Part of the plan: TTP says govt has no real powers to end bloodshed

Published: July 3, 2013
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Ehsanullah Ehsan has claimed that the attacks on security personnel are likely to increase. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

Ehsanullah Ehsan has claimed that the attacks on security personnel are likely to increase. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Taliban said on Wednesday that its militants have increased attacks on security forces to avenge the killing of the group’s deputy chief, Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud.

Mehsud was killed in the US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal region, along with six other militants, on May29.

A day after the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) confirmed Mehsud’s death, its spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, announced that TTP will take revenge, claiming that the Pakistani authorities were sharing information with the US to facilitate drone strikes.

Ehsan also withdrew TTP’s offer to hold dialogues with the new government.

The TTP spokesperson, claiming responsibility for the earlier attack on a check post that killed six security men, said the attack was part of their plan to take revenge.

“The Taliban take responsibility for the attack on the check post of the Frontier Constabulary of Urmar Police on the border of Frontier Region Peshawar last night,” the TTP spokesman told The Express Tribune via phone.

He also claimed injuring ten more FC personnel but avoided comments on reports that several security men are missing.

“We will keep on targeting the security forces during the revenge attacks,” he said.

“The political government has yet to demonstrate its power and to take bold and independent decisions,” the TTP spokesperson said.

Ehsan claimed that the new government has no power to take decisions which could end the bloodshed.

“How can we talk to the government if it does not exercise powers and the security establishment is still powerful and takes decision,” he alleged.

Ehsan said the Taliban will respond positively when it feels that the government has real powers and takes serious steps towards the peace process.

“We have not only learnt militancy but we also know politics and how to sit on the negotiation table,” he said.

He further said that none of the Taliban men were killed in a drone attack at Dandi Darpakhel which claimed 17 lives on Wednesday.

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  • Waseem
    Jul 3, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Correct your record TTP. Govt. has full power to eliminate your evil agendas. But what they don’t have is the political will.

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  • Maher
    Jul 3, 2013 - 5:51PM

    SHAME for security agencies and Govt… these animals are laughing on your poor and mismanaged strategies…

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  • Omer
    Jul 3, 2013 - 6:00PM

    This is mostly Afghanistan taking revenge on Pakistan for supporting Taliban US dialogue.

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  • Asad
    Jul 3, 2013 - 6:02PM

    Don’t worry brothers, our very own elected representatives in KPK assembly will defend you at any cost. You keep it up folks! Naya KPK

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  • Hitler
    Jul 3, 2013 - 6:11PM

    “He further said that none of the Taliban men were killed in a drone attack at Dandi Darpakhel which claimed 17 lives on Wednesday.”

    If this is True, then its a slap on Pakistani military and civil leadership. We can’t even confirm if the drones are killing terrorists or innocent civilians.

    Feel like that we being Pakistanis are not even independent to decide our fate!!!

    Time to wake up and do something. Either negotiate with them like IK says or start a full scale war against them. But make up your mind!!!

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  • PakPower
    Jul 3, 2013 - 6:19PM

    ‘Well versed’ by the US. No surprises here.

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  • Aysha M
    Jul 3, 2013 - 6:25PM

    Congratulations PTI

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  • Realist
    Jul 3, 2013 - 6:26PM

    Please take action! please kill them! what are we waiting for! its the best time! squeeze them between the nato and Pak forces, mount an assault make them run so that they come to the table, we are just letting them bully us!

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  • ali
    Jul 3, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Makes sense. New govt in power yet the drones continue. The military operations continue. There is no sense or urgency about coming up with a plan to combat the situation. NS is more interested in going china. Without security there will be economic growth, no matter how many foreign tours are taken.

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  • Indifference
    Jul 3, 2013 - 6:54PM

    I don’t understand how there’s no urgency at all to stop militant attacks! Neither the army, nor politicians seem to be calling an all parties conference to make some joint plan, mold public opinion and start an all out war against these insurgents which leads one to believe that they all know about it and letting it happen for whatever reason. Now what could that reason be? Are we on a trajectory of the ill-fated Yugoslavia?

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  • UKP
    Jul 3, 2013 - 7:04PM

    TTP is vermin…and should be treated as such.

