Afghanistan and Pakistan Prayer Initiative
Here are some main themes and requests that we hope you can continue to hold up in prayer before the Lord until we see His transforming justice come for both countries (remember the persevering widow of Luke 18):
The honeymoon time between the newly-elected government and the Taliban is over. The Taliban have killed over 1700 people in the last couple of months and broken out 248 of their colleagues from prison. The government seems to be afraid to do anything out of fear of retaliation.
· Pray that the government will boldly take action and bring down the Taliban for their own security and the good of the nation.
· Pray that the Taliban leaders will repent or otherwise be stopped and that their followers will be disheartened and demoralized, thrown also into disunity and confusion like King Jehoshaphat witnessed when God through Judah’s enemies into conflict with one another in 2 Chron.20.
· Pray that the “strong men” (the pirs who are spirit mediums), the spirit beings they offer blood sacrifice to, as well as the occult shrines where they operate will be bound according to Jesus’ promise Matthew 18:18.
· Pray Pray for the local intercessors and Christian leaders to take on the spiritual responsibility of praying for their land in unity and faith with others. Like David, may they take the spiritual battle to the Goliath they face that is destroying their land!
The good news is that the Taliban attacks have diminished and there has been some decrease in the fighting. Bombs have gone off prematurely, saving many. However, over 600 soldiers and police have been killed recently. Government officials are also being targeted with their families, which is discouraging for them. We are thankful to report that the Taliban’s “peace meetings” have fallen apart since they would have most likely led to a sell-out of the country to these radicals by the departing coalition forces.
· Pray for the national elections that the right people, especially the right person for president, will be chosen through the selection process that begins next month and ends on Oct.6. The actual election will be on April 5.
· Pray that the Taliban will experience massive demoralization and quit fighting, overcome by war-weariness after so much bloodshed and fighting.
· Pray that the Pushtun tribe, 400 of whose tribal leaders have been killed, will reject and drive out the Taliban from using their territories.
· Pray for the Kabul prayer initiative happening from Aug. 17-22, that encouragingly is being led by local believers. May they and other believers in the country arise and do exploits for the Lord, full of faith and unity, wielding His authority to drive the spiritual forces of evil from their land!
Thanks for standing with us for the deliverance of both nations through the power of the Lord, mediated through united prayer of His people, both ours and the local believers.
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Pray for the Peace and Reconciliation of Pakistan and India
A knowledgable friend who works in South Asia recently wrote: “The India/Pakistan border tension could case another war between these two countries. A report said that the next possible nuclear war would be between India and Pakistan.
The tension between these two countries greatly impacts the war in Afghanistan. Pakistan is strongly behind certain groups of the Afghan Taliban as they are “Pro Pakistan” and the present government is very “Pro India”. Pakistan does not want a hostile or Pro Indian government in its western border and the Taliban are very close to Pakistan. A reconciliation between the two countries could also bring big changes in Afghanistan and even in Pakistan.
As you all know the problems go all the way back when Pakistan was started and it was born in the blood of more than a million people.”
Please pray for His peace, reconciliation and that these two nations will work through their differences and become friends.
Insight - As Afghanistan endgame looms, a deadly edge to India-Pakistan rivalry
By Frank Jack Daniel and Sanjeev Miglani
Tues Aug 13, 2013
BARAMULLA/NEW DELHI, India
Pakistan-based militants are preparing to take on India across the subcontinent once Western troops leave Afghanistan next year, several sources say, raising the risk of a dramatic spike in tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.
Intelligence source in India believe that a botched suicide bombing of an Indian consulate in Afghanistan, which was followed within days last week by a lethal cross-border ambush on Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir, suggest that the new campaign by Islamic militants may already be underway.
Members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit in Pakistan, the group blamed for the 2008 commando-style raid on Mumbai that killed 166 people, told Reuters they were preparing to take the fight to India once again, this time across the region.
And a U.S. counter-terrorism official, referring to the attack in Afghanistan, said "LeT has long pursued Indian targets, so it would be natural for the group to plot against them in its own backyard".
Given the quiet backing - or at least blind eye - that many militant groups enjoy from Pakistan's shadowy intelligence services, tensions from a new militant campaign are bound to spill over. Adding to the volatility, the two nations' armies are trading mortar and gunfire across the heavily militarised frontier that divides Kashmir, and accusing each other of killing troops.
Hindu-majority India and Islamic Pakistan have fought three wars since independence in 1947 and came close to a fourth in 1999. The tension now brewing may not escalate into open hostilities, but it could thwart efforts to forge a lasting peace and open trade between two countries that make up a quarter of the world's population.
"With the Americans leaving Afghanistan, the restraint on the Pakistani security/jihadi establishment is going too," said a former top official at India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the external intelligence arm.
"We are concerned about 2014 in either scenario. If the jihadis (Islamist militants) claim success in Afghanistan, they could turn their attention to us. Equally, if they fail, they will attack in wrath."
But Pakistan, which has a border with India to the east and with Afghanistan to the west, has concerns of its own. It sees India's expansive diplomacy in Afghanistan as a ploy to disrupt it from the rear as it battles its own deadly Islamist militancy and separatist forces. Vying for influence in a post-2014 Afghanistan, it worries about India's assistance to the Afghan army, heightening a sense of encirclement.
"I'm shocked by these allegations. Pakistan has its own insurgency to deal with. It has no appetite for confrontations abroad," said a Pakistani foreign ministry official referring to the Indian charges of stirring trouble in Afghanistan and on the Kashmir border.
"If anything, we are looking at our mistakes from the past very critically. These accusations are baseless. India needs to act with more maturity and avoid this sort of propaganda."
Both U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry spoke during visits to India recently of the need for New Delhi and Islamabad to resume their stalled peace process as the region heads into a period of uncertainty.
At the core of that uncertainty is the pullback of militants from Afghanistan as U.S. forces head home.
Hafiz Sayeed, founder of the LeT, has left no doubt that India's side of Kashmir will become a target, telling an Indian weekly recently: "Full-scale armed Jihad (holy war) will begin soon in Kashmir after American forces withdraw from Afghanistan."
The retreat of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989 brought a wave of guerrillas into Kashmir to fight India's rule there.
This time the additional risk will be the rivalry between India and Pakistan over Afghanistan itself, one that threatens to become as toxic as the 60-year dispute in Kashmir. The LeT has said it is fighting Indian forces in Afghanistan as well…
LeT was founded in 1990 in eastern Afghanistan by Sayeed, a Pakistani Islamic scholar whom India accuses of masterminding the rampage in Mumbai. The United States placed a $10 million bounty on his head for his alleged role in the attack, but he remains a free man in Pakistan, where he preached to thousands last week…
Please pray for the arrest and prosecution of this evil man and the dissolution of his terrorist organization, the LeT.
Global Day of Prayer, Pakistan 2013
National Prayer Network of Pakistan Report
The National Prayer Network of Pakistan (NPNP) in collaboration with Local Churches and Ministries was able to arrange eight events to celebrate the Global Day of Prayer this year. Four events were held for adults and four evens for children were also held.
GDOP EVENT FOR CHILDREN IN ISLAMABAD:
Each year the National Prayer Network of Pakistan holds a Global Day of Prayer event in the capital of Pakistan, following the tradition and keeping in mind the importance of holding event in Islamabad. On 18th May, a prayer event for children was organized in partnership with Shine Kids Ministries and Shine Society. The event was held in a marginalized community area. The Children were taught about the importance of having a relationship with the Father Lord through prayer, how this relationship would be maintained, improved and fostered and what taints this relationship. Creative praying methods were practically demonstrated and practiced. Along with that, children prayed using maps on local, national and international prayer points of the GDOP.
GDOP EVENTS LAHORE 19th May 2013
Lahore is the 2nd largest metropolitan city in Pakistan; we were able to hold four events in Lahore. Three events focused on children and one general event was also held.
