Anti-peace elements behind blasts in K-P not TTP: Imran Khan

Published: October 20, 2013
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PTI chairman Imran Khan (R) with the brothers of assassinated MPA Israrullah Gandapur, Sardari Ikram and Sardar Inam at their home in Kulachi, Dera Ismail Khan. PHOTO: INSAF.PK

PTI chairman Imran Khan (R) with the brothers of assassinated MPA Israrullah Gandapur, Sardari Ikram and Sardar Inam at their home in Kulachi, Dera Ismail Khan. PHOTO: INSAF.PK

DI KHAN: 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has not taken responsibility for the three major attacks in Peshawar, stated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan during his visit to DI Khan on Saturday.

Imran was there to offer condolences for slain lawmaker Israrullah Gandapur who was killed alongside nine others in a suicide blast in his hujra in Kulachi, 45 kilometres from DI Khan, on Wednesday.

The PTI chief pinned the blame on elements allegedly against the non-starter negotiation process between the state and TTP. Talking to journalists in Kulachi during his visit to the house of the deceased Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Imran stipulated those against peace talks are responsible for such attacks in K-P.

If the TTP did not take responsibility of the attacks, if the TTP washed their hands off the attacks, then someone else must be behind these incidents, argued the PTI chief.

Discussing the decision taken in an all-parties conference (APC) after general elections, Imran pointed out the dialogue process would be easier if the Taliban were permitted to open an office. All the major political parties have given the federal government “a green signal” to pursue talks with the banned group but, Imran claimed, his party is yet to be informed of developments made towards this effort.

“Those who support the war against the TTP call me a coward,” said the party head. “Then the nation needs to know what main objectives were achieved in a nine-year-long war against militancy.”

The K-P government has formulated a new security plan and policy, shared Imran. The PTI is also the first party leading the province which has raised its voice for talks with the Taliban, he claimed. However, earlier in February, the Awami National Party had also called for an APC which agreed to negotiate with the Taliban.

“It is now up to the centre to devise a plan to launch peace talks with the Taliban.” In addition to his rank as PTI chairman, Imran is also the MNA for NA-56 Rawalpindi-VII.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2013.

Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated that Imran Khan is the MNA of NA-71 Mianwali. The error is regretted. 

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  • aqib
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:19AM

    let the bashing games begin!

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  • Zain
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:19AM

    “It is now up to the centre to devise a plan to launch peace talks with the Taliban.” In addition to his rank as PTI chairman, Imran is also the MNA for NA-71 Mianwali.””
    Correction: Imran is also the MNA for NA-56 RawalPindi

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:22AM

    If TTP did not conducted the last three blasts in Peshawar as TTP did not accept those blasts, this does not mean that a clean chit should be given to TTP to open an office in Pakistan.

    Opening office in Pakistan means that Government accept TTP as an alternate second force to enforce its writ on Pakistan.

    Imran Khan Sahib, do you know what you are talking about? For God’s sake, keep yourself away from TTP, otherwise TTP may also hurt you. Mind that.Recommend

  • Umar
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:23AM

    Imran Khan is delusional. All three major attacks referred to above were claimed by various TTP factions. The Fazlullah led Swat faction even posted a video showing the attack on Major Gen. Sanaullah. I pity the people of KPK who voted for this spineless coward!

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  • Ghazain
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:27AM

    The TTP have killed tens of thousands of people all across Pakistan in the past many years and more recently three PTI MPA’s. One has to to be extremely deluded to believe that we can coexist with the Taliban, and even after the TTP killed three of Imran Khan’s own members of Parliament he still supports talks with them. If we were to hold talks, this would be like a slap to the memories of all those who have given their lives to protect Pakistan from its biggest danger, the Taliban and Pakistan would descend further into the darkness that now completely engulfs it.

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  • Pashtunyar
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:31AM

    Is IK naive or simply stupid?

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  • Parvez
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:31AM

    So if the TTP was not responsible for the killings……. then there is another TTQ-R-S who you’ll should talk to, but sadly you’ll don’t know who they are, so who are you going to talk with ?………….these guys are way smarter than I.K / PTI.

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 2:32AM

    In addition to his rank as PTI
    chairman, Imran is also the MNA for
    NA-71 Mianwali.
    …….
    Oh Come on ET , ImraN KHan is MNA from NA-56 Rawalpindi :)
    (#PTI Supporter)

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  • Nadir
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:32AM

    Why does the TTP need an office when we have Imran Khan here acting as their mouthpiece. So basically we trust what the TTP says do we?

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  • lalai
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:33AM

    Coward of the highest quality ever known to us.

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  • Said Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:35AM

    He is in such a a denial. Wake up Imran , we did not vote for you to support our killers rather bring ” justice ” as the party name suggest. Tahreek i INSAAF.

