TTP strategy and our naiveté

Published: April 30, 2013
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The writer is Editor, National Security Affairs at Capital TV and a visiting fellow at SDPI

The writer is Editor, National Security Affairs at Capital TV and a visiting fellow at SDPI

Why is the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacking the political interests of three parties, namely the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)? What does the TTP hope to gain out of this policy?

We have an answer to the first question from the TTP itself. These three parties are being attacked because they have a liberal-secular outlook, which makes them the bête-noire of the TTP. Second, they were part of the coalition government under whose watch the military operations against the Taliban were conducted. Is it then part ideological and part revenge?

No. That would be too simplistic and linear. While ideology and revenge play an important role as markers to motivate the heavy lifters, the foot soldiers, they are a means to an end. The end, the strategic mosaic, is bigger than the small, tactical pieces that make it up. Also, to think that the Taliban are merely uncouth fighters or their planners do not understand the sophisticated concepts of strategy will be a big mistake. There is reason to believe, and there is empirical evidence of it, that they are fully versed in the art of war, both its purpose and its aim — the first denoting the political objective, the second concerned with the actual conduct of battles.

Seen from this perspective, the violence the TTP is generating is not gratuitous. It is purposive. These are small-scale multiple attacks with a huge psychological cumulative impact; easy to manage, little cost, disproportionate gains.

So, what is the purpose? This is where matters become diabolically interesting.

The TTP knows it cannot capture political power directly. It is also too early for it to expect, despite the denominational conservatism of an average Pakistani, to have him or her reject the idea of elections or democracy. The average Pakistani may do abominable things on certain issues of religion, including murder, but is not unidimensional.

So, if elections cannot be prevented at this stage in the game, what’s the best alternative? It is to ensure that those parties whose presence in the socioeconomic and political life of Pakistan is threatening to the Taliban ideology must be pushed to the sidelines.

The strategy then becomes twofold. On the one hand, the TTP will use terror tactics to instill fear in the parties that it wants out of the game, and on the other, despite its opposition to the institutional mechanisms that define Pakistan today, support those political elements that it thinks will be more amenable to negotiating with it. Within this, there is a third minor strand too — parties like the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at (ASWJ), which are primarily the political face of terrorist groups affiliated with the TTP.

These parties, more like groupings, link up with the right-of-centre and right-wing parties to capture enough political space to become useful in pushing for legislation that is regressive. Of course, there are local compulsions that both restrict and facilitate their operations, but that is in the nature of the game which, as noted earlier, is far from linear.

The TTP has one thing going in its favour — the fear factor. It knows that the state, despite multiple operations, has not been able to either make it irrelevant or dislocate it from the context that strengthens it. It has also played on the great confusion that runs through Pakistani society: is this our war? While it is possible to criticise American policies in the region and yet be anti-Taliban, this being a desirable course of action in fact, the problem is that the Pakistanis, for the most part, have chosen to lull themselves into thinking that with the Americans gone from here, the TTP will automatically demobilise and accept the writ of the state.

This is certainly the view of Imran Khan and has filtered down to his party leaders and supporters. One could perhaps laugh it off for its naiveté if the consequences of this linearity weren’t so threatening. Be that as it may, the TTP knows that this confusion plays to its advantage. At the minimum, it has precluded the state from developing a proper response to the TTP threat. Military operations in general and counterterrorism strategies in specific cannot be fully successful without a public buy-in, and the public’s acceptance of what the state must do is heavily contingent upon a clear understanding of the threat.

Of course, there is the matter of how successful the state has been. There is, for instance, the example of the ANP choosing to talk to the Taliban. The ANP did this because it realised that it is alone and the state cannot secure it. To that extent, the ANP’s reluctant decision to call an All Party Conference to this end is not the same thing as when the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (Fazl) calls for one.

We will be remiss if we did not mention another important factor: governance. The out-gone coalition didn’t cover itself in glory on that count. That factor, in an election campaign and quite apart from TTP attacks, is also playing to its disadvantage and, by that logic, to the advantage of the very parties the TTP has given an open playing field to. It will be difficult to assess, in any meaningful or even acceptable way, whether — if they do — they lost out to other parties because of this threat or their poor performance. They have already said that because they cannot reach their voters, the election will not be free. And if it isn’t free, it can’t be fair.

If a situation arises in which these parties refuse to accept the election results, the gains will again be the TTP’s.

