PKKH Exclusive | Dan Qayyum | PakistanKaKhudaHafiz.com
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan-As Pakistani Forces zero in on Baitullah Mehsud in
South Waziristan, the United States has announced it has given its
forces in Afghanistan standing orders to enter Pakistani territory if
it has 'intelligence' on the presence of Osama Bin Laden, Ayman
al-Zwahiri and Mullah Omar at any given location.
The Washington Post reported that the US Special Operation Forces had
already established ground teams near the Pakistani border in
Afghanistan who would move into Pakistan when required.
This announcement by the US has raised eyebrows in the Pakistani
security establishment as it comes at a time when Pakistan forces,
having recaptured most of Swat and defeated the terrorists there who
are equipped with U.S. armor and weapons, is moving into Baitullah
Mehsud's stronghold in South Waziristan to finish off this warlord who
is killing Pakistanis.
The US has in the past shown no interest in striking Baitullah
Mehsud's insurgent militia which calls itself Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan. The U.S. carefully avoided targeting TTP with its Predator
and Reaper drones run by the CIA.
Statements from captured TTP commanders and weapons recovered from
them have confirmed Pakistan Army's belief that theAmericans and
Indians are training, funding and supplying weapons to the TTP
"This is what the Indians tried to do before the Sri Lankan (army) got
to Prabhakaran. His capture would have uncovered Indian intelligence
links with the LTTE. They tried and failed to rescue him, so they had
him executed before the army got to him", says a senior intelligence
official on condition of anonymity.
"The Americans don't want Baitullah Mehsud to be captured alive
either, and they cannot eliminate him with an air-strike anymore since
Pakistan Army is advancing towards him already. They will either take
him out before he is captured, or he will mysteriously disappear only
to re-emerge later at a different location. This announcement has
nothing to do with Osama or Mullah Omar. They have been saying Osama
is in Pakistan for years. Why haven't they acted before?"
The Pakistan Army must capture Baitullah Mehsud alive. But before
that, they have to ensure they block Baitullah Mehsud's supply lines
from Afghanistan - with aggression if necessary - and ensure he does
not disappear towards the Afghan border where there is a getaway crew
waiting for him.