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  • kanwal
    Jul 3, 2013 - 7:06PM

    @hitler
    Since all the stuff that they say is soo true, this one is also true, eh?
    Sorry, IK has gone back on so many promises by now that i wont even buy a tomato from him anymore. And this militancy is controllable only if nation is united, not just the military. Untill most of our public backs operation against these thugs and help pakistan army and securoty forces in every way possible, nothig is going to change. But this nation pours praise on people like Mumtaz Qadri. IK’s ministers openly say “its a blast only. Konsi qayamat aa gae hay” and get away with it. So these things show how divided we are. How divided KP government is. Can you imagine now how close we are to a solution? About a million years i think.

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  • S
    Jul 3, 2013 - 7:08PM

    @Aysha M:
    What leads you to the conclusion that this is PTI’s doing? We have learned this from our top leaders…just BLAME everyone and DO nothing. Lets all demand an action…if we can give dharnas for rigged elections…we can give dharnas to stop this atrocity and DEMAND action. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 3, 2013 - 7:09PM

    @Realist:
    Please take action! please kill them! what are we waiting for! its the best time! squeeze them between the nato and Pak forces, mount an assault

    Sadly, NATO has been singing this tune for past decade, however Pak Army have different ideas and they simply decided to play their own games with NATO.
    After all, who is going to save their strategic assets ?
    Beware of these assets, they have become ambitious and are no longer interested in towing the line, but are looking to take over the Country !
    So much for Pak Foreign Policy ! The time has really come, when Pakistan will have to decide as to these assets and what to do with them, as the Army is simply not capable of taking on such guerrilla/urban warfare with these outfits, as the daily carnage shows.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jul 3, 2013 - 7:12PM

    @ali:

    Nawaz Sharif must act and act now to depoliticise Pakistan miltary before it is too late, his Government cannot and must not be held responsible for the contridictory characteristics of the army which was fomulated by the defunct Musharaf, who gave protection to Sheilh Osama in the miltary garrison town, while handing over innocent residents to CIA, as terrorists. It is Pakistan military top brass which is actively in control of the country’s political and security situations as well as the country’s foreign policy towards the USA an other Nations. The American leadership though aware more or less of the reality on ground, is still being mislead by the Pakistan army and targetting of those who think differently is being pursued.

    Rex Minor

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  • np
    Jul 3, 2013 - 7:55PM

    @Hitler: “If this is True, then its a slap on Pakistani military and civil leadership. We can’t even confirm if the drones are killing terrorists or innocent civilians”

    Just because they were not TTP men, does not mean they were innocent civilians. Most likely they were Haqqanis.

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  • np
    Jul 3, 2013 - 7:57PM

    @Hitler: “Time to wake up and do something. Either negotiate with them like IK says or start a full scale war against them. But make up your mind!!!”

    They have already said they do not want to negotiate. So what option are you left with?

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  • np
    Jul 3, 2013 - 8:02PM

    @Rex Minor: Ah so, now you do agree that OBL was hiding in Abbotabad. For the longest time you had a different theory. Forget Nawaz Sharif, even if TTP favorite IK had become the PM, he could not have given your favorite denizens of your homeland Waziristan the blank chit that you are looking for.

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  • khan
    Jul 3, 2013 - 8:04PM

    by killing each soldier and civilians they are creating enough people that will ultimately force the sleeping govt to kill off those animals
    i hope the people rise before that happens and ask the govt to do a decisive operation with full might instead of half hearted status quo operations

    TTP has to understand that pakistan isnt afghanistan or anyother country where the govt will collapse because of their operations or killing, they cant make people fear from joining army or police by killing off our people. they have killed over 50,000 and havnt even nearly acheived their goal and it doesnt seem that they can acheive it.

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  • Hitler
    Jul 3, 2013 - 8:10PM

    @np: “Just because they were not TTP men, does not mean they were innocent civilians. Most likely they were Haqqanis.”

    And because we or anyone cannot confirm who were killed, we can’t say they were terrorists. Its a shame that we can’t even confirm a news on our own territory. I take pride in our military and despite being giving billions of dollars to military, they don’t have proper system to defend us (Remember Abbotabad operation).