GDOP PRAYER EVENT FGA CHURCH BAHAR COLONY, LAHORE
A prayer meeting was held at the FGA church on 19th May, more than 300 Intercessors, pastors, evangelist’s and leaders attended this meeting. People were blessed by the prayers, and city prayer leaders and pastors committed that they would continue to gather in prayer all the year around and not just on events like GDOP and the recent Election Prayer Campaign. One of the most important things was the move of the Holy Spirit that made it possible for 17 ministries/churches to collaborate in the GDOP event, an important breakthrough which shows the work of the Holy Spirit in breaking down denominational walls. The participants prayed in details on the GDOP prayer points and experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
GDOP PRAYER EVENTS FOR CHILDREN IN PRAYER LAHORE
Three events were organized with the partnership of Shine Kids Ministries. The children were encouraged to pray and taught the importance of corporate prayer and various methods of prayer. The young teachers who led the sessions were recently trained at the Children in Prayer Network (CIPN) Sunday School Prayer Training Camp in April. These teachers very amicably used their newfound knowledge of creative praying and guided the children to pray and develop a relationship with the Father Lord.
GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER EVENTS SINDH
Three meetings were arranged by the National Prayer Network of Pakistan Team in three different cities of Interior Sindh...These meetings were very blessed many participants were blessed with the Holy Spirit. 8-10 people dedicated their lives to the Lord and received water baptism after the meetings. The Holy Spirit moved so powerfully in these meeting that many could not stand on their feet. The meeting witnessed some intense intercession and prayer.
Pray for Pakistan’s Election, Saturday, May 11
“Pakistan will hold parliamentary elections May 11 -- the first vote held after a democratically elected government completed its five-year constitutional term. This democratic consolidation comes as the country faces the worst crisis since the secession of East Pakistan in the form of a ferocious jihadist insurgency. The vote comes amid economic difficulties and a major wave of jihadist attacks designed to undermine the democratic process targeting both secular and Islamist politicians campaigning for office. It is also the first election in which the emergence of a third national force, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, is seen as highly likely…
To the extent that opinion polls can be relied upon, the election will produce a much more fragmented legislature than the outgoing one, but conservative right-wing nationalist forces will dominate the new legislature. Regardless of its composition, the next coalition government will be tackling two core issues: security and the economy. Its policies will be greatly influenced by the regional security environment being shaped by the drawdown of NATO troops from neighboring Afghanistan…
The 2013 parliamentary elections thus represent the first time that the country will undergo a democratic transition of power. This consolidation comes amid Pakistan's largest crisis in decades. In the nearly 12 years since the United States invaded neighboring Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks, Islamabad has seen its writ being eroded by an insurgency waged by Pakistani Taliban rebels who, unlike their Afghan counterparts, subscribe to the transnational jihadism of al Qaeda.”
Please pray for this important nation of South Asia to be delivered from radical Islamists and for good and honest people to be elected into office and to govern with integrity and care.
Current Prayer Requests for Afghanistan and Pakistan
We do not rejoice in the death of anyone, even Taliban leaders that have been involved in the murder of many civilians, police and military as well as government officials; however we need to pray that they will either repent or be stopped by force and leave the “how” in God’s wise and loving hands.
1. Continued prayer request: Pray the Taliban be caught and their networks be destroyed. Pray the leaders be captured if they don't want to repent. Pray their unity be broken and their supply lines be cut off. Pray there will be no Spring offensive as has been announced.
2. Continued prayer request: Pray more tribal areas where the Taliban came from would stand up against them and not allow these terrorists to go through and/or use their lands.
3. Continued prayer request: Pray for the president of Afghanistan to change and stop making offensive/damaging remarks that cause distrust among the ethnic groups and with NATO.
4. Continued prayer request: Pray the country stays together in unity.
5. Continued prayer request: Pray for the elections for Afghanistan's president (a year from now). It is time to pray for the right candidate to come forward!
6. Continued prayer request: Pray for a good relationship between the Afghan government and NATO forces.
7. Continued prayer request: Pray for the expats and local believers to be given courage and strength to stand and pray as they are key to pray inside the country.
8. Pray for the teams that are in-country for His protection and that God will give clear direction how to pray. The Lord has revealed certain roots that need to be uprooted (the way Islam came into the country, demonic powers that are worshiped, etc.). Jer. 1:10 "See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant." Pray that the Lord will expose the roots and use our prayers to pull them up.
9. Please pray for the expats and local believers in the country that they will not come under fear but share the Good News with others. May the Lord grant them dreams and visions of Jesus, especially to people with influence, leaders and even Taliban!
10. All the like-minded organisations in these countries need more workers. Pray that He might sent the right people into the harvest Mat 9,36-38
11. Continued prayer request: In the authority of the Lord, bind and nullify with us aggressively the evil covenants of Afghan and Pakistani political leaders and Taliban / Al Qaida / Haqqani / Gulbadin terrorists with demonic powers / rulers through blood sacrifices, witchcraft & rituals. Bind and break the covenant of death and destruction! (See Matt.12, 28 - 29; 2 Cor.10, 3-5).
12. These are provincial areas from which the Taliban need to be uprooted and driven out. Pray that Afghan forces, supported by local villagers and NATO will be effective in defeating and dislodging them:
Laghman - a Taliban stronghold close to Kabul, the capital. The provincial capital, Mehtar Lam, is especially insecure. Was handed over by NATO to Afghan forces in 2010
Nangarhar - many of its districts are often attacked by insurgents - Chaprihar district lies 15km from the capital Jalalabad but is a no-go area for government employee
Zabul - this strategically important province, providing access to Ghazni, Uruzgan and Kandahar, now has virtually no NATO presence. The Taliban have filled the vacuum
Ghazni - like Zabul has almost no NATO presence, allowing the Taliban and al-Qaeda to assume control
Helmand - Kabul's writ has never run strong in the remote southern plains
Kandahar - spiritual home of the Taliban, who retain a presence in rural areas
Kunar-a Taliban stronghold in the East bordering with Pakistan and a not under the control of the Afgh government. From there the Taliban control Nuristan. Gov and NATO had many casualties there and much fighting going on.
Actually there is still a lot of fighting going on in the country and nearly daily of Afghan policemen and soldiers are being killed. The Taliban are still inflicting heavy casualties to the Afghan forces in some areas. Pray that the Afghan and NATO forces will prevail and root out and defeat the Taliban wherever they are.
Blasphemy law Strikes: 175 Christian homes burnt by militants
Almost 175 houses were burnt in a mob attack on a Christian community at the Badami Bagh area in Lahore on March 9. One Christian youth has been falsely accused and out in jail under the Blasphemy law. The militant mob comprising of almost 10 to 12 thousand attacked the Joseph colony The attack was led by Muslim Ahmed against the Christians.
Almost 150 Christian families were forced to flee the area. Another militant cleric Saifullah said that they must cut the Christians into pieces.
Fox News on April 8:
“At least 30 Pakistani soldiers and nearly 100 militants have been killed in fierce fighting in a remote, northwest valley over the past four days following a ground offensive launched by the army, military officials said Monday…The Taliban have remained a serious threat and continue to launch attacks throughout the northwest and other parts of the country with frightening regularity. There is concern that the militants could step up the pace of attacks even more in coming weeks in an attempt to derail parliamentary elections scheduled for May 11.”
1) Pray for the Pakistani army to have good success in rooting out the Taliban and defeating them in this area and across the country and that the Taliban will not be able to disrupt the national parliamentary elections in this first democratic transition of government.
2) Pray for a fair, uncorrupted election campaign and for honest, good leaders to be put into power and that the wicked will be brought down or kept from getting into power.
3) Pray for a team of prayer leaders who are there during the coming week that they will be given great unity with the locals, strong faith, deep discernment and confident authority in Christ to deal with the spiritual darkness and strongholds of this important nation.
