Pakistan frets over Burqa bombers (pakistan to consider Burqa Ban)

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  1. JAISWAL

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    LAHORE: The Taliban-sponsored third suicide
    attack by a veil-clad female bomber in less than a
    year in Pakistan has set alarm bells ringing
    among security agencies as the new tactic to
    conceal deadly explosives under all-enveloping
    burqas without being intercepted presents a huge
    challenge to counter-terrorism officials who are
    already finding it hard to nip the menace of
    suicide bombers in the bud.
    A female suicide attacker and a separate handcart
    bomb targeted the police on August 11 in the
    Lahori Gate area of Peshawar, killing seven people
    in the first deadly suicide attack during the holy
    month of Ramazan. The target of the female
    bomber, believed to be a 17-year-old, was a
    police check post which was completely
    destroyed in the attack. The girl first threw a hand
    grenade on the check post, 20 meters from the
    site of the first blast which had already killed
    seven people, including five policemen, and then
    blew herself up. But luckily enough, she failed to
    inflict adequate damage as her vest did not
    explode fully, and killed only an elderly woman.
    TTP quickly claimed responsibility for the attack,
    with TTP spokesman Azam Tariq telling the
    media that they have a large number of women
    suicide bombers who would be used in future
    attacks against the security forces to avenge the
    Pakistani military operations in the tribal belt.
    The TTP head in Mohmand Agency Commander
    Omar Khalid threatened further suicide attacks
    until the Pakistani military offensives, which he
    said were being waged to appease the United
    States, come to an end. The TTP leader said that
    using female bombers was part of a new
    strategy as strategies keep changing in war.”
    The Peshawar suicide bombing was the third
    suicide attack carried out by a female in Pakistan
    since December 2010. Three suicide bombings
    carried out by female attackers in eight months,
    which killed nearly 60 people and injured around
    150, have raised concerns about the Taliban’s
    dangerous strategy to multiply challenges for the
    Pakistani security forces. Interior Minister Rehman
    Malik has condemned TTP for using women as
    human bombs, describing it as a sign of their
    desperation in the wake of the strict security
    measures taken by the agencies which have
    made it difficult for the saboteurs to strike their
    targets at will.
    According to those in security agencies who are
    responsible for dealing with the menace of suicide
    bombings, the emerging phenomenon of female
    bombers pose a bigger challenge to the Pakistani
    authorities since women in their all-enveloping
    burqas can easily breach security and inflict
    maximum damage by exploding themselves.
    Well-informed circles in the security agencies say
    both the TTP and al-Qaeda have established
    female suicide bombing cells in remote areas of
    north-western Pakistan and north eastern
    Afghanistan. The existence of these cells was
    confirmed by a 12-year-old Pakistani girl, Meena
    Gul, who had confessed (in June 2010) to have
    been trained to be a human bomb. Meena Gul
    said she was brainwashed to kill Pakistani troops
    in one of several such training camps. She was
    detained by police in Dir district of Khyber
    Pakhtunkhwa. According to Meena, female
    suicide bombers coming from Pakistan and
    Afghanistan are being trained in small cells on
    both sides of the Pak-Afghan border, to be
    eventually dispatched to their missions with a
    sermon, “God will reward you with a place in
    heaven”. Meena said her cell was led by Zainab,
    her sister-in-law, who used to dress as a man
    and fought alongside the Taliban against Pakistani
    troops.
    Sources in the security agencies say the training
    cells of the human bombs operate on both sides
    of the Pak-Afghan border and work under the
    command of Qari Ziaur Rahman, the dual-hatted
    Taliban and al-Qaeda leader. Qari Zia is not only a
    top regional commander of TTP but also an al-
    Qaeda member who operates in Kunar and
    Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan as well as
    across the border in Bajaur Agency in Fata. Zia’s
    private army has fighters from Pakistan,
    Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan,
    Afghanistan, and various Arab countries. He
    commands a brigade in al-Qaeda’s paramilitary
    shadow army, which is called the Lashkar-e-Zil
    (LeZ), previously led by Ilyas Kashmiri, who was
    reportedly killed in a US drone strike in July 2011.
    Interior Minister Rehman Malik had claimed in
    March 2010 that Qari Zia was killed in an air strike,
    but he later spoke to the media and mocked
    Rehman Malik for wrongly reporting his killing.
    Similarly, the American CIA, which offers
    $350,000 bounty for information leading to his
    death or capture, has targeted him in multiple
    drone attacks in Kunar province of Afghanistan
    since January 2010, but failed to hunt him down
    despite repeated attempts.
    Female suicide bombers are relatively new in
    South Asia. The first known suicide bombing by
    a female anywhere in the world came in 1985
    when a 16-year-old girl, Khyadali Sana, drove an
    explosive-laden truck into an Israeli Defence Force
    convoy and killed two soldiers. Since then,
    women have driven bomb-laden vehicles, carried
    bomber bags, and strapped huge explosives and
    metal implements on their bodies in Lebanon, Sri
    Lanka, Chechnya, Israel, Turkey, Somalia and last
    but not the least, in Pakistan. Terrorist
    organisations worldwide which have publicised
    their use of female bombers include the Liberation
    Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Syrian Socialist National
    Party, the Kurdistan Workers Party, Chechen
    rebels, Al-Aqsa Martyrs, Palestinian Islamic Jihad,
    and most recently, Hamas.
    The first incident of suicide bombing carried out
    by a female in Afghanistan happened on June 21,
    2010 in Kunar province, killing two American
    soldiers. Similarly, the first suicide attack by a
    female bomber in Pakistan was carried out on
    December 24, 2010 at an aid distribution centre of
    the United Nations World Food Programme in
    Bajaur Agency, which killed 47 people.
    The second attack was carried out on June 25,
    2011 when a husband and wife team, said to be
    Uzbeks, attacked a police station in Dera Ismail
    Khan, killing seven policemen and a tea boy. The
    TTP had claimed responsibility for both these
    attacks.
     
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    Maybe they need to also ban the Burqa in Pakistan.
     
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    impossible to ban burqa in pakistan. if it ever happened it will be followed by major terror attacks against establishment and ministers thus leading to revoking ban.
     
  5. mayfair

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    Isn't the irony relishingly obvious here or am I the only one?
     
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    It is dripping with irony and I am finding it very delicious.
     
  7. arya

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    well not possible to ban burqa

    but personally i feel any symbol represent religion in public should be ban
     

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