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Pakistan suicide bombers shifting to political leaders

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 8, IRNA

Pakistan-Suicide Bombers

The network of suicide bombers in Pakistan has changed its attacks style and the bombers are now shifting to political leaders, who are backing the military offensive against militants.

The number of suicide attacks and casualties in Pakistan has steadily risen over the past several months.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has also become a victim of a suicide attack.

President Asif Ali Zardari has approved to set up security measures for protection of political leaders following an attempt of attack on ruling party leader.

The president has also directed to convene a joint session of the Parliament in which heads of intelligence agencies and military will brief the law makers about the efforts and steps taken by them to eradicate terrorism.

The majority of Pakistanis do not consider the war against terror as their war rather they term it as an American war.

Even a coalition leader, Asfandyar Wali Kahn, who survived an assassination attempt by a suicide bomber last week, also said today that the war has been imposed on the people.

The government of Pakistan has been following the strategy which is not acceptable to most of its public on war against terror.

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf supported the US policy of war on terror but failed to convince his public against the war.

People in Pakistan say that US only wants to destroy the nuclear weapons of Pakistan that is why it has created a conflict in the region.

Some Pakistani say that US wants to take the control of the oil and gas reserves of central Asian states.

The people of North West Frontier Province who are more conservative believe that the war on terror is a war against Islam.

On the other hand US authorities have been terming the Pakistani tribal area as safe heaven for the militants.

America has also regularly been sending drones from its bases in Afghanistan into the bordering tribal agencies in Pakistan territory, bombing suspected al-Qaeda bases there.

Figures released at a military briefing in Islamabad showed 88 suicide attacks have taken place across Pakistan since the Red Mosque siege, killing 1,188 people.

Of that figure, 847 were civilians, while the rest were troops and police. More than 3,000 were listed as injured.

The number of attacks in that 15-month period is more than twice as many as in the previous five years, according to a database compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal, an India-based terrorism research website.

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