Urgent Call to Prayer for Pakistan General Elections 2013
The people of Pakistan have shown great resilience to sustain their democracy during the last 65 years by ejecting at least four governments in uniform which constitute more than 30 years of rule and frustrating many more conspiracies against their right to be governed democratically, while most of the efforts in the past had been to reclaim democratic space. In 2013, the nation will go to polling booths to endorse or reject political parties on the basis of their performance after completion of a full-fledge term of five years by a democratically elected government…
In the back drop of all these new developments and a continued war against terrorism, Talibanisation, extremism and radicalization, the nation will be going to the polls in May 2013, genuinely expecting that democracy must deliver good governance to bring them out of the quagmire of problems. Therefore, the first ever civilian transition without the mentoring and monitoring of powers that be in 2013 is a citizens' chance to vote out or vote in their representatives through free, fair and transparent elections. In this way, Election-2013 will be of significant importance and have long-term consequences for democratic consolidation in Pakistan.
The National Prayer Network of Pakistan partnering with local churches has started a prayer campaign since December 2012 which focuses on the “Prayer for The General Election 2013”. It is imperative that we pray faithfully for the 2013 elections, yet our hope and trust is not in the results of elections. This prayer campaign motivates the Christians across the nation that their prayers for this upcoming election are important, and they will definitely impact the election process. The campaign also focuses on a spiritual and moral awakening of the church which is tied to the healing of the nation, spiritual and moral issues facing our nation and that these issues will not be resolved in the Parliament, Senate or the Supreme Court. What Pakistan desperately needs is its Church’s Spiritual Awakening. The Church must experience a revival that awakens her to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ in her midst. Such a spiritual awakening within the people of God has the power to bring about true cultural transformation in this nation.
Prayers for Materials and Events:
Tens of Thousands of printed information flyers, printed prayer points, posters and other materials are being sent by post and e-mail to churches, ministries, prayer groups and individuals across the nation; special prayer events, seminars, prayer chains, prayer walks and other activities are being held to pray for the upcoming elections. Please pray for these events and material that the Holy Spirit touches the heart of the Church and the People of God understand the importance and impact of this prayer campaign for the future and political situation of the country.
The prayer campaign will continue till the election day rather till the results are declared, we believe that every believer has the potential to transform Pakistan through the power of the Holy Spirit which is released in every prayer for our Leaders and our Nation…I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Tim 2:1-2.
It is our humble request to lift Pakistan in prayer continuously so that Free, Fair, Credible and Peaceful elections can take place.
National Prayer Network of Pakistan Team
URGENT: Let us pray for this national prayer effort to be successful in uniting the Pakistanis in intercession for their nation and also for the right leaders to be raised up during the election this coming month. This is an extremely crucial prayer issue not only for their nation but also for the security of the rest of the world. Pray that radical Islam is exposed and discredited and that none of these radicals get into power. They would then have access to the full arsenal of nuclear weapons Pakistan has, and they would not hesitate to use them against other nations.
A Most Dangerous Man
A release of Malik Ishaq a highly-connected terrorist, speaks well for no one.
By Khaled Ahmed
From the July 29, 2011, issue
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The Supreme Court of Pakistan on July 15 released on bail Malik Ishaq, leader and founder of Al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, on grounds of “lack of evidence.” The man had been facing a number of cases at the antiterrorism court in Lahore charging him with hundreds of murders. He remained in jail for 14 years while evidence against him gradually decayed and disappeared—a pattern traced by terrorists in custody, none of whom has so far been punished in a country crawling with terrorist organizations.
Pray that this very dangerous man and others like him will not be able to continue their terrorist activities. May justice be done and their wicked plans overthrown as we pray!
The Crucial Issue of Pirs
Pirs are persons who have spiritual power from below and who have control over geographical areas and people that they control spiritually, e.g. over the Taliban and suicide bombers. If the gospel of Jesus Christ is going to be freed to shine in Pakistan, then these demonic principalities and the power of these pirs have to be cast down. If we are afraid of terrorism, then the demonic powers held by pirs have to be overcome. Praying against these pirs is a high calling. It is high spiritual warfare. The battle is won or lost right here.
The Chief of the Muslim League (Functional) and also a religious leader is Pir Sahib Pagara. Pray Pir Pigara will not be put in place as the interim Prime Minister who will hold all power during this month. The Pakistan Muslim league under Nawaz Sharif has had meetings with the Pakistan Muslim league faction following Pir Pagara to form an alliance. Pray that these fractions stay hopelessly divided.
Previously Pakistan has always had conventional governments. Much of the present government is made up of pirs. From the highest official in the land down through his cabinet and other ruling members, the government is made up either of pirs themselves or of people who are dependent on pirs for advice. Pir Pigara coming into power would be an "open door" for spiritism and Shamanism. So it is very important to pray and intercede for these elections.
PIR / Shrine sites and festivals
Syed Jalal-ud-Din Bukhari - Uch Sharif - March 29-31
Uch Sharif is the central place of pirs from which evil spreads out across the nation. This festival will have people from across the nation and will last longer than three days. Pray there will be confusion and evil will not be transmitted. Demonic evil has to be stopped in this central place first.
(From an unnamed prayer leader who is familiar with the situation in Pakistan.)
Afghanistan-Pakistan Special 2013 Prayer Focus Update
The Taliban and their allies on both sides are still on the offensive and continue to spread death and violence. The reports are talking about continued strong Taliban activities and an increase of violence…these powerful spiritual forces will not just easily give up. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, much more is at stake, and it will take a strong commitment of many intercessors. Please continue to partner is prayer for this special project and share these requests with others.
1. Please pray that more intercessors from around the world will join us to seriously intercede for Afghanistan and Pakistan at this crucial stage.
2. We still see many terrifying attacks of Taliban against their governments, the Army/police, and many innocent people. Continue to pray that this movement and their allies would be completely thrown into confusion and be crushed. We continue to proclaim the end of this satanic movement.
3. That their leaders would either surrender, give up and stop fighting or that they would be taken out before they spread even more violence and bloodshed. Especially let this happen for their key people like Mullah Omar, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, the Haqqanis and other high-ranking leaders. Pray that the demonic protection these leaders have would be removed and that would be caught soon. That the demonic unity between the Taliban and their allies be broken and that they would turn again each other.
4. That the fear of God to fall on them and as many as possible of their key leaders would be converted to Christ.
5. Pashtun tribal leaders throughout the areas where the Taliban operate would be so fed-up with the Taliban and their allies that they would not allow them to use their territory any more and start opposing them. It happened already in some areas and it should spread out throughout the Pashtun areas.
6. Pray for President Karzai who seems to make compromises with the Taliban and tries to appease them. He is losing the trust of other important ethnic groups, which can lead again to dangerous frictions. During the meeting in Washington the President Karzai demanded from the US government to pull out their troops from villages (where usually the Taliban are) and stop the night raids (where most of the Taliban leaders were caught). This will weaken the NATO Troops in their fight against the Taliban. Also the US gov had to hand over all the Taliban prisoners to the Afghan government. A number of times he released key Taliban leaders. The US gov had to give in to all these demands. Pray that the Afghan president would stop these actions that will brings increasingly distrust from his own people and the western governments that support Afghanistan.
7. Elections are to be held in Pakistan in the Spring. A party very sympathetic to the Taliban and one that promises to bring in Sharia law is popular and predicted to win. Pray for a moderate party to win and one that will rule with justice. PRAY for the right leader to be elected. PRAY that a fanatical, religious government will not take over.
8. Pray for the small population of Christians not to be afraid but to be emboldened by the Holy Spirit to stand up in faith and to strongly pray for their own countries. Especially in Pakistan is a larger percentage of Christians that should be mobilized to pray for their own country. PRAY for the Holy Spirit to stir Christians to pray like never before. PRAY for teams to be able to get visas to Pakistan to join with Christians there. PRAY for protection for Christians (foreign and national).
