Imran Khan slave of the US, Europe: Pakistani Taliban

Published: November 11, 2011
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TTP spokesman says Khan is a slave of the United States (US) and Europe because he labels himself a liberal. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

TTP spokesman says Khan is a slave of the United States (US) and Europe because he labels himself a liberal. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

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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  • Baloch
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:38PM

    LMFAO, Talk in Urdu or you’l be killed.

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  • Arshad
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Nonsense from Taliban, to say the least

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  • Someone
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:40PM

    I am astonished at the IQ level of this Ahsanullah Ahsan guy. He probably doesn’t know a word of English and here he is, making up his own definition and lecture of “liberal”. More astonishing is how these illiterate goons get press/media attention.

    Forget English or Urdu. The only language TTP thugs understand is the language of guns, bombs and warfare.

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  • Nadir
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:41PM

    Negotiate!! Give peace a chance! Looks like they just dont get it! America out!

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  • AK
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:42PM

    The secular-liberal wing calls him Taliban Khan and the Taliban themselves call him an American slave. Just shows how Pakistan is hijacked between these two extreme wings.

    We need to get rid of both elements from society: Taliban and the secular-liberals

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  • Spaniard
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:44PM

    Where is PPP and other political parties now…

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  • Taliban kee assi ki tassi
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Let’s take this news positively rather than looking on the cons. side: At least it may temporarily shut down those desperate people who keep calling him pro-Taliban.

    With political heavyweights such as Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Allama Iqbal family joining the ranks of PTI, critics can no longer call it a one man show or a Taliban right wing party. The days ahead will be good for PTI,

    My only message to Talibans and anti-PTI secular/left wing propagandists: Go screw yourself. No body is going to stop the PTI tsunami!

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  • Sheharyar Ahmed Siddiqui
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:47PM

    Funny!!

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  • MAD
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:47PM

    I wonder what all those who call him a Taliban sympathiser will say now?

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  • The Reader
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:56PM

    We gotta admit, TTP has a sense of humor!

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  • The Reader
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:58PM

    At this stage when Kaptaan is being dubbed as Taliban Khan, nothing could have been better than a we-don’t-recognize-you statement from TTP. These guys have earned my respect today! Thanks for taking it off Kaptaan’s shoulders. :)

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  • akber
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:03PM

    somewhat serious, somewhat funny, serious in the sense TTP could attack PTI rallys, or imran khan directly, funny cause TTP discredit themselves even more in eyes of pakistani public after opposing Imran khan and with there ridiculous and ludicrous interpretation off word liberal :p

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  • Hassan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:03PM

    Well atleast we know they arent supporting him, Khan sb is truly becoming a leader in Pakistan!!!!

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  • Zoaib
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:04PM

    The so-called TTP leader really needs to sort out his understanding of a “liberal”. There is no problem with being a liberal AND a good Muslim.

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  • Ali
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:05PM

    We know one thing he is the savior of the nation.

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  • Nov 11, 2011 - 4:10PM

    He must be real threat to US and EU that’s why talking against him ; ) who funds these taliban? same US and Europe! to Pakistan Army US says Do operation against them and provide these militants group weapons to engage army and bring a civil war like situation! Wake up! Imran khan has said he is going to pull out the army from all tribal areas and will engage tribal elders to single out these taliban and then crush them. That’s why he is pro US and EU.
    There is a huge investment being poured in print n electronic media just to stop this change in Pakistan….this same media used to call him “taliban khan” now there is a 180 degree shift “american slave” …dnt worry ALLAH is the best planner.
    No one gives a damn about what criminals like taliban have to say, they are just petrified by the fact that imran khan winning will be a blow to them since he’d actually bring a sincere gonvernment (inshallah) instead of ppp, run by criminals just like taliban and commit to loosen the hold of taliban over the terror they have been spreading across.Recommend

  • Zaar
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Crazy Taliban….

