Pakistan: Al-Qaeda leaders call for new Jihad against armed forces

Islamabad, 17 Jan. (AKI - By Syed Saleem Shahzad) - Two al-Qaeda leaders in the north of Pakistan have called on their supporters to wage a new Jihad against security forces and seize control of Islamabad.

In a graphic video sent to Adnkronos International (AKI), Takfiri militants Qadri Tahir Yaldeshiv (Photo) and Abdul Khaliq Haqqani called for urgent action against the armed forces to avenge the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) operation in 2007.

The video was sent from Tahir Yaldeshiv's camp in North Waziristan which borders Afghanistan.

"Jihad is compulsory in Pakistan as it is compulsory in Afghanistan," Tahir said in the video message.

Sitting on a chair reading notes from a laptop computer flanked by a black flag, Tahir talked about the need for strict Sharia law in Pakistan.

"Pakistan came into being on the name of Islam, therefore Islam should be enforced in the country," he said in the video.

The video was released to AKI amid conflicting reports about whether tribal militants had abandoned a fort at Saklatoi, in South Waziristan after killing at least seven soldiers. Another 15 men were still missing late Wednesday.

Tahir Yaldeshiv’s closest aide and disciple Baitullah Mehsud , alleged to be responsible for the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was said to have been behind the fort attack.

In the video, the al-Qaeda leaders show pictures of the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) siege in July last year and call for revenge. After a three month standoff, Pakistani troops stormed the mosque and more than 100 people died in July.

Tahir Yaldeshiv, the chief of the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan and the chief of Uzbek militants in North Waziristan, called for a Jihad against Pakistani forces.

Abdul Khaliq Haqqani also urged the people to fight against Pakistani forces.

The video also shows what are said to be images of a government offensive in the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan in October 2007, including footage of dead soldiers and destroyed vehicles. It also shows graphic footage of a man slitting the throat of a Pakistani soldier.

There were also reports that Haji Nazeer, a local Pakistani Taliban commander in favour of reconciliation with Pakistani government was seriously wounded in the conflict.

“Haji Nazeer has now sent a message of reconciliation to our camp but it is not possible now. He has to face the music for what he has done in the past,” a Tahir Yaldeshiv source told AKI.

Takfiris believe contemporary Muslim society has reverted to a state of unbelief and support rebellion against the state and acts of violence against Muslim citizens.

This new al-Qaeda move is likely to thwart Pakistan’s efforts for reconciliation with the Taliban in Waziristan.

There is speculation that the head of Taliban Shura in North Waziristan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur, secretly signed a peace agreement with Islamabad on Monday early this week.


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