Taliban says will attack lawmakers if Afghan supply routes reopen

Published: March 25, 2012

TTP spokesperson says parliamentarians and their 'overlords' will be attacked if Nato supplies are reopened.

MIRANSHAH: The Pakistan Taliban will attack lawmakers if they decide to re-open Nato supply routes to Afghanistan, the militant group’s spokesman said on Sunday, a threat likely to complicate efforts to mend severely strained relations between the United States and Pakistan.      

“If the parliament decides to restore Nato supplies, we will attack parliamentarians and their overlords,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told Reuters.

The US needs Pakistani permission to allow supplies to be trucked via two routes into Afghanistan, which prior to their closure, accounted for almost a third of all Nato cargo to Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s parliament is reviewing recommendations for a new direction in ties with Washington, including a possible re-opening of the supply routes for Nato forces in Afghanistan, which were shut last November after a cross-border skirmish with Nato forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

The national security committee said that if supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan are resumed, the shipments must be taxed.

A halt in US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, and an unconditional apology for the November incident, were the main recommendations from the parliament’s national security committee.

Pakistan’s cooperation is considered critical to US efforts to stabilise Afghanistan before most foreign combat troops leave at the end of 2014.

Reader Comments (27)

  • MarkH
    Mar 25, 2012 - 3:05PM

    So the people who want to take over are saying the government was never a target to begin with? That doesn’t make too much sense. Another empty threat. It’s one of those things they’d already be doing if given the chance.

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  • saif
    Mar 25, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Whole nation will be thankfull to you if you did blessing to the nation.

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  • saif
    Mar 25, 2012 - 3:22PM

    whole nation wil be thankfull to you if you do this blessing.

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  • Nasir
    Mar 25, 2012 - 3:42PM

    Why is our leadership spineless? – we should not allow threats and deal with these savages who commit murder in the name of Allah once and for all.

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  • Cautious
    Mar 25, 2012 - 3:46PM

    No surprise — at it’s core Taliban stands for intolerance – you disagree with them you become a target. Never have understood why people who support them can’t understand the long term consequences of putting them in power.

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 25, 2012 - 3:50PM

    See, that’s what happens if you kep on trying tp appease such terrorists—-let their leader Imran Khan read this and ponder a little and decide on whose side he is finally —– Us or them?

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  • vasan
    Mar 25, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Judges and police were threatened to release the terrorists. These mob now threaten the law makers and want to take over the law unto themselves. Innocent public were cannon fodder to these monsters. Why cant Pak army fix them once and for all. NATO supply route is another matter, Let the MNAs decide without fear and favour.

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  • Iron hand
    Mar 25, 2012 - 4:41PM

    @saif: The whole nation will be thankful if terrorists attack your government representatives? So in your opinion people who advocate different points of view than your own should be murdered, regardless of whether they’re Muslims? Please explain,

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  • Mir
    Mar 25, 2012 - 5:15PM

    TTP made work easy for us, now we need few dharnas by PTI & DPC to give final touch to story but where is nawaz sharif i remember he went for umra or something. what a pity, the people who are supposed to stand for us are themselves afraid of TTP.S

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  • Mar 25, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Me too wanna join you against these corrupt looters and thugs, they have sucked enough blood of the nation

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  • Mar 25, 2012 - 5:54PM

    Where are you Taliban? Please give your correct address.

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  • still-a-Pakistani
    Mar 25, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Why cannot Pakistan get rid of these Taliban Thugs. Regardless of whether the Government allow or not NATO supplies and how currupt the rulers and member of parliaments are, the people of Pakistan have voted them to power. Should not Pakistan in military get serious and get rid of them. They are hiding largely in the tribal areas and the people there are also fed up of them. Recommend

  • Yes, I am from Garland, Texas.
    Mar 25, 2012 - 10:04PM

    @Cautious:
    Never have understood why people who support them can’t understand the long term consequences of putting them in power.

    Yes you is right indeed. DOD and DOS should be held accountable.
    So great was the hate against infidel USSR that they brought in criminals and supported men in the name of religion to ascertain that atleast their own national goals are met and to heck with the consequences!
    These things, as an american make me feel ashamed! We reaped what we sow, unfortunately

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  • hamid-gilani
    Mar 25, 2012 - 10:13PM

    taliban are already aqainst the pakistan and his army. they’re waiting for when they’ll rules in pakistan. taliban and USA have same mission.

