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US offensives take toll in Pakistan The saga of Faisal Shahzad, who stands accused of a failed bombing attempt in New York’s Times Square on May 1, has led the US to mount a new wave of pressure on Pakistan to crack down on Taliban militant groups in the region. Currently, the target area is archlord money, North Waziristan, where the 30-year-old Pakistani American allegedly received training alongside Pakistani Taliban militants. But Athar Abbas, director general of Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), stressed last archlord money week that the decision to move on a region is up to Pakistan, regardless of outside pressure. «We never told the media that we are going to launch an offensive in North Waziristan,» he said Wednesday. «Whether and when to launch a military operation is a decision by Pakistan — not the US.» That does not mean stopping the US from acting unilaterally, though, utilizing small teams of troops and air and missile strikes in Pakistan, according to dog clothes, a Washing-ton Post report. A fresh US drone strike left at least 11 people dead and several others wounded in North Waziristan on Friday dog clothes. The Pakistan army insists that the US’ drone attacks «do more harm than help» as they kill innocent civilians much more than suspected terrorists they target, Abbas told the Global Times on Wednesday. Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence said Friday that it had no knowledge about an agreement with the US in regard to drone attacks in Pakistan. Philip Alston, a New York University law professor and a United Nation special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, is set to deliver a report Thursday to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to call for the US to end drone attacks that are conducted under the CIA’s program. No target at all «You are not able to maple story mesos, tell where your enemies are until they start shooting at your brothers,» a Pakistani army captain who asked not to be named told the Global Times on Thursday, recalling his bitter fighting experiences in North Waziristan in August 2004. «My cousin was a Taliban fighter. When government troops came, he buried his ammunition under the ground of maple story mesos his farmland and lined himself up with local villagers,» a source familiar with Taliban militants’ tactics told the Global Times on Saturday. «They appear all the same — dusty faces, long beards, loose clothes. Nobody can tell the difference.» The continuous changing of militant organizations in North Waziristan will double the difficulty to root out militancy from this region and other agencies flyff penya, in the tribal area, the Los Angeles Times quoted experts as saying. It will require a huge corps of reliable informants flyff penya and intelligence agents, and Pakistan has yet to replenish the ranks of Waziristan spies working for the army, it said. «The killing of suspected informants is quite frequent,» a source familiar with the issue told the Global Times on Saturday. «Whenever the Taliban militants cast doubt on a person, they kill him instantly without leniency.» Sometimes, even the killings or arrests of Taliban leaders don’t slow the pace of insurgency, according to the newly published book «Decoding the New Taliban.» Other senior insurgents are delegated responsibility for individual districts, which promises effective operations in case of the district commander’s absence. Overstretched resources Once a Pakistani soldier is killed, his family gets last chaos gold, an average compensation of 30 million to 40 million rupees ($360,000 to $482,000); as for the seriously injured, there is a large piece of land in the central area of Pakistan offered in the package in addition to a considerable amount of money last chaos gold, according to army sources in Pakistan. To date, Pakistani official statistics show that a total of 2,421 Pakistani soldiers have given their lives and more than 7,000 have been injured since 2001. In particular, 86 percent of the military casualties came between 2007 and this month. In a pre-budget dialogue, Pakistani Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock Nazar Muhammad Gondal complained that the operations against terrorism have impacted every allocation and decision in the government’s budget. He claimed that 60 percent of World of Warcraft power leveling, the nation’s budget had been allocated for defense, while the country remains crippled by an unprecedented energy crisis. More than 140,000 Pakistani troops have been deployed to World of Warcraft power leveling the country’s western border, where lies the tribal belt neighboring Afghanistan, official figures suggest. At the same time, the volatile line of control (LoC) between Pakistan and India-held Kashmir also put strains on Pakistan’s military deployment. Today, at least 100,000 Pakistani troops are still quartered along the 740-kilometer disputed ceasefire line, and the number is almost twice as big on the other side. Taliban leaving? «Almost 98 percent of Hakimullah Mahsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militants, along with some Punjabi Taliban, have left North Wazirisitan,» The News has quoted a source close to North Waziristan Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadur as saying. «Before leaving, announcements were made from loudspeakers in mosques of various villages by the Mahsud Taliban to thank the tribal people of North Waziristan for their cooperation and assis-tance to the displaced Mahsud militants,» the source further added. «The Mahsud Taliban has been convinced to return to their native South Waziristan,» a government official in Miramashah, a principal town of North Waziristan, confirmed. However, ISPR’s Abbas told the Global Times on Wednesday that he was aware of this report but questioned the authenticity of the information. «People in North Waziristan, as well as Hakimullah and Bahadur, are aware of the economic importance of Miramashah and Mir Ali, the second major town,» army sources told the Global Times on Thursday. «The two towns are vital to the economy of the entire FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas). Once major fighting occurs, it will paralyze the economic center of the tribal area, and the Taliban will lose support from local tribesmen.» Colonel Nauman Saeed, commander of the Pakistani army in Bajaur Agency, one of the seven agencies in Pakistan’s autonomous FATA, broke down the conflict in simple terms, saying, «No other country, besides Pakistan, is now using its forces against its own people on its own soil.» Mosque strikes Friday’s twin attacks at two mosques in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore killed around 80 people and injured 78. Launched by three gunmen wearing suicide vests, the attacks took place shortly after prayers. It was the deadliest attack in Pakistan since December 31, when a suicide car bomb driven by a Taliban militant killed more than 100 civilians at a volleyball game in a tribal area. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion quickly fell on the Pakistani Taliban.