Seeking mercy: TTP ‘pardons’ candidate after he denies ANP link

Independent candidate Adnan Wazir was injured in a TTP attack in March.

Zulfiqar Ali April 27, 2013
On March 31 this year, the TTP attacked Adnan Wazir’s rally in Frontier Region Bannu. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE


The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has decided to ‘pardon’ Adnan Wazir, an independent candidate in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, after he claimed he had nothing to do with the Awami National Party (ANP).

After winning the elections of 2008, Adnan joined the coalition government of Pakistan Peoples Party and Awami National Party in K-P. However, the former MPA challenged the impression that he had actually joined the the ANP.

“I had no relation with the ANP as I never submitted ANP’s membership form. The perception that I belong to ANP is wrong,” said Wazir, at a news conference in Bannu.

The TTP is bitterly opposed to the ANP – a party it has repeatedly targeted over the years, killing hundreds of its workers and many of its top leaders as well.

On March 31 this year, the TTP attacked Adnan Wazir’s rally in Frontier Region Bannu. Two tribal elders were killed and seven others, including Wazir himself, were injured.

Following Wazir’s news conference, the spokesperson for the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said that the TTP’s policy about ANP is clear, and that it would continue to target the party. However, as Adnan Wazir has ‘confessed’ that he has no relation with ANP then TTP has no policy against him, Ehsan said.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2013.


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