9. Pray the people in Pakistan will boldly speak out against the Taliban and that the military will also be bold in fighting against the enemy.
10. Pray for confusion in the Taliban’s attempt to establish a headquarters in Qatar or any other place.
Provided by “David” and “Michael”, two veteran ministry leaders who have devoted their lives and ministries to these nations. May the Lord bless, encourage and protect them and their families!
Update from a Pakistani Leader on the Current Crisis in His Country
“News from Pakistan is a huge challenge to pray for our land, our people and us. Since 14th January an "Arab Spring" like situation has developed in our capital city, Islamabad. Several hundred thousand men, women and children have congregated in Islamabad calling for an end to the present corrupt government, electoral reforms and a new caretaker government to carry out elections. The government has adopted a wait and watch attitude hoping that the movement will fizzle out; the opposition parties have rallied together to oppose what they call a "circus" in Islamabad; civil society is also against the gathering in the Capital and we are praying that no violence will ensue as there are women and children in the gathering. The whole shebang is being led by a religious scholar who has recently returned from Canada to bring about reforms in Pakistan. As a dual-nationality holder he is barred from taking part in national politics but has adopted this novel way of bringing about reforms.
Islamabad has been under lock down for the last four days with millions of man-hours wasted due to which the economy has been adversely affected. In addition the Taliban and other militant groups are carrying on a brutal wave of bombings, target killings and suicide attacks on the general public, security forces and especially the Shia'ite community, minority sect in Islam. In one city alone over a hundred people were killed by bombings. Later, the affected people brought out the coffins of their loved ones and laid them in a street for three days before the government even decided to talk with them! Death and destruction have become so commonplace in our country that it takes a jolt like this incident to get people out protesting against such excesses. Unfortunately, the "circus in Islamabad' overshadowed this event also. Please pray that our country will see peace and a return to “normality.”
Liberating Afghanistan and Pakistan from the Taliban: An Urgent Call to Prayer for 2013
We need your help in this special prayer focus for 2013. Would you please join us in prayer and circulate this call to prayer to other intercessors you know? We will monitor how things go within these two countries as the year goes by and update you on how the Lord answers.
The Taliban are a group of radical Islamists that are threatening the survival of both Afghanistan and Pakistan and the security of the rest of our world. If they succeed along with allied terrorist groups in taking over these two nations, they will proclaim that militant Islam has triumphed and will be emboldened to launch attacks against the rest of the world from this base. As Pakistan has nuclear weapons, they could fall into the hands of these radical Islamists and be used against Israel, the West and other nations. It is of paramount importance that we as intercessors engage in united prayer for His protection and deliverance of these two nations.
Driven by their fanatical ideology and possessed by a spirit of violence and death, the Taliban have been wreaking havoc in both Afghanistan and Pakistan over the last decade. At 9/11, the rest of the world saw the destructive capacity of Al Qaeda, supported by the Taliban, to thrust their dagger even into the heart of the western world. The Taliban are primarily made up of the Pashtun ethnic group (called Pathans in the attached people group profile) that span the border of both nations and have been called “the most resistant unreached people in the world”. Captive to their warlike culture and code of honor that requires blood revenge, they are constantly fighting and killing one another and those from other ethnic groups. Since 2007, they also have murdered 16 Christian workers in Afghanistan. In Pakistan, they have wiped out possibly hundreds of Christian believers, also destroying their villages, churches, and homes.
Not all Pashtun are Taliban or serve as instruments of violence, but we suspect that this people group in general has become traumatized by centuries of fighting off invading armies. As a result, the Pashtun have become both the recipients and purveyors of terrible atrocities of war and human suffering. We believe this could be the way that Satan has gotten a grip upon their psyche and culture as a people and is now using them in the form of the Taliban and other allied terrorist groups to carry out his agenda to “kill, steal and destroy”. Jesus identified the devil as the “liar and murderer from the beginning”. It is he that we must come against in faith-filled prayer to see the Taliban dissolve and these two nations set free from their destructive influence.
After the fall of the Taliban Regime in 2001, they slowly regrouped and have since then continuously gained power. Many military leaders have now conceded that they cannot win this war militarily. Fighting with physical weapons as the Coalition forces have done in Afghanistan the last 11 years cannot be ultimately successful against spiritual forces of evil. We have seen that mobilization of prayer leaders and intercessors as well as praying children can be effective in putting the principalities and powers to flight in nations. Here are a few examples:
· In Cambodia, The Khmer Rouge, worshippers of a serpent demon, began to give up their maniacal, murderous struggle and surrendered to the government two months after a mass prayer mobilization was launched in 1994-1995.
· In Burma, thousands of children have been praying for their nation since last year, and there are now sweeping political changes going on.
· Many other cases from Bosnia, Sri Lanka and nations of Africa could be mentioned where God has used national prayer initiatives to end wars, create governments of national unity and bring about peaceful development. Some African nations now even have born-again presidents who are involved in nationwide prayer efforts!
In Afghanistan, since the mid 1990s, prayer teams started to go into the country, and in the beginning of 2001 the Lord impressed on the hearts of local Christian workers to prophetically proclaim an end to Taliban control. As thousands around the world prayed, this came to pass by the end of that year. Hundreds of Christian workers came in to help the nation in humanitarian and development efforts. Things improved dramatically. However, the ground was not held through ongoing intercession and the Taliban have come back, threatening to take over again. Many organizations and their workers have left the country due to threats, attacks or being closed down. During the last two years, twelve more Christian workers have been killed by the Taliban.
Large areas of the country have come again under the control of the Taliban, and all four access roads into Kabul, the capital, are now threatened with insecurity. Many locals are nervous and want to leave the country because the Coalition forces have announced they plan to withdraw in 2014. In addition, President Karzai will be leaving power since new elections will be held during that same year. Afghans know their government will probably not hold together and is likely to be overthrown by the Taliban with terrible violence for the nation as the result.
In Pakistan, the Taliban are Islamic fundamentalists who are forcing their beliefs upon society at any cost. In recent years, as the government has sought to ban and stop the Taliban, they have risen up with new names and expanded across the country imposing their beliefs. Physically, they are now almost an unstoppable force in the hands of the devil.
Pakistan is being rocked by suicide bombings and assassinations and is ruled by a corrupt and inept government that is unable to maintain order or lead the nation out of the political, economic and religious quagmire into which it has descended. The national elections that may happen early in 2013 are not likely to help as they will most likely be accompanied by riots and other destabilizing acts of violence and conflict. If a certain political party comes to power, that will strengthen the Taliban even more.
People live in a constant state of fear, wondering if they will return in safety to their homes or if their area will be the next place of attack. For their own safety, they try to travel a different road each time. Those who can afford it always travel with armed guards. Most public places are surrounded by guards; even churches have guards for safety. A significant exodus of educated and wealthy people is occurring. Those without the means to leave are being left with a feeling of despair as they feel that those who can help them are now leaving the country to the Taliban and the fundamentalists.
The pirs, Islamic spirit mediums, have a huge influence over political leaders and also have empowered the Taliban for their terrorist actions in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Government education has almost completely failed and left a vacuum. In its place, pirs and their fundamentalist schools or madrassahs are raising up a generation of fanatics who are willing to lay down their lives for the beliefs of the Taliban. For example, thousands of suicide bombers are being trained to carry out their demonic activities locally as well has throughout the world.
