TTP condones Peshawar church attack

Published: October 5, 2013
“We didn’t carry out the church attack. However, we believe it’s according to the Sharia,” says TTP spokesperson. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS

“We didn’t carry out the church attack. However, we believe it’s according to the Sharia,” says TTP spokesperson. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS


The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has once again denied involvement in the Sept 22 twin suicide bombings at All Saints Church in Peshawar – but the group says it condones the attack.

“We didn’t carry out the church attack. However, we believe it’s according to the Sharia,” TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid told the BBC Urdu in a telephone interview from an undisclosed location.

Asked who issues orders for any attack, he said the TTP central leadership did not necessarily take such decisions. “Our objectives are clear to all our component groups. They are free to select and attack the enemy targets.”

However, he added that the TTP had checked with all its groups and none of them owned the church attack.

Separately, security forces arrested three local militant commanders during an operation in the Hassan Khel area of Frontier Region Peshawar.

Pakistan Army backed by Frontier Corps carried out a large scale operation in the area and arrested three commanders — Mulla Younas, Meena Gul and Dr Sarkha Gul, local residents told The Express Tribune.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2013.

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  • bashir
    Oct 5, 2013 - 6:16AM

    “it is according to sharia”…they don’t even know the abc’s of sharia!


  • Iron hand
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:47AM

    Where are the religious scholars who will authoritatively and definitively challenge the TTP’s interpretation of sharia?


  • Mirza
    Oct 5, 2013 - 8:03AM

    “TTP condones church attack” and our leaders condone TTP cause. The poor spokesman of TTP has to hide and give only telephone interviews. He should get an office so he can preach his ideology more comfortably on radio and TV.


  • Raheem Ullah Afradi
    Oct 5, 2013 - 8:55AM

    so IK wants talks whith them


  • csmann
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:11AM

    Bekhudi besabab nahiN “Ghalib”
    Kuchh to hai jis ki pardah-dari hai.
    Only guilty makes excuses,and unwanted denials.


  • Usman Masood
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:12AM

    And this is why we need to start giving them an actual face.
    An office.

    This enemy is without a face right now. Soon as you give them one, you can start countering them. You can finally learn exactly how many groups are working for them. Which of them are the people who joined to enact revenge, which of them are working for money, which of them are pawns, who really calls the shots. Etc Etc.

    Its all possible if you start “explaining” terrorism. And NO, explaining Terrorism does not mean you sympathise with them, or support them.


  • Last Word
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:49AM

    The statement made by the TTP spokes-person on Peshawar Church attack should act as an eye opener to all political parties, civilian government and their apologists who are strongly pleading for talks, expecting a positive outcome from the same. The message conveyed is loud and clear to all that the mayhem would continue and in the name of Sharia would even support sectarian outfits carrying out such barbarous attacks on the innocent people of other communities.


  • alinasir
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:55AM


    Agreed…they have their own distorted interpretation of SHARIYA. However the question is WHO DID THIS GHASTLY ACT? Taleban must understand that due to their misdeeds other forces are taking advantage


  • alinasir
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:56AM

    @Iron hand:
    Dont be naive .all the true scholars have been vriticizing against this perverted type of SHARIYA


  • alinasir
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:58AM

    Taleban have no sense of guilt…so no excuse. The have the guts in the past to accept their crimes.There appears to be something fishy in the episode.


  • Pakistani
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:01AM

    These shameless animals(ttp) should read Najran pact


  • Ali
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:11AM

    Okay. So all is good. They are not the bad guys.


  • erudite
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:13AM

    we Pakistani’s must be awaiting our fate in the hands of corrupt politicians, and I assume our fate is gonna be worst.


  • Cynic
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:27AM

    seems like yet another twisting of context , they had denied and expressed anger on that here is a phone call reference which cannot be verified .


  • Left is Right
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:27AM

    Now PTI supremo should give the same statement that it was according to sharia !!!!


  • Karachi Bhai
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:39AM

    Is it according to Sharia to carry out suicides in churches. I am crying to read this that somebody could be so wrong and has the audacity to use Sharia’s name to promote their political and material gains. Shame on us!


  • yaz
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:45AM

    If not TTP, then who? That is the question!


  • Oct 5, 2013 - 11:06AM

    A very balanced statement & a sign of maturity in TTP leadership- While keeping the zealots happy (since bombing a church has now been declared an OK thing), it shall keep the conscience of all mainstream stakeholders clean and at the same time provide enough room for conspirationists to pile it on Bahaarat,Amrikaa and Izraayal.

    BTW Who was that spokesperson of Jundullah group who took the credit in the beginning. Since State of Pakistan is nowhere to be found, I would request TTP to clear the doubt for everybody.


