Pakistan - October 2009


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A man stands near the scene of an explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009. A car bomb has torn through a busy marketplace in north western Pakistan, collapsing several buildings, setting fires and killing at least 93 people including 60 women and children, mere hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in the country on an official visit.

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Fire fighters extinguish fire at the site of a car bomb explosion in Peshawar located in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province October 28, 2009.

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Pakistani volunteers rush an injured child to a hospital after an explosion from a car bomb in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009

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People make way for ambulance to collect injured people at the site of a car bomb explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009. Over 93 people have been killed, 200 injured in the blast

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A worker carries a box of cooking oil to distribute to internally displaced persons at a distribution point in Dera Ismail Khan, in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province, October 27, 2009. Pakistan forces killed 19 militants in an intense clash in South Waziristan on Monday while insurgents aiming to divert the army's attention launched a raid in another north western region, officials said.

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A man, fleeing a military offensive in South Waziristan, carries handout materials from an aid distribution point for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Dera Sports Stadium in Dera Ismail Khan, located in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province, October 26, 2009. About 150,000 people have fled their homes in South Waziristan but aid officials do not expect the exodus to become a humanitarian crisis, as did a similar offensive in the Swat valley this year.

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A Pakistani truck driver enters a distribution point carrying relief supplies for internally displaced civilians, fleeing from military operations against Taliban militants in South Waziristan, in Dera Ismail Khan on October 24, 2009.

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Displaced Pakistani tribesmen, escaping from South Waziristan due to military offensive, wait to get food stuff at a distribution centre in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009.

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Policemen stand guard near the site of a suicide bomb attack at the entrance of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, about 75 km (45 miles) northwest of the capital Islamabad October 23, 2009. A suspected Taliban suicide bomber killed six people outside Pakistan's main airforce maintenance facility on Friday as troops pressed ahead with an offensive against insurgents in the northwest, officials said.

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Pakistan army soldiers board into a vehicle as they leave after attending funeral prayer of their comrade who was killed in the Saturday's helicopter crashed, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 in Karachi, Pakistan

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Members of a Pakistani private tribal militia, known locally as a Lashkar, chant slogans to vow to fight against militants at a rally on October 23, 2009 in Khar, the main town of Pakistani tribal region Bajur. Local militia members are encouraged by Pakistani security forces to fight against the militants in the violence ridden region of north western along Afghan border.

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Young Pakistanis light candles around peace signs during a demonstration against terrorism, demanding peace in the country, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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A relative holds a photo of deceased soldier Asif Ali during his funeral ceremony in Karachi, Pakistan on October 27, 2009. Lance Naik Asif Ali was killed on Sunday during military operation in South Waziristan, military officials said.

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Children play a traditional game called Kabaddi, at an Afghan colony in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009

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A policeman beats men for jumping a queue while waiting with hundreds of others at a food distribution point for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Dera Ismail Khan, in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province, October 27, 2009. The men had fled a military offensive in South Waziristan

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Soldiers take their positions outside the main gate of the Pakistan army headquarters after an attack by armed men in Rawalpindi, on the outskirts of Islamabad, October 10, 2009. Suspected militants dressed in army uniforms attacked Pakistan's army headquarters on Saturday, killing four guards and triggering a battle in which four gunmen were killed, military officials said

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Pakistan's new Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, centre, operates light machine gun with his comrades in Sararogha in Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border on October 4, 2009

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Residents fleeing a military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan October 19, 2009

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People help victims of a suicide attack in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a mosque next to a police station in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday, killing more than 10 people

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A Pakistani bomb disposal squad member removes an explosive suicide jacket from the body of an attacker at the premises of Federal Investigation Agency after gunmen attacked in Lahore on October 15, 2009. Five people including three police officers were killed in the attack on October 15 at the police building in the eastern city of Lahore, a police official said.

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Pakistani musician Mohammad Akbar sits in a queue to register with authorities in Dera Ismail Khan, as he flees from military operations against Taliban militants in South Waziristan on October 20, 2009. Akbar says he prays every day for the Pakistan army to crush the Taliban so he can make sweet music once more without fearing for his life. The 39-year-old was speaking in the dusty town of Dera Ismail Khan where he fled with his wife and seven children to escape a major offensive by the army against the Tehreek-e-Taliban in neighbouring South Waziristan

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