The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the abduction of four members of a pro-government militia in Tank district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa last month.
Speaking from an undisclosed location, the TTP commander for North Waziristan Agency, Asmatullah Shaheen, said that the four men were kidnapped on March 25 from Umer bus terminal. “We will kill them one by one if our demands are not met,” he threatened, without mentioning what the demands were. “We will not tell the media what the demands are, but they need to be met within a week.”
The kidnapped men have been identified as Gul Muhammad, Mukhtiar, Abdul Wahab and Rehman. The insurgency in the region has given rise to a number of anti-Taliban militias put together by villagers to counter the increasing pressure exerted by the militant groups.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2012.