Pakistan’s Governor Vows to Fight Taliban

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The governor of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Masood Kausar, has vowed to crush Taliban militants in the region, after surviving an assassination attempt Tuesday.

One person was killed and at least four others wounded when at least two rockets targeted a gathering of tribal elders in Kalaya, a town in the Orakzai tribal agency. The governor was not wounded in the attack.

In a statement Wednesday, Kausar said “terrorists are enemies of Islam, Pakistan and development of tribal areas, who have no faith and no religion.” He said he will never be terrified by “such cowardly acts,” noting terrorists have their own agenda of destruction and devastation. Kausar then urged unity among tribesmen against the Taliban.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani Taliban operates in the area and frequently attacks government targets.

Orakzai is one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal agencies and the only one that does not share a border with Afghanistan.

The Pakistani military has launched several operations against militants throughout the country's tribal belt.