Pakistan's army advance to re-capture the town of Buner from Taliban occupation. Scenes of carnage left over from the battle while soldiers who are suspected Taliban freely roam the streets. A letter
The Pakistani army attacked the NWFP province of Buner, the army stated that they killed around 50 fighters that perhaps had allegiances to the Taliban following their advance from Swat. Another 50 members of the Pakistani forces have been kidnapped.
A letter was sent out to all journalists today threatening all those who published 'lies' about the Taliban with the consequences of death, written in Urdu, the national language of Pakistan:
"The media's biased coverage is giving the impression that Taliban are sabotaging the Nizam-e-Adl (Regulation for enforcing Shariah in Swat). Journalists would be responsible for the grave consequences if they did not stop working on that agenda,"
"everybody is following a pro-Western policy under pressure or for greed".
"All editors of private and official news agencies, journalists and columnists are informed that you have a key role in changing the direction of society, bringing revolution and making public opinion,"
"It is the duty of media to give space and time to statements which have a positive impact on society,"
Following the battle vehicles litter the streets burnt and possibly bombed out, while the civilians who are ethnically Pashtun were forced to flee the war-zone along the mountainous terrain.