A spirit of death and violence stalks Pakistan as well as Afghanistan and manifests itself most strongly through the Taliban. The best military powers in the world with all their sophisticated weapons have not been able to stop this demonic force. The battle must first be won in the heavens. If Afghanistan and Pakistan collapse, they will surely become launching pads for awful destruction to be carried to the rest of our world. We, therefore, propose the following strategy for mobilizing prayer for the deliverance of these two embattled, broken nations:
1. Declare a year of prayer for the Taliban (Pashtuns) in Afghanistan and Pakistan throughout 2013 and inviting prayer networks and intercessors across the world to partner with us for this project, including especially praying children.
2. Send out monthly one-page prayer alerts with in-depth, strategic information to guide united intercession and enable the prayer of agreement for specific desired changes.
3. Encourage teams of veteran prayer leaders to go into both countries during 2013 to pray on-site and encourage the local believers and prayer groups.
4. To initiate monthly or bi-monthly Skype calls for updating prayer network leaders and praying in agreement for the liberation of both nations and the dissolution of the Taliban.
Here are some first prayer concerns we want to share with you for the coming month:
1. Ask that the Lord would raise up many intercessors from around the world who will join us in serious and dedicated prayer till we see a change in Afghanistan and Pakistan, an army of intercessors that will join wholeheartedly in this spiritual battle.
2. That the Taliban movement in both countries would be completely thrown into confusion, disunity and crushed. They are trying to set up political headquarters in either Dubai or Saudi Arabia. May this not happen. We continue to proclaim “Taliban Time/Rule is over”. Satan’s power over the Taliban will be broken.
3. That their leaders would either surrender, give up and stop fighting or that they would be taken out before they spread even more violence and bloodshed. Especially let this happen for their key people like Mullah Omar, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, the Haqqanis and other high-ranking leaders.
4. That the demonic unity between the Taliban and their allies be broken and that they would turn against each other.
5. That the fear of God to fall on them and as many as possible of their key leaders would be converted to Christ.
6. Pashtun tribal leaders throughout the areas where the Taliban operate would be so fed-up with the Taliban and their allies that they would not allow them to use their territory any more and start opposing them. It happened already in some areas, and it should spread out throughout the Pashtun areas.
7. Talks are going on in this coming week between the US president and the Afghan president about how many troops should remain. Pray that a strong force would be allowed to stay as long as necessary and that the Afghan army would be strengthened enough to protect the nation and overcome Taliban threats.
8. Elections are to be held in Pakistan in the Spring. A party very sympathetic to the Taliban and one that promises to bring in Sharia law is popular and predicted to win. Pray for a moderate party to win and one that will rule with justice.
For protection of the Christians that are a tiny proportion of the population in both countries. They are facing increasing persecution. May they be encouraged and strengthened and come together in unity to pray for their troubled nations.
Declaring 2013 a Year of Prayer for the Pashtuns, Afghanistan and Pakistan
Will you join us in a year of prayer for one of the most strategic and needy people groups on our planet? The Pushtun people, who span the border of both nations, are the ethnic group that has been called “the most resistant unreached people in the world”. They are also the force behind the Taliban and the group that are causing the majority of death and destruction in both countries. We believe they are being deeply influenced by a spirit of death and violence. They are constantly fighting and killing others, themselves, other ethnic groups. Since 2007, they also have murdered 12 Christian workers in Afghanistan and hundreds of other believers in Pakistan, destroying whole villages, churches, and homes.
We suspect that they have become traumatized by centuries of fighting off invading armies and as a result being both the recipients and purveyors of terrible atrocities of war and human suffering. We believe this could be the way that the evil one has gotten a grip upon their psyche and culture as a people and is using them to carry out his agenda to “kill, steal and destroy” as the “liar and murderer from the beginning”.
After the fall of the Taliban Regime in 2001, they slowly regrouped again and have since then continuously gained power. Many military leaders have now conceded that they cannot win this war militarily. Fighting with physical weapons as the Coalition forces have done in Afghanistan the last 11 years cannot be ultimately successful against spiritual forces of evil. We have seen that mobilization of prayer leaders and intercessors as well as praying children can be effective in putting the principalities and powers to flight in nations. E.g. Cambodia- where the Khmer Rouge, worshippers of a serpent demon, began to give up their maniacal, murderous struggle and surrendered to the government two months after a mass prayer mobilization was launched in 1994-1995; Burma- where thousands of children have been praying for their nation since last year and there are now sweeping political changes going on. Many other cases from Bosnia, Sri Lanka and Africa where God has used national prayer initiatives to end wars, create governments of national unity and bring about peaceful development. Some even have born-again presidents who are involved in nationwide prayer efforts!
In Afghanistan, since the mid1990s, prayer teams started to go into the country, and in the beginning of 2001 the Lord impressed on the hearts of local Christian workers to proclaim an end to Taliban control. As millions around the world prayed, this came to pass by the end of that year. Hundreds of Christian workers came in to help the nation. Things improved dramatically. However, the ground was not held through ongoing intercession and the Taliban have come back, threatening to take over again. Many organizations and their workers have left the country due to threats or attacks or being closed down. Over the last two years, a dozen Christian workers have been killed by the Taliban Pashtuns.
Large areas of the country have come again under the control of the Taliban and all four access roads into Kabul, the capital, are now threatened with insecurity. Many locals are nervous and want to leave the country because the Coalition forces have announced they plan to withdraw in 2014. In addition, President Karzai will be leaving power since new elections will be held during that same year. Afghans know their government will probably not hold together and is likely to be overthrown by the Taliban with terrible violence for the nation.
Pakistan is being rocked by suicide bombings and assassinations and is ruled by a corrupt and inept government that is unable to maintain order or lead the nation out of the political, economic and religious quagmire into which it has descended. The national elections that may happen early in 2013 are not likely to help as they will most likely be accompanied by riots and other destabilizing acts of violence and conflict.
Today, most public places are surrounded by guards; churches have guards for safety. Many Pakistanis who can are leaving the country, the wealthy and educated. Those who cannot leave are beginning to have a feeling of hopelessness that those of influence who can save us are leaving the country to the Taliban and fundamentalists.
The pirs, Islamic spirit mediums, have a huge influence over political leaders and also have empowered the Taliban for their terrorist actions in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. For example, many suicide bombers have been set aside for Muharram, one of the four “sacred” months of the year which is going on right now.
Since the first missionaries came to Pakistan to reach the Pashtuns dozens of them have been killed by them. Numerous Pakistani Christians have also been killed for their faith over the years. The Taliban have also targeted and attacked more liberal people who are concerned for human and minority rights within the country.
The spirit of death and violence seems to stalk Pakistan as well as Afghanistan and manifests itself most strongly through the Pashtuns. We, therefore, propose the following strategy for mobilizing prayer for the dominant Pashtun people and these two embattled, broken nations that if they collapse could become launching pads for awful destruction on the rest of our world:
1) Declaring a year of prayer for the Pashtuns, Afghanistan and Pakistan throughout 2013 and inviting prayer networks and intercessors across the world to partner with us for this project.
2) Sending out monthly one- to two-page prayer alerts with in-depth, strategic information to guide united intercession and enable the prayer of agreement for specific desired changes. Please adopt the Pashtuns as your “people of the year” with others you know and together we will watch what the Lord does among them through our prayers of agreement and faith.
Let’s first be praying that the spirit of violence and death that seems to be gripping many of the Pashtuns will be bound and driven from them and that the Taliban will dissolve as a destructive and destabilizing force within these two countries.
Crucial Situation in Afghanistan and Paksitan to Cover in Prayer
We are running this again because of its importance. Please keep praying for these two nations and the ongoing war.
North Waziristan in Pakistan has become a haven for militants. Tribal and local intelligence sources say some 15,000 militants shelter in this semiautonomous tribal belt. A number of Taliban leaders and others have been killed in drone strikes; however they have a refuge along the border inside Pakistan and from there they continue to mount attacks on Afghan and Coalition forces inside Afghanistan, keeping that nation in perpetual war and instability. It is essential that we pray that, before the foreign forces are withdrawn in 2014, the Taliban will dissolve and be defeated and that the Pakistani government will aggressively combat them, not allowing them any more safe-haven in their country.