  • Oct 5, 2013 - 11:47AM

    @Iron hand:

    After cold-bloodedly murdering 85 innocent citizens and injuring hundreds of others, they come out with a statement full of holes that they did not carry out the church attack. Haaahh! We are no gullible damn fools to believe what the TTP says and does.
    The mullah community as before, is nowadays very deeply ‘hand in glove’ with the TTP and the GOP to hold talks. This is another PMLN scam, as it is used to doing, because if an operation is carried out the biggest losers will be PMLN and PPP. NO TALKS. Salams


  • A Pakistani
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:58AM

    @Iron hand: the ones who did challenge mullah’s interpretation were declared “Non Muslims” by the state, its people and these mullahs and are being persecuted mercilessly. Nobody else is going to do it now.


  • Iron hand
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:11PM

    @alinasir: Sounds like some Pakistanis need convincing. Since this such an obvious distortion of sharia, why not a huge conference of Islamist scholars giving a joint press conference, issuing joint statements, appearing on tv, citing religious authority, and clearly and persuasively destroying the Taliban interpretation of sharia? Why has this never happened?


  • Mc
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:14PM

    I don’t get it. The report says: “security forces arrested three local militant commanders during an operation in the Hassan Khel” and many more have been captutred. Has anyone of them ever confessed that they are the agents of CIA/RAW/MOSSAD? ET. please try to find out.


  • vasan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:22PM

    Hope now the Pakistani friends understand what the sharia implementation by these monsters will do to Pakistan as it did to Afganistan. (Remember Bamiyan buddhas ?)


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:33PM

    If TTP can attack schools,kill women,blow shrines,slaughter soldiers,remove heads of shia soldiers,kill Chinese,Ukrainian,attack police,kidnap all accept USA/UK/NATO people then why can’t they attack church because every action to embarrass Pakistan and provide all support to declare Pakistan a failed state-so we understand clearly who is funding them and there ultimate purpose-now dis owning of church attacked repeated has a purpose to fix or transfer blame on some of us that too contribute to that western goal/mission.


  • malik
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:47PM

    So blowing churches is sharia compliant? Who wrote this sharia and where does it come from? We are up against some nihilistic marauders who know nothing but kill and plunder.


  • Rohit Sen
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:52PM

    If this is according to shariya – one should throw away the book. Anything that tries to justify killing of innocent people like this is not the worth the paper it’s printed on


  • Last Word
    Oct 5, 2013 - 1:02PM

    The statement is a slap on both sides of the faces of all who are begging for talks and even touching the feet of these ruthless killers. Peshawar being the stronghold of the TTP, no killing can take place without their knowledge or they have done it themselves but not admitting the same due to public outrage. But TTP’s open and blatant endorsement of Church attack on minority community does not warrant the govt or any political party to hold talks with them as the same would deemed to be unconstitutional and the Apex Court of Pakistan should call for a suo-motu against the same.


  • suzo
    Oct 5, 2013 - 1:07PM

    why do our ‘patriotic’ jamat e islami leaders aren’t offended when ttp says church attack is according to sharia. . . It conveys the idea, sharia is brutal and inhumane. .i am not saying this, mullas’ beloved terrorists are saying so


  • comrade
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:19PM

    waiting patiently to see/hear any reaction from any political/religious party.


  • Junaid Tipu
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:31PM

    Too little too late…… and your ugly ideology needs to be finished off TTP


  • MUSA
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:37PM

    cool so this is according to sharia for them! insanity of the TTP! and anyone who wishes to talk to them!


  • Bye bye
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:45PM

    Indian funded TTP can say goodbye to peace now. Even if Pak Army and politicians don’t take action, we the tribal Pakhtuns will not let live these traitors of Pakhtun society in peace.


  • Syed
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Only Money talks , Mr Spoke Person don’t drag Shariah on it , its a massive game generates billions of dollar to feed few Warlords… & its a Same old mindset has no twist ..


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:56PM

    How it is possible that BBC,VOA,CNN,Al Jazzera knows the location and all numbers of TTP leadership and they go freely record interview,immediately get connected after every explosion and surprisingly our intelligence do not know their whereabouts,I suspect some kind of compromise because embarrassment and defensive attitude is in our bad luck at all levels.


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:01PM

    Disowning is double gaming,why TTP repeatedly doing is well understood.


  • Parvez
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:08PM

    …….and is their understanding of Sharia in line with Imran Khans understanding of Sharia ?
    If not Imran Khan must stand tall and say so.


  • Amir
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:19PM

    So who is doing it. The usual suspects?