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:36AM

    Khan Sahab’s cricketeer mentality has not changed…Recommend

  • non political
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:38AM

    he is very right, some one really want war as first option and no negotiation… what is wrong in giving time to serious negotiation(not like nawaz style of hide and seek) as Pakistan is already fighting war since 2003 and still no result…he is right to have war as last option and not first…

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  • voice of KPK
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:39AM

    we are with you IK

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  • Real Lion
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:42AM

    PPP and ANP fought this dollar war and now Nawaz paying at both side of wicket and poor pakhtoons are dying…shame on NS

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  • Peace
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:43AM

    We are fade up of war and we need peace only(IK we need your help)Recommend

  • Shah
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:44AM

    Imran Khan and PTI should not be blamed for defending the murderous TTP, PTI does not want them to carry out a full scale attack against them, so they are giving these statements, can you blame them?? Its the survival of the fittest out there, and PTI is playing smart, agree or dont agree.

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  • Irfan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:50AM

    Secular fascists will criticize Imran Khan’s statement, but he is not a hypocrite, and he has clearly told a bitter reality to the nation. Unlike other politicians, he has not kept the nation in dark, but told the realities.!Recommend

  • Oct 20, 2013 - 2:57AM

    Hahahahahahahahhaha

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  • jibran
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:04AM

    he knows what he is saying. and he speaks the truth.

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 3:07AM

    Will he ever learn?

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  • erudite
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:13AM

    I remember TTP accepted one of the two previous blasts? And TTP does not need an office, it has offices in almost every city of Pakistan in the face of PTI and and a spokesperson in the face of Imran Khan

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  • akhtar Baloch
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:14AM

    what world is this guy living in? This isn’t the utopia you find yourself in London!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:17AM

    Taliban Khan has cleared all doubts about himself. He trusts enemies of the state more than state agencies, media and common people.

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  • HS
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:24AM

    Shameless coward.

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  • Khan Gul
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:56AM

    Dear Imran Khan, I suggest you call it a day and wrap it up like Mufti Mehmood did in 9 months. We don’t want to live under a coward government. If you wrap it up, you can win some self respect and at least save yourself from getting a permanent coward label.

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  • muhammad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:08AM

    its nonsense to expect sense from a senseless leader.

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  • Ali
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:13AM

    See the contradiction in IK’s stance. He instantly believes the TTP as if they are saints who wont lie & r innocent in these attacks. At the same time he blames the current (federal only) and previous (both federal/provincial) govts for 9 yrs war on terror (if at all there has been a war/action against TTP by the govt to the extent to which IK is exaggerating). Now the supposed war on terror is against TTP which has killed thousands of innocent pakistanis. By linking the current attacks to govt’s war-on-terror policy, IK is implying that TTP is somehow key to the whole mess, something which IK doesnt and cannt say explicitly.

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  • PakiMujahid
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:19AM

    This guy whose cricketing carrer started with a fraud is talking about all this…future of pakistan is in big danger………we bangladeshis have better leaders and better trade than u people…..

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  • bangash
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:31AM

    LOL…..Imran Khan is openly defending the Taliban now. These are the best days for terrorists in KP….they can kill at will and simply not accept responsibility and PTI will do nothing.

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  • jg
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:39AM

    Well the greatest achievement mr IK is that people of swat,bajaur,mohmand,orakzai,kurram,SWA,buner,Dir,tirah are no more ruled by these terrorists.
    God knows who would be ruling peshawar if your logic of cowardice approach was adopted.

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  • Umar
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:01AM

    @ET,

    Who trusts your twisted news articles anyway.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:28AM

    If Taliban Khan is not stopped, he will invite Taliban to join K.P. government.

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  • Malathione
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:49AM

    “If the TTP did not take responsibility of the attacks, if the TTP washed their hands off the attacks, then someone else must be behind these incidents”

    Or they could be lying. Maybe the great Khan is gullible enough to trust their word? Coward , maybe. Stupid hypocrite, certainly.

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  • Pashtun voice
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:13AM

    maybe Imran bhai can offer them a room in his palace in banigala

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  • Babbarsher Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:19AM

    It is getting sadder everyday! Our Kaptaan is demonstrating a curious case of progression to intellectual infancy. He needs to understand that the only way he and his followers could be absolutely safe from butchers of Hakimullah Mahsud is join the TTP, there is no other way. Participating in parliamentary democracy and advocating for TTP does not go together, Kaptaan!

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  • Iqbal
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:20AM

    ok “liberascists” start trolling without thinking….

    why has the string of bombing started when KPK asked for peace talks!
    this is exactly what happened five years back when we had all the bombings in the country…

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  • Faisal
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:41AM

    I think Mr.Khan should be arrested and put behind bars asap. It has now become apparent which side he is on.The more the state continues to bear him, more our people are going to suffer.

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  • Shahmeer Arshad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:43AM

    didn’t he lose Mianwali to PML N in the by-election?

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  • Hamza
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:53AM

    You can check ET’s Level by saying that he is an MNA from NA 71

    Just like this fact this whole article is wrong .

    and they should quote what IK said rather than taking a totally opposite meaning out of that and publish it

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  • Thoughtful
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:15AM

    Nobody killed Mr. Gandapur because nobody took responsibility for the killing.

