Deadly mandate: Liberal parties targeted for their ideology, says TTP

Published: April 29, 2013
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It was the decision of TTP’s central shura to take revenge from those who were behind the killings of people in the tribal regions, says TTP spokesperson. PHOTO: AFP

It was the decision of TTP’s central shura to take revenge from those who were behind the killings of people in the tribal regions, says TTP spokesperson. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has defended its attacks politicians, claiming that they were targeting liberal political parties for their secular ideology and support for military operations.

The first reason for attacking political parties is their secular doctrine. The second reason is that they were responsible for burning Fata, Swat and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” said TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan in a statement.

He claimed that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were responsible for the “displacement of millions of people, the plight of the Pakhtun, for abandoned villages and destroyed mosques,” adding that the TTP would avenge the oppressed.

Describing the May 11 parliamentary polls as ‘so-called general elections’ being held under a secular democratic system, Eshan said Pakistan “came into being under the banner of an Islamic doctrine, while elections are based on a secular doctrine. The two are contrary to each other because Islamic laws and values come from Allah Almighty, while the secular doctrine comes from Rousseau, Kant and Bentham.”

Claiming responsibility for the series of bomb attacks on politicians in Karachi, Peshawar, Swabi and Kohat, the spokesperson said that “a man cannot be secular and Muslim at the same time.”

When asked separately as to why the TTP was not targeting other political parties, including religious parties, Ehsan told The Express Tribune that it was the decision of TTP’s central shura to take revenge from those who were behind the killings of people in the tribal regions.

Earlier, the TTP spokesperson had rejected a religious edict (Fatwa) by Pakistani religious scholars declaring the casting of vote as ‘compulsory under Islamic injunctions’ declaring it an attempt to fool the masses.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Green Tiger
    Apr 29, 2013 - 3:57AM

    I hope people cribbing against PTI understand what’s happening? Three parties aren’t targeted. The other two are JI, & PML N.

    Now stop criticizing PTI & get on with life.

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  • Richard Holbrooke
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:08AM

    smug pock faced coward

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  • Padishah
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:26AM

    This time the liberal cowards will run away with their loot and we will inherit God’s Kingdom. This will be brought by an TTP designed Armageddon; Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done. Better get used to a new World of spirituality, where punishment will come from the Kazi and all current Judges and Courts are dissolved and dispensed.

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  • Pseudo-Liberal
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:42AM

    Can someone please tell me if he actually referred to “Rousseau, Kant and Bentham”? LOL

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  • Concerned
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:45AM

    Rousseau, Kant and Bentham – now on my reading list.

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  • M
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:46AM

    “a man cannot be secular and Muslim at the same time.”

    A man cannot be a mass-murderer/terrorist and Muslim at the same time.

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  • LHW
    Apr 29, 2013 - 5:42AM

    For your information Mr Taliban, we will vote for the secular parties precisely because of their secular ideologies. Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Apr 29, 2013 - 5:52AM

    Though these men are cold blooded killers and the urge to go after them with fire and metal is pretty strong, we as Pakistanis must not stray from combining military action with smart politics. Elections must happen, the disenfranchised, the marginalized, and the disillusioned must be brought back to the mainstream of national life, and only after the radicals are thoroughly sidelined should exterminators be called in. A thoughtless and highhanded response will cause our fragile country to lumber into the trap the TTP are setting.

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  • Adil
    Apr 29, 2013 - 6:14AM

    This might seem harsh to some but its the truth.

    PPP, ANP and MQM are reaping what they sow. It is because of their terrible policies, for America’s sake, they are in this mess.

    Their policies created the TTP, and it has become a menacing force. But, now these parties are complaining why are they being targeted? Seriously? Have they no sense?

    It seems these parties dug their own graves.

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  • hsnf
    Apr 29, 2013 - 6:31AM

    Look at his face.. he looks like a comedian rather than a militant. Must have joined the film industry, had there been any :p

    on a serious note, kill such fags

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  • Apr 29, 2013 - 6:46AM

    Will TTP go after PUC (Pakistan Ulema Council ) members too as they have declared voting as Islamic (which TTP say as Un Islamic) ? What about the ECP who said that Religion can not be used in election campaign?