    We usually look outward. What about political/religious parties who wants instability as they are not in power? And have the nexus and reach with jihadi outfits willing to do bidding on their behalf?


  • Gingo
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:53PM

    If this is what Sharia is, then the Kufur system is 1000 times more better.


  • Faqir Khan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:57PM

    We know Taliban has nothing to do with Islam. It need not to be proved, this is not point of disagreement.

    But you are not getting the point that this war. game, crisis has nothing to do with creating FREEDOM or exporting DEMOCRACY, WOMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS, EDUCATION nor any other lofty notions war profiteers (Generals, Politicians, Media, NGOs, Civil Society etc) try to SELL. This WAR is all about GREED, MONEY AND POWER.

    Much of the known world has suffered at the hands of colonial/neo-colonial western powers, and unfortunately we still remain the real big bazaar and virtual laboratory of the global powers and arms industry.

    Have you ever seen OBL, Taliban, Al-Qaeda in your life ? Or know someone who has seen them?

    Hailing from nearby Waziristan, I have never ever seen nor know anyone.

    Their existence depends on fear, tyranny, unresolved mysteries like Swat Video, Malala, BB Murder, Red Mosque, Church burnings, OBL life/death, daily bomb blast, Polio Worker killing and Tattoo etc.

    It is the best guarantee for existence of national dead weights like Zardari’s, Mush, Shauki, Gilani, Bilour, Kayani, Hoti, Raja, Rana, Chuds etc. and also for US/West domiance of our World. There are also people in media, academics, scholars, civil society, NGOs who benefits from Taliban, tyranny, wars and crises.

    I know personally a consultant working for an INGO on 1500 US $ per day, imagine it in a country where 90 million or more live on less than 1-2 US $. Daily 200-300 NATO Containers saves more than 6000 US $ each with additional parking fee around 700 US $ per night stay at Peshawar Ring Road, Fateh Jang and Chamankai. Gen Kayani brother Kami and powerful business family based in Peshawar (most probably Bilour Family) have one interest as far as NATO containers are concerned.

    So one would have to be mad to think that real culprits leading to real reasons – who could predict the outcome? – is what the US, UK, France and their local puppets are interested in. No, they are not as naive as all that.

    Our Media and News channels love to play the TTP, OBL and AL-Qaeda. Do you want them with Sharia law, Red Mosque Shariat Bargaid or daily Malala’s / Polio Worker killing, bombing of school, the whipping of women just like Swat Flogging Video, etc – to come in?

    The fear bogey is being fanned and behind the scenes. Without any doubt there are many innocents and sacrificial goats (like BB, Salman Taseer and Bilour etc) but in the end it’s all about preserving the status quo and containing the winds of change.

    Those sounding most and lecturing on Human rights, woman rights, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Waziristan are the main collaborators, beniftors and profiteers of the US during ongoing US War for Terror.

    They try to fool and fool you in name of Pashtuns, Pakistan, Enlightened Islam, human rights, woman, education.

    Punching Note :-

    It is nonsense to suggest there can be a case for a good side to commit terrorist acts in the name of combating terror.Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2013 - 3:57PM

    Such statements make drones justified.Recommend

  • there u go
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:11PM

    okay lets assume that you didn’t kill 82 christians. But what about 40,000 Muslims?
    My dear conspirattis, associate some theories of cia raw mossad blackwater to those killings too. That would give you a false happiness of TTP being good sharia compliant mujahids.


  • fyza gandapur
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:18PM

    TTP did it, Bash IK. TTP didn’t do it, find some other excuse to bash IK.

    shame on PTI haters who think they can sound very intelligent and philosophical to not let go of any chance to criticize PTI.Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2013 - 4:30PM

    @alinasir: – sir, please name one religious scholar who opposed this bombing of church which is proclaimed by TTP to be Sharia compliant.
    Can TTP also clarify their understanding of Sharia compliant on 1) destruction of girl’s school- 2) Killing of infidels ( Ahmadis& all other non believers in Islam) 3) wearing of shorts/ skirts by girls/ women. Accepting aid / help from IMF & America who is striking drones in Pakistan sorry North Waziristan, 5) manufacture / consumption/ sale of heroine by Muslims.


  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:42PM

    US sent those bombers to the Pakistani churches to dismantle Pakistan’s UN coalition which was going to force the US to abandon drone strikes. These drone strikes target Afghan resistance fighters and those among TTP who want peace with the Pakistan government. The TTP is in the pocket of the US. The goal, as it has always been, is to make it look like Pakistan is unsafe for foreign investment, tourism, and eventually to malign the people of Pakistan. The target chosen was Peshawar to malign Pukhtoon people, whom the US views as enemies in Afghanistan as well.