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  • Bill
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Is it hypocrisy or fantasy? it is hard to say. But having this said it is such bigotry through which a band of bearded illiterates high jack a peaceful religion such as Islam. May i ask TTP to explain a bit of their medium of communication. If Imran Khan can be deemed a stooge of America merely because he speaks english then these monsters who communicate in anything but urdu should be declared stooges of RAW. It is such brazen statements that they use to justify using boys for bombs and cars for missiles. Ironic as it is to learn of agents from those who themselves are acting against Pakistan.

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  • Zaar
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:27PM

    Crazy Taliban… seriously funny .. taliban have humour. thanks god

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  • Bill
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:27PM

    But i will agree, what a big joke (sad as it is coming from a person condoning genocide and ethnicide based purely on the clothes his targets wear)

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  • Ali Hamza
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:31PM

    “A liberal person does not believe in any religion, and also do not believe in Islam and tauheed”

    Whoah.. what happened to TTP. Now this offical joke is funny.Recommend

  • TIghtDhoti
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Right, so the Taliban clearly dont wont to negotiate. They continue to wage war on us, kidnappings, assasinations, bombings continue. So can we go after them now? Or is it more important not to look like we are doing what America wants than to protect Pakistan and the citzens of the country?

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  • faraz
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:40PM

    @AK

    I think you couldnt understand what it means. It means that Imran is wrong. They are not pushtoon nationalists, but religious extremists.

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  • Mariam Khan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:40PM

    This is the second article of the day so far, trying to portray the soft image of Imran and PTI and now i can sense insecurities as people are now countering and questioning Imran and PTI’s policies as they lack practical approach.

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  • mentelisco
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Funny how both liberals and extreme rightists try to absorb the majority in the middle.

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  • Khan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Taliban’re feeling the Heat. They know, when IK will come in power. He will hold credible negotiation with Tribe People and they will kick Taliban out…

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  • anjum shabbir bhatti
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:45PM

    We have seen many allegations and propaganda against Imran Khan and this is just an addition. If the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) say they are on Islam then whats the point in killing innocent people in Pakistan. If they have real sympathy for the killings in drone strikes then they should better be targeting the US coalition and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

    Coming back to the point this baseless arguments cant dim the light of change that Imran Khan has ignited.

    Keep up the good Imran Khan nation is with you.

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  • true human
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:49PM

    seems like imran khan asked ttp to say this!

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  • Shabnum
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:54PM

    Really? TTP, you have skewered perception of life. If being a liberal connotes being non-Muslim, surely killing innocent thousands, injuring a multitude more and hijacking a religion makes you a a dutiful servant of Islam.

    Do not judge others, when all sensibilities and facts indicate that you yourself are not only a product of American policy, but are a shame to our religion, country and humanity as a whole.Recommend

  • "Beyghairat" Pakistani
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:54PM

    It is not funny. it is all planned by people who are playing Imran.
    Only few days ago people saw imran khan first time saying Talibans are bad.
    And yesterday Talibans reacted in this way.
    It is all goes in Fav. of imran khan.
    Imran and taliban’s statements are infact direcet to USA and west. It to make USA believe that imran is anti taliban and will fight the war on terrorism in pakistan

    For pti lovers:
    Tsunami comes for a short time but it take years to repaired the damages caused by it.
    After looking at recent actions of pti (accepting turncoats) and “warm welcome” for them from supporters.
    I can say that imran’s Tsunami would be short lived (provided it happens) but damages to pakistan would be huge.

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  • Amir Wayn
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:56PM

    Talk in Urdu otherwise you are Kafir. Very funny

    They are those who labled Jinah as ‘Kafir’

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  • kamran
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:00PM

    all internet brigades of PTI becarefull in your remarks handle it carefully

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  • Tilsim
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:09PM

    This timely TTP statement sounds like mind games by you know who to keep the confused confused and help Immy bhai along.

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  • Jimmy_snooka
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:09PM

    What an intelligent guy !!!!This guy has got serious black humor. He should write the script for “Hum sab umeed say hain’,i can bet he will beat Yunus Butt,definitely,in terms of popularity.

