Blocking NATO supplies: TTP tips hat to Imran Khan

Published: November 23, 2013
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PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: 

The announcement by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan to block Nato supplies in protest against drone attacks is an appreciable step, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson said on Friday.

“Imran Khan has taken a welcome step,” TTP central spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said while talking to reporters from an undisclosed location.

“No there is no question of ceasefire,” he said responding to a query regarding any chance of respite for peace.

“We are being attacked in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa where we are fighting a defensive war, so we will continue to hit the area from where we are targeted,” Shahid said.

But one thing is clear, Shahid said, “We are exacting revenge from security forces and not the public.”

Here he specified that the public did not include the ANP, PPP and MQM, the three leading secular parties of Pakistan that the Taliban will never pardon.

He said there was no question of dialogue with the government after the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud. “However, peace dialogue is possible if the TTP Shura and Mullah Fazullah decide.”

The way Nawaz Sharif is begging the US to stop drone strikes shows the lack of power of the government, Shahid said adding even a simple tribesman can ask the US to stop drone attacks.

Referring to Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawwar Hassan’s statement that Hakimullah Mesud is a martyr, Shahid said, “Hassan has rightly conveyed the feelings of the Muslims.”

Regarding the slain TTP chief, Shahid was adamant on revenge. “We know the killers of Mehsud. We will track them down,” Shahid said concluding, “Hakimullah would be avenged like Sheikh Osama and this is not just a threat.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 23rd, 2013.

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  • Kirkut
    Nov 23, 2013 - 10:20AM

    What a disgusting, mis-leading title. ET continues to produce a plethora of hogwash from its platform.

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  • Iram
    Nov 23, 2013 - 10:20AM

    Statement of Shahid ullah Shahid endorses that they also wish peace but drones are restricting them to go for it. Last day I saw picture of a droned baby in a newspaper and can’t explain the feeling, I urge my countrymen please wake up before its too late.

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  • imrancan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 10:26AM

    Finally Imran You got what you wanted. Security for you and your party. Now we pashtuns will only bear the brunt.

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  • Irtiza
    Nov 23, 2013 - 10:29AM

    IK, keep begging them for negotiations.

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  • Budh Jumirat
    Nov 23, 2013 - 10:32AM

    Let the PTI bashing commence……Recommend

  • faheema
    Nov 23, 2013 - 10:54AM

    I.K. is eventually successful is appeasing his would-be allies. Let’s pray for him and his party.

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  • Farhan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 10:58AM

    @Iram:
    Yes. TheIr wish for peace and oath to not attack the public was demonstrated today in the twin blasts in Karachi

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  • Punjabi
    Nov 23, 2013 - 11:25AM

    This dream team is the only solution for Pakistan, please provide feedback and suggestions.

    President – Hamid Gul
    Prime Minister – Prof. Hafiz Saeed
    Foreign Minster – Imran Khan
    Internal affairs – Aurangzeb Farooqi
    Religious & Minorities affairs – Malik Ishaq
    Health & Human Development – Dr.Khadim Hussain Dhillon
    Defence Minister – Zaid Hamid
    Information & Broadcasting – Mubashir Lucmann
    Finance Minister – Sami Ul Haq
    Education – Orya Maqbool Jan
    Advisor – Ansar Abbasi.

    This dream team is the only solution for prosperity for Pakistan
    Report

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  • Kanwal
    Nov 23, 2013 - 11:28AM

    Kill these animals. By expressing their hate against these three parties,they show who is actually fighting them or resisting, even if it’s for their own benefits.

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  • Iram
    Nov 23, 2013 - 11:34AM

    @Farhan: We condemn all the attacks (suicide attack by Taliban and drone by USA), killing our brothers and sisters. We wish to end this war by fixing all issues, if we do not go for negotiation, what will be the end?

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  • afghanipasthoon
    Nov 23, 2013 - 11:49AM

    You cause problem in afghanistan and you think your country can be safe.

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  • fawad
    Nov 23, 2013 - 12:06PM

    Talibans appreciation of something doesn’t automatically make it a bad thing. The headline is misleading and wants to create a certain perception.

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  • A J Khan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 12:19PM

    Road are closed for all transport, as NATO neither has separate roads nor identifiable transport. PTI stupidities have been augmented by JI dogma of violence.
    As if the suffering of people at hands of Terrorists were not enough, that PTI had to further rub salt in the wounds of people.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 23, 2013 - 12:25PM

    In another news today ET reports that eleven teachers carrying out polio vaccinations were kidnapped from Khyber Agency today. Will Imran Khan even make an appeal to TTP to release these eleven teachers? Has Imran Khan ever made an appeal to TTP to allow polio vaccinations? It is not just Imran Khan but no leader of any major political party has ever made an appeal to the talibans to allow polio vaccinations.

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  • Tamur
    Nov 23, 2013 - 12:40PM

    So IK is leading to save these lying animals who have just created chaos in Karachi with twin blasts which took the lives of 5 innocent Pakistanis. On the other hand masud is a mass murderer who deserved to die. Whose side are you on IK? Keep dreaming about peace with these savages who kill young school girls and created chaos in Swat. Even if peace is established, their lifestyle of restricting education and freedom does not conform to Islamic principles. Our Mullahs are already brainwashed with Wahabism and are receiving money from Saudis to disintegrate the free society that we know today. We don’t want any more of this with gun wielding terrorists threatening our people.