A friend who with a great burden to pray for these two countries, wrote: “In one of our prayer meetings the Lord reminded us that he told us clearly in 2001 that we must proclaim "Taliban-time is over" and we faithfully did it and there was a powerful anointing on us when we did this…The message was: "spring time is coming"…And the Taliban regime began to crumble. In 2002, so many Christians came into the country and it looked like the Taliban movement was over but it was not destroyed. It regrouped and came back again and now it has become such a powerful force that even NATO admitted that they can't win this war. ... We feel that we must proclaim again what the Lord told us at that time and also the other scriptures that the Lord gave us like Ps 37.
Also the word was given to us clearly about King Joash coming to Elisha and he told the king to strike the ground and he did it only 3 times and stopped. Then the man of God became angry with him. You know the story, he should have struck five or six times 2 King 13.18 ff. We did the same, proclaimed for a while and then we stopped. This word came clearly to us and we repented, also on behalf of others that have just turned away from the land and thought "it was done". Let's proclaim again and strike the ground again. It is not too late even though in the natural things look like a big disaster coming...The key is also to pray against the demon powers that rule over and through the Pashtuns. About 20 Christian workers were lost in the last 6 - 7 years, and all were killed by Pashtuns.
Many times the Lord spoke to us to pray against the demonic alliances between the Pakistan government/army and certain Taliban groups, Haqqaanis, Gulbadin and Al Qaeda. These groups work together and build a strong unity against the government of Afghanistan... This needs to be broken.
Let's pray also that their power would be broken. That the people themselves would stand up against the Taliban and say: enough!! This happened in a few areas and may it become a movement. Pray that many Pashtun tribal lealders would stand up and turn against the Taliban. God can do it. As quick as this movement came the Lord can cause it to die out. We must specially pray for that...
More workers are needed. Many workers have left and organisations pulled out. We need strong people that know how to stand against such pressures and know how to pray. Also that many of the Pashtun would come to the Lord and they would see signs and miracles and many visions and dreams.
Pakistan and Afghanistan
Christians are being beaten and threatened in several places in Pakistan. The majority is making false blames of blasphemy against them, and they are being put in jail. One boy has been murdered in Essanagri and today I am going to share the message in his memorial service where thousands will attend this meeting.
One of the Christian Scholars who is the 2nd person after me doing nearly the same work as I am doing has been threatened and fanatics made firings at his house. In Lahore openly Christians are being threatened and being asked to embrace Islam. The situation is very critical and it is dangerous for me too because I am the one who came out of them and then preaching to them. So I need your prayer support as well. Thanks for already being on your knees. It seems that Pakistan will be broken into pieces soon. Too much violence is here. So we need encouragement in this tough time. God bless you and use you for the betterment of Christians here in Pakistan.
"We went through the fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance"
Please uphold our brothers and sisters in Christ in Pakistan who are enduring a very difficult and dangerous time in their nation’s history. Agree in prayer for the binding of spiritual forces of darkness and death that want to destroy this nation and for the overthrow of fanatical groups that are being used by these forces. Pray for the government to take a strong stand to protect the minorities, including especially Christ’s people.
Key Players in Pakistan's Tribal Belt: Update
North Waziristan in Pakistan has become a haven for militants. Tribal and local intelligence sources say some 15,000 militants shelter in this semiautonomous tribal belt. A number of Taliban leaders and others have been killed in drone strikes; however they have a refuge along the border inside Pakistan and from there they continue to mount attacks on Afghan and Coalition forces inside Afghanistan, keeping that nation in perpetual war and instability. It is essential that we pray before the foreign forces are withdrawn in 2014 that the Taliban will dissolve and be defeated and that the Pakistani government will aggressively combat them, not allowing them any more safe-haven in their country.
A friend who with a great burden to pray for these two countries, wrote: “Two weeks ago in one of our prayer meetings the Lord reminded us that he told us clearly in 2001 that we must proclaim “Taliban-time is over” and we faithfully did it and there was a powerful anointing on us when we did this. ..The message was: “spring time is coming”…And the Taliban regime began to crumble. In 2002, so many Christians came into the country and it looked like the Taliban movement was over but it was not destroyed. It regrouped and came back again and now it has become a powerful force that even NATO admitted that they can’t win this war. … We feel that we must proclaim again what the Lord told us at that time and also the other scriptures that the Lord gave us like Ps 37.
Also the word was given to us clearly about King Joash coming to Elisha and he told the king to strike the ground and he did it only 3 times and stopped. Then the man of God became angry with him. You know the story, he should have struck five or six times 2 King 13.18 ff. We did the same, proclaimed for a while and then we stopped. This word came clearly to us and we repented, also on behalf of others that have just turned away from the land and thought “it was done”. Let’s proclaim again and strike the ground again. It is not too late even though in the natural things look like a big disaster coming...
The key is also to pray against the demon powers that rule over and through the Pashtun. About 20 Christian workers were lost in the last 6 – 7 years, and all were killed by Pashtun.
Many times the Lord spoke to us to pray against these demonic alliances like between the Pakistan government/army and certain Taliban groups, Haqqaanis, Gulbadin and Al Qaeda. These groups work together and build a strong unity against the government of Afghanistan… This needs to be broken.
Let’s pray also that their power would be broken. That the people themselves would stand up against the Taliban and say: enough!! This happened in a few areas and may it become a movement. Pray that many Pashtun Tribal leaders would stand up and turn against the Taliban. God can do it. As quick as this movement came the Lord can cause it to die out. We must specially pray for that…
More workers are needed for the Pashtun and also in general. Many workers have left and organisations pulled out. We need strong people that know how to stand against such pressures and know how to pray. Also that many of the Pashtun would come to the Lord and they would see signs and miracles and many visions and dreams. Keep praying against lawlessness and for real peace and security in Pakistan.
The situation in Pakistan is getting worse almost on a daily basis. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are carrying out more and more activities, with a weapon of fear, in an effort to bring down the country. Fanatics are also using this weapon of fear and using every way possible to force people to their way of thinking. The blasphemy law (misuse of the Koran with its death sentence) is being falsely used against Muslims and Christians. Most recently against a young Christian girl in the capital city (Rimsha Masih). It was an effort by the fanatics to see how far they can go.
Pakistan elections are formally to take place next February. The government that will most likely be next is promising Muslim law. Unrest is everywhere. A change of government usually takes place through discord and fightings in an effort to close down the government and businesses. Parties who are trying to seek leadership often do so by bringing discord and nasty demonstrations.
PRAY now for these elections, for the spirit of fear to be broken: Government, fanatics, Taliban, Al Qaeda. The world is afraid of one Iranian nuclear bomb being made. Pakistan has hundreds of these bombs. May they not fall into the wrong hands.
Violence Returns to Pakistan’s Major Cities
By Ben West and Kamran Bokhari
Over the last two years, Pakistan has had something of a respite from dramatic attacks such as those that plagued the country from 2007 to 2010. During those years, a series of high-profile and highly disruptive attacks against police, army, and intelligence targets challenged the government’s ability to control the country. The attacks occurred in Pakistan’s most populous province, Punjab, in cities such as Lahore, and in the capital, Islamabad.
While suicide bombings and attacks in Pakistan’s troubled northwest (along the border with Afghanistan) have continued apace since 2010, major attacks in Pakistan’s Punjab-Sindh core have essentially ceased. The sole instance of dramatic violence involving government targets outside of the northwest since 2010 was an attack on a naval station near Karachi following the death of Osama bin Laden. Despite the break from violence in Pakistan’s major cities, many of the same conditions present during the wave of attacks from 2007 to 2010 remain. Another escalation in violence is very possible, especially in Pakistan’s volatile climate and with elections coming up.