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  • Nov 11, 2011 - 5:13PM

    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.”
    Greatest definition of the word liberal. The oxford dictionary must adopt and send a letter of thanks. God help where is Pakistan awaam going???

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  • ItsMe
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:13PM

    Imran khan is an american slave since he speaks English. As Taliban speak Pushto, they must be Karzai’s slaves..!! As per TTP, all those who speak Urdu; must be true Muslims… TTP, you Rock!!

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  • Shiraz
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:26PM

    Jeez this Ahsanullah Ahsan is so clueless its unbelievable…. people like him should not be given any platfrom to air their insanity..Recommend

  • itp
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:26PM

    how,apparently TTP doesn’t like Imran K. That surely must erode the vote bank… or maybe it’s because of the concert at the great rally. Recommend

  • Iron hand
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:27PM

    Good luck with those negotiations, Inram! Better be prepared to give them everything they demand if you want peace. Unfortunately for you, they will likely demand your head!

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  • Aswad
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Wild insanity !! Looks like playing Word Meanings…Lamest thing i have seen today :PRecommend

  • Natasha
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Should shut all those up whove been calling Imran Taliban Khan.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:31PM

    if even Taleban is not going to listne to Imran Khan then whats the use of Imran Khan

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  • Arsalan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Their are two types of people who are against Imran Khan.. Conservatives like Taliban and other religious fanatics in the country (mostly illiterate people) who oppose him because they think that Imran is a “liberal”.. The other are a handful of highly educated people liberals (highly skeptical, habitual of stereotyping and having trust issues with everyone in politics) who end up labeling him as “conservative” and refer to his party as “good looking jamaat e islami”.. What an irony..

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  • Soho
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:47PM

    “Terrorism in Pakistan is a REACTION to drone strikes and military operations.”
    Wow! I thought it’s the opposite.
    Drone strikes and FAKE military ops were a reaction to terrorism.
    Anyway, it shows that Imran is confused. Take a(one) stand, Imran!

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  • KhalidJaved
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:47PM

    LOLZ! So he sticks his hand out in friendship and they take a dump on it.

    Try again ‘Kaptaan’

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  • malik
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:50PM

    This is what is known as Pre-emptive strike.

    Everyone knows that Imran Khan wears his ‘anti-US badge’ proudly and that he is also a supporter of Taliban.

    And Taliban wants Imran Khan’s support but wants it secretly so that Imran is not judged or tainted guilty by association. It can help the political career of Imran by implying that both of them don’t have any affiliations.

    Taliban wants people to think: “Look, Taliban would not have said this if supports them. They are saying this because, Imran is a biggest critic of Taliban.”

    Judging from the reactions above, I feel the tactic is going to be hugely successful.

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  • Nov 11, 2011 - 5:53PM

    When the same TTP say that they have nothing to do with CIA/RAW/Mossad then nobody believes them.

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  • Ich Dien
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:57PM

    No language other than Pakistani language URDU or the Islamic language ARABIC is acceptable to TTP. Therefore all TTP members are requested to only communicate in one of these language. Pushto also unacceptable.

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  • Ali Noor
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:01PM

    I guess Nawaz’s group is feeling that rope tightening around their necks. First they messed up their deep state connections and now they tell Ahsan to make calls from Raiwind to scare kaaptan. Stop sponsoring anti-state actors, even if most of them are your constituents. Kaaptan has Omar’s blessing, these wouldn’t scare him much. Recommend

  • Maryam
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:02PM

    That is what Imran Khan is constantly reprimanded by sane writers about these militants that they cannot be friends with any one. Imran Khan need to join hands with other political parties like that of ANP and PPP to eradicate this menace once and for all and denounce Dehshat Gardi and Suicide Blasts of these fanatics to free the people of Pakistan from their miss-interpreted version of Islam.