Finally, while this is the TTP’s long-term strategy, the conglomeration controls the tap from whence violence flows out. They will resort to it to supplement the broader strategy of pressuring the incoming government. Talking is never bad but talking from a position of weakness is always disastrous. Secondly, any talk about talks must keep in mind that while states negotiate with insurgent groups, they don’t with terrorists. If the TTP can get the state to accept its legitimacy as a negotiating partner, that would be a major plus for the TTP.

That is the mid-term strategy in the TTP’s march towards controlling Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (51)

  • Anon
    Apr 30, 2013 - 11:11PM

    Well written piece, but just a couple of things. One, I think IK’s argument may have been slightly misrepresented. His whole point is that any action against the TTP can only gain traction if it is perceived as indigenous rather than forced by the Americans. So it’s not a matter of the TTP going home once the Americans depart, but of the Pakistan govt gaining legitimacy and dealing specifically with its own enemies in its own way, rather than a joint hodgepodge where the Pakistan govt is seen to be playing second fiddle, and in certain cases is accused of duplicity by both Pakistanis and Americans.

    Secondly, even if IK’s arguments are the ones presented here, and even if they are flawed, how and why has that prevented the government from enforcing a solid counterterrorism policy? The simple fact is that a complete lack of governance and vision have led to this situation, The only thing anybody has ever come up with is the occasional talk of a military operation in the tribal areas, the long term success of which is highly suspect. Where are the counter terrorism force? Other than beating up bakery employees who dont serve customers when theyre closed? The govt have dealt with the issue of terrorism in just the same way as it has dealt with all other issues, rhetoric, no action, and insincerity.

    Finally, and this is just a question, I’m not making any assertions. But isnt it possible that the right wing would be on firmer ground dealing with the Taliban?

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  • Zain
    Apr 30, 2013 - 11:12PM

    I think you left out a part of their political strategy. They want to ensure a right wing coalition that feels compelled to ‘talk’ with them and thus present a weaker political face. This they hope will result in backtracking from military operations and government control of the areas. The TTP hopes that from this position of strength, they will regain the areas they controlled before and expand outwards, ultimately controlling the entire country.

    The TL;DR of the strategy is: make sure a weak political coalition comes. Expand out then and try to take control o territory.Recommend

  • mystreeman
    May 1, 2013 - 12:22AM

    It is clear now that Punjab based parties are favored by Taliban but the point of major concern is that Punjabis do not see that rest of provinces’ people feel marginalized as they support Anti TTP parties.

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  • Babloo
    May 1, 2013 - 12:47AM

    Mr Ejaz,
    Has not the Pakistan state done everyhing possible since its inception to deserve TTP ?

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  • khan
    May 1, 2013 - 1:58AM

    Just brilliant. An eye-opener to all those who are only busy watching one side of the story. TTP is a living reality and anyone who thinks they will retract from their own ideology once we talk them out from their stance is indeed living in a fools paradise. May God instill some sense in all of us to realize and respond to this harsh reality.

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  • Arifq
    May 1, 2013 - 2:48AM

    Very simply, its either them or us!

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  • F
    May 1, 2013 - 3:00AM

    This is very revealing and a rare insight into what churns below the surface. The religious mafia coming to power by being an “honest” cat amongst mice.

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  • Razi
    May 1, 2013 - 3:37AM

    @Babloo

    Your one-sided, linear presentation of history, and the high moral ground you assume from an Indian position have become all too familiar and meaningless. Try to look at things from a non-Indian perspective for once. Too much to ask I guess.

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  • Mirza
    May 1, 2013 - 8:33AM

    Only some of the Op Ed of EH are great and this is one of them. After hundreds and thousands of bombing and deaths of political leaders and workers it is finally becoming clear that Taliban are achieving their desired results. In a free, fair and peaceful election it never was possible, especially the smaller provinces have never voted for rightwing parties in any previous fair election.
    The battle lines are drawn are you with the terrorists and their favorite or are you their victim and on the opposite side. There is no third choice. I would rather live freely than be a Taliban slave. The voters have two choices pro Taliban or anti Taliban no ifs and buts.