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  • Kaleem
    Nov 23, 2013 - 12:48PM

    @Iram, Are you serious? Just to remind you again, TTP has killed around 45000 pakistanis in their quest for peace. In their zeal, they have announced to take revenge of RWP incident, thats obviously not security forces, it will be Shias who will face the brunt. I feel very sorry to see Pakistanis inclined towards barbaric groups and not considering the pains of other pakistanis. Could you adopt the same stance if God forbid your family member was killed by TTP.

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  • Nov 23, 2013 - 1:00PM

    this is becoming a simple equation;if America and its allies can be held responsible for the damage that drones do.
    then who do you think should be held responsible for the twin blasts in Karachi……..the ttp and its allies the pti,jui,and jamat .right.

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  • Parvez
    Nov 23, 2013 - 1:23PM

    In diplomatic language this is known as : the kiss of death.

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  • Uza Syed
    Nov 23, 2013 - 1:34PM

    After this, there should NOT be any doubts, whatsoever, on which side this closeted Taliban Khan stands. Of course, they never ever even pretended desire for peace, it’s these fake ‘peace lovers’ who tried in vain to fool the people of Pakistan. Shame on this dumb man who is bent upon satisfying his over blown ego even at the cost of destroying the people of Pakistan. It is matter of just another while when we would hear merger of his enterprise with Taliban claiming unity of the ummah, but we must decide if we need this falsity, this absurdity, the sham claim.

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  • Waqar
    Nov 23, 2013 - 1:36PM

    @ Irtiza: IK is not begging to anyone. Its our central govt. who always shows begging to US for not striking drons. And it was Shehbaz sharif who begged to TTP during his last tenure as CM punjab, not to attack punjab. What a shame they are for this entire nation.

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  • Zaco
    Nov 23, 2013 - 1:46PM

    IK, now that you have found your vote bank, please move to Waziristan and contest your next elections from there… I am sure you will be voted next head of TTP… but watch out for those drones though :)

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  • Ex Pakistani
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:13PM

    Congratulations to Imran Khan for being fully accepted by his ideological brothers. Insha Allah Imran Khan and his family will move to the peaceful Emirates of Wazirstan to be with the people he has pain for.

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  • Nov 23, 2013 - 2:22PM

    TTP to Imrran Khan : I Love you Brother. You are one of us

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  • Gulraiz Khan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:27PM

    @ET…get a life! or at-least get a journalism degree… only having bags full of money from your numberrrr of dadys isnt going to give your children the clean food. always provide your children with food blood stained!..

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  • ghayyas
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:28PM

    Taliban have attacked harder targets like military convoys, police stations, defence intallations, well protected politicians etc. It implies that if they wanted to, they can easily target NATO supplies, which is a soft target for attack. Ever imagined, why they dont target NATO supplies? Either they are themselves involved in this business or their tribal brothers are in this business. Why doesn’t IK understand the mindset of the tribals and the Taliban.

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  • san
    Nov 23, 2013 - 3:09PM

    @Iram:
    The picture of children you saw in newspaper was from Quetta (Killed by TTP in Bomb blast). The irony is that the same newspaper use the same picture of that boy in two different places. Now a FIR was lodged in Tal and the SHO verified all were Afghan Nationals and there were no kids being harmed or dead.
    So keep you conspiracy theories with you. If you are afraid to be associated with Taliban’s, better to stay quite. Or declare yourself to be one of them.

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  • Sara
    Nov 23, 2013 - 3:30PM

    A request to ET: Please don’t use green and white colors for Taliban reports. They do not represent Pakistan.

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  • True Karachiwala
    Nov 23, 2013 - 3:34PM

    @Punjabi: Bro, then you and I have no place to live here.Recommend

  • TKhan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 3:42PM

    @Punjabi:
    This may be the next team but you forgot to include some prominent members of TTP, LeT, Jaish e Mohammad, Haqqani group and so many other ‘Tehrik-e-Something.

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  • TKhan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Imran Khan is a great guy. The best educated idiot in the country.

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  • unbelievable
    Nov 23, 2013 - 4:25PM

    He’s not called Taliban Khan for nothing.

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  • yasin
    Nov 23, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Punjabi’s composition of dream team is excellent. To me it needs slight amendment. Imran khan should be the PM, as only then he will be able to order airforce to stike down the drones. Hafiz Saeed should be Minister for Jihad and Prof Munwar Hasan should be included as Mufti-e-Azam.

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  • Ex Pakistani
    Nov 23, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Where is our so called “responsible media”???? which was responsible few days backRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Nov 23, 2013 - 5:38PM

    @Punjabi: O come on be fair, none of them fit anywhere in this team. remember they all are ‘Hazrats’ and belong in better place like “Paradise”, we should hope and must pray that Allah takes them all together in one swift go and let them land there in jannah soon and rid us of their combined menace / ‘shar’.

