Pakistan Terrorist army accused of killings
An amateur video posted on a social networking site appears to show Pakistani troopsunlawfully killing six young men, raising fresh concerns over the conduct of US-backedPakistani forces in their battle against Taliban-allied groups.The blurry video, which runs for more than 5 minutes, shows men in Pakistani militaryuniforms lining up blindfolded young men with their hands tied behind their backs beforegunning them down.An organisation called the International Pashtuns' Association posted the video onFacebook and says that the incident took place during the military's crackdown on thePakistani Taliban in the Swat valley the summer of 2009.The Pakistani government launched the operation after coming under pressure fromWashington to do more to stop cross-border Taliban attacks on Nato troops inneighbouring Afghanistan.The location cannot be identified from the grainy footage, which appears to have beenshot on a mobile telephone, but explosions can be heard in the background as the men areshot dead by the firing squad.As the soldiers prepare to fire, one of them asks the commander: "One by one, or together?" "Together" is the reply. The conversation is in Urdu, the language used by thePakistani military.
The authenticity of the video cannot be independently confirmed by Al Jazeera, and thePakistani government have said it was fabricated. But US media has quoted anonymousAmerican officials who believe that the video is authentic.The uniforms and rifles appear to be consistent with Pakistan's standard militaryequipment, and a former Pakistani general told Al Jazeera that while the video could not be verified, the images should be taken seriously."We have to take it at face value at the moment, and take it seriously," said TalatMasood. "My view is that the CIA and ISI are in a much better position to authenticatethis.""It looks as though they are Pakistani troops, but there are several other aspects that needto be re-checked before we can say that it is authentic."He said that he thought the Pakistani military would "absolutely" investigate theauthenticity of the video, because if confirmed it could do serious damage to Pakistan'sstrategy in tackling the Taliban."I'm sure that this is not the military policy," he said. "It would undermine the whole war on terror, which is not just military, but about winning hearts and minds."