Death mandate: Mehsud sanctions polling day attacks

Published: May 10, 2013

Referring to poll candidates and the democratic system, Mehsud expressed hope that the Taliban commanders would be busy working against the agents of an “infidel system.” PHOTO: FILE

WANA / MIRANSHAH: 

Taliban commanders have been issued a mandate to carry out widespread attacks in the country on May 11 by the chief commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through a letter.

Issued on May 1, 2013 and addressed to TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud wrote: “I will keep control of the attacks in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, while you should cover Sindh and Punjab.”

Referring to poll candidates and the democratic system, Mehsud expressed hope that the Taliban commanders would be busy working against the agents of an “infidel system.”

“I am sending a list of attacks and the modus operandi, along with a separate list of fidayeen (suicide bombers),” wrote Mehsud, adding that TTP leaders could prescribe amendments to it after consultation.

The letter also lists targets in Punjab and Sindh for Election Day.

Earlier, in a letter to media personnel, Mehsud had written that his group was focused on jeopardising democracy by hindering elections.

Mullah Nazir stands guard

In another letter issued by the Shura of pro-government Mullah Nazir Group in Wana subdivision, all group members have been warned to maintain peace and avoid siding with any election candidate.

The letter says that the Mullah Nazir group should struggle to ensure that polling is carried out in a smooth and stable manner, adding that all candidates contesting for NA-41 are equal for them.

10-point rules

Furthermore, the letter says that voters and candidates should follow the 10-point rules to maintain peace – adding that those found guilty of violation deserve to be punished. The points are as follows:-

All candidates should advise their supporters to remain peaceful at polling stations.

All candidates should refrain from making fiery statements and slogans at polling stations.

All voters should keep 100 yards distance from polling stations. Voters must not cast more than one vote. No agent of any candidate is allowed to stop polling.

The presiding officers should also take care of rules and regulations at their respective polling stations.

A queue should be made for casting vote according to rules.

Voters are not allowed to bring any kind of weapons to the polling station.

A person who cannot go outside of his home will be guaranteed peace, whereas those guilty of rule violation will be fined Rs1 million, and his house will also be demolished. The order is applicable on all areas equally.

Stay away from spreading any disturbance, indulging in scuffles, or raising hue and cry.

The letter also warns that any person found violating rules will not only be fined but he will also be sent to jail on a three-month remand while his weapon will be seized.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2013.

Reader Comments (38)

  • Babloo
    May 10, 2013 - 6:24AM

    Sharia and Taliban rule became Pakistan’s destiny , the day Mr Jinnah used Islam to mobilze political support.

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  • Falcon
    May 10, 2013 - 6:26AM

    Every voter that comes out on May 11th will be a slap on the face of these TTP murderers. Every voter is a Pakistani hero. May God’s mercy win over TTP’s evil plans.

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    May 10, 2013 - 6:31AM

    Can some ghairatmand sanction the death of this murdering monster ? For god’s sake.. take these people out !

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  • Mirza
    May 10, 2013 - 7:36AM

    I agree with TTP leader. Their job is only half done at present. They have to stop a sizeable number of ANP, MQM and PPP voters from going to the polls. Otherwise all their work would come to nothing as the rural heartland of Pakistan would still not bring the two favorite parties of TTP. The hijacking of elections for their favorites is not complete till after the voting ends. Please make sure that the two favorite party is not hurt by your “friendly fire”.

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  • Ihsanullah Bangash
    May 10, 2013 - 7:38AM

    Good Taliban
    Bad Taliban
    We dont want any. We challenge them to prove their worth – worth of their message of blood and death, by winning a single constituency through elections without using their weapons of human destruction.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 10, 2013 - 7:43AM

    “A person who cannot go outside of his home will be guaranteed peace, whereas those guilty of rule violation will be fined Rs1 million, and his house will also be demolished. The order is applicable on all areas equally.”

    These orders were issued by a militant group working for the government?!!!

    Unbelievable. What a failed state Pakistan is.

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  • Satan
    May 10, 2013 - 7:53AM

    God will protect us from those who kill in the name of Him. “To live like a lion for a day is far better than to live for a hundred years like a jackal”. You become a lion when you have faith in Him. When you have faith in Him, these terrorists would be taken care of.
    Lets go out and vote!. For our beloved country.

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  • Shaukat
    May 10, 2013 - 8:04AM

    Eliminate the TTP, Zaliman.

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  • Indian
    May 10, 2013 - 8:20AM

    Hope pakistanis come out of this mess as soon as possible.

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  • waqar khan
    May 10, 2013 - 8:25AM

    why a liberal newspaper should cover the views of Taliban terrorist organisation in so much detail. Pakistani people have defied the terrorists till 10 May,how could they change on 11May.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    May 10, 2013 - 8:38AM

    The Army is waiting for the elections to be over. These animals will meet their demise post-elections.

