “integrated approach” on ISIS and other extremist groups because “we’re all fighting the same menace.”

The Pakistani army came up with the rehab idea after it launched a 2009 offensive in Swat Valley and rounded up a number of Taliban militants, the anonymous source said.

The terrorists were segregated and categorized by their level of indoctrination and their ages, which ranged from 18 to 45, the official said.

“We look at their track record — how long have they been with the Taliban, their level of radicalization,” the official said. “On a scale of 1 to 10, this one may be an 8, and this one a 5, and we separate them accordingly into groups.”

The army converted four large school buildings in Swat and put together a team of doctors, teachers, psychologists and other professionals.

The Taliban then underwent a four-part re-programming process there that took six months to a year.

The “deradicalization program” drills down into the root causes of why they join the ranks of the Taliban, the official said.

“Some people get radicalized out of a sense to serve God,” the official said. “Others, especially young men, see Taliban with long beards and carrying Kalashnikovs [machine guns] walking around’’ and think it’s cool.

The official said that in some Taliban-controlled areas, the terrorists force families to turn over their children for indoctrination.

In the rehab centers, the first part of the rebooting process is a psychological evaluation.


 – Gen. Bajwa

“Initially, they have a very dark mindset, and they won’t use any color other than black color to draw a house with no windows,” Bajwa said. “At the end of the process, they want to use any color other than black to draw their house — bright colors with open windows and doors.”

In the second phase, the militants are “de-indoctrinated and then motivated” by religious teachers and friends, Bajwa said.

“They sit down with [the terrorists] and explain to them, ‘Why would they resort to this type of life?’ What it entails in terms of religious values and social and moral values, so all that was discussed,” Bajwa said.

The third and fourth parts involve making the terrorists productive citizens who are valued by their families, according to Bajwa.

They are given an education and taught a craft, such as carpentry or computer programming.

During the process, the other official said, the terrorists are served regular Pakistani meals in a large cafeteria. On the menu is curry, rice, mangos, vegetables and yogurt for dessert.

They also take part in a comprehensive morning and evening physical therapy program, playing volleyball and cricket, Pakistan’s favorite pastime.

“They operate in teams and are socially more active, which is positive reinforcement,” the official said.

The former extremists are then released back into society.

“They never again join the [Pakistan Taliban],” Bajwa insisted. “But we put in place a system of monitoring them with the help of an integrated team, the family and local police.”

A source said there was only one case in which it appeared the reboot might not be working.

“This monitoring time actually caters for that risk and possibility,’’ the source said.




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The Evil School of Thought! By Mehwish Zia

The Evil School of Thought!


Mehwish Zia





The start of military operation ZarbEAzb, June 2014 against the terrorists in North Waziristan took Pakistan into the last round against the terrorism. The Pakistan Army is steadily clearing all the areas where terrorists have established major footholds. It has been months; since operation has started Pakistan Army has achieved massive success, by destroying many weapon factories killing more than 1000 terrorists and destroying many weapon factories. Zarb-e-Azb is progressing successfully, and it has been expected that operation will end up in rooting up terrorism from Pakistan.

228480_52133596But.. But the question is that How eliminating TTP, or killing all the terrorists would eliminate terrorism from Pakistan? The answer might be No. because crushing Taliban’s is not the only solution. The need of hour is to eliminate the mindset that has been working behind TTP, it’s not just about Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, it’s about “what” is behind Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which theory or which perspective has driven Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to such violence that they started using religion for their activities. It’s not about TTP, it’s about extremism, in our society. Now, the question is who is promoting that extremism? What comes to your mind? Mullah! Yes. Mullah and their Madrissa’s are the extremist factories in Pakistan. Clearly, Mullahs have hijacked our religion. They have made a wretched rendition of Islam that fits neither in the past nor in the present. They modified religion for their own purposes. Mullahs assumed control, politicized and adulterated religion, and brought it to this peculiar stage that it is in now. The presence of a Mullah relies on upon weak debates like how covered/veiled a lady ought to be, how long Muslims must have beard, ladies should not drive, girls should not be educated and others of same sort. These Mullahs sold out their God and headed his followers off track.