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 7:18AM

    Please! PLEASE khan sahib ,stop it now.Let us fight them and let us win that war.They don’t accept our country , they want to scrap our constitution.Those butchers want to capture the whole of FATA and declare it as a Taliban state.Are you are asking us to lose our identity for their good?
    What are you up to sir?
    Why do you ignore the fact that they have ruthlessly killed so many brothers and sisters of mine.And they’ll happily kill more if they are allowed to.Please have mercy on us.Please have mercy on my country.I fail to see any reason behind this blind love for Taliban.

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  • ;-)chief
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:42AM

    IK……
    You are still fooling usRecommend

  • Shabbir
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:48AM

    Imran Khan Zindabad, most honest person Pakistan has ever had as a politician. He is only caring for the public.. when will we learn that he himself sits in Islamabad, he can just make statements against Talibans and that would take him out of a lot of bashing.. just like PMLN is doing but he is not buzdil and not weak.. only Imran Khan can handle this much pressure from media and still stay firm on his stance that he’s had for the past 9 years.

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  • Akram
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:51AM

    Stuff like Ehtasab Bill and good things that show PTI is progressing and doing things that other parties have never done never makes front page on ET but stuff like this where they know people will bash IK on always makes front page. Oh the irony.

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  • Hossan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:53AM

    Imran Khan Zindabad

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  • Jibran
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:58AM

    The clown thinks that TTP is famous of its pro-peace stance. Never seen someone wrong so badly all the time.

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  • jahanzeb
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:04AM

    Unbelievable. Embarrassing.

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  • Benazeer Abbas
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:07AM

    Imran you are most dumb and ignorant.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:16AM

    For God sake IK!These people bombed Rehman Baba’s shrine,they blasted Data Darbar,they bombed Abdullah Shah Gazi’s Mazar,they killed mountaineers,they killed Shiites in Buses,yet, you seem to believe that these people don’t attack civilians.Should we really wait for them to accept the responsibility of every bomb blast.They have almost 80 factions and when a bomb blasts,even they themselves don’t know which faction did it.

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  • Muhammad saim
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:21AM

    TTP or not, is not our concern, we need you as the leader of ruling party of KP to bring to justice, killers of innocent citizens and restore law and order, thats what you promised when you begged votes. We don’t need any more words of wisdom, we have enough of those from Zardari, Nawaz, Billor, Shujaat, Altaf, Fazlu, and all….we need action. If you don’t have courage to take action, stop posing for photo sessions and press conferrences, we are fed up !

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  • The Economist
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:31AM

    In total there are approx 40 different type of terrorist group operating currently how can one expect to negotite with each of them successfully,practically its impossible,even if we assume that terrorist will lay down their arms than will goverment be able to provide food,shelter and employment to thousand of this people.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:41AM

    @aqib:
    If you want your leader’s bashing, request him to become real Imran Khan.

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  • lkhan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:50AM

    Very very sad. In spite of losing a party member to this dastardly act, leaving behind two small siblings, a wife and extended family, some respect should be given to the assassinated Mr. Gandapur. TTP often does not take credit for its dastardly acts; Mr. Gandapur has been in these extremists wrong side by declaring he would not allow them in his constituency; this was the second albeit successful attempt on his life. The TTP’s demands for dialogue are in themselves so outrageous that one can not see any success in dialogue. Does IK want to hand Pakistan on a silver tray to these terrorists? If they are such good guys, why not move his sons to KPK instead of in London??? Along with himself.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:00AM

    Hi, Moderator,
    Where is my comment???

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  • Hiaqib
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:01AM

    @aqib stupid statements by politicians are usually bashed in public.

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  • Realist
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:09AM

    @aqib:

    They can bash him all they want but result of a pure military solution was seen by all on 16th December 1971. Lets seriously try something else for a change.

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  • irfan Afridi
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:17AM

    Imran is MNA for Rawalpindi 56, Not Mianwalli 71, Express Tribune!

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  • Haseeb
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:19AM

    Actually, he is the MNA for NA-56 Rawalpindi.

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  • Junaid
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:29AM

    ‘Anti-peace elements behind bomb blasts in K-P not TTP’

    And the TTP isn’t anti-peace? I don’t get what Imran is after. What exactly will he be negotiating on, our sovereignty? our constitution? a negotiation involves give and take, do we want to give anything to them after the lives they’ve destroyed and the families they’ve killed?

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  • Murad Malik
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:46AM

    IK and his stupidities. Its getting harder to decide, whether to laugh at his naivety or cry over his ignorance. What a shame, you have left people who supported you totally in a shock Mr Khan.

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  • Fed Up Indian
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:49AM

    Looks like Taliban Khan is preparing himself to live under a future Taliban-ruled NWFP, shouldn’t be a problem for him, they are blood brothers after all.

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  • sakina
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:56AM

    Imran Khan has lost his charisma and mind at the same time. Only Imran Khan could come up with such an argument

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 10:04AM

    One of the causes of racism taking root in Pakistan is inviolably……….Imran Khan. The TTP plays games of sometimes ‘yes’ and sometimes ‘no,’ like a wet cat. Imran Khan being a de facto TTP member has to play by their rules. It is the TTP that are unbending in their approach and Imran speaks their language. If someone else is doing the blasts and killing hundreds of people………NAME THEM COURAGEOUSLY. Salams to Pakistan

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 10:20AM

    It might have been a drone.

