Pakistan Taliban set up ‘jihad cell’ in Syria

Published: July 14, 2013
A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar alAssad in Aleppo's alAmereya district. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar alAssad in Aleppo's alAmereya district. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an outlawed umbrella of militant groups blamed for most violence in Pakistan, has set up a special cell in Syria to coordinate the ongoing ‘jihad’ against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, reports the BBC Urdu.

“The cell has been established with the help of the Arab fighters who had fought in Afghanistan and have now moved to Syria to take part in the jihad,” a Taliban official told the BBC Urdu. “In the last two months, around 12 information technology experts have moved to Syria.”

Pakistani authorities have refused to comment on the revelation.

According to the Pakistan-based militant groups, the majority Sunni population in Syria has been subjected to oppression by the minority Alawite regime of Bashar al Assad.

The coordinating official of the cell, Muhammad Amin, told the BBC that the cell was set up six months ago “in order to keep a watch on the ongoing jihad”. The cell shares information regarding the Syrian conflict with Pakistan-based militants.

According to Muhammad Amin, the Taliban’s Syrian friends, who had helped them in the ‘Afghan jihad’ now help the people running the cell. “The cell assesses the needs of Syrian jihad and offers help in joint operations.” He added that dozens of fighters in Pakistan were ready to take part in the war in Syria.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (42)

  • anybodyagree
    Jul 14, 2013 - 10:31AM

    So they turn their guns toward another muslim country on WHO’s will….
    Think people, Think……????


  • Abid
    Jul 14, 2013 - 10:48AM

    I can see the connections of TTP with USA.


  • Gulkhaiz
    Jul 14, 2013 - 11:12AM

    Quite intriguing and interesting. Americans are openly helping anti Asad forces and would welcome any anti Asad effort. Moreover, do not forget that Russia is supporting Asad. Therefore it seems logical that USA would love Arab fighters and TPP nexus in Syria. Whatever ,it does not auger well for Pakistan specially when the govt is trying cool down things internally. Further the formation of TPP and Arab nexus is on the same lines as that of jehad against USSR.Any way we are in for further trouble and instability.


  • Ghani
    Jul 14, 2013 - 11:38AM

    @Abid: By USA you mean KSA; if not then I see a connection between Bashar ul Assad and drones!


  • Mj
    Jul 14, 2013 - 12:05PM

    They should start a cell in KSA, their sponsors and patrons.


  • Z.Khan
    Jul 14, 2013 - 12:50PM

    He added that dozens of fighters in Pakistan were ready to take part in the war in Syria. It looks true as in Pakistani areas run the biggest manufcturing factroies of jahadist and the products are for sale to any country.


  • mystriousforever
    Jul 14, 2013 - 12:52PM

    TTP … Objectives aligned with USA and working on USA agenda


  • poleturtle
    Jul 14, 2013 - 1:34PM

    What better way than to get rid of this cancer in the Muslim society !!
    I am all for it. Drones, wars, Jihads, all serve the same purpose, getting rid of the bearded animals called fanatics.


  • Wizarat
    Jul 14, 2013 - 1:44PM

    Why is it any news, we have known that the funding for these anarchist/terrorist comes from the Gulf States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. These two countries specializes in killing Muslims all over the world, I wonder why?


  • darbullah
    Jul 14, 2013 - 1:54PM

    It seems to be Pakistan’s only export to the world nowadays.


  • bharatvarsh
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:13PM

    Sunni HQ setting up a franchise in syria to help their sunni brethren. Where is the spirit of Islam. Ummah up in flames.


  • Pasanni
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:27PM

    Jihad against Muslims,????, o bhai Kashmir to ly lo pahly


  • I
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:49PM

    TTP the extended arm of NATO.


  • roadkashehzada
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:00PM

    this sounds suspicious. not sure if TTP has the capacity to go and set up a cell there


  • Mj
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:07PM


    “He said Qusair [Syria] was a bitter struggle. The town, strategically located near the Lebanese border, fell to government forces in June after weeks of intense fighting.