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  • shahid
    May 1, 2013 - 9:44AM

    Read the following to get an appreciation of what the reality is:

    http://dunya.com.pk/index.php/author/orya-maqbool-jaan/2013-05-01/2744/96224292#.UYCdH6LvuiU

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  • Imran Hussain
    May 1, 2013 - 10:12AM

    Kiyani said, “It is our war”. Pakistan Army is supporting, facilitating and using it as its veritable arm – TTP. Saudis and other outsider supporting TTP, and Punjabis believe that they can use TTP to get Kashmir from India and would rule indirectly over Afghanistan and even beyond (The six Turkish states); also bleed India for eternity. Can anybody stop for a minute and see what this fantasy has done to this country? Muslims of India lied to everyone including themselves and created Pakistan, and now they are crafting whatever lies they could to support their first lie.

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  • freedom seeker
    May 1, 2013 - 10:18AM

    Nice article but writer missed something. These are same elements our agencies and military have been training, financing, and using for different purposes. Now if they turned their guns against the state of Pakistan then our establishment is equally responsible in this mess. Still we support so called Jihad in other countries but cry for which is waged against us. We have to make a policy of zero interference and strategic depth in other countries only then we can have peace at home. You cant feed and beat same people with your two hands.

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  • observer
    May 1, 2013 - 12:12PM

    Why is TTP attacking PPP,MQM and ANP?

    Because,

    A. Taliban has found strategic depth in Pakistan.

    B. Taliban wants a ‘Friendly’ Government in Pakistan.

    Sounds familiar?

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  • Rashid
    May 1, 2013 - 12:59PM

    Surely, an eye opener! The writer rightly said that elections can not be delayed at his moment both from the perspectives of Taliban and Pakistani nation; I’m baffled at how the right of centre and ring wing parties have sealed their lips over the attacks on other political parties and loss of civillians. Parties like PML-N and PTI are putting their personal interest of winning elections infront of national interest of letting TTP bring their dreams true. We all need to sand up against all this Or are we ready to have another Zia-ul-Haq term?

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  • Anon
    May 1, 2013 - 1:02PM

    @observer: Wouldn’t that imply that they are a foreign force? Or are backed by one, such as the Afghan govt?

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  • punjaagi
    May 1, 2013 - 1:20PM

    @Razi:
    Do you really expect logic, reason and nonpartisanship from an indian who has nothing to do but stay on pakistani newspaper website all day long? You’ll be disappointed. I wonder what these indians do for a living to be virtually living on this website and knowing more about Pakistan than most Pakistanis. Hmmm. Poor souls.

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  • Hamza Humayun
    May 1, 2013 - 1:28PM

    Complete misrepresentation and over simplification of IK’s view. He has never said all will be well after America leaves. You blame him for being naive and simplistic in his approach but you yourself are at fault for not reporting his complete strategy on the issue.

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  • Aryabhat
    May 1, 2013 - 2:37PM

    For once this is a rare article for which I agree with Mr Haider fully for his very clear analysis and prognosis.

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  • observer
    May 1, 2013 - 3:31PM

    @Anon:

    You mean the Taliban sitting in NWA are being hosted by the Afghan Government on Afghan territory?

    That would be news indeed.

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  • Naveen
    May 1, 2013 - 3:54PM

    @Razi:
    @punjaagi:
    Babloo has merely made a claim, though without backing it up with evidence which I tried to fill in but ET censored my comment. Hint of the evidence: It has to do with Pakistan’s state policies towards Saudi Arab, Afghanistan & India in the past & even present.

    If you can refute Babloo’s claim (and my Hint of evidence), Kindly do so with your own evidence, that look this and this has been actually been done by Pakistani State to make sure that religious extremists are eradicated from Pakistan or not even allowed to take root inside society. Merely ganging up on him because he happens to be an Indian is no argument at all.

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  • Anon
    May 1, 2013 - 4:29PM

    @observer: That’s how your analogy would work.

    The Pakistan govt supported Islamic groups in Afghanistan so that they would have a friendly govt there, as well as strategic depth. Those groups didnt spring up by themselves, they were backed by foreign govts (basically Pakistan and others for some periods)

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  • ahsaan ILahi
    May 1, 2013 - 4:52PM

    4 those saing it a Brilliant piece, well written and soo……. since the Inception of TTP, many people wrote BRILLIANT pieces that it’s not just a group, its an Ideology,dont tackle it this way. talk to them, make some dailogue, the replies from ur LIBERALS and sECULARS came, press them they are terrorists, they are killing innocents, they ll be vanished in a go and amny more….. Now when Uncle SAM realized tht its not going to be eliminated this way but Dailogue can,,,,such Brilliant pieces are emerging from these Secular Icons….