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  • muzakeraat
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:21AM

    @aqib:

    You get what you deserve, no need to cry

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  • Fahad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:36AM

    Imran Khan…..All the Way……Haters gona hate….but Imran has a vision to save Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shehzad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:40AM

    I have a simple question from Imran Khan, if TTP is not involve in bomb blasting. Then why you are going for talks with TTP and insist federal government to open office for them.If, they are not involve then negotiation with TTP is irrelevant. I have never seen such a weakest form of government in KPK. Three MPAs had been died with in 5 months and the government is unable to identify the culprits. Shame on KPK government.

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  • psychedelic
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:44AM

    October 20 – TTP today announced the appointment of its special spokesperson in Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan Niazi.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:50AM

    I’ll get to the bashing later on but ET, please correct your last line. IK is now only the MNA from NA-56 Rawalpindi. During the by-elections on 18th August, both Peshawar and Mianwali seats were snatched from him and with them, the slogan of CHANGE and TSUNAMI were swept in the sewer.

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  • csmann
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:55AM

    The usual and favorite statement of IK.For him everybody is in the wrong except TTP.

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  • Ali
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:58AM

    IK has given all answers on most of the Interviews and explained in detail that for talks to progress, TTP need an office and a representation. Now some will say, why not give them anyone of PTI office. This is serious issue….no time to make fun or pass ridiculing comments.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:00AM

    nonsense…i wonder how he eat food.
    since 9 years- the fight was never fought with full heartedly because you and NS were against it.
    now NS got the sense…but you are still mumbling..not growing up.
    i wish you have said this line, “zohra appa was killed by such people who don’t like peace”
    but you straight blamed it to the usual suspect..
    and here you have open/shut case and still you are looking for a scape goat.
    FYI For the church blast.
    Taliban claimed it first, later said some other organisation did it-to which they have nothing to do with.- then they claimed-yes that organisation is also our part.

    i will ask every pti-ans to have see a doctor if they still want to follow him.

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:00AM

    IK is a man of his words. No matter how much criticism, he will never change his correct stance. And we are with him!Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:02AM

    Purposefully ET puts such a headline in order to ignite hatred amongst people. ET could have said “PTI leader visits slain MPA’s house to offer condolences” but no, ET has always fueled the fire.Recommend

  • Rocketeer
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:04AM

    Shame on ET. What biased reporting. If IK did not say this statement, ET wont have mentioned it that IK visited DI Khan. Shame on Et….

    ET post it!Recommend

  • Raghu
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:05AM

    Love you IK. Our leader, Our hope!Recommend

  • Justice
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:06AM

    A true spokesman of TTP

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  • Adnan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Imran khan is MNA from NA56 not NA71.Recommend

  • SK
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:11AM

    The PTI fans are getting increasingly disillusioned with the PTI leadership. IK insistence that TTP is not the party to current wave of attacks just because TTP is not owning it doesn’t set in well with the PTI supporters. It is impossible to imagine TTP doesn’t know who those saboteurs are if TTP reliquinshes responsibility of public killings
    Actually , if in real it is not TTP then who ever is doing it is serving the interest of TTP as this helps to keep pressure on the state to negotiate from a weakening position hence the TTP has no interest in stopping it.

    It is imperative that PTI changes it’s appeasing polices regarding TTP sooner than later. In wildest imagination if one believes TTP non involvement in current wave of violence. Don’t forget TTP has categeogrically announced that it does not recognise the Pakistan constitution and that means Taliban would sit on a negotiable table outside the nations constitutional framework. It is not a rocket science to anticipate the outcome of such peace initiatives.
    IK should seriously revisit its Taliban policy.

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  • Adnan Rashid
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:17AM

    “Imran is also the MNA for NA-71 Mianwali.” ???
    I am sure he hold Rawalpindi seat instead of Mianwali..

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  • Human
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:27AM

    Buzdil Khan Zindabad, TTP Paindaabd.Recommend

  • mohammad naeem
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:29AM

    IK u are doomed to be trapped by TTP. Plz take a break and think from different perspective.. If drones are hitting pakistan due to weak government then it is not common pakistanis to be blamed and punished for. If u become spokeperson of Ttp then who will represent ur voters??

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  • Rashid
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:29AM

    I really wonder what Kind of negotiations PTI would have with terrorists.. Is it going to be the length of shalwar or the size of beard ?
    These are terrorists only way out is elimination..take them on full throttle.rashid

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  • Khurram
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:31AM

    :( … if its not the TTP… its some other terror group… if its not some other.. thenm its some Other.. whats the difference?? They are all terrorists…
    .. When a man Kills… he becomes a killer… a criminal..
    when a man Rapes… he becomes a Rapist.. a criminal..
    .. whatever the motivation had been… religious or A-religious… political or anarchist.. The Action has to be judged… Those perpetrating crimes agiants men women and childen.. against uniformed memebers of the security forces… Need to be brought to the book..U cant start treating them like stake holders because they say one thing Or the other

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  • Umar
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:45AM

    What an idiot he is proving to be.