TTP is a Tehreek, pounding Tehreek won’t have any effect, unless what that is behind TTP is smashed. Terrorism will be disposed of, if that school of thought is dispensed with that is raising those brains. Unlawful groups, Madrissa’s, jamats, still get awards underneath money related help. To kill the bases of terrorism, these groups ought to be banned from promoting feeling of violence and roughness against state. There ought to be some check about these Deeni Madrissa’s, and they ought to be observed in order to recognize their fund and to verify that they’re not promoting terrorism.

So for making Pakistan a terror free country, we must take a step to eradicate the actual cause of terrorism and that means to check around, in our surroundings, about the extremist Mullah’s and madrissa’s. Zarb-e-Azb is a fight, and we have to stand with our military.

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Robin Cooke’s view of TTP

Robin Cooke’s view of TTP

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No Appeasement with Taliban

No Appeasement with Taliban




Sajjad Shaukat






After the World War I, the policy of appeasement was followed by the Great Britain to pacify German leader Hitler who increased his demands and occupied more European regions. Such a British strategy which showed signs of weakness resulted into World War II. In one way or the other, Pakistan’s present government is acting upon the similar policy towards all the militant groups of the Taliban, especially Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which has continued its terror-activities such as suicide attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killings, ruthless beheadings of the innocent people, assaults on security personnel and prominent religious figures. On January 20, this year, thirteen people including six security personnel were killed and 29 others injured after a suicide bomb, exploded at R.A Bazaar near the army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. Besides other cities of Pakistan, particularly Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Karachi have become special target of subversive acts, while in Balochistan, the Taliban have connections with other insurgents’ outfits like Balachistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Jundollah (God’s soldiers).

Condemning the latest acts of terrorism, particularly in Rawalpindi by the TTP which also claimed responsibility for the same, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated that attacks on innocent persons and armed forces would not be tolerated. On the one side, they have repeatedly been emphasizing upon peace dialogue with the Taliban, especially those of the TTP, while on the other, taking note of their perennial terror-attacks, they have also suggested strong action against these militants.

In this context, although the rulers have expedited the formulation and promulgation of anti-terror laws as part of counter-terrorism strategy, yet they are wavering between fact and scepticism, as they are appeasing the TTP and their affiliated insurgent groups which have again and again been rejecting government’s offer of peace dialogue, while continuing their acts of sabotage. Even leaders like Imran Khan who were showing sympathies with the Taliban have condemned their recent terror-activities.

It is mentionable that TTP is acting upon shrewd tactics, as sometimes it claims responsibility for its terror-assaults and sometimes denies the same. For example, when its militants had attacked the church in Peshawar in September, 2013, TTP did not accept responsibility, but afterwards, by misinterpreting Islam, its spokesman said that it was in accordance with the Shariah (Islamic Jurisprudence). Similarly, TTP condemned bomb blast in the Tableeghi Markaz (preaching center) in Peshawar, which killed nine people on January 16, this year, but, it claimed the responsibility of attacks on police in Malakand, Shangla and Mansehra including military convoy in Bannu and R.A Bazaar near GHQ.

Meanwhile, the TTP new Chief Maulana Fazlullah had dismissed the proposed peace negotiations with the government as a “waste of time”, and vowed to target the prime minister, chief minister, chief of army staff and corpse commanders.

However, tough terms of the TTP for reconciliation indicate double game. In the recent past, in a letter, Pakistani Taliban demanded that Pakistan should pull out of the Afghan war, abandon its pro-American and pro-western policies and change its constitution and foreign policy in conformity with Islamic Shariah.

But, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik had pointed out that the Taliban’s offer of conditional truce was unacceptable, adding, “Taliban groups cannot dictate the state.” While indicating unclear policy, the government is indirectly pacifying the TTP and other Taliban insurgents who have been emboldened, and keep on challenging the writ of the state.    

Notably, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to initiate peace process with the Taliban in accordance with the decision of the All Parties Conference (APC) in which leaders of the mainstream political parties had participated.