  • Oct 5, 2013 - 5:06PM

    @Bye bye: -Sir, how pathetic is the situation that All political parties including the Pastun hero Imran Khan, who is the front runner, are eager to talk to Indian funded TTP. what a shame Why don’t they crush this Indian funded organisation whom you call TTP?


  • Imran
    Oct 5, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Thank you TTP, for clarifying. We always knew you are such a sweetheart.


  • rajiv
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:02PM

    The Taliban are the truest and best adherents of islam. Rest seem to be confused ( very slightly though :) ).


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:39PM

    Why operation only taking place in Karachi . Because MQM is having Indian made arms . It not taking place against those having Chineese arms or RDX or Rocket lounchers on their soulders . Because they are implementing SHARIYA in true letter and spirit .
    It is Really a good approach …..!!!!???


  • kaddoo
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:57PM

    So people don’t know that Taliban have their own Shariah they want to implement?


  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:10PM

    And just how do you know that TTP is “Indian Funded”???
    Just asking for your source of supreme knowledge!!


  • Lutz
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:11PM

    I have a question, why dont they trace this TTP spokesman scum and hunt down rest of his baboons along? Why is this lunatic still alive? And I will answer as well in one word. Incompetence.


  • Rex Minor
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:58PM

    @Faqir Khan:

    Well said and even as a foreigner I believe you!! What Pakistan needs is at least ONE elite university, they have none. They have not reformed the eduction system. Their contemporary came to Germany fo his studies, but most Pakistani students travel to anglo saxon universities for education. They are neither innovative nor creative nor have arabic language compulsary in their schools but pretend to know what is written in the scriptures. Here is a lesson NumbeNr ONE, the laws as legislated in a muslim country is Sharia!! And if you have none than you keep running fter the 7th century laws as practiced then by the muslims!!

    Rex Minor


  • Zif
    Oct 6, 2013 - 2:03AM

    However, we believe it’s according to the Sharia,”
    Have TTP propounded new shariat after 1400 years? Where are those people who are always siding with these goons? I would like to hear from Munawar Hassan, Maulana Fazal and Imran Khan. What defence or lame excuse they have now for TTP? Its clearly been forbidden not to attack the worship of other religions and Maulanas know very well why it has been forbidden. Looks like they all need a religious refresher course.


  • Leila Rage
    Oct 6, 2013 - 3:02AM

    The TTP are a bunch of crazed, sociopathic narcissists. Since when does Shariah permit/condone MURDER of innocents. Sick, messed up perverts. They use their appreciation of violence against GOOD human beings as a cover for their own emasculated feelings and low self-esteem. They should be completely exterminated.


  • Aloo parantha
    Oct 6, 2013 - 3:18AM

    @ numbersnumbers

    whitesky picked that information up from the friday sermon.


  • Pola
    Oct 6, 2013 - 3:29AM


    Ideological freedom and its peacful perpetuation should exist for all, otherwise, fists start talking.


  • SK
    Oct 6, 2013 - 3:35AM

    The rational behind condoning the church bombing by these terror outfit can be equated to a most hideous remark of this century. These heinous criminals have no idea what a shariah law is. With their long evil beards and equally evilest looks supported by viciously preposterous and atrocious beliefs they consider themselves as bastion of Islam.It goes to say that these rugged criminals have done more damage to Religion of Islam than the crusaders during the Ottoman Empire and Kufars during the Prophet’s time.
    This nation sees no other solutions than to completely rout these scums out from where ever they exist by Sri Lankan style assault irrespective of the consequences. Nothing else can deliver this nation for this languishing misery than a final annihilation of Talibanism.


  • Oct 6, 2013 - 8:24AM

    @numbersnumbers: – I came to know from the comments of Bye bye whom i replied. sarcasm is a word i hope you are familiar with.


  • Hasan Mehmood
    Oct 6, 2013 - 9:51AM

    Since the Taliban seem to be focused on implementation of Sharia, can any one for Heaven’s sake name a single Alim, Mufti, Mujtahid or religious scholar in their ranks. So the other religious scholars outside their fold can engage in a healthy debate with them on live TV.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 7, 2013 - 5:12PM

    @Hasan Mehmood:
    yes there is one in my name mined at present and his name is mufti Hamid Gul ……??


  • SK
    Oct 10, 2013 - 3:37PM

    @Rohit Sen:

    Don’t forget this is Taliban’s Shari’ah. Because it does not represent any tenets of religion that is why whole nation is united against them. But you in your typical Indian prejudice won’t understand.


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