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  • Milestogo
    May 1, 2013 - 5:00PM

    TTP and their followers have a fundamental right to practice their religion and a right to homeland. Just because they practice Islam differently, it does not mean that their Islam is wrong. Eventually we will have to make peace with them.

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  • kamran
    May 1, 2013 - 5:36PM

    Disengage from Saudi Arabia, and TTP will disappear.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 1, 2013 - 6:08PM

    @Babloo:

    “Has not the Pakistan state done everyhing possible since its inception to deserve TTP?”

    @observer:

    “A. Taliban has found strategic depth in Pakistan.
    B. Taliban wants a ‘Friendly’ Government in Pakistan.
    Sounds familiar?”

    Perhaps Pakistani Muslims can survive in Taliban rule, think of what will happen to Hindu minority here and India herself, given the nuclear armed Taliban. So in your own interest, stop funding TTP and other Terrorists outfits in Pakistan, else the comedy could turn into tragedy.

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  • Another North Indian
    May 1, 2013 - 6:11PM

    Razi, your emotional anti-Indian outbursts and logical nonlinearities are your personal issues, but you didn’t present any arguments to refute Babloo’s assertion. Using Islamic violence for political purposes both inside and outside Pakistan has been a favorite pastime of Pakistanis. TTP are a direct product of that mindset. You may present your nonlinear views to escape that conclusion.

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  • Tahir Jawaid
    May 1, 2013 - 6:31PM

    2013 elections are being converted into liberals vs right wing, lets look at the liberals ppp, anp & mqm, they all had feasting 5 years made money, gave us un-employment, increased load shedding and total loss of governance. With popularity graphs for all three going down significantly, can there be an outset possibility the attacks are engineered and to scare the nation into fear and submission so that the vote is given to so called liberals. It is in the ppp government we had massive drone attacks on fata, shia killings, aman committee, karachi divided three ways for batha collection.

    The liberal vs right story is quite juicy for media and it is playing again and again, what we are basing the whole theory is on some faceless TTP spokesperson making us believe that TTP supports parties against ppp, anp & mqm. To my simple mind this is again a ploy for ppp, mqm etc to gain sympathies as ppp did post BB murder.

    Please remember tabdeli is here to stay, u elect pti or not, i have seen the fear melting away in karachi, people are willing to take political positions and smae will happen in interior sind as the time goes by and the next to fall in mainstream will be balochistan.

    I may be called a foolish optimist, but i am not na umeed for the future. Long live Pakistan.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 1, 2013 - 7:09PM

    @Imran Hussain:

    “Muslims of India lied to everyone including themselves and created Pakistan, and now they are crafting whatever lies they could to support their first lie.”

    If you are what you pretend to be, then you better read the “Sachar Commission Report”, and if anybody else is posing as an Indian Muslim, then be assured that no amount of false propaganda can cover up the maltreatment of Indian Muslims as euphemistically exposed in some detail in the aforementioned report. Here is a quick brief.

    1- For India’s 15% Muslim population, the share of Muslims was found to be only 3% in the Indian Administrative Services, 1.8% in the Indian Financial Services, 4% in the Indian Police Service, 4.5% in Indian Railways (98.7% low level positions), 4% in Security Agencies, 4.4% in Health Services, 6.5% in Transport Services, and disproportionately very low percentage in judiciary and elected institutions. (Pg. 165-168)

    2- Share of Muslims in employment in various government departments is abysmally low at all levels. In no state does the representation of Muslims in the government departments match their population share. While 25.2 of West Bengal’s population is Muslim, the state government has provided only 2.1% of government jobs to Muslims. In Gujarat which has 9.1% Muslims, 5.4% of them have government jobs. (Pgs. 170-175).

    3- During the six years period 2000-01 to 2005-06, of the total amount of Rs. 26,593
    crores disbursed by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Muslims received a paltry Rs. 124 crores (less than 0.5 %). (Pg. 134).

    4- In the premier colleges in the country, only one out of the 25 Under-Graduate
    students (4%) and one out of 50 Post-Graduate students (2%) was a Muslim.(Pg. 69). Further, unemployment rate among Muslim graduates is the highest among all Socio-Religious Communities. (Pg. 73).