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  • fahim
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:06PM

    TTP- Learn English or hire translator as long as Islam is concern there is nothing Islamic about TTP . bunch of people with only skill of terrorism and killing humans on the name of whatever they find. these groups are Terror Mafia.Recommend

  • A J KHAN
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:09PM

    Talabans are the slaves of inhumanity and savagery.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:22PM

    Its not important what Taliban say about Imran. Their statements are not confirmed and no one knows who is who in Taliban ranks. Their actions speak louder than their words. More important is what Imran says about Taliban. If he calls them Barbarians, terrorists and killers of innocent people and calls their ideology and way of life in contradiction to Islam, then I am with Imran Khan. Otherwise its a useless statement to please Imran’s supporters.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:23PM

    I am waiting for the day TTP will declare TTP bunch of infidels.

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  • ik
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:25PM

    Does this guy from TTP know what he’s talking about – shows his mental caliber

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  • juniad hassan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:37PM

    imran khan is also having lots of indian friends in media and wouldnt do them any harm. This is a truth. If he comes to power kashmir will be lost forever.

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:45PM

    This may be a trick of Imran Khan! because grooming and training department at the back of him has taught him how to climb a political fence now.He has learnt a solo swimming atleast in his home pool. He has been facing an allegation of being inclined to Taliban and this was tarnishing his iamage as an “acceptable to all politician”, the talbani label might stop him to gain sympathy from many of the educated people, and it seems he has approached to this guy for help to save him from the attack. TTP now will play a role of “dhobi” and wash all of his dirt. A deal is a deal. dont take their ” nok jhonk” seriously. Wait and see.

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  • Nov 11, 2011 - 6:52PM

    CIA’s counter-gang TTP shouting like a US outlet they are.

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  • MarkH
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Hey, we don’t want him. You keep him. Just have some of his “educated” supporters tutor him.

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  • MarkH
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:15PM

    @juniad hassan:
    It already is. Though that’s even hard to say since you’ve never had real possession of it to begin with.

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  • R. Khan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:23PM

    I hate Taliban & dislike Imran Khan but must admit that Talibans have great sense of humor in fact they can win Oscar if they direct a funny movie with Mullah Omar as hero Recommend

  • QB
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:32PM

    So much for people who call IK the Taliban sympathizer.

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  • Mustafa
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:33PM

    There is no such thing as TTP its all CIA. It’s really proved why would TTP have any reason to say anything about Imran Khan when it has never said anything about him in the past. All of a sudden after a successful rally US wants to regain its control by manipulating peoples opinion of Imran Khan so he cannot gain power and on the other hand this news tries to get Imran Khan to be tough on Taliban (if People still choose to elect him) because he should be concerned Taliban considers him liberal and non – urdu speaking whatever all this Good for nothing Terrorist had to say

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  • rehmat
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:38PM

    @Tahir Javaid:
    “There is a huge investment being poured in print n electronic media just to stop this change in Pakistan…..this same media used to call him “taliban khan” now there is a 180 degree shift “american slave””

    It isn’t the media who has called him an American slave. Anywaymedia is not one individual. There are some media people who support him and some who challenge him. The words of these 2 types of media people are bound to be opposite of each other. DOn’t go looking for conspiracy theories where there are none.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:58PM

    I just wanna laugh thats it hahahahahhahahahRecommend

  • h
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:59PM

    equal opponents, leave them alone

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  • Mirza
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:00PM

    A timely statement from Taliban to show that Imran Khan is not a Taliban. How timely and easy to misguide the public?

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  • biryani
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:02PM

    i am not sure about american’s but British ….. yyup :)

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  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:10PM

    @MarkH:
    If you mean Imran, he’s been to Oxford, FYI. Where have you been?

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:19PM

    Welcome to the reality Mr. Imran Khan. In your world these crazies do not exist, or are merely innocent tribals reacting to the drone strikes. Please wake up and smell the coffee: TTP is a reality, has an obscurantist agenda, and are NOT a product of drone strikes. Time to refresh your narrative of what ails Pakistan – a prerequisite to before you can claim your stake on the leadership of this suffering country.

