Taliban Leaders Arrested
Progress In The War
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Four senior associates of Mullah Omar were arrested in Quetta in western Pakistan.
Two of those arrested, Mullah Jahangir and Mullah Mohid, were responsible for Mullah Omar's communications. The other two are Mullah Nazir, who was Taleban commander in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, and Mullah Tahir, the former Taliban commander for the capital, Kabul.
Coupled with the standoff at the Red Mosque, it appears President Pervez Musharraf has finally realized the folly of his effort to make peace with the Taliban by ceding control of Waziristan to tribal leaders affiliated with the Taliban.
The Red Mosque, a symbol of radical Islam in Pakistan, is well known for its criticism of the government and anti-U.S. and pro-Taliban sentiments. Troops have surrounded the Mosque since Tuesday when clashes between armed student radicals and government forces erupted after months of tension.
The standoff is far from over. Read on.
Rebel Pakistani cleric, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, hoped to incite Islamic revolution in Pakistan:
Government and military officials say rebel cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi has between 50-60 hard core militants -- some from al Qaeda-linked Pakistani groups -- leading the fighting.
President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday gave the militants a 'surrender-or-die' ultimatum.
Ghazi has said he preferred "martyrdom". In a statement carried by Sunday newspapers the cleric said he and his followers hoped their deaths would spark an Islamic revolution.
"We have firm belief in God that our blood will lead to a revolution," wrote Ghazi. "God willing, Islamic revolution will be the destiny of this nation."
Musharraf has handled the standoff well minimizing loss of life and maintaining public support:
The arrest of the leader of the mosque, Maulana Abdul Aziz, who tried to escape in a burqa while leaving behind hundreds of his students, many of them female, has brought ridicule in the news media, which have largely supported the government. Neither the public nor the religious parties have protested the actions of the government, which has won praise for its relative restraint.
As I have said before, it's past the time to put an end to hate factories, such as the madrassas of the Red Mosque, which continue to indoctrinate new holy warriors to serve radical Islam. President Musharraf's efforts against the al Qaeda linked terrorists of the Red Mosque along with recent reports that U.S. forces will be allowed to operate in inside Waziristan are signs of more progress in the War Against Terror.