    5 For the year 2004-05, the all India average Mean per Capita Expenditure for urban areas was Rs. 1,105, upper caste Hindus (Rs.1,469), other Minorities (Rs.1,485), Shudra Hindus (Rs.955), Muslims (Rs. 804). A substantially larger proportion of the Muslim households in urban areas are in the less than Rs.500 expenditure bracket. (Pg. 153-154)

    I guess enough to make things clear, even for a person of compromised comprehension.

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  • observer
    May 1, 2013 - 7:11PM

    @Lala Gee:
    .

    So in your own interest, stop funding TTP and other Terrorists outfits in Pakistan, else the comedy could turn into tragedy.

    Can you understand plain non-convoluted English? If, Yes. Read on

    Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/05/wikileaks-cables-saudi-terrorist-funding

    And closer home.

    JuD, other terrorist groups strike gold during Eid

    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/1609076/report-jud-other-terrorist-groups-strike-gold-during-eid

    So who is funding which group?

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  • Amail
    May 1, 2013 - 7:30PM

    We are all Taliban now and we have been Taliban for a long time. Was not it a Taliban parliament that declared Ahmadies heretics. Our text books, our objective resolution, our article 62 and 63 all are aimed at making this a talibanized country. From the very inception we are at it and now we have reached a stage where it will soon be declared as an Islamic Emirate along with Afghanistan. The amazingly ingenious strategy of seeking depths has succeeded beyond our expectations. Kudos to all those who crafted it and those who implemented it.

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  • ExLahori
    May 1, 2013 - 7:42PM

    @Razi,Punjaagi, Babloo.
    This is no more an issue for Pakistan, TTP now is an issue for whole of South Asia.Let us put our heads together and find a way to tackle it before it becomes another Ahmed Shah Abdali or
    Nadir Shah and butchers every one before it.For Afganistan, Pak and India there never was and there never will be any isolated solution. Sooner all of us realise it the better it will be for common people of this Sub Continent.

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  • numbersnumbers
    May 1, 2013 - 8:09PM

    @Lala Gee:
    And of course you can provide credible sources to support your comment that India is funding the TTP!!! NOT!

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  • Ali tanoli
    May 1, 2013 - 9:00PM

    pakistan is wonderland when u ask any mullah from any school of thought if democracy is halal is islam he is say westren democracy is not halal in islam but when we see JUI-F, JI,
    SUNNT TEHREEK, etc running in this system i wonder what a wonderland we are in.

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  • Rahul
    May 1, 2013 - 9:16PM

    @Lala Gee:
    Oh Please, How is it possible that Taliban (which is so choosy about Muslims) can take money from prime infidel Indians to attack fellow Pakistani Muslims. Moreover, Why would India fund a group which is 24×7 ready to launch Jihad against India to seize what it views as Muslim land under Occupation of Infidel Indians. Even geographically, TTP is based nowhere next to Indian Border. Atleast come up with some meaningful Conspiracy Theory.

    As for TTP taking over Pakistan, as unlikely as it is, if such a day ever comes, while the rest of the world may leave Pakistanis to their fate, India will never ever let Pakistan fall into the hands of these crazies. Those Pakistanis (State or Non-State) who’ll stand up against TTP, will get ample covert and overt support from India. Taliban taking over far off Afghanistan is enough of a nightmare for India, how can we allow Taliban to take over next door Pakistan.

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  • sure?
    May 1, 2013 - 10:16PM

    @Milestogo: “TTP and their followers have a fundamental right to practice their religion and a right to homeland.”

    OF course they do. Do they however have a right to kill non-combatants?

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  • gp65
    May 1, 2013 - 10:31PM

    @observer:
    One of the very rare occassions, your facts and logic do not support the point you are making

    Yes Saudi Arabia may have funded Afghan Taliban but there is no evidence that they funded TTP which is a completely different entity.
    The comparison to the strategic depth policy Pakistan had is incorrect. Why? In that case, Pakistan ( a foreign power) funded and provided arms to Afghan Taliban to take over Afghanistan. For the reverse analogy to be true, it would have to be Afghanistan that is funding and arming TTP and there is no evidence of that.

    @lala Gee : There isno evidence that India funds TTP. There is plenty of reason to believe that they are Pakistanis. In fact you-tube videos are easily available where Hamid Gul described Baitulla Mehsud as a true mujahid as late as 2008. All your political parties had agreed to negotiate with TTP just 3 months back from PTI to PML-N to JUI-F to JI to PPP. MQM is the only one who disagreed. ANP was bullied into submission. Are you saying that all these political parties wanted to negotiate with Indian agents?

