them there. He said the survivors had fled in groups of four and were spread around in thecountry. There were 70,000 Pakistani troops deployed in South Waziristan while there wereonly 18,000 allied and Afghan forces on the Afghan side of the border. He said he hadordered
44 operations in one year. One might ask: why was he not able to show the “largenumber” of foreign terrorists, captured or dead, to the media? Did he not know that the
Wana Operation had no political credibility? Why did he ignore the first lesson in suchoperations: establishing credibility among the public?
"We fear that the truth might turn out to show the latest peace deal as another dead-on-arrival achievement of the government. The JUI has got its Banuri Masjid graduate AbdullahMehsud off the hook without surrendering a single killer. If the troops go after him now,Baitullah Mehsud will call it a breach of faith and declare war once again, just like Nek
Muhammad did. Meanwhile, the Wazirs have not appreciated the “deal” with the Mehsud
jirga and have killed two journalists who were returning from the peace ceremony. Both the
journalists were Wazirs: hence the tribal disapproval of “joining in with the enemy”.Therefore if “peace” with Baitullah Mehsud was a tactic of relieving the mounting pressure
from Balochistan, it may turn out to be another dud," the
As predicted by the
, on Wednesday tribal militant Abdullah Mehsud, wanted forkidnapping two Chinese engineers last year, told the BBC he did not support the deal signedby Baitullah Mehsud. He said only a holy war would evict "US agents" from Pakistan.
Abdullah Mehsud speaking to the
Haroon Rashid in Peshawar by phone from anundisclosed location, said: "Baitullah's thinking might be that he can achieve his aims bysigning the peace agreement, while mine is that only a holy war against the US and