Timing of the Attacks
The two attacks (along with numerous other attacks and an attempted assassination) came the week after Pakistan formally reopened NATO supply routes through the country to Afghanistan. The supply routes had been closed for more than seven months after a deadly cross-border attack by U.S. forces in November killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The day the routs reopened, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan told journalists it would attack trucks carrying NATO supplies in protest.
Bur rather than an impetus for attacks, the reopening of the supply line is more likely a political opportunity for the Pakistani Taliban militants to promote anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. The NATO supply line is one of the most visible products of the U.S.-Pakistani relationship. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and some political opposition groups have criticized the Pakistani government for helping Washington while the U.S. military conducted strikes killing mostly Pakistanis along the border with Afghanistan. By opposing the NATO supply line, the Pakistani Taliban militants are able to generate popular support across Pakistan…
Right now, Pakistan’s military presence in the country’s northwest is backed only by a feeble government. The lead-up to Pakistan’s elections is an opportunity for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan to make its case against internal military deployments. Should Islamabad’s political will shift and the military lose its advantage in the northwest, the militants could continue their campaign in Pakistan’s core, returning to high-profile, disruptive attacks.”
Please pray for the dissolution of the Tehrik-i-Taliban and the end of their terrorist attacks in Pakistan and for God’s peace to reign in the nation.
From: Stratfor (email@example.com)
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 4:28 a.m.
Pakistan and Afghanistan Terrorist Leaders
From Christian Science Monitor
5 Key Players in Pakistan’s Tribal Belt
Pakistani military operations in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan have steered clear of North Waziristan, allowing the area to become a haven for militants. Tribal and local intelligence sources say some 15,000 militants shelter in this semiautonomous tribal belt.
PRAY for these 5 persons to be brought to justice and for the dissolving of their networks and operations:
1. Sirajuddin Haqqani
He is head of the Haqqani network and believed to be the main bridge between Al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban, and militant outfits in North Waziristan. Known among jihadis as “Khalifa” and the “soul of Jihad,” Mr. Haqqani has ties to Al Qaeda's Ayman al Zawahiri.
He is the son of commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former Taliban minister for tribal affairs. Siraj’s four brothers – Nasiruddin, Badruddin, Khalil, and Ibrahim – are the group's military shura (council). Nasiruddin is believed to have conducted fundraising in Saudi Arab and other Gulf states between 2006 and 2009. Badruddin handles politics, settling disputes between militant outfits. Siraj's youngest brother, Mohammed, was killed in February this year by a US drone strike. The Haqqani network mainly operates along the border with Afghanistan's Khost province.
2. Hafiz Gul Bahadur
Mr. Bahadur is believed to be based between Miramshah and the Afghan border. He hit the headlines when his militia fought against Pakistan’s security forces in 2006-08 and again when he struck peace deals in 2009.
It is reported that each of the nine members of his Shura, or council, commands up to 1,000 local tribesmen, apportioning control of various areas across North Waziristan. Bahadur is honored as a descendant of legendary tribal warrior Fakir of Ippi, who fought against the British rule in the subcontinent. This lineage affords the cleric immense influence, both religiously and politically.
He severed formal ties with the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), but still reportedly provides shelter to its militants.
3. Moulvi Noor Saeed Wazir
Another 3,000 TTP militants operate under the leadership of this local commander known for his ruthlessness. His stronghold is his home region, the Razmak Valley, which links North and South Waziristan. He is reported to be illiterate, and until a few years ago ran a grocery shop.
4. Qari Hussain
Widely considered the deadliest of all commanders, Mr. Hussain is reported to be second in the TTP’s hierarchy, after his cousin Hakim Ullah Mehsud. His expertise lies in producing teenage suicide bombers. He is believed to have trained the Jordanian militant Humam Khalil Muhammad Abu Mulal al Balawi, who blew himself up in Khost, killing seven CIA personnel last December.
5. Ilyas Kashmiri
The notorious Kashmiri leads a militia of around 3,000 men. He is operations chief of Harakat-ul Jihad Islami, a group the US government classifies as a terror organization with ties to Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Punjabi Taliban. He is accused of being behind the 2009 suicide attack on Pakistan’s spy agency in Peshawar. He's also accused of carrying out attacks against senior military officials and cross-border attacks against US forces.
An unnamed source
The Haqqani Network: Pakistan’s Most Dangerous Terrorist Organization
This month's deadly attacks on the Afghan Parliament and foreign embassies in Kabul showed the determination of the Haqqani network to resist diplomatic efforts to bring about a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan and instead step up violence to hasten the withdrawal of NATO forces. The attacks also raise serious questions about the way ahead in Afghanistan a month before a crucial NATO meeting that President Obama will host in Chicago on May 20 and 21.
Pray for the break-up and overthrow of this evil group and that the authorities in both Pakistan and Afghanistan can bring them to justice.
Prayer Focus: 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting National Campaign Pakistan
20th February till 30th March 2012—please lift up these strategic prayer concerns to the Lord for this embattled land.
Pray for the 40-day Campaign itself that it will be an instrument of motivating churches to pray for strategic issues as well as unleash a united prayer. Pray that more and more pastors will come to the understanding that their churches are to become “Houses of Prayer” if they want to see a true revival in the nation.
Pray that the Church will understand its responsibility as a Watchman and start praying fervently for spiritual and physical issues that are confronting the Church and the country as whole.
Pray for unity among Christians/church leaders and churches and that the long-standing denominational barriers should be removed.
Pray for the Prayer Movement in Pakistan which is in its initial stages that the Lord will strengthen and it will develop into a sustainable growing movement engulfing the churches in it. The church leadership would understand its importance and become more and more a part of it. Pray that the Pakistani church will understand the power of cooperate prayers and churches will move into a culture of prayer. Pray for a national wide awaking and revival of the church in Pakistan.
Pray for the Senate Elections in coming March, for the first time four minority senators will be elected. Please pray that a maximum of Christian senators would be elected. Please also pray for the Senate elections on the whole that honest people with integrity would be elected and that God will bring such people into the senate who will be favorable to the Gospel and His people.
Pray that the political turmoil of Pakistan would soon end and the country would continue on a path of democracy and freedom. Pray that the internal and external issues of security would be settled.
Pray for abolition or repeal of all discriminatory laws in Pakistan, especially the blasphemy laws (295 B and C). This law feeds into the prevailing extremism. Pray that this stronghold would be brought down and that the Lord will intervene into the fabric of the society to open the minds of the people who believe this law was a divine law. Pray that the Lord will protect Christians and a Muslim brother who are working to abolish this law, which includes Church, civil society leaders, and politicians. Pray for the Christian brothers and sister who are in prison, facing trials falsely accused under this law. Pray that the Lord would give the government sincerity at heart and wisdom to deal with the issue of changing or repelling this law.
Pray that the government will take sincere measures to curb the rising extremism and radicalization; pray that the strong holds of terrorism in the country will be destroyed. Pray for peace and security in the country and the region. Pray for terrorists to come into peace with the Lord and turn away from their plans of destruction. Pray that their plans of terrorism, suicide attacks, and bombing would be exposed and foiled. Pray that the armed forces and law enforcement agencies fighting against these terrorists would have protection from the Lord and there would be minimum causalities in this war against terrorism.
Pray that the Lord will give supernatural favor to the moderate people of the society so that they can socially, politically raise a voice and an effort to fight this menace of extremism. Pray that the National and local media would stop portraying terrorists, extremists as heroes and avoid such news and stories that gives support to extremism and radicalization.
Pray for different types of shortages that are occurring in Pakistan: water, electricity, natural gas, food commodities like, cooking oil, sugar etc. Pray that the government will take sincere measures to resolve these issues which are making the everyday life of a common man miserable.
