One of several child victims of alleged bombardment on Tirah Valley
Tehreek- e-Taliban (TTP) spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani released videos to the media which showed injured and dead bodies of young children in the Tirah Valley area of Khyber Agency, Pakistan. They had allegedly been the victims of a recent bombardment on the 3rd January 2015 as part of military operations which began in June with Zarb-e-Asb and continues with Khyber operations 1 and 2.
The distressing images which showed small skulls crushed, leaving infants with gaping cavities, appeared to fly in the face of ISPR (Inter Services Public Relations) that have repeatedly played down any civilian casualties. According to a Pakistani journalist (who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals) ISPR claimed to have killed 31 terrorists in these latest strikes including suicide bombers and four hideouts of the militants but no mention of civilians being hit.
TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah who appears in the video issued a warning ordering TTP and those in affiliation to “target” political party PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz). Fazlullah now has a 10 million rupees (US$100,000) bounty on his head following his claim of responsibility for the attack on Peshawar Army School on 16th December 2014.
Repeated warnings to stop torture of detainees in custody and cease extra-judicial killings were ignored by government and security services in the weeks leading up to the Peshawar massacre. Since the attack which left 150 people, mostly children, dead and around 100 injured, the government has embarked on a “revenge” spree stating 500 prisoners will be hung in the near future. Hangings are already in progress. Fazlullah responded to this action in the video, saying, “the announcement of hanging made by you (government) is for the detained prisoners but just telling you that whatever barbarism you can do, in the end noose will come to your neck.”
Journalists in Pakistan must now take extra care when writing on the War on Terror as the Nawaz Sharif government is clamping down on reporting on insurgency in Pakistan and aims to silence the voice of militants in the media. However as terrorism theorist Max Abrahms of North Eastern University, US, pointed out, “when terrorists express an interest in attacking a particular target, they often do. That’s why it’s so important to study their statements.”
Mullah Fazlullah, Chief of TTP
Links to the TTP videos (which could not be independently verified due to extremely limited access for media) can be seen here,
Following is the translation of Fazlullah video:
“Tehreek- e -Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Maulvi Fazlullah Khurasani video message along with chilling images of the kids killing in bombing to Journalists, masses, Nawaz Sharif and Taliban:
I am elaborating to common Muslim that these are properties of Muslim and their houses, these are destroyed with immense cruelty that we can’t find example of such nastiness in the world history. Women, children and cattle, all were targeted during this attack on Muslim economy. This is part of planned conspiracy to subjugate the Muslim into the hands of infidels but with the Blessing of Almighty Allah these Muslim have faith in one God and believe in Jihad and here mothers give birth to sons who will take revenge for all this. Our enemy must keep in mind whoever will destroy our huts we will destroy their cottages.
If there are hearts in your chests and of meat, then see the situation. Are they not children of someone? Do they have sisters and relatives? Do they have blood in their veins?
Must listen to the crying of this injured child!
We see these scenes and when we take revenge then infidels, enemies of religion, devil forces unanimously started to speak against Jihad and Mujahideens.
With the blessing of Almighty Allah whoever make our sisters weep, we will make their sisters weep in revenge.
I am giving message to the Mujahid brothers that devil media might demoralize your aims, this devil media only enters into the spots where blood is oozing but they don’t have heart to explain the truth and work with justice. Media is also at war with us, Media is playing its part on a full scale against us in this war. Media must wait for the warning and threat from the Almighty Allah.
I am asking you people that what has happened to you that you are not feeling mercy on the condition of this Ummah? Will you not consider the weeping and hurt of these sisters and mothers? Will you not take care of your martyrs and prisoners?
If you don’t forgive each other and didn’t follow the path of unity and Shariah then must keep in your memory that you will never be pardoned. Allah will bring such people who will be pious as compare to we all and they will be blessed with good characters. Today we have a chance to invite people to Jihad and play our role in Jihad with honesty and become the protectors of the properties of the masses. Try to avoid and keep away from immoral activities and the activities against Islam and Shariah.
As you know that in everywhere operations against the Muslims, Pakistani army is playing its full role, it the contract of this army and till the time we didn’t inflict damage on this army, Shariah can’t be functional in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Hindustan. Emancipate your Quran and your brothers and have mercy on the honor and dignity of your sisters and mothers, Your enemy is being defeated, till to date no one got success against Jihad.
I am telling this to Nawaz Sharif that till now our target was Awami National Party (ANP), from today onward I am tasking all the mujahideens either in affiliation with the TTP or not, and believe in the Jihad of Pakistan that “Muslim League-Nawaz is our target.”
“Hit them with immense force that either they subjugate to the writ of Almighty Allah or either send them to hell.”
The announcement of hanging made by you is for the detained prisoners but just telling you that whatever barbarism you can do in the end noose will come to your neck.
Whenever Pharoah got angry then he used to saying that I will hang you… You (Nawaz) the Pharoah of Pakistan he was Pharoah of Egypt, You followed Pharoah and repeated his words but keep firm with your words. With the Blessing of Almighty Allah we will be firm with our words. We have accepted the writ of Almighty Allah and you will also have to accept the writ of Allah.”
Young children allegedly killed by Pakistani F16 jets on 3rd January 2015 (Khyber Agency, TTP video)
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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.