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  • vikas, Mumbai
    May 1, 2013 - 10:33PM

    I have an observation. Taliban attack ANP and other parties but generally the candidate is unhurt while party workers get killed. I feel they do so deliberately so that terror spreads but elections is not postponed in the constituency. If this is fact, one can imagine Taliban’s shrewd and deadly methodology. Thanks.

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  • MF Hussain
    May 1, 2013 - 10:44PM

    The question is not what the TTP wants, its what those who control the TTP want.

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  • Enlightened
    May 1, 2013 - 11:34PM

    The main objective of TTP is to rule Pakistan one day and they are almost there. The next six months would be the most crucial and testing time for Pakistan especially for the new ruling party as Taliban is going to step up violence and create an anarchy like situation in the whole country to dictate its own terms, which doesn’t need any elaboration.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 1, 2013 - 11:46PM

    @observer:

    “Can you understand plain non-convoluted English? If, Yes. Read on
    Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba”

    I don’t see a mention of TTP or of any other terrorist outfit working against Pakistan in your referenced link. Perhaps you should rather get your ability checked for understanding “plain non-convoluted English”. Further, I don’t consider Indian sources/websites trustworthy in matters related to Pakistan, and hence don’t waste my time visiting them.

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  • yumi dude.
    May 2, 2013 - 12:48AM

    Khilafat is answer to all trouble in pakistan.

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  • Aadil
    May 2, 2013 - 2:46AM

    @yumi dude.:
    u Spoke my words. very true and practical.

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  • jh
    May 2, 2013 - 9:59AM

    In my opinion all this happening in Pakistan is in connection with whatever is going on in the middle east. The true culprit behind TTP and all other terrorists fractions are the monarchs and capitalists. The poor public/massess does not understand that an ideology supported by monarchs and capitalists would never address common men issues. Everybody would but by then it might be too late.

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  • jh
    May 2, 2013 - 10:12AM

    @yumi dude.: there are 72 firqa’s in pakistan . Would you accept other then your firqa’s khalifa ???? I guess not !!!!

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  • Usman
    May 2, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Trying to understand how a discussion about extremism in Pakistan turned into an Indian orgy? Please, Kashmir is not related to TTP. India’s strategic interests are hard at work in Balochistan, so its more like the pot calling the kettle back. Deal with your own problems first, India.

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  • faraz
    May 2, 2013 - 12:02PM

    so the Taliban are not allowing these parties to run election campaign in the city……….well, do these parties ‘PPP, MQM, ANP’ allow other parties to run election campaign, in their dominated areas in karachi……. huh??

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  • Farhan
    May 2, 2013 - 4:29PM

    @faraz:
    Oh Please ….PTI and PML N are openly moving on Karachi roads with big trucks and lots of motorcycles. If you disagree please ask the activists of these parties.

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  • faraz
    May 2, 2013 - 5:53PM

    @Faran

    acha!! janab, leave PTI and PML N…. just ask any of the PPP worker or you may try your good observation, and Luck, yourself… and come with me with a Jhanda and pamphlets/leaflets etc to Nazimabad or Gulistan e Johar and try to run your little election campaign…….(and i will observe from a distance..how they kill you)…….

    or alternatively ask any of MQM worker to dare running his/her innocent campaign in Liyari or Al Asif or Pehlwan Goth.

    there’s is no politics in Karachi… it’s all Kabza by brutes (which is being bombed by yet an other more brutal group)

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  • littlegiant
    May 2, 2013 - 5:58PM

    @punjaagi: Of course they work for living – their job is to hijack the discourse within Pakistan and create despondency and demoralized environment. What’s your job appraisal rating for those Indians over the past 2 years?

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  • observer
    May 2, 2013 - 6:42PM

    @gp65:
    @Lala Gee:

    And everyone else confused about Taliban-TTP relationship.

    Since Moderator ET does not allow me to put forward my arguments, I will just post these links which can explain the why and what of Taliban-TTP relationship.
    Enjoy.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/03-Apr-2013/mullah-omar-warns-taliban-leaders-of-action-over-abductions

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-174220-TTP-joins-Afghan-Taliban-to-wage-spring-offensive

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201352\story2-5-2013pg3_5

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  • Milestogo
    May 2, 2013 - 10:29PM

    Pakistan should give a homeland to Taliban and their follower so that Taliban can freely practice their religion.

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