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  • JJ
    Apr 29, 2013 - 6:53AM

    @Pseudo-Liberal:

    DEAR THESE THREE R

    1Kant= Kant was a theologian; he basically thought out the Categorical Imperative of Man; and that is ‘I AM.’

    2)Rousseau= Rousseau was a social philosopher; he wrote the ‘Social Contract.’ This an agreement between the people and the new government after the french revolution.

    3)Bentham = Bentham was a social philosopher; he was a brit. He was passionte about prisoner reform and the concept of utilitarism

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  • asif
    Apr 29, 2013 - 6:57AM

    Going by the fact that he has heard, or more amazingly, might have read the three western philosophers, he is ahead of almost all of our secularists. These guys are no morons and our secular intellectuals don’t have a counter-arguments while staying within the realm of Islamic doctrine.

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  • Gp65
    Apr 29, 2013 - 7:06AM

    PPP,MQM,ANP may be left of center and more liberal than the other parties but no party which swears by the Pakistani constitution can be secular since the constitution itself is not secular. So their being secular is not the reason for being killed. Yes their being more tolerant than others could be the reason. Pity that tolerance is rewarded by death.

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  • believer
    Apr 29, 2013 - 7:08AM

    fair and tall, true believer from Pakistan. inshallah help them

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  • Pappoo
    Apr 29, 2013 - 7:17AM

    So its all revenge and not Jihad!

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  • kala_bacha
    Apr 29, 2013 - 7:33AM

    After killing thousands of innocent people on the name of religion, this terrorist TTP is like kauwa Chalha Hans ki chall apni Chal bhi bhol gia

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  • Maddah Safdar
    Apr 29, 2013 - 7:39AM

    While the TTP attacks are thoroughly condemnable and should be condemned vociferously, the title is wrong in including the PPP as a liberal party. It is a feudal party with feudals holding sway over the people under thier influence in and around their fiefdoms. Liberal slogans, yes, cosmetic services to the poor, yes, but the essence of feudal power and policies makes the PPP a retrogressive entity.

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  • MG
    Apr 29, 2013 - 8:13AM

    I cannot believe that the TTP does not see the ridiculous irony here – they are killing politicians because they don’t agree with their ideology? Seriously? For God’s sake – when are law enforcement and the military going to put an end to this massacre of innocent people. People are being murdered for what they think? How much worse will it get for being a human being in my country?

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  • siddhu
    Apr 29, 2013 - 8:23AM

    Taliban represent the true spirit of Islam.A person cannot be a muslim and a secular at the same time. So no secular muslims actually exist. At least Taliban have the guts to say things upfront.Recommend

  • Asjad
    Apr 29, 2013 - 8:41AM

    There was a time when the state was declaring people non muslim, now the disease seems to have spread far and wide.All power to MQM, ANP and PPP.

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  • Islamabad, Great Gambaling
    Apr 29, 2013 - 9:12AM

    Pakistan is the world stupid country. Where the authorities (the agencies) thinks they can make the whole world fool and cheat for decades instead of adopting a positive attitude and developmental role in the best interest of its even own people. All the institutions and specially agencies have been involved in the decades of blame gaming, power play and cheating, destroying own people and putting the country in various disasters. Basically TTP and other organizations are the agencies self-created bodies and they are playing double games using one group against other; providing finance and support and then build a new one to control the previous one; playing with NATO, FATA, Pashtuns, Arabs etc. In the destruction of so called pakistan the role of its mindless agencies and establishment is highly lethal.

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  • Fanta
    Apr 29, 2013 - 9:18AM

    Actually, one can be secular and Muslim at the same time. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (aka Bacha Khan) and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad are classic examples.

    @M: Well said!

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  • citizen
    Apr 29, 2013 - 9:18AM

    Dear TTP ! Me and millions Pakistani like me will vote for secular parties since we do not want to live a life of oppression under your reign . Our religion is our personal matter and we do not need any moral police . so please get out of our lives and our homeland Pakistan .

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  • Ayaz
    Apr 29, 2013 - 9:19AM

    By giving votes to parties like PML – N, PTI or JI , means giving to power to parties working under direction of talibans

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  • Pakistan
    Apr 29, 2013 - 9:27AM

    How these sick minded people can hold a press conference?shame on Media.Recommend

  • Fudge
    Apr 29, 2013 - 9:39AM

    Why they don’t target the religious parties when they are also taking part in these “secular “elections”? WHY?!

