Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik is partially right when he stresses that he Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was a new face of al-Qaeda. There are still very much glaring doubt in our minds now that al-Qaeda and the Tehrik-e-Taliban are one and the same thing. The relationship between the TTP and al-Qaeda is there and their activities are continuing.
The main reason behind the doubt is that there still is no ground proof of the existence of an outfit name Al-Qaeda and many are still confused about it. Where is Osama Bin Laden and other of his acolytes and from where it is drawing its strength and from where it is getting the support and what are the means and the procedures to sustain and maintain such a high profile organization as claimed by the CIA and FBI.
After much fighting and operation, the situation in the Bara, Khyber Agency, Hangu and Darra is coming back to calmness though an ominous tension still prevails. The roots of TTP are in all the areas, and this outfit should be termed as terrorist and government should pursue and mitigate them all over the area.
The political administration of Landi Kotal in Bajaur agency struck a peace agreement with the local Taliban. Under the agreement, the Taliban would not cause harm to trucks carrying goods via Pak-Afghan highway to Afghanistan and they would not challenge the writ of the government. One could only hope the success of such truce.