Contrarily, now, situation has entirely changed. Recently, while condemning the inhuman activities of the insurgents, particularly by those of the TTP, more than 100 Islamic scholars clarified in their joint fatwa (edict) and separate statements that “killing of innocent people, target killings and suicide bombings including sectarianism are against the spirit of Islam…the terrorists’ self-adopted interpretation of Islam was nothing but ignorance and digression from the actual teachings of the religion.”

In fact, Islam is a religion of universal application, as it emphasizes peace, democracy, moderation and human rights including tolerance of political groups, religious communities and sects which are in minority in a country. In this connection, the Constitution of 1973 which was unanimously adopted, clearly states that Pakistan is basically a democracy guided by the Islamic principles and values—no law would be made contrary to Quran and Sunnah. 

Undoubtedly, in our country, the victims of terror-attacks have been innocent men, women, and children. While ruthless beheadings of the people, assaults on security personnel and prominent religious figures—blowing children schools and attacking the female teachers in order to deny education to girls, the militants also targeted the places of worships. Their nefarious acts resulted into killings of several persons in Pakistan.

Nevertheless, Jihad is a sacred obligation, but its real spirit needs to be understood clearly, as murdering innocent women and children is not Jihad. These Taliban and their banned affiliated groups are defaming Islam, concept of Jihad, and are weakening Pakistan.

As terrorists have accelerated their anti-social, undemocratic and un-Islamic practices, therefore, people from all segment of life and majority of politicians want that a handful of terrorist elements must not be allowed to dictate their agenda and to impose their self-perceived ideology on the majority of Pakistanis.

While the present government issued three ordinances which are before the parliament—yet to take a concrete form of law. Nonetheless, it is due to delay in formulation and implementation of counter-terrorism policy that the Taliban who continue their brutal acts have been encouraged by the contradictory approach of the present government. As it is a joint war of the nation and security forces, it certainly demands a serious unified action to root out the terrorists including their internal and external supporters. So, the government must not act upon the policy of appeasement regarding Taliban.

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Mullah Fazlullah’s Rise Complicates Ties Between Kabul, Islamabad

Mullah Fazlullah’s Rise Complicates Ties Between Kabul, Islamabad

Courtesy: The Wall Street Journal

The rise of Mullah Fazlullah as the Pakistani Taliban’s leader marks not only a power shift within the militant network but also threatens to ignite fresh conflict between Islamabad and Kabul.

Mullah Fazlullah is seen in Pakistan in an undated image provided the SITE Intel Group, a U.S. analysis company. 

Associated Press

ISLAMABAD—The rise of Mullah Fazlullah as the Pakistani Taliban’s new leader marks not only a power shift within the militant network but also threatens to ignite fresh conflict between Islamabad and Kabul.

Earlier this month, a U.S. drone strike killed the Pakistani Taliban’s chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, prompting a power struggle within the movement’s ranks. For the first time in its six-year history, the group tapped a commander from outside its cradle in the North Waziristan tribal area, selecting a native of Pakistan’s settled regions near Islamabad.

Ousted by a Pakistani army operation from their home valley of Swat in 2009, Mr. Fazlullah and his men are based in Afghanistan’s mountainous Kunar and Nuristan provinces, Pakistani officials and Western diplomats say. These Afghan connections could have serious consequences for relations between Islamabad and Kabul if Pakistani Taliban militants fulfill their promise to avenge the U.S. drone strike with massive attacks on the Pakistani government and army.

Islamabad’s likely response to such bloodshed would be to launch cross-border shelling into Kunar and Nuristan, analysts and diplomats say, as well as deploy some Afghan proxies against Mr. Fazlullah.

An even greater escalation is possible now that U.S.-led forces have by and large withdrawn from that part of Afghanistan. That’s especially so because Pakistani officials and some Western diplomats believe that Mr. Fazlullah enjoys tacit support from elements of the Afghan government that seek to punish Islamabad for its traditional backing of the Afghan Taliban.

“Fazlullah is seen as being hand-in-glove with the Afghan intelligence agencies, and it won’t be long before our hands are forced,” says Saifullah Khan Mahsud, executive director of the FATA Research Center in Islamabad, a think-tank focused on Pakistan’s northwest Federally Administered Tribal Area. “I don’t rule out our incursion into Afghanistan to get him as well. The U.S. has been employing the doctrine of hot pursuit—why not us?”