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  • Skin Taj
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Oh GOD .I am so relieved.. I had thought Imran khan at some corner in his heart as a sympathizer of these terrorist TTP…………… TTP are the looser in this world and INSHALLAH in the next LIFE toooo …Would love to see them in JAHANNUM !!!!!!!!! with special 2 feet littters !!!!!!!!! for killing innocent kids their mothers and fathers…..!!!!!!!!!!! ALL OUR BUDHUWAAAAAAS are for you TTP.

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  • Rizwan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:47PM

    It is abundantly clear now that Taliban’s are the enemies of Pakistan and muslims.

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  • Rizwan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:49PM

    It is abundantly clear now that Taliban are the enemies of Pakistan and muslims,

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  • Moulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:06PM

    Definitely…enemy of Nawaz Shareef is enemy of TTP!!! I was expecting such a statement!!!

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  • AD
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:51PM

    buuuuuuuuuahahahahahahaahaha!!!! don’t even have any words to express how funny this is. if he’s considered to be liberal than what did conservatives do. They sold pakistan inch by inch

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  • Occam's Razor
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:37PM

    Thanks TTP for the comments about our Kaptaan, now he’s all set to head the new King’s Party and become the next PM.

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  • Mohammad Assad
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:47PM

    When you get based by both side, you MUST be correct.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:51PM

    What Taleban are stating is neither funny nor with any sense of humour. People of Pakistan must realise that TTP has a set agenda to enforce sharia and are dreaming to rule the country one day. However, IK increasing popularity for the last three months dawned to TTP that their anti-American agenda has been successfully used by him who is tipped to be the next PM of Pakistan which is too close to their comfort and posing as a major hurdle to their grand plans for the future. No wonder TTP has taken an anti-IK stand branding him as liberal, un-Islamic and pro-West. I seriously apprehend that Imran Khan’s life is in danger now.

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  • MarkH
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Everyone trying to claim there’s some intelligence agency conspiracy that created and supports TTP are just digging their own graves. If you don’t come back to reality, you’re just making it easier for them to blindside you. Though feel free to keep it up. Just try to make it out alive since it’s not as much fun to say “I told you so” to a corpse.

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  • u_too
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:51AM

    who came first; the terrorists or the drone attacks?

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  • Nov 12, 2011 - 1:26AM

    One will continue to be Kharjite extremist criminals who’ll never hesitate to to invoke Takfir on every little offence or pre-text and commit murder and terrorism. They will give us one of the most blunt observations as well as the most absurd contradictory and hypocritical delusions.

    The other will continue to make excuses for their criminality and extremism, deflecting the blame on ‘foreign hands’ (or other conspiracy nuttery or excuse,like drones – which actually came much later, or suicide bombing is the weak fighting the oppressors…apparently Shia, Qadiyani, Barelvi places of worship were oppressing the ‘weak Taliban’) because they find it hard to accept reality and condemn the Kharjite terrorists because of their ‘Muslim-ness aura’ despite all the un-Islamic evidence. They will pander to our conservatism and try to convince us of implementing religious values, which would trump all the free behaviours they currently indulge in themselves. Recommend

  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:30AM

    @Rizwan:
    Islam is surrounded by enemies .Taliban are in Pakistan and Afghanistan , but what about those who are among us and unrecognizeable , you can observe their poisonous comments that directly hit Islam,its rules and muslims and I think no enemy is more dangerous than “munafiqeen”.who are within us, many are abroad.