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  • Muhammad Saim
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:56AM

    Is IK speaking for PTI or for TTP or PTI and TTP are one and same or what !

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  • confused
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:57AM

    Anti-peace elements, not TTP factions, are behind these attacks.

    Is he saying TTP’s an element of peace? #nevervotingforPTIagain

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  • Javaid
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:59AM

    @Justice:
    Oh my god.. where did you lose your logic? PTI is political wing of Taliban yet Talibans are killing PTI ministers which is supposedly the same as saying Talibans are killing their own people? Damaged logic? PTI are taliban apologists yet they are the ones getting targetted.. you’re making alot of sense.

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  • Vaquas
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:04PM

    When TTP used to claim their horrendous acts, PTI usually casted doubt on the authenticity of those statements by saying, how can we believe it is TTP, anyone can use their name and put blame on them. How naive!!! Now, with TTP denying their hands in the last three attacks, PTI and their illustrious leader are the first ones to absolve them. What a joke!!! and selective bias at its best. And then Imran Khan and the trolls don’t want himto be labeled as TTP apologists.

    If we go with IK’s logic and TTP’s rebuttal, then, why Imran Khan is insisting on opening offices for TTP? They are not involved!!! Who is Imran’s mole from TTP, giving him this line to open an office? There must be one, otherwise Khan wouldn’t insist. TTP themselves are not asking for it and even stated they consider Imran and PTI as a part of secularist set-up. Is that a deliberate ploy to create faction within TTP? Who is bad taliban and good taliban? If they are good taliban, then there is no need to talk as they are ‘peaceful’ and why on earth, will the state talk to ‘bad talibans’ and why IK is insisting.

    If Imran/PTI believed in TTP’s recent statement on not carrying last three attacks, they should also believe in TTP spokesperson statement, saying, we cannot have any negotiations under the Pakistani constitution as it is unIslamic. With TTP clearly stating their policy and Imran on the other hand stated earlier that he wants negotiations within the ambit of constitution, then what is left now to draw a conclusion.

    Mind you, TTP is never going to accept Pakistan’s constitution. They want to impose their own breed of Islam. The only solution is to give a timeframe and if within that time, TTP fails to come to table as per the Pakistan constitution, then lodge a full fledge war against the enemies of Pakistan, religion, people, your kids and mine. Stop dividing the nation with a rhetoric and a narrative which is detrimental for the nucleus and integrity of Pakistan.

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  • Omer Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:06PM

    That’s the plan? “To stop terrorist activities, let’s talk to people who allegedly are not doing these activities and let’s not do anything else”

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  • shahidA
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:06PM

    Can IK please explain which branches of TTP he proposes to provide offices? TTP Mehsud, Jindullah, Mauhavia, South Punjab, Karachi. While we are on the subject maybe IK can offer a whole secretariat with offices for all terrorist outfits including LeT, BLA, JuD etc. I mean how childish do you have to be to be saying these things? Who voted this guy? nationally I think we dodged the bullet

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  • salman
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:08PM

    the information in this article is so incorrect. Et does not even know imran khan is mna of which constituency.

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  • Mohsin Shafi
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:21PM

    Just pointing out a mistake : Imran Khan in MNA for NA56 (Rawalpindi) not NA 71 Mianwali. Although he had won NA 71 seat in general elections but he vacated it and retained NA 56Recommend

  • Sophya Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:24PM

    @ET

    it is not NA71 Mianwali… please make the correction…he retained the NA56 seat from Rawalpindi after which the political career of Hanif Abbasi came to an end, thankfully :)

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  • Sophya Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:29PM

    @all the anit-PTI commenters here…

    Just one question…

    What is the Pakistan Army doing since 2004 in FATA? negotiating? and is the millitancy and bomb blasts increase or decreased?

    Another question…

    IK also says that thumb verification of 4 constituencies be done but Nobody is listening to him then why all become so obedient on operation against TTP? FATA is governed by Federal Govt (read USA through PML family) and Army is under Federal Govt (read USA) so who is stopping them? IK is not in power in the federal govt… please don’t confuse people…

    another question…

    all of you who are supporting operation on ET… i bet you have never been into FATA or even KP… if so then please just tell which is the capital city of north waziristan and which one is the south waziristan… challenge to you all…

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  • Kashif
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:30PM

    $ beneficiaries of past govs has done real damage to the peace

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  • Kashif
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Look at IK, where he’s sitting how simple he is really. Great leader we need

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 12:40PM

    Can Imran Khan name those who are against peace talks?

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:59PM

    Imran Khan can never come out of his cricketer mentality… He has failed to bring good governance in KPK and continues to issue contradictory statements, which are followed by his worshippers. He should be made CHAIRMAN Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appease his ego.

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  • AZIZ
    Oct 20, 2013 - 12:59PM

    Keep it up imran we are with you. You are the only hope

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  • AZIZ
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:02PM

    @Nadir:
    Let’s use existing offices instead of opening a new one

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  • Mujtaba
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:07PM

    Yes Yes. . TTP did not carry out any of the attacks..
    And I am Prince Charles. .

