The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan is a slave of the United States (US) and Europe because he labels himself a liberal, a BBC Urdu report stated.
Speaking to BBC Urdu, TTP spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said that "liberal" was an English word, and that if Khan thinks he is a representative of the people, he should talk in the language of Pakistanis, which is Urdu.
The TTP spokesman said that Khan was not a supporter of the Taliban and neither were they his sympathisers.
Ahsan said that the word liberal defined someone who “thinks they are from all religions, including Islam. A liberal person does not believe in any religion, and also do not believe in Islam and tauheed.”
He said that Khan had termed some Pakistan leaders ‘slaves of America’ and said that he wanted to inform Khan that he was the “slave of those Americans who are no longer in this world.”
In an interview with The Express Tribune in May, the PTI chief had said he was “often made out to be the naughty boy who supports the Taliban.”
Khan had clarified that his ideology had always been to conduct dialogue with militants and not to support terrorism.
“Terrorism in Pakistan is a reaction to drone strikes and military operations; suicide bombings are a tool of the weak used to attack oppressors,” he had said.
He had admitted that it was this stance that earned him the notorious title of “Taliban Khan” and that he was aware that “America-loving poodles” label him “the naughty boy who supports the Taliban.”
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