Today’s complaint is Pakistani support for US forces. Once every last Pakistani learns to despise and cease “supporting” the US (not even offering any lip-service), they can rest assured that the demands of the “militants” will morph into a new “grievance” — until they get what they really want: a caliphate governing according to sharia.
“Pakistan militants threaten more bombs,” by Chris Brummtt for AP, September 24:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) “” A militant group that claimed to be behind the deadly Marriott Hotel bombing in Pakistan’s capital threatened more attacks Wednesday, warning again that Pakistanis should stop cooperating with the United States.
In a cell phone message to reporters, the little known group calling itself “Fedayeen al-Islam” “” “Islam commandos” “” referred to the owner of the Marriott by name.
“All those who will facilitate Americans and NATO crusaders like (owner Sadruddin) Haswani, they will keep on receiving the blows,” said the message, which was in English.
It was impossible to verify the identity of the group or say whether it was in a position to make good on the threat. Pakistani officials were not immediately available for comment.
The group demanded that Pakistan break with Washington in an earlier message that claimed responsibility for Saturday’s truck bombing at the Marriott in Islamabad, a blast that killed 53 people and wounded more than 270.
Little or nothing is known about the group. Pakistani officials suspect al-Qaida or Taliban militants carried out the bombing.
In the latest violence, a suicide bomber killed an 11-year-old girl and wounded 11 troops and some children in the frontier city of Quetta, officials said.
Security forces supported by helicopter gunships killed 20 militants in a second day of fighting near the town of Khar in another border area, Bajur, officials said. Just north of Khar, a roadside bomb killed two pro-government tribesmen and wounded several others.
Militant warlords have established virtual mini-states in the tribal belt, levying taxes and enforcing strict Taliban-style social codes and justice.
On Wednesday, a so-called “Peace Committee” executed four alleged murderers in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, a witness said. Din Muhammed said members of the committee used mosque loudspeakers to summon a crowd before the four were shot.