TTP focused on ending democracy, says Mehsud

Published: April 30, 2013

MIRANSHAH: 

In a letter to the media, leader of banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has said that his group is focused on jeopardising democracy by hindering elections in the country.

“We have succeeded politically after we were asked to negotiate by the government,” said Hakimullah Mehsud.

He added that the group was now solely ‘focused’ on the next elections.

As elections are nearing, TTP’s aim would be to “end the democratic system,” the letter further said. Mehsud also urged TTP militants to target senior politicians and party leaders, while continuing the battle against security forces.

Furthermore, in a rare address from an undisclosed location, the militant chief claimed that the TTP was not just fighting a war on a tactical level, but were also able to ‘subdue’ politicians by making them negotiate.

TTP student union

A student union of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan was traced by the police while three of its members splashed posters and banners around Multan.

The publicity material was scripted with inflammatory messages, encouraging people to not vote in elections as democracy was ‘un-Islamic’. It demanded that the people of Pakistan should adhere to the shariah (Islamic law), and said that it was haraam for them to participate in the voting process.

Police claim that the three members were students belonged to Lahore, but were enrolled at the Bahauddin Zakarriya University in Multan. After posting 50 banners in the urban area, they were putting posters on the walls of the Multan press club when they were caught by the journalists.

Police officials claim that they were also making other plans which “could not be shared with public as of yet”.

Investigation officer inspector Ansar Ali told The Express Tribune that they are also planning to make their individual organisation for south Punjab to motivate people against the elections. “Investigations are underway and raids have been expanded to trace the whole network.”

However, two of the students were able to escape from the spot, while the third one was shifted to an unknown place by the intelligence agencies. Initial investigations have revealed that TTP student union works in the form of small groups.

The intercepted Usman Ghani is a student of architectural engineering at the Bahauddin Zakariyah University and was recruited by the TTP when he was only 18- years-old.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Hamster
    Apr 30, 2013 - 10:23AM

    A never ending battle fought for no-one. Wonder if they’d ever be interested in asking the nation if this is what they want?

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  • Genius
    Apr 30, 2013 - 11:04AM

    Democracy is not what is being sold everywhere. These elections are in fact gambling. Some will win and some lose. But the eventual losers will be the people.

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  • Muneeb
    Apr 30, 2013 - 12:27PM

    Fought for no one? Better ask the families of those 50,000 killed before making such assumptions.

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  • Mozart
    Apr 30, 2013 - 12:45PM

    We should all vote just to defeat TTP.

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  • Farhan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 1:38PM

    Happy now, PTI?

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  • hassan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 1:41PM

    @Mozart: we should go a step further and as a nation, fight the TTP mercenaries to eliminate this evil from our country and society.

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  • sgrr
    Apr 30, 2013 - 2:08PM

    This is the real face of Talibaan and one who link their activities with drone attacks should prepare himself to see shuttlecock burqa wearing ladies all around with no TV/radio and off-course media else where. The subjects of the state will be living in stone age and while the ameerul momineen will be living under tight security measures to protect him from the Drone attacks etc from the Muslims not following their interpretation of Islam. But I am not sure whether they will let any Muslim alive who does not follow their interpretation of Islam.

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  • Myra
    Apr 30, 2013 - 2:30PM

    My big question is, why have the Taliban and the TTP picked Pakistan to create their big giant, radical homeland?

    There is NO common support for them, they CANNOT win over a population of 180 million people and growing? They have MINISCULE support in KP and a few supporters of IDPs from KP in bigger cities. What on earth is their grand plan, to take over the whole of Pakistan?

    Are they crazy? They may kill people, but they can never kill enough because Pakistan has shown is resiliance. PPP, MQM, ANP will all go on to contest elections – and we are proud of them for doing so.

    General consensus in Pakistan is liberal – despite the crazy radicals who target minorities. That too is sometimes MIS-information, not that the people hold radical views. Pakistan is more liberal than half the countries of the middle east.

    What on earth do the Taliban think they can do here? It seems so fishy and so odd. They are never going to win over Pakistan. Pakistan does NOT belong to the Taliban, it never has, and it never will.

    Get out of my country.