Pray that Pakistani church will be especially focusing prayer against corruption and lawlessness that is prevalent in every tier of the society especially the government. Pray that the common man in Pakistan will get justice as injustice in the society is becoming a reason for extremism. Pray that the government will bring their own house in order, and take sincere measures against corruption and lawlessness.
In Pakistan, an organization has been asked to help take up the cause of religious minorities, including those under threat from the blasphemy laws through which Christians have been falsely accused, imprisoned and killed.
Afghanistan and Pakistan: Continued Violence and Pakistani Link to the Taliban
“Suicide attacks by the Taliban against government targets over the last two days demonstrate the near futility of trying to negotiate with the group. Despite talks between the US and the Taliban over the last year and indications that the Obama administration is considering releasing Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay facility as part of a peace settlement, the Taliban thus far has shown no indications of agreeing to a cease-fire.” January 12, Newsmax.com
In addition, a BBC News report from January 6 states that the Taliban in Afghanistan are being “directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report.” This report, the result of thousands of interrogations, claims the Taliban “remain defiant and have wide support among the Afghan people.” The report also alleges that Pakistan knows the locations of senior Taliban leaders and has not divulged that information. After 10 years of war and the loss of thousands of lives and billions of dollars, this is very discouraging reading for Nato and the Afghan government.
A Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman denied these allegations calling them "ridiculous" and saying "we are committed to non-interference in Afghanistan and expect all other states to strictly adhere to this principle."
US Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby commented: "We have long been concerned about ties between elements of the ISI [Pakistan's intelligence service] and some extremist networks," said US Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby, adding that the US Defence Department had not yet seen the report.
Please pray for the peace and healing of both Pakistan and Afghanistan and for the cutting off of ties between Pakistan’s intelligence services and government with the Taliban. This is such a strategic part of the world and we need to keep covering it in our prayers of intercession with faith for breakthrough.
Pakistan Needs Your Prayers
Pakistan was created in 1947, in a terrible blood bath, as the only nation created to be a Muslim republic:
· 6th most populous nation in the world
· 96% Muslim
· 1.5 % Christian
· 1.5 % Hindu
· 0.5-1 % Buddhist, Jain, etc.
· Four years ago, under President Musharraf’s government, Pakistan had the one of the fastest growing economies in Western Asia. Today, it is right at the bottom.
· In the 2010 floods, the UN proclaimed it the worst human disaster (twice as many people affected as the Indian tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, and Haiti earthquake, combined). One-fifth of the country was under water - crops, fields, and the infrastructure of electricity, canals, roads were destroyed. Most of this still has not been repaired. Summer of 2011 another major flood covered much of the southern part of Pakistan. Crops, homes, livestock were destroyed. Today many places are still under 10 feet of water.
· Much of the county is without electricity and/or gas 10-18 hours a day.
· Food prices for basic staples of vegetables and flour have almost tripled in the last 2 years.
People are fed up with the present government of Zardari. Corruption is listed as some of the worst in the world. In the midst of this economic collapse and the inability of the present government to govern, five other political parties are fighting for leadership. Taliban/Militants are growing in popularity as they use Satan’s weapon of FEAR.
”For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph 6:12
Pakistan has a definite hierarchy of SPIRITUAL FORCES/LEADERS. Both religious and government leaders are in submission to them…They are Satan’s agents to “steal, kill and destroy.” Under the influence of these spiritual powers, hardcore Islam is growing rapidly and spreading across the country and the world. The Taliban and Al-Qadea are quickly expanding their influence. They claim they can save Pakistan from corruption, claiming that democracy has not worked, and Pakistan must return to Allah’s laws of sharia.
· Pray against these evil spiritual leaders and agents of Satan. May their strongholds fall and people be freed.
· Pray for fear to be removed and prayer leaders to be raised up.
· Pray for yourselves that God will increase your burden for Pakistan.
Christians in Pakistan
Christians live under the constant oppression of Islam. It is difficult for them to get an education or jobs. Attacks by militants against Christians and churches are increasing.
· May Pakistani Christians quickly realize that their only hope of survival is to turn to God in prayer. 2 Ch 7:14
· Pray that eyes may be quickly opened. We are learning that most Christians are
· completely blind to these evil SPIRITUAL FORCES/LEADERS and their strongholds that surround and entrap them.
· Pray for Christians to be bold.
· Pray they may learn to pray and know the authority they have in Christ and to use that authority to pray and tear down the evil ones strongholds.
· Pray that they will see answers to their prayers as one by one these strongholds that cover the country are pulled down.
GOD, RAISE UP A REMNANT OF PRAYER INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PAKISTAN.
From an IPC friend who encourages and helps the Pakistani prayer movement.
National Prayer Network of Pakistan (Intercessors Network of Pakistan) announces a 40-Day National Prayer and Fasting Campaign 2012-20th February to 30th March 2012
We have already sent hundreds of invites, commitment forms to churches and ministries across 50 cities in all the provinces. Thousands of posters, handbills, and printed prayer points have already reached people who took part in the last year’s campaign. About 70 coordinators/facilitators and volunteers will be motivating new churches and ministries to be a part of this campaign. We hope to register 2000 churches/ groups/ ministries and individuals across the country to pray targeted strategic prayers for the Pakistani Church and Country during these 40 days.
Therefore we urge you to kind pray for this campaign and its success and for the core team in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, 70 plus facilitators and coordinators (around the country) and for hundreds of churches, groups, ministries and families taking part in this campaign.
National Prayer Network of Pakistan (Intercessors Network of Pakistan)
Pray for Pakistan
…as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11
A number of prayer outreaches and seminars occurred during the month of November in Pakistan:
Please pray for those who took part that they would be built up and that they can have the victory through prayer. Many are feeling very threatened and overwhelmed by the evil that is going on in their country. Pray that the Christians will REALIZE that the situation is very CRUCIAL but not hopeless and that they will be united in spite of their different denominations and ethnic or caste groups. (Because of the caste system, tremendous divisions have come into the church.)
To accomplish the above, we feel that a spirit of REPENTANCE and FORGIVENESS must come. (In the culture where 95% of everything is based on saving or losing face, this will be a difficult thing to accomplish. We need prayer and wisdom on how to handle this.) Pray the Holy Spirit will work and lead.
From a prayer leader working in Pakistan
Afghanistan and Pakistan
Please continue to pray for these two very strategic and needy lands that are so vital for the security of the rest of the world. There are some key prayer efforts going on within Pakistan this month with teams from outside joining in. Pray for their protection, discernment and empowering and that the local prayer movements in both countries will be strengthened and grow widely.
Pray for the unity and vitality of local believers in both countries as well as for the expatriate community, especially in Afghanistan. It is not always a safe place to serve and they need His protection and encouragement.
Pray for the governments of both nations to turn from corruption and serve the people with honesty and integrity of purpose. The tribal elders (community leaders) of each locality need to shut out violent men from their midst and welcome development efforts.
Pray for the Taliban and Al Qaeda groups to splinter and dissolve and for their members to have encounters with Jesus Christ and His truth through dreams, visions and the bold sharing of the Gospel by locals.
Pray for the success of the coalition military forces in protecting and restoring Afghanistan’s peace and development as a nation.
Pray for the Dissolution of the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan and Pakistan
A friend in Afghanistan asks us to pray:
“This is another article on the Haqqani group. It is interesting that Admiral Mike Mullen, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said recently before the US Senate Armed Services Committee that Pakistan military’s spy agency, ISI, was closely tied to the Haqqani network, the most violent and effective faction allied with the Taliban in Afghanistan and that they have very credible evidence about this. This is probable while they are so effective and absolutely dangerous. “
Much prayer is needed that the Gov. of Pakistan would stop that and that this Haqqani network would be stopped or destroyed.
Also, the continued serious deterioration of the relationship between Pakistan and the US is of great concern and effects Afghanistan, also.