    Mousa said: “The people we’ve been fighting were very aggressive, no pushovers. They’ve fought in Afghanistan, in Chechnya, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Libya, in Iraq – you name it.

    “The battle was very aggressive, very kinetic, because you are fighting a radicalised enemy. They call themselves Muslims, but they believe only in themselves. They’ll kill everyone else.

    Stop blaming others for your own problems. There is a problem of violent extremism and we need to solve it.


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:19PM

    U R right,TTP will never go to USA/KSA/UK/GCC/India,still nuts wants to hold peace talks in Pakistan.What a spoiled mind set developed through supply of foreign funds.


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:25PM

    this newspaper has not mentioned who has sent them from here and I am sure name and route for going will not be mentioned.Headline has used name of Pakistan,design and purpose understood.


  • Pepsi
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:38PM

    Why great hero hafiz saed not going to syria!


  • Iron hand
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:55PM

    America is crazy to send any weapons to legitimate, secular Syrian rebels when these maniacs are in the picture.


  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Ttp is a arm of NATO and USA what a thought…… raho praji. Zaid Hamid must be the spokesperson with his 4th generation war crap.I adore him more than Charlie Chaplin. Rab rakha


  • Abulahmed
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:52PM

    @syed baqar ahsan

    You MISSED the point !
    TTP is a religious fanatic terrorist barbarian 7th century organization hence it needs the support and majority of the very same religion that it boast hence it cannot work in india/usa/canada/etc


  • Dajjal
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:54PM

    If only the Terrorism we export could be given a financial value, our balance of payment will become positive by a big margin as its our chief export… sad


  • Mir
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:55PM

    How these Pakistani Taliban travel to Syria in hundreds. Do they have passports? how they leave unnoticed? Pakistan government is part of sending Taliban. Hindered of fighters leave the country and no one notice them. This report is a conspiracy by media to promote Taliban. Please do not print report which miss lead people of Pakistan. Pakistani Taliban’s are criminals . Please stop promoting them.


  • linchpin
    Jul 14, 2013 - 5:01PM

    USA and KSA same same but different…..


  • freedom seeker
    Jul 14, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Nice news. Pak Government should send as many of them as possible. But make sure none of them should return back alive. It will be great service to country to remove this cancer by letting them die in Syria.


  • Naveen
    Jul 14, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Pakistan made a conscious choice of becoming a laboratory of Jihadis from around the world. Now is the payback time. Still, It is a great pity that many innocents (in and outside Pakistan) will now pay the price for the stupid short term policies followed Pakistan’s elites.


  • Hindko speaker pk.
    Jul 14, 2013 - 5:28PM

    whats going on in Syria is very heart breaking and its became a shia/sunni conflict by one side iran and hizballah helping Syria shia govt and on other side sunnis to rebels….. very sad indeed and peoples dying…


  • Ali Tanoli
    Jul 14, 2013 - 6:35PM

    No Naveen the most arguable thing is why don’t they struggle for change of crrupt system,
    one Education for based on one language and syllebas, get rid of bearucracy, Hospital and jobs, house etc. I don’t get it there struggle for beard, women lock it in homes ??


  • Feroz
    Jul 14, 2013 - 6:48PM

    These sectarian divisions in the Islamic world is causing great violence and spreading anarchy. When despots are overthrown they are replaced by fanatics affiliated to the Al Qaeda franchise. The public does not know that they are jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
    Life is valuable but it seems that killing can give a lot of pleasure to quite a few humans, who deserved to remain in the animal kingdom. To me it seems that real Peace will come to the Muslim world when all the Oil fields in the Middle East and North Africa are set on fire. With Money comes responsibility, when used to fan differences and violence its destructive power can cause havoc.


  • desi dada
    Jul 14, 2013 - 6:57PM

    In 1956 Ayub said every Pakistani soldiers is also american soldier. It seems every Pakistani Jihadi Islamist is also American or whoever is doing this. Only Allah knows who is getting killed in drone attacks in Pakistan.