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  • Enlightened
    May 10, 2013 - 8:41AM

    This death mandate issued is real bad news for Pakistan as TTP has always carried out its threats in the past and also with complete success. Sincerely hope that atleast this time security forces of Pakistan would equally rise to the occasion, thwart their evil design and save innocent people on all important election day. This threat also reveals the double speak of this jihadi organisation who had spared some parties for election campaigning, but now decided to target all including their supporters.

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  • Imran
    May 10, 2013 - 8:59AM

    Don’t worry TTP you will be killed by our army soon Insha-Allah.

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  • Hasan Hasni
    May 10, 2013 - 9:16AM

    They are created in result of our corruption, bad governance and pathetic justice system.

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  • Tamur
    May 10, 2013 - 9:42AM

    So how many are voting for PTI to help Taliban spread across the nation?

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  • Afaaq
    May 10, 2013 - 10:20AM

    These beasts must be dealt with only full force. They must not be spared as they are attacking our army, our people and our children. They are paid to spoil the name of Islam. I guess drones were the best treatment for them.

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  • blaizebob
    May 10, 2013 - 10:24AM

    @Tamur:
    The ‘liberal parties have been just great at string that flow the past 5 years haven’t they?
    That is if apathy is the right way to go about it.

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  • Jawad U Rehman
    May 10, 2013 - 10:51AM

    Will somebody issue a death mandate for Mehsud before its too late?

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  • vasan
    May 10, 2013 - 11:21AM

    Not Pakistan’s war, yet. I dont know when it will be. On May 12th???

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  • Enlightened
    May 10, 2013 - 12:38PM

    @Jawad U Rehman:
    I have full sympathies for you and all Pakistans who are suffering at the hands of this outfit for a long time and getting no respite. Well, those who can issue the death mandate on them are themselves running for cover to avoid the beheading. Foreign armies may have to step in Pakistan one day to save its citizens.

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  • coward khan
    May 10, 2013 - 12:45PM

    Army is advised to stay away from these dangerous areas. They are fully charged for implementing their form of Islam and people should support them.

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  • vikash
    May 10, 2013 - 12:49PM

    this is unambiguous declaration of war against state of Pakistan and should be treated as such.
    high time to unveil the iron fist and use against the enemy.

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  • negotiation khan
    May 10, 2013 - 12:49PM

    Very soon our kaptan will be PM. Then what will yhe mehsuds do. I doudt they will be able to stand the tough negotiations he is going to impose on TTP. I want to see how they will threaten then.

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  • Tufan Agha
    May 10, 2013 - 12:53PM

    This gang of terrorists is the most coward group. They use disguise of innocent citizens for their satanic acts. They have never fought like men. They were chickened out by Pakistan army in south Waziristan, Swat, Mohmand and Bajuar when they tried to come face to face.They use common people and laws of constitution as a shield.
    Shame on their parentage.

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  • Ammad
    May 10, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Somebody please drone him down

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  • Voice OF D.I.Khan
    May 10, 2013 - 1:33PM

    Why can’t CJ take SOU MOTTO against TTP…. ???

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  • Khurram
    May 10, 2013 - 2:29PM

    Just tactics to ensure low turn out

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  • blaizebob
    May 10, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Allah teaches us to be human, not animals like Mahsud and his ilk….

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  • Now or never
    May 10, 2013 - 2:51PM

    Just booked my flight…
    Gonna come and vote for PTI…for Jinnah’s Pakistan
    Pakistan Zindabad.. Recommend

  • Enlightened
    May 10, 2013 - 2:54PM

    @negotiation khan:
    Agree with your comments. After Imran Khan to takes over as PM, he will seriously negotiate and convince Taliban to leave the violence for ever within a period of three months. Guns and grenades would be replaced by cricket bats and balls respectively and Taliban shall start playing cricket. However, they would still be carrying out blasts but of a different kind ie hitting sixes and breaking windows glasses which people won’t mind.

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  • Laeeq
    May 10, 2013 - 3:29PM

    Drone is the best treatment.

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  • Rehmat
    May 10, 2013 - 7:54PM

    @Now or never: PTI is not committed to Jinnah’s Pakistan. Jinnah said Ahmadis were Muslims. Imran says he has no plans to chane the constitution that declares them non-Muslim and he himself believes they are non-Muslim.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 10, 2013 - 8:33PM

    @Babloo…..Please do not involve the Quaid in this sordid affair.He gave us this beautiful country which probably did not deserve.

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  • a&a
    May 10, 2013 - 9:30PM

    @Voice OF D.I.Khan:
    Because he is scared of them….:-)

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  • Saeed
    May 11, 2013 - 12:17AM

    People like this guy are truly measles of Ummah.

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  • Imtiaz
    May 11, 2013 - 12:24AM

    I wonder if the Pakistani media should print and broadcast these kind of news just at the right time to spread the message of the terrorist across the whole country. Will you also broadcast advertisement of Taliban against voting for money?

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  • Junaid Khan
    May 11, 2013 - 2:53AM

    @Indian:
    I thank you for your kind words.

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  • Junaid Khan
    May 11, 2013 - 2:54AM

    All of TTP animals need to be lined up and shot. Point blank.

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