Al-Qaeda call for fresh attacks on Pakistani forces
( dpa ) - Two major al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan's tribal areas near Afghanistan have called upon their followers to intensify holy war against security forces and seize control of the capital Islamabad, media reports said on Thursday.
"Jihad is compulsory in Pakistan as it is compulsory in Afghanistan," Qadri Tahir Yaldeshiv the chief of the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan and the chief of Uzbek militants in North Waziristan, was cited as saying by Italian newswire Adnkronos International (AKI).
He also encouraged Muslims to avenge the army commando operation at the Red Mosque in July 2007 that left more than 100 militants and hardcore students of an adjoining Islamic seminary died in the action.
The action followed several weeks' standoff with the government that rejected their demand for Taliban-styled strict Islamic rule in the capital.
The video that was sent from Yaldeshiv's camp in the tribal district of North Waziristan also included a statement from Abdul Khaliq Haqqani, who supported the Uzbek militant.
Yaldshive also 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 Uzbek commander is not very popular among the pro-Taliban militants in North-Waziristan and hundreds of his men were killed early last year in an offensive by the local tribal fighters, led by Mullah Nazir.
The rivalry was renewed last week when suspected Uzbek militants attacked two pro-Taliban offices in North-Waziristan, killing eight of their supporters. There are reports that local tribesmen have already assembled an army of hundreds of fighters to avenge the killings.
Hundreds of al-Qaeda terrorists fled to Pakistan after US invaded Afghanistan in 2001. Initially, they were warmly welcomed by the local tribesmen but in some areas the natives turned against them because of their rigid behaviour.