  • desi dada
    Jul 14, 2013 - 7:11PM

    History seems repeats. in seventh century Bedouini hoards descended on Assyrian people of today’s Syria, the natives of Iraq and Persia. In 40 years they were converted by force but to keep their native culture they created Shia sect within the new faith. Today that is being destroyed. Seems One Khilafa, One Pope, One Queen, One Kremlin Comrade, One McDonald, One Currency, One Windows 8.0 is the goal of this globalized brutes.


  • Touseef
    Jul 14, 2013 - 7:20PM

    TTP a very good name to hide wrong acts of USA and CIA


  • Charlie Chapatti
    Jul 14, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Saudi/Qatar sponsored Sunni/Wahabbi fighters against Iran supported government in Syria. Iran supported Shia rebels in Bahrain against Sunni/Wahabbi Saudi supported government. Qatari supported Saudi and UAE banned Muslim Brotherhood toppled in Egypt by demonstrations. Pakistan is a free for all with Saudi and Qatari funded Sunni/Wahabbi extremists against Iran supported Shias. Add the Yemen, Gaza, Lebanon and Fatah/Hizbullah conflicts smoothie into the mix then if there is anything that is crystal clear, it’s that religion needs to be totally divorced from politics.


  • Naveen
    Jul 14, 2013 - 9:39PM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    Their world is starkly different from ours. For them Corruption and other problems are mere symptoms of a larger disease -> fault in the design of State and society itself. Present State has to be overthrown and all sorts of Kaafirs (the bad guys who are misguiding the pious) eliminated/subjugated to usher in Khilafat -> that will automatically solve all the problems.

    I think you’ll find these videos explaining their ideology as quite interesting==>

    The root of the Problem is offcourse the poverty, weak state institutions, obliterated state of civil society due to prolonged military rules and weaponisation & radicalisation of KP as a result of Afghan War. Excessive Mixing of religion in state’s business, over reliance on doles from sectarian Arab states ( & even US) & the perpetual threat of a ‘Hindu’ India knocking out the ‘fortress of Islam’ have not helped the matters either.

    Taking religion out of state’s business right now would be a long shot for Pakistan. However, what can be done and what should be done is that Civil Society members should get better organised and they should try to actively address the concerns of the deprived lot (so that they don’t fall prey to false illusions sold by Taliban and the ilk), democracy however faulty ought to be allowed to run its course, a constructive narrative of Pakistani nationalism should be fostered (where people of all ethnicities, linguistic groups, sects, religions are projected as brothers & sisters in peaceful nation building), relations with neighbors need to be improved (for the sake of economy & internal security) and also a spirit of self-reliance need to be developed.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Jul 14, 2013 - 11:22PM

    agreed bro.


  • Climp Jones
    Jul 15, 2013 - 12:07AM

    Where’s the evidence of such an occurrence? Until I ‘see’ otherwise I’ll reserve judgement


  • observer
    Jul 15, 2013 - 1:25AM

    is there any doubt left about TTPs connection with CIA? keep in mind that syrian rebels are funded armed by CIA and their qatari allies.


  • Jul 15, 2013 - 3:59AM

    Right now there is a division within the rebel ranks, creating a war within a war situation. A popular local Syrian rebel FSA leader was killed by a pro-Al Qaeda militant group, who are now consolidating their power over the areas they’ve taken.

    With the news of more foreign Wahhabi/Salafi/Sunni extremist jihadists, such as the Taliban from Pakistan, streaming in, the relatively less religious and nationalist FSA, who are more for a civil nation state rather than a religious theocracy, are definitely going to be outnumbered in fighting at two fronts. As if the situation wasn’t dire enough…Recommend

  • hussain
    Jul 15, 2013 - 9:08AM

    yet you support those politicians who want to negotiate with them ?


  • umer
    Jul 15, 2013 - 2:58PM

    This can surely be included in the manpower export policy that the Govt.of Pakistan is currently drafting.


  • Roni
    Jul 16, 2013 - 2:25AM

    Thank God at least some of these global thugs are moving away from Pakistan. Now who says that they are Pakistanis? S. Arabia is strongly against Asad govt and wants to overthrow and impose their kind of Islam. No wonder their minions are turning their guns toward Syria.


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