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  • Ghazal Murtaza
    Apr 30, 2013 - 2:37PM

    I urge the people of Pakistan to reject this campaign of TTP and vote for the better future of our coming generations. This is the time we must not fail or should get ready to face the rule of obscurantist barbarians that do not know anything about humanity what to talk of Islam which is the most peaceful and progressive religion.

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  • kamran
    Apr 30, 2013 - 2:49PM

    it is a wake call for PTI, N-league and other sympathizers of TTP.

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  • Abdul Haseeb
    Apr 30, 2013 - 2:50PM

    Democracy is unislamic but killing thousands of innocents is …….. what a joke.

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  • cyrus
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:36PM

    People, be careful while casting your vote, the lines have been drawn very clearly. For your sake and the sake of the country please rethink and know that who is who in the political field.

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  • cyrus
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:01PM

    @Myra:
    Dont be so simple.TTP,off course can not win it through violence. Now their strategy is to rule you through the parliament by sending their proxies to it through elections. And that will be legitimate too. Terrifying. Is,nt it?Recommend

  • salman
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:55PM

    you have to remove the cancer to stop it’s growth. you can’t control it by negotiations. you have to weed it out.

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  • Babar Mumtaz
    Apr 30, 2013 - 5:00PM

    What is the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court doing aout these threats?
    Should this organisation not only be declared illegal, but since the State (Army, Police, Bureaucracy) supposedly guarantees the holding of free and fair elections, should this organisation and its supporters not be put behind bars? Or at least the “civil” authorities should call in the army and police to arrest them – or die trying.
    In any other society, political parties too would have come out to state their rejection of the TTP and their “policies”.

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  • Good Taliban
    Apr 30, 2013 - 5:15PM

    Is this bad Talib? What does the good Taliban want?

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  • Stranger
    Apr 30, 2013 - 5:36PM

    I say the best party seems to be PPP as of now .

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  • Farhan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:15PM

    @Hamster: why would someone be interested in asking NATION when GOD has already spoken

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  • Hataf Shahab
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:28PM

    Please Vote for ANP PPP and MQM as they are truly anti Taliban

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  • Apr 30, 2013 - 8:01PM

    Those who are well aware of the facts associated with their terrorist activities should not be surprised to hear that these terrorists are focused on ending the democratic system. At the same time, those who choose to indulge in conspiracy theories can see them openly boasting about their evil motives. Ultimately, it is up to us to stand united against those who pose a threat to the freedom of our nations. We need to continue to build on our improving relationship and combine our strength for the sake negating the common threat. We’ve come too far and made too many sacrifices to let these terrorists succeed now. We hope to see free and fair elections in Pakistan with a peaceful power of transition. We reiterate what Richard Olson, US Ambassador to Pakistan, said just a few days ago: “Along with many other countries which count Pakistan as a friend, the United States looks forward to witnessing timely, transparent, free, and fair elections on May 11. These elections will mark an important democratic transition, a historic development of which the people of Pakistan can be very proud. It is our hope that these elections will proceed peacefully. The United States affirms that it is solely up to the people of Pakistan to determine their future leadership. The United States is backing democracy, and the strengthening of Pakistan’s civilian institutions through the electoral process. The United States does not support any particular political party or individual candidate.”

    Ali Khan

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  • saqib
    Apr 30, 2013 - 8:07PM

    democrazy isnt built for a countries like Pakistan :) dictators , radicals suit Pakistan well

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  • TightPatloon
    Apr 30, 2013 - 10:45PM

    This is still not our war!

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  • Raja Islam
    Apr 30, 2013 - 11:06PM

    @Myra:
    The problem is that they are getting off scott free. Have the security forces or the liberal parties gone after them? They need to get a dose of their own medicine before they will withdraw.

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  • mystreeman
    May 1, 2013 - 12:36AM

    PTI and PML (N) will be defeated in Sindh, Balochistan and KPK. Appeal to Punjabis: Be patriotic and don’t vote pro TTP parties.

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  • Mustafa
    May 1, 2013 - 1:36AM

    @TightPatloon:
    Yeah? They killed YOUR brothers and sisters! They shed innocent blood in YOUR country! They dosgraced YOUR religion! They illegally take refuge in YOUR country! Still think its not our war?

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