    If everyone else is accountable, so should be the military. Period.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 3, 2013 - 8:34PM

    @Hitler:
    Its called Collateral Damage ! Yes, its a shame, that no one can actually account as to who were killed or get killed by these Drones, but such is the state of affairs in that region that its obvious that even Pak Army is not present, or for that matter any proper governance of the area, which Pakistan claims to be its sovereignty !

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  • Saz
    Jul 3, 2013 - 8:53PM

    Er read what he said again he dose not listen to IK unfortunately@Hitler:

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  • True Indian
    Jul 3, 2013 - 9:34PM

    @Hitler:
    Ok what do u want to do and how…..HAHAHAHAHAHAHH……u can do nothing….u and ur future generations are indebted for life to USA and Saudi Arabia…..

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  • Unbelievable.
    Jul 3, 2013 - 9:46PM

    TTP like the rest of the World knows the Military doesn’t report to the Civilian govt – seems like the only people in the World that believe the Civilian govt control military/foreign policy are Pakistani’s.

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  • np
    Jul 3, 2013 - 9:55PM

    @Hitler: “If everyone else is accountable, so should be the military. Period”

    Agree with you on this. Since you think I am a Pakistani, would like to clarify that I am Indian.

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  • Another bomb
    Jul 3, 2013 - 9:59PM

    TTP is right. Read the headlines and comprehand. Guess who was the first to meet NS after winning the elections. That is the person running the country who asked NS to go soft on India stance.

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  • Jul 3, 2013 - 10:03PM

    today even if pak military announce to detach itself from this so called war on terror EVERY THING WILL GET BACK TO NORMALIZATION ,
    but no one understand this simple formula or dont want to understand bex USA dont want pakistan to make free decision for pak and its poor people.

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  • Jul 3, 2013 - 10:18PM

    Should we be surprised by the TTP statements? I guess not! If there is still a person in Pakistan who has an iota of doubt that the TTP are in anyway; their friend, then they should be in for a rude awakening. They are only the enemy of Pakistan. They kill without remorse and are proud of their evil acts. Pakistani security forces are fighting these enemies, but the sneak attacks in the middle of night like cowards may hurt them a little, but they do not damper their resolve to defeat these greatest enemies of their nation. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Pakistani brethrens in their fight to secure peace for their people from these vicious terrorists. And there is no doubt in our minds that they will be defeated and peace will prevail.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • Hitler
    Jul 3, 2013 - 11:41PM

    @np: “Agree with you on this. Since you think I am a Pakistani, would like to clarify that I am Indian.”

    Nice to see at least one Indian who is talking sense. No offence but most of Indians here comment foolishly! Cheers.

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  • iftekhar hussain
    Jul 4, 2013 - 12:49AM

    “How can we talk to the government if it does not exercise powers and the security establishment is still powerful and takes decision,” he alleged.

    In these two lines the truth is being told, these thugs who pose as “Taliban are no Taliban, they are just puppets dancing to some other’s tunes and maligning our armed forces.

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  • ABDUL WAHEED
    Jul 4, 2013 - 1:01AM

    It is very shame for Tehreek Talban Pakistan that they are killing innocent Peoples, children and Defenders of our beloved country after getting money from CIA, RAW, Moosad via different countries in the name of Jehad against peaceful citizens of Pakistan. They are blasting in Masjid, Madarsa, Namaz e Janaza, Schools, Bazar and Hospitals Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame

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  • Sami
    Jul 4, 2013 - 1:19AM

    Its more of a revenge than Islam here and at the end of the day people think it due to Islam. Does anyone know who are TTP or we just speculate what this media say to us.. Think guys?

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  • Bhatti
    Jul 4, 2013 - 1:37AM

    @Aysha M: Am Sorry what? was that a failed try to criticize PTI of something which the party is not completely responsible for?

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  • csmann
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:13AM

    —-but we have definite plans for blood-shed of our country’s people-TTP

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  • Jul 4, 2013 - 12:47PM

    TTP is doing to Pakistanis what Afghan Taliban are doing to Afghans.

    The strange thing is Pakistanis support Afghan Taliban, but detest the TTP.

    Pakistanis don’t realize that TTP was created because of their support to the Afghan Taliban, in the first place. Yet, there’s no change of strategies after so many years of bloodshed.

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