Any such border violence would put the U.S., which is negotiating a bilateral security pact with Afghanistan and relies on Pakistani routes, in a particularly tough spot.

Afghanistan and the U.S. have long complained that the Afghan Taliban—a separate militant organization—run their operations from shelters in Pakistan, with apparent complicity of the Pakistani security establishment. Adding evidence to these concerns was the assassination this week of a senior financier of the Afghan Taliban-linked Haqqani network in Pakistan’s orderly capital of Islamabad.

“If there are terrorist activities in Pakistan, then there will be a blame game: The Afghans are protecting him, like we are giving shelter to the Haqqanis,” said retired Pakistani Brig. Asad Munir, who served as a senior intelligence official in the country’s troubled northwest and then as the principal secretary for security in the tribal areas along the Afghan border.

The Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said that the Afghan government won’t let terrorist groups operate from Afghan territory or use them as a tool against another country. A senior Afghan intelligence official added “there is no evidence” that Kabul is aiding Mr. Fazlullah.

Kunar province Gov. Shuja-ul-Mulk Jalala Khan also described as “just rumors” Pakistani complaints that Mr. Fazlullah is based in his province, even as he said “there is no doubt that Pakistani Taliban are present in the border districts,” operating separately from the Afghan Taliban.

Not so long ago, Western officials dismissed Pakistani claims of Kabul’s support for Pakistani Taliban as little more than a conspiracy theory. That changed last month after a U.S. raid captured the deputy leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Latif Mehsud, on a highway south of Kabul—traveling in an Afghan government convoy. Afghan officials acknowledged they had reached out to Mr. Mehsud as a possible intermediary in their efforts to seek peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, an explanation that some Western diplomats have found disingenuous.

“There is a bit of tit-for-tat going on,” one diplomat said.

A midlevel Pakistani Taliban militant said that such murky connections with Afghan intelligence were dictated by necessity. “If you fight on both sides [of the border], you need allies on at least one side,” he said. “Afghanistan believes that all the problems inside Afghanistan are because of Pakistan, and it is looking for opportunity.”

Although the Pakistani militant group acknowledges the overall authority of Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar, it pursues a fundamentally different strategy, attacking the Pakistani military and seeking to dismantle the Pakistani state. The Afghan Taliban, by contrast, aren’t hostile to the Pakistani establishment, and focus their campaign on Afghan government and coalition targets.

Mr. Fazlullah is the first leader of the group, formally called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who hails from the settled parts of Pakistan proper as opposed to the tribal areas on the Afghan border. Both of his predecessors were from the Mehsud tribe in FATA’s North Waziristan, and up until now the TTP leadership was dominated by the Mehsuds.

Back in the Swat valley, Mr. Fazlullah was dubbed “Mullah Radio” for the fiery broadcasts on a pirate radio station he had established there. His new deputy also comes from a settled area, in Swabi, even closer to the Pakistani capital.

“It is a danger for Pakistan,” says Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, who heads the Pakistan Ulema Council, a body uniting the country’s Islamic scholars. “Before, the TTP was only in North Waziristan and among the Mehsuds. Fazlullah wants to spread it all over, and make it larger.”

A former river-crossing operator, Mr. Fazlullah, aged around 40, established a draconian regime in the Swat valley, hanging accused sinners and spies on its main market square, and forbidding television, polio vaccination, and girls’ education.

While the Pakistani army views the 2009 clearing of Swat as a success, it is apprehensive that under Mr. Fazlullah the TTP would try to destabilize the valley, known for its scenery and ski resort. Mr. Fazlullah has already taken responsibility for the September killing of a Pakistani army major-general in charge of Swat. In October 2012, his men shot Malala Yousafzai, a teenage campaigner for girls’ education.

“People of Swat are very scared. They fear that Fazlullah is very familiar with this region, and will focus on the settled areas rather than FATA,” said Zubair Torwali, a local civil-society activist and columnist. “This may embolden the Swat Taliban to regroup and begin their activities here again.”

–Habib Khan Totakhil in Kabul and Saeed Shah in Islamabad contributed to this article.

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