'Foreign relief workers presence unacceptable'

Published: August 26, 2010
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A file picture dated 04 October 2009 shows chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Movement of Pakistani Talibans) Hakimullah Mehsud (C) sits with Taliban Spokesman Azam Tariq (R). PHOTO: EPA

A file picture dated 04 October 2009 shows chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Movement of Pakistani Talibans) Hakimullah Mehsud (C) sits with Taliban Spokesman Azam Tariq (R). PHOTO: EPA

The Taliban have hinted they may launch attacks against foreign flood relief workers in Pakistan, saying their presence is ‘unacceptable.’

Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq claimed Thursday that the United States and other countries were not really focused on providing aid to flood victims but had other “intentions” which he did not specify.

Earlier, the United States had warned that the Taliban are planning to target foreign aid workers involved in flood relief in Pakistan, said a US official speaking to AFP.

‘According to information available to the US government, [Pakistan militant group] Tehreek-e-Taliban plans to conduct attacks against foreigners participating in the ongoing flood relief operations in Pakistan,’ the official said

The United States has been actively helping Pakistan with relief efforts, with US troops also helping in evacuation and relief distribution efforts.

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  • Riaz
    Aug 26, 2010 - 8:14PM

    Lo ge!Recommend

  • Hamood
    Aug 26, 2010 - 8:20PM

    Why are these terrorists still alive?Recommend

  • Anoop
    Aug 26, 2010 - 8:48PM

    I wonder what the “good” Taliban in Afghanistan think about this.Recommend

  • Aug 26, 2010 - 8:56PM

    Laugh out loud, my countrymen! Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Aug 26, 2010 - 8:58PM

    Why did the flood not take all of them out?Recommend

  • abid
    Aug 26, 2010 - 9:30PM

    @Ali Hiader

    a better question would be: why didn’t our intelligence agencies take all of them out?Recommend

  • Aug 26, 2010 - 10:34PM

    Foreign relief workers not acceptable! but if you are uzbek, kazakh, uigher, afghan, chechynyan, somali, yemeni etc, and can carry a gun you are more than welcomeRecommend

  • hakeem
    Aug 26, 2010 - 10:49PM

    and what if they in future warn us that none is allowed to claim to be a muslim exept them.Recommend

  • saher
    Aug 26, 2010 - 11:09PM

    senseless… dakoos have become custodians of muslim ummah’s sanctity:PRecommend

  • Mubarik Ali
    Aug 26, 2010 - 11:40PM

    What a shame!!! I pray and wish that Hakimullah Mehsud meets the same end as his predecessor Batullah Mehsud. Roast in pieces Hakimullah Mehsud and all your followers. You are scum of this earth, as you don’t see the suffering of the poor masses affected by floods, all you want is to become the Amir-ul-Jahleen (Leader of the most ignorant) and enjoy the life. America was the good guy when these so call Mujahdeen were getting sacks full of US $s, and now since those sacks of $s are only coming for the flood victims therefore Americans are bad guys.Recommend

  • S. Ali Raza
    Aug 27, 2010 - 1:37AM

    Strange, why do they say exactly what the US has said a few days before? Recommend

  • tauseef
    Aug 27, 2010 - 2:35AM

    I wonder how would the Taleban supporters in the country twist such statements to suit their agenda?

    Lets hypothesize:

    Maybe they’d say that since the Pakistani Government under the U.S pressure had stopped them to raise funds and help the victims so in the same vein they would not allow the foreign aid workers to come in and help the affectees.

    Very valid reasoning, I must admit. That’s what we call a tit for tat.

    I shudder to think how low these thugs have fallen and how lowly were Rehman Malik’s statements on not allowing the banned outfits to gather aid. He or his agencies never had the balls to stop these terrorists. If they are banned organizations they should automatically be apprehended by the law-enforcement agencies, why make a fuss over it?

    Shamefully shameless people…..! Morality and ethics are non-existent for these people. And they are not the exceptions, all of us have contributed somewhere at some time to this state by accepting injustices and wrongs done to others and by never raising our voices because we thought that we would always remain safe.

    Its time not only to say Astaghfar an repent our sins but to give our dead conscience a prod. There might be some life left in the dead body.Recommend

  • Khan
    Aug 27, 2010 - 7:03AM

    i think “pakistan militant group” is not a right phrase to use for talibans. it somehow implies that this terrorist group represents pakistan in someway. this group just lives within the borders of Pakistan and is bent on destroying it. so it cannot be a “pakistan militant group” you can say “a militant group based in Pakistan” i suppose.Recommend

  • Corry Francis, Karachi, Pakistan
    Aug 27, 2010 - 9:06AM

    Animals! sorry rather BEASTS!!! Stop this cycle of evil.Recommend

  • Aristo
    Aug 27, 2010 - 10:04AM

    These stone age cave men savages still are living in the dark ages, if you look around them are only caves, dust and stones, this is how their brains have developed. In 2002, while studying in US heard a state department official comment on CNN that the only way to handle these kind of pre-historic species is to just bomb their caves with daisy cutters (period). It made me furious at that time but now I too am certain, this is the only way to get rid of these human like species who are bound to take us out if we do not take them out first.Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Aug 27, 2010 - 10:09AM

    Now people wait I am sure IMran Khan or Qazi Hussain will put up an explanation for this. I am sure of it. Because these people (Imrran Khan, especially) is an appologist & a great defender of these beasts in form of humans.

    Hell, I say let them do it, attack the aid owrkers here so that they people from whom they recruit see’s their real face.

    Mr. Khan & all the beloved Jamaties……please come to the defense of these poor helpless Talibans. Recommend

  • Arub
    Aug 27, 2010 - 10:35AM

    Ugh, disgusting people. Gun wielding maniacs spreading their own made-up perverted and hateful Islam. “foreign aid is unacceptable” seriously?? They couldn’t care less what happens within Pakistan or to Pakistanis, it’s Pakistan’s very own cancer trying to kill it. Wish the floods had washed away these dakoos as opposed to innocents. Recommend

  • R.W
    Aug 28, 2010 - 1:39PM

    Classic comment by Syed Nadir El-Edroos :)
    Some food for thought: How come the flood didn’t wash them away?Recommend

  • DJJR
    Aug 28, 2010 - 1:40PM

    Illiterates don’t even understand thats its because of these aid workers that some people are still alive. If they will leave, then who the hell will take care of the people? Maybe rely on the Taliban’s fleet of boats and helicopters?Recommend

  • Sohaib Khan
    Aug 29, 2010 - 4:23PM

    What a shame. There are really not muslims or even humans. I hope ALLAH perishes these beasts, these traitors, these low level idiots. I really hope and pray that our people stand up to these idiots. Its our moral duty as citizen to help the army and government to root out these cavemen. And to educate people on the proper Islamic values. Its your and my duty as a citizen and as a muslim. I still cannot believe my ears, the floods and millions of people are effected and they animals are giving these statements! May ALLAH defeat these people, and save our country from such “fitna”!Recommend

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