    Psst, Is IK actually like that naive or he deliberately does that?

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  • Shabbir
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:14PM

    Those saying PTI are taliban apologists or IK is taliban spokesperson should think alittle bit, just a little bit won’t hurt, I promise. IF IK AND PTI R TALIBAN APOLOGISTS THEN WHY ARE PTI MINISTERS BEING KILLED AND WHY IS TALIBAN TARGETTING PTI?

    Presence of logic is very minimal it seems.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:29PM

    IK should be charged with sedation for siding with the enemy of the state.

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  • Humble Pie
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:33PM

    TTP may not have accepted the responsibility as yet but what about their claims of killing several thousand innocent people in the past which forced many of the people to vote for you so PTI can bring peace in the province.

    and what if TTP accept the responsibility of these attacks then would you still defend them ?

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  • Last Word
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:34PM

    The PTI Chief statement is not only confusing but also lacks conviction. If IK firmly believes TTP’s statement that the latter has not carried out any blasts in Peshawar and the same might be the handiwork of some anti-peace elements then why is he advocating peace talks with the innocent Taliban and opening offices for them as both measures would achieve nothing ??

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  • Humble Pie
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:35PM

    @ET:

    Imran is a MNA from NA-56 (not NA-71).

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  • lkhan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:01PM

    @Pashtunyar: Sadly for KPK, he is both. His ignorance is dangerous for Pakistan – his stance will make TTP bolder and more active as they have shown us in KPK. Soon they will believe they have a right to change our constitution, bring their intolerant horrific ways into the stream of civilian life, destroy our economy even further, and IK will continue claiming they are saints! Shame on him to at MR. Gandapur’s residence, justify his killers… words are not strong enough to express the disgust.

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  • majid
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:04PM

    mqm never admits that it has any militant wing or involved in terrorism so Imran Khan should believe that mqm is a peaceful political party………If TTP does not claim of responsibility does not mean that they are not involved in terror activities……..Recommend

  • Ahmed Baloch
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:25PM

    I am totally with Imran Khan Niazi. We should not take more than what we can chew and Imran Khan Niazi understands this perfectly. When the situation gets outta hand, it is better to call it quits and fight back on another day. A similar situation existed in Bangladesh and our general Niazi, surrendered as he knew what is good for him. Though we have been licked many times, we still have not given up on the kashmir cause though it is a different matter that nobody listens to us. Likewise, though no one from the TTP listens to him, atleast he is trying to keep his folks from achieving eternity. Thats called being practical. Maybe Malala could look the TTP in the eye but that is because she had the innocence of youth. And thats got the TTP all rattled up as the great hope of The Pakistanis is in bed with the TTP and screaming for more but how come the same tactic seems to fail with lady Malala. Well I am sure with the Master strategician, surrendering even before the TTP has asked him to surrender, it is possible that he has something else up his sleeve and is likely to surprise the TTP. After all how long can one grovel. He has been the captain of the pakistani men’s world cup winning team so we expect some sort of manliness from him. Maybe he wants to embarasss the TTP by grovelling in front of them… But stay tuned. He is likely to spring a surprise on the TTP….

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  • ali ahmed
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:34PM

    after loosing the election of 2013…he lost his mind…no country will allow a terrorist group to open its office ….

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  • Last Word
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:45PM

    Why is Imran Khan asking the Federal Govt to hold talks with TTP and open office for them which he can do the same himself as most people killed belong to the state ruled by his own party ?

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  • R.A
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:51PM

    Please Khan Sb WAKE UP
    Unless you just want to keep your eyes closedRecommend

  • khalid nawaz
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:04PM

    O God. who else has the suicide attacker brigade other than TTP? This man – Imran Khan- is losing all his senses. If TTP chose to keep his mouth shut after some attack ( do not worry Imran Khan, their so called Sharia can be twisted to bring edict in favour of keeping silence after attack) then who can stop them.

    TTP is not a group of foolish people. They have highly trained people and now they have found one MENTALLY CONFUSED politician among us whom they can make dance on their will. If keeping silence suits them, they will keep silence. If shouting slogans suits them after attack, they will shout slogans.

    Imran Khan , for God sake, do not confuse this already battered nation.

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  • murali
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:09PM

    obviously he knows very well whom else are the killers.
    if so it is a sad story that he is not willing to disclose.
    it is a disturbing situation for general public.

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  • Sophya Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:18PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:

    You put it perfectly right.. snatched..exactly..that is what the family league is famous for… and before commenting on NA1, please count the votes polled to PTI… there were 2 candidates… it was due to internal probelm of PTI otherwise people of peshawar are no fools that they will elect the same person who just vanished the pakistan railways… and talking of change, perhaps you should check the result of Faisalabad in the bye-election :)

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  • Hairan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:25PM

    @Pashtunyar:
    Yes! Absolutely!

