Pakistani Militant Leader Threatens to Quit Peace Deal with Govt

Posted November 12th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the most powerful militant leaders operating in Pakistan's tribal belt near the Afghan border on Saturday threatened to quit an unofficial peace agreement with the government.

In a statement distributed in Miran Shah, the main town in semi-autonomous tribal region of North Waziristan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur criticized Pakistani leaders for allowing the United States to conduct drone missile strikes in the area and accused the military of shelling civilians.

The statement said that “if the government continues with such brutal acts in the future, it will be difficult for us to show patience.”

In violence Saturday, at least four Pakistani intelligence officials were killed while conducting a raid on a militant hideout near the garrison town of Jhelum, south of Islamabad.

In the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a bomb blast at a police checkpoint killed one police officer and wounded another.

Pakistan has been under mounting pressure to do more to destroy militant sanctuaries along the Afghan border since U.S. special forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on May 2 in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.