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  • Nov 12, 2011 - 1:34AM

    @Soho:
    Exactly…the drone strikes came much later. I’m not in favour of them, but they were done once Pakistan refused to take actions themselves…then the Pak military had the gall to ask the States to give them the technology so they could conduct the attacks themselves!
    Imran Khan also lied about tribal leaders claiming they would take care of the Taliban issue themselves.
    The Turi tribe had begged the Pak government and military a numerous times to help them out. Instead the military sabotaged them in their anti-Taliban fight, by strangling their routes and forced them to negotiate with the Taliban to open up an access route to Afghanistan in Kurram agency! You know…for Haqqani Sahib! Can you imagine that?!
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  • Cautious
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:43AM

    It’s apparent that neither the American’s nor Taliban are going to dance to Khan’s tune — that leaves corruption as Khans last viable promise. If Khan gets into office you may discover what American’s felt like after Obama was elected — lots of promise quickly turning into bitter disappointment.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:46AM

    Taliban And PMLn has same views on Imran Khan… hmmm..:)

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  • Nov 12, 2011 - 2:05AM

    “….; suicide bombings are a tool of the weak used to attack oppressors,” he had said.
    A stupid irresponsible inhumane, un-Islamic statement that again is pandering, excusing and sympathizing with extremist criminals and Kharjite terrorists.

    Jihad, which permits ethical warfare, allows the weak to fight back their oppressors, hence rebellion and Mujahideen. However, it does not allow for aggression or illegal war crimes, not just against civilians but also in conduct against the enemy as well.

    Imran Khan just justified terrorism against civilians as such…not only is this un-Islamic, inhumane, unethical and immoral, it is also illegal according to Pak and international law.

    How is bombing civilian markets, Masjids, ethnic/religious/sectarian minorities, Imambargahs, religious processions, political rallies, schools, girls’ schools, homes of security officials, bus bombings, graveyard bombings, hospital bombings, shooting up massacres, targeted killings of teachers, kidnappings, attack on Sri Lankan cricket players, university bombing, etc a tool of the weak used to attack oppressors?!

    A true rebel or Mujahid would specifically target only security and government if there was real grievance. But, yet those innocent civilian soft targets mentioned earlier are the most common type of attacks…don’t forget many times some of the poor suicide attackers are themselves brainwashed, forcefully kidnapped or drugged by their own twisted relatives, especially in the case of female suicide bombers. Recommend

  • asif
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:34AM

    This issue has brought into stark attention the following problem: English-educated people cannot speak the language of the majority of the people of Pakistan. It not that they don’t want to, it is just that they can’t because they are alienated from their own culture and religion. They neither have full command on English nor are are able to communicate in Urdu. Their understanding of their own religion is shallow, their point of reference are western terms and history. Taliban spokesperson is correct in saying that even through Imran is not a poodle of the West, he is deeply influenced by it. Pakistan needs a better version of Ahmedinejad of Iran, a man who deeply rooted in his culture and religion and thus his confidence when dealing with West. We need someone like Khomeni who will give a sense of dignity and identity to the majority of its nation. Otherwise like India we will continue to deeply insecure people and that is a real turn off.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:37AM

    @u_too:
    Your question: Who came first; terrorists or the drone attacks?
    Answer:
    It is the terrorists who were killed by the drones that came first.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:40AM

    Is Imran Khan is caught between the military and the mullas? Or is it that he is caught against the military and the mullas? Will he go with the “Apne Log”? Or will he go with the “Bhai Log”? Time will tell ……………..

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  • starboy
    Nov 12, 2011 - 4:09AM

    This should be enough for the critics who used to call imran khan as pro taliban. there should be no doubt now that Imran is pro pakistan.

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  • Nov 12, 2011 - 5:04AM

    Shame on BBC and Shame on all those who give Terrorists,(TTP) a source to say what they want to say. This shows that the british broadcast is also funding and supporting the terrorists. because there is no doubt in it that the people who call themselves Taliban in Pakistan are pure criminals and terrorists. Recommend

  • Skeptical Paki
    Nov 12, 2011 - 6:41AM

    Dont pin up too much hope on Mr. Imran Khan. Having spent 18 years of his life in the political wildeness, he is going to get so desperate to win the elections, that he will accumulate a tremendous amount of ‘political katchra’ from all parties, and so despite all his good intentions, he will assimilate in the current political hotchpoch. This romanticism with Imran is going to meet a tragic end. Get ready for another disappointment. Call me the messenger of pessimism, but that is the reality!