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  • Sheryar
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:36PM

    We had General Abdullah Khan Niazi in 1971….We have Imran Khan Niazi in 2013.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:46PM

    @Sophya Khan:

    Thanks for opening my eyes sister otherwise I would have never realized that before Faisalabad, IK soon to be better half (Ayla) got disqualified for holding a fake degree and his candidate from NA-71 who is a relative of Ayla got a shock of his life by losing out to Shadikhel. Wasn’t Mianwali the pet and ancestral seat of Taliban Khan? Ironic isn’t it that IK’s own clan in Mianwali gave a massive thumbs down to CHANGE.

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 3:51PM

    So next negotiation should be with these ‘Anti-peace elements’???

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  • Jawad U. Rahman
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:08PM

    There are only two possibilities
    ONE: Taliban did it. Then, the state’s inaction is criminal. Set a narrow deadline for talks, set the basic condition of no further bomb blasts/assassinations to show they are in control, otherwise take the talks off the table.
    TWO: Taliban did not do it. Then, put talks on hold. Find the perpetrators of these barbarian acts in the recent days. Crush that group, since they can’t be that big or powerful if they are not the main Taliban. Then talk to Taliban, after demonstrating having demonstrated to them who is in control.

    Without an approach like the above, Mr. Khan and Mr. Sharif are simply surrendering to the Taliban, and advocating talks for the sake of talks. After each of the major incident, they have accepted Taliban’s claims/denials without investigation or due process. That can only be labelled as surrender, cowardice, or plain criminal connivance with the enemy.

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  • Hassan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:14PM

    The years of operations and drone strikes are the only reason TTP is even willing to negotiate with the state right now. The TTP have a history of failed ceasefires and negotiations with the state, each ending in broken promises. Does IK really think that these gun toting pseudo-molvis will give up their delusions of grandeur so easily? The only reason the TTP are off their high horse is the operation and drones. After sacrificing so many civilians and army personnel, khan should let the operation reach its conclusion and play politics once we have peace. I’d give the example of Sri Lanka where an Indian sponsored insurgency was put down by an unequivocal military response.

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  • LOL GUY
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:17PM

    You guys sure you still want Kashmir?

    LOL

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  • turbo
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:20PM

    century of comments wow!

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  • Freedom Seeker
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:46PM

    Well if we accept this logic TTP is not behind these attacks then Pakistan government should talk to these terrorist also who are behind these attacks. They should take all the terrorist on board and call an APC for all terrorist groups first before starting negotiation with them.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 20, 2013 - 4:57PM

    A simple question for the simpleton dimwits and trolls of Deen-e-Ilzam – forget about drones and the incompetence of the federal government here and please enlighten us haters as to what’s stopping KPK Government from imposing a levy on NATO logistics passing through its territory? We are not even talking about KPK Government shutting down the logistics but at least it should have the spine to tax ISAF and NATO.

    A province is allowed under the 18th Amendment to generate revenues through whatever legal means necessary without the consent of the federal government.

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  • Zif
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:01PM

    Proof Mr.Knowall?

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  • Fahad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:27PM

    @Sophya Khan:
    Save your energy Sophya, Adnan is a paid troll of PMLN. He always writes negative even on a rare positive news of PTI on ET.Recommend

  • Farooq
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @ali ahmed:
    I believe you lost your mind. Mind your language for our leader. IK has the 2nd largest vote bank in Pakistan. Do not forget.Recommend

  • Mocha
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:31PM

    @LightBulb:
    You need to switch your self ON Mr.Lightbulb. If USA and PAk is unable to win this war and both want negotiations then what is wrong. NEGOTIATIONS does not mean SURRENDER. WAKE UP BULBY.Recommend

  • Iffi
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    And you should be charged with insaneness. And blind support for PMLN. Have some shame!Recommend

  • Raghu
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:34PM

    ET at its best to turn the story upside down. Keep it up ET.Recommend

  • Mukhtar
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:35PM

    It seems ET is no longer a credible source of news. Time to switch to Samaa.tv or Dawn.Recommend

  • Zack
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:36PM

    Wow we have a true spokesperson of TTP

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:32PM

    @Faisal:
    Excellent suggestion to put Imran behind bars. If Taliban also consider him a friend, they will come to rescue him, if not, then he will stop making such senseless statements.

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  • 123
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:36PM

    Always leave room for dialogue but from position of strength. If IK is spineless. What have other achieved in 9 years. Please give solutions no rhetoric.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Why does Pakistani Security Agencies need to debrief Mullah Biradar in protective custody when they can easily “get” debriefed by Mullah Imran on the palatial lawns of Goldsmith Mansion II in Banigala?

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  • fhad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:42PM

    recommend if u guys think trbune is totally against IK

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  • xor
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:54PM

    Its war mongers who have one directional policy which starts from bombing and ends with bombing. We need to think out of box to come up realistic policy which brought peace in all region, by successfully alienating real trouble makers with those who ready to give up violence if given chance.

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  • Gingo
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:29PM

    Simple way to check whether Taliban’s are peace lovers as per Imran Khan’s claim is for him to send his sons Qasim Khan and Suleman Khan as peace ambassadors to Taliban with them openly declaring their maternal Jewish heritage.
    If Taliban don’t kill them then and there for this then I’ll believe they are tolerant and peace lovers.