    Further “displacement of millions of people, the plight of the Pakhtun, for abandoned villages and destroyed mosques,” adding that the TTP would avenge the oppressed.”

    Displacement of millions of people?! you are certainly making thousands more miserable by your senseless killings, it is very ironic that you care about destroyed mosques but kill innocent people! You would avenge the oppressed? How? by killing the innocent and making them (us) even more oppressed.

    Please leave our country. We don’t need your Islam.
    From a Muslim

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  • Mirza
    Apr 29, 2013 - 10:15AM

    @asif:
    Sir how many western philosophers and social scientists one has to study to implement Sharia? On one hand we keep hearing that Islam is a complete way of life and on the other some are gloating over terrorists reading a few books or quotations!
    Regards,
    M

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  • observer
    Apr 29, 2013 - 10:45AM

    @M:

    A man cannot be a mass-murderer/terrorist and Muslim at the same time.

    According to who? Rousseau, Kant and Bentham?

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  • Pakistan
    Apr 29, 2013 - 10:51AM

    What a way to spread Islamic Ideologies. No religion permits killing of innocent peoples. If MQM,ANP & PPP are culprits so TTP is not doing the right thing.

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  • d
    Apr 29, 2013 - 1:19PM

    so Ehsan is a hobbesian? i don’t understand what he’s trying to say..

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  • SNJ
    Apr 29, 2013 - 1:48PM

    Guess what, we are not afraid!!

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  • Ali tanoli
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Muslim cant be a secular but can be libral……. not extremist.

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:36PM

    They r using the name of Islam & Pashtuns & they are killing both Muslims & Pashtuns. They are our biggest enemy. They want to make us fool in the name of islam & pashtunwali. I request all my Pashtun brothers, that don’t support them. They are killing our children our men & women. They have destroyed our economy. because of these people we are displaced from our homes. there is no business in our area and we are forced to leave our homeland. we are also treated as 3rd class people in foreigns. if someone tells u that pashtuns are treated very good in foregin countries they are false. i m in Saudi and i want to tell u that pashtuns are beleived to be terrorists all over the world. Please stop supporting these people. they are responsible for all our sufferings. Only you can bring peace to your country. Identify these people among you and inform the Law Enforcement Agencies.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:40PM

    Pakistan came into being under the
    banner of an Islamic doctrine, while
    elections are based on a secular
    doctrine. The two are contrary to each
    other because Islamic laws and values
    come from Allah Almighty, while the
    secular doctrine comes from Rousseau,
    Kant and Bentham.

    a man cannot be secular and Muslim at
    the same time.

    Sorry to say this but, there is no way to argue against this statement in terms of Islamic history and theology.

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  • jimmy tha jamaica
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:40PM

    they got weight in there saying.

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  • Ali
    Apr 29, 2013 - 6:06PM

    @LHW:
    and their utter corruption and submission to the exploitation of the people though global imperialist agenda. If these secular parties were any good, they would have done something in the five years they had to curb the overwhelming feeling of fear and resentment among the tribal belt which is providing fuel to these manic murderers for their operations. Instead, they added fuel to that fire. Now they are burning. Unless this fire is blown out soon everyone will burn. We DON’T need these liberal parties, not because they are liberal, but because they are incompetent and corrupt.

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  • Ali tanoli
    Apr 29, 2013 - 6:46PM

    @yuri k,
    i agreed but making that happend is wrong dont u think.

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  • ashar
    Apr 29, 2013 - 8:33PM

    Well, more like a drama it seems. Liberals are trying to ensure their liberal votes by hook or by crook through Taliban of Pakistan who has nothing to do with Taliban of Afghanistan. I am sure the most irrelevant of this entire scenario is Islam. Islam has nothing to do with this dirty politics.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 29, 2013 - 11:01PM

    Whose pay roll are the TTP on for this episode ???…………….trace the money and the answer to this puzzle will be known.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Apr 30, 2013 - 1:44AM

    @Ali tanoli: Muslim can only be Muslim… nothing less, nothing moreRecommend

  • Harry Stone
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:43AM

    does anyone find this to be objectionable?Recommend

  • chaddi
    Apr 30, 2013 - 7:34AM

    if only our leaders knew where to point the nukes!

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