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  • mytwocents
    Nov 23, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Imran Khan is hoping to come to power with the support of TTP brotherhood.

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  • Annonymous bird
    Nov 23, 2013 - 5:57PM

    @Punjabi Joke of the decade per se .. sadly you missed on Zaid Hamid , you should allocate him a special task :v
    :

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  • oton
    Nov 23, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Iam speechless!

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  • Baji Jee
    Nov 23, 2013 - 6:23PM

    …and that’s when these TTP terrorists accepted the responsibility for Ancholi blasts…what is wrong with IK? …and what is wrong with his supporters!! Trust me this one man will turn this country into Afghanistan- dont vote for him, please!

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  • Jibran
    Nov 23, 2013 - 6:32PM
  • Jibran
    Nov 23, 2013 - 6:44PM

    @Punjabi:
    1. Why is the Abu Jahal ASWJ waale (Ludhianvi) missing?
    2. Defense Ministry for Zaid Hamid is a little too much. He is not worthy of anything more than Entertainment Ministry.

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  • @H__3
    Nov 23, 2013 - 6:46PM

    @Iram – No they want a system where you will not be able to make comments like these without the presence of a ‘Mehram’. Time and time and time again TTP has made it very clear what their objective is. Peace to them = A replica of what Taliban had in late 90s and early 2000s in Afghanistan, in Pakistan. IK is trying to do for KPK what Shahbaz Sharif did a few years back for Punjab (i.e. begging Taliban to spare Punjab and put everything on the Federal Governme nt vis-a-vis the anti-terrorist operations)

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  • lkhan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Soon TTP and PTI will be sharing office space at this rate…..

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 23, 2013 - 8:13PM

    @ Punjabi, your dream team idea is great but once Taliban capture Islamabad, they won’t need these fifth columnists. You will not hear about these dream team members once mission of these hate mongers is accomplished. Taliban have better trained and intellectually far ahead people in their ranks than these miscreants.

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  • ak
    Nov 23, 2013 - 8:47PM

    definition of public from TTP perspective is really looking surprising for me.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Nov 23, 2013 - 9:30PM

    “ANP, PPP and MQM, the three leading secular parties”.

    There is no secular party in Pakistan and there had never been in the past. A secular Party (or a Politician) will NOT use a religion in politics to govern the State. The secularism is “The State has nothing tr do with the Religion and the Religion has nothing to do with the State (government).

    With this clear definition of Secularism even Jinnah and Bhutto were only fake seculars. One used the religion to becompe the Head of the State and the second coverted the State of “Pakistan” to ” Islamic Republic of Pakistan”.

    An Islamic (religious) State will be only religious. It will be neither a rapublic nor secular..

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  • Mogambo
    Nov 23, 2013 - 9:36PM

    The way Nawaz Sharif is begging the US to stop drone strikes shows the lack of power of the government, Shahid said adding even a simple tribesman can ask the US to stop drone attacks.

    I loved this paraghaph!!!!

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  • Mogambo
    Nov 23, 2013 - 9:36PM

    @lkhan:
    A you will wake up after a good night sleep…ahahah

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  • csmann
    Nov 23, 2013 - 9:39PM

    IK – the soon -to- be Amir-ul-Momneen of Pariah Caliphate of Talibistan.

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  • Mamu
    Nov 23, 2013 - 9:39PM

    @Gulraiz Khan:
    Don’t waste your energy here my friend. Here all are paid trolls.

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  • Uza Syed
    Nov 23, 2013 - 9:55PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: How right! and that’s why I wish destruction of Talibans before they ever set foot on our this sacred motherland. And for these fifth columnists, we have enough methods prescribed in our law books to deal with these friends of our enemies.

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  • Saad
    Nov 23, 2013 - 10:49PM

    Imran Khan, unofficially official spokesperson of TTP

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  • Hamid Hameed
    Nov 24, 2013 - 2:48AM

    @ghayyas:
    Well said and said timely. Congratulations.

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  • Rex Minor
    Nov 24, 2013 - 4:52AM

    @ghayyas:
    Now you are bginning to learn about the Talibans. It is the sginwari rribesmen who are transporting the containers across the Khyber pass into Afghanistan! They cannot take on the shinwaris unless the shinwaris join them. It is too early for this action.

    Rex Minor

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  • Syed
    Nov 24, 2013 - 3:10PM

    IK gets pass marks from his mentors. Congrats.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Nov 24, 2013 - 4:48PM

    @Punjabi:
    “·….This dream team is the only solution for prosperity for Pakistan
    Report.

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    …and the last chance for Pakistan to survive.

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  • Nov 24, 2013 - 4:57PM

    @Sara:
    “A request to ET: Please don’t use green and white colors for Taliban reports. They do not represent Pakistan. “

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    Hah. Their truel colour is bleeding red.

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  • Nabeel
    Nov 24, 2013 - 7:06PM

    I had such hopes in Imran. It is so shocking for me that TTP and PTI share the same objectives.

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  • Mahmood
    Dec 8, 2013 - 5:55AM

    @Punjabi:
    Nice! But how about giving the interprovincial harmony ministry to munawar Hassan.

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