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  • kamran
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:53PM

    If Taliban are not wrecking havoc and are not responsible for mass murders in Pakistan then what is the purpose of negotiating with them? And what is going to be agenda of negotiation? It would be more appropriate to negotiate with those who are doing all these atrocities and we may achieve peace after reaching a solution with them.

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  • Dr.A.KTewari
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:19PM

    what’s the basis of IK stand . To whom he want to make fool . This time he may become the target .

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  • rashid
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:23PM

    IK..plz borrow some sense if u dnt have…

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  • Cheeko Beeko
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Imran Khan has given a very irresponsible and immature statement about TTP.

    He is forgetting that TTP has killed thousands of people in Pakistan through suicide attacks and blasts.

    The nation will never forgive TTP at any cost. No matter if more people are killed, but the Government of Pakistan will never bow its head before TTP.

    Imran Khan after decades of politics is still immature as how to handle the sensitive situations.

    This is also evident that after PTI has established its government in KPK, his government could not control the law and order situation in the province.

    By saying that TTP should open its office in Pakistan, Imran Khan’s PTI Government has laid down its arms and ammunition before the TTP leaders.

    May Al-Mighty Allah give wisdom to Imran Khan. Aameen.

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  • Salman
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Looks like mihajir ET staff only allowing anti PTI and imran khan comments. Classic biased journalism

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  • Aimal
    Oct 20, 2013 - 9:58PM

    Can some solve my confusion please? Why PTI members are being hitting and suisides attackes are happening, when he is in favour of TTP OR part of TTP, when ANP was ruling all we know that they were up again in front of TTP, it was an open war between both of them, so it make sense that they were attacked each other’s. I am confused why happening this to PTI? Similarly now a days ANP is still adopt the same position still they want army operation but visiting and traveling freely…. They are very much safe then were ever before!!!!

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  • Jat
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:11PM

    @Pashtunyar: Is IK naive or simply stupid?

    He is both; you can either call him stupidly naive or naively stupid.

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  • Indra
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:14PM

    Al Imran Khan Muhammed Salam Salam actually wants a Pakthoon state ;). The way forward has begun.

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  • pasha
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:54PM

    @Ahmed:
    Yes like a popular joke, A khan said he is twenty years old, and kept his words even after twenty years. What a mess

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  • Pir Monafiq
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:40PM

    Welcome to the government of Buzdil Khan! He will ensure all Pushtuns of KP to become experts in Nimaz-e-Janaza.

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  • el chor
    Oct 21, 2013 - 12:53AM

    If innocent TTP is not behind these attacks, why do we bother to even talk to them?????
    Lets talk to the one who did it( raw, cia, mossad, blackwater, afghanistan, and the rest) !!!! and immie don’t worry they already have ” OFFICES”.
    Imran you’re turning impossible.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 21, 2013 - 1:07AM

    @Sheryar:

    “We had General Abdullah Khan Niazi in 1971….We have Imran Khan Niazi in 2013.”

    Runs in the family brother since Ameer Abdullah Khan “Tiger” Niazi happens to be an Uncle of Imran Khan Niazi.

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  • el chor
    Oct 21, 2013 - 1:40AM

    okay, lets assume that TTP will lay down arms with talks and won’t attack. But attacks continue by anti peace elements. What do we achieve here? Just freindship with ttp?
    Caos continues???
    Whats the objective here??
    We need peace or appease TTP?

    In my opinion, intellegence agencies need to find out the culprits and wipe them off.
    What is ISI good for anyways? If most of the TV hosts and tv celebrities( Mr. Zaid knowsitall) know, who’s behind attack , why not ISI?

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  • el chor
    Oct 21, 2013 - 1:44AM

    @LOL GUY:
    first FATA , next KASHMIR .

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  • tj
    Oct 21, 2013 - 1:55AM

    Coward. Naive. Delusional. Dangerous.

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  • PeaceMonger
    Oct 21, 2013 - 8:11AM

    Because, TTP can NEVER LIE !!

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  • Ali
    Oct 21, 2013 - 11:17AM

    To read the real statement of IK please visit the below link:

    http://insaf.pk/News/tabid/60/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/17452/Nawaz-should-lead-dialogue-with-Taliban-Imran.aspx

    ET stop being biased and donot quote out of context.Recommend

  • True Karachiwala
    Oct 21, 2013 - 11:18AM

    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has not taken responsibility for the three major attacks in Peshawar, stated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan during his visit to DI Khan on Saturday.

    so the option of negotiations automatically becomes worthless as now IK’s statement proves validity of Altaf Husasin’s questions: “Talks but whom ?”

    ET please publish it, you are not letting my comments appear.
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  • Hooah
    Oct 21, 2013 - 12:19PM

    I start regretting that I voted for PTI…..

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  • Asif
    Oct 21, 2013 - 1:49PM

    So should we negotiate talibans because they have not confessed to KP bombings..? What about the thousand bombings they have confessed..?

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  • azmat khan
    Oct 21, 2013 - 4:47PM

    IK is now Taliban’s new spokesman.

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  • Asif Siddiqi
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:19PM

    Said the spokesman of TTP.

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