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 12, 2011 - 7:48AM

    @Raj – USA:
    So, the drones appeared overhead long before 9/11, long before SWAT was handed over to the Taliban, long before the attack on Mumbai? You would think that someone might have noticed!

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  • Aceleaf
    Nov 12, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Pakistan Society is bifurcated in two distinct parts. One which is pro-taliban conservative & religious parties silently favoring suicide attacks.
    The second group belongs to progressive socialist parties, regional & ethnic groups against whom suicide attack are carried out.Recommend

  • aysha amin
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:09PM

    The statement of the TTP spokesperson comes as no surprise. What I find astonishing is the PTI Chief’s statement that “suicide bombings are a tool of the weak used to attack oppressors”. Which “oppressors”, may one ask, is Mr. Khan referring to when schools, mosques, shrines and public offices are being attacked by suicide bombers? Is he referring to the innocent citizens of this country including the minorities our constitution pledges to protect? What dialogue could one possibly have with people who see no reason-one need not look beyond the contents of this news report itself. Terrorism is not a reaction to drone attacks or military operations. The poor victims of such heinous acts are not its perpetrators..

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  • M Ali Khan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:37PM

    @AK:
    what exactly have the “secular liberals” done to Pakistan that makes you fear them just as much as the suicide bombing, head chopping, kalashnikov firing terrorist Taliban??!!Recommend

  • Nouman Javed
    Nov 12, 2011 - 7:12PM

    Imran Khan in keeping with the interests of his establishment backers is asking questions only about the PPP politician’s assets. But he chooses to not share any information on:
    1. His own assets which he has not declared.
    2. Assets of his own party members and supporters.
    3. Source of funding for his party.
    4. Accounts of how his party is spending the funds he is raising.
    5. Assets of PML-Q and JUI politicians.
    Also, why is he accepting large amounts of money from foreign sources for his party which cannot be traced? In his manifesto, Imran says that Pakistan should be free of dependence on foreign aid. But his own party is accepting foreign funds from unknown sources and is unwilling to identify the source of these funds. Imran’s actions do not match his words.

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  • Jawad U Rehman
    Nov 12, 2011 - 7:16PM

    @bigsaf: Very well said. Ditto on everything !

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  • Wellwisher Khan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 8:10PM

    In my humble view Mr Khan is beginning to Show the hypocritical side of his, holier-than-thou, personality. Watch out Mr Khan, there is a very high risk of crash right after take-off to your political career. Sir, aap Raaton ko dua maanga keejiay.

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  • Saleem
    Nov 12, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Yet another publicity drama by Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Wellwisher Khan
    Nov 13, 2011 - 3:06AM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    Don’t laugh, cry man, at this drama.

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  • Udaya Bose
    Nov 13, 2011 - 11:58AM

    It might just be a smokescreen.

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  • A Rehman
    Nov 13, 2011 - 12:38PM

    What rubbish. We ALL know:

    Taliban is the enemy of all Pakistanis.
    They have killed more Pakistanis than the Americans, despite Obama’s best efforts to win the race.
    The Taliban takes its orders from the CIA – they very conveniently act up just at the times the Americans are sabre-rattling and making claims about Pakistan being unable to handle militants etc.

    The Taliban are in no position to lecture anyone about ANYTHING – be it Islam, English, or Liberals.

    Why waste media coverage on these criminals?

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  • Nov 13, 2011 - 1:28PM

    American Talibans Speaking the language of Americans Finally :)

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  • Nov 13, 2011 - 9:13PM

    Maryam we can not eradicate suicidal bombing by military means only.Even American are now begging Taliban to come for negotiations.How can Imran Khan join hand with ANP and PPP who are corrupt to the core.

    Only an honest leader can solve country’s problems.

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  • sanwal
    Nov 14, 2011 - 2:39AM

    One more reason to support Imran, coz Taliban are against him. Bravo.Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 14, 2011 - 2:11PM

    It is nice to hear that word ‘Pakistani Taliban’ in a Pakistani newspaper!!

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