Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Taliban Phenomenon - 9

Ahmed Quraishi wrote:

Pakistani Official To U.S.: Talk To Taliban's Mullah Omar Karzai an ‘obstacle’ to peace By Isambard Wilkinson Saturday, 27 September, 2008. The Daily Telegraph.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan—Owais Ghani, who governs the North West Frontier Province and its adjoining tribal areas, is the most prominent figure to date to publicly advocate holding talks with militant commanders leading the insurgency against coalition forces in Afghanistan.


Zaid Hamid heads a Think Tank known as Brass Tacks


Dear Quraishi Sahab,

I wonder what do you and Mr Zaid Hamid have to say about this Humanist Activities of Afghan Taliban against the Shia Community or has Mr Zaid Hamid discarded Shia Community from Islam, the Islam which he nowadays preach from Private Pakistani TV Channel TVONE/NEWSONE?



The massacre in Yakaolang district began on January 8, 2001 and continued for four days. In the course of conducting search operations following the recapture of the district from two Hazara-based parties in the United Front, the Taliban detained about 300 civilian adult males, including staff members of local humanitarian organizations. The men were herded to assembly points in the center of the district and several outlying areas, and then shot by firing squad in public view. About 170 men are confirmed to have been killed. The killings were apparently intended as a collective punishment for local residents whom the Taliban suspected of cooperating with United Front forces, and to deter the local population from doing so in the future. The findings concerning events in Yakaolang are based on the record of interviews with eyewitnesses that were made available to Human Rights Watch and other corroborating evidence.

The May 2000 massacre took place near the Robatak pass on the border between Baghlan and Samangan provinces. Thirty-one bodies were found at one site to the northwest of the pass. Twenty-six of the dead were positively identified as civilians from Baghlan province. Of the latter, all were unlawfully detained for four months and some were tortured before they were killed. Human Rights Watch's findings in this case are based in large part on interviews with a worker who participated in the burials and with a relative of a detainee who was executed at Robatak. These accounts have been further corroborated by other independent sources. With respect to both massacres, all names of sources, witnesses, and survivors have been withheld.

Mullah Mohammad Omar, the head of the Taliban movement, has stated that there is no evidence of a civilian massacre in Yakaolang and blocked journalists from visiting the district, until recently accessible only by crossing Taliban-held territory. On the night of February 13-14, 2001, however, United Front forces recaptured Bamiyan city, the provincial capital. The offensive secured an airport and a road link to Yakaolang.

I. Summary

II. Recommendations

To the United Nations, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and the Islamic State of Afghanistan:

To the European Community

III. Background

IV. Massacre in Yakaolang, January 2001

V. Massacre at Robatak Pass, May 2000

VI. Accountability

VII. Conclusion

Appendix A: Yakaolang - Partial List of Persons Killed

Appendix B: Robatak - Partial List of Persons Killed

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