New deadly group emerges in Pak
Islamabad: Pakistan authorities now believe a dangerous new militant group, out to avenge the deadly Army attack assault on a Lal Masjid in Islamabad three years ago, has carried out several major bombings in the capital previously blamed on the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
The emergence of the Ghazi Force was part of the outrage among many deeply religious Pakistani Muslims over the July 2007 attack by security forces against Lal Masjid, a stronghold of militants.
The fierce attack, in which scores of young, heavily armed religious students died, inspired a new generation of militants. These Pakistanis have turned against a government they felt has betrayed them and, to their dismay, backed the US role in Afghanistan.
The new group is made up of relatives of students who died in the Lal Masjid attack. It is named after the students' leader, Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was also killed. The mosque's madrasa had been a sanctuary for militants opposed to Pakistan's support of the US-led war in Afghanistan.