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  • don
    Mar 25, 2012 - 10:27PM

    @Uza Syed: Its really very easy to declare someone a terrorist, you probably have never utter such a word for your american lords,Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Mar 25, 2012 - 10:46PM

    Now it should be clear to all parliamentarians , judges and armed forces in Pakistan that what they will have to do if the national assembly decides to reopen the supply route . The govt. has no option but to open the route otherwise the country will collapse . At present it can not sustain without the help of USA .

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  • khurshid
    Mar 25, 2012 - 10:58PM

    It appears that the actual irony of the situation has eluded most of the Taliban sympathizers. The Afghani Taliban, who fight under Mullah Umar and actually bear the brunt of the American attacks, and who are most to be affected by the resumption of US supply routes, are silent on the issue. It is these “gentlemen”, who wage their “jihad” within Pakistan and against us and our men in uniform, who seem most bothered by the resumption of supplies.The Afghani Taliban understand our predicament, but it is these remnants of our own Jihadi groups who seek one or the other excuse to target our state, our democracy and our way of life. Those who sympathize with them should get out of the habit of commenting critically on Govt. policies on blogs. It will not be looked on favorably by their Taliban rulers if (God forbid) they should come to power.

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:41AM

    Why attack lawmakers they are some of the best allies the Taliban have.

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  • s shah
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:44AM

    This is how the Taliban and their apologists operate: kill whoever does not agree with you! This is not the basis for a civilized society.

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 26, 2012 - 8:34AM

    @s shah:
    DId anyone ever claim that PAK was a civilized society?

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  • gp65
    Mar 26, 2012 - 8:42AM

    “A halt in US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, and an unconditional apology for the November incident, were the main recommendations from the parliament’s national security committee”.

    US has already said it will not stop drones. The apology has not happened either. Of course Parliament will have to open the routes – not because its conditions are met but because the establishment who needs its toys has ordered it to do so.

    When it opens the routes without complying with any conditions, you will find that DPC which was making a lot of noise earlier will be strangely quiet.After all once they have served the establishment’s purpose to improve negotiating leverage with US, their purpose is served.

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  • Farooq
    Mar 26, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Most of the decisions even of public interest are always taken by the president and prime minister in isolation while considering their personal interest. it was for the first time that Parliament is made responsible to take decision. Because our political corrupt and incompetent leaders are not able to take a decision which reflects the will of nation.

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  • Observant
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:01AM

    Here We Go- God save us from these fanatics!

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:33AM

    @Harry Stone:
    It is a civilised society that discusses such heinous acts and condemn them like we are doing in this forum. Stop being a biased hater.

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:04PM

    @don: Forget my “lords”——it’s your lords who publically threaten Pakistan and your other “lord” the champion of the terrorists’ cause must announce publicall on which side is he ? does he still support Taliban or is he with us the people of Pakistan. Ask him sourself, if my asking upsets you, “don” (interesting name reminds me of some ‘dons’ in a fampous book about mafia gangs.

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  • Mar 26, 2012 - 9:46PM

    Is it really a surprise that TTP are against the restoring of ties between our nations? These terrorists desire the freedom to operate freely, and clearly feel threatened by our partnership. It’s times like these when we should remind ourselves that our failure to acknowledge the obvious helps give birth to conspiracy theories. The hard work of our forces on both sides of the border has taken the freedom away from these terrorists to freely conduct their terrorist activities throughout the region. And desperation is clearly evident with suicidal attacks throughout Pakistan. These terrorists have made it a norm to target innocent people in their bid to spread fear and chaos. We must bring justice to those killed and stop these terrorists from infiltrating the region with their acts of terror. We must look past our differences and remain focused on our ultimate goal of defeating terrorism. We must let these terrorists know that we are willing to work through our challenges for the safety of our nations.

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  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:15PM

    CENTCOM , will continue its task and Pak army will have to support at any cost . The ground reality in the entire region suggest that the time is rolling in the right direction and we should remain prepared to facilitate the events so that the desired goal could be achieved as being wished by liberals,

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