TTP only want to get out of US war, not impose sharia by force: Imran Khan

Published: March 27, 2014
Express News screengrab of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan.

Express News screengrab of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan.

ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) only want to get out of America’s war and they do not want to impose sharia law by force, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) chief Imran Khan claimed on Thursday.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Imran stated that he had been saying the same thing for the past ten years.

Commenting on the success of the ongoing peace negotiations, the PTI chief said the interaction between the government and the TTP has made it clear which groups want peace and which do not.

The government committee met the TTP Political Shura in a remote tribal area on March 26 and it was agreed that they would continue with the peace talks. There were reports of an extension in the month-long ceasefire but TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid denied any such reports.

Today, Imran further said that ceasefire should continue and the non-combatants – women, children and the elderly – should be released.

The TTP have demanded the release of women and children of TTP members alleged in the custody of security agencies and this was one of the main topics of discussion during the meeting between the government intermediaries and TTP Shura.

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  • Kaleem
    Mar 27, 2014 - 10:28AM

    I suspect that these non-combatants are not so innocent, otherwise TTP would not have insisted on their release so much. Whats been achieved so far that IK and TTP pro politicians are terming a success?


  • Bilal
    Mar 27, 2014 - 10:30AM

    ET’s Love of dragging PTI on front page every day continues.. love you ET


  • Mar 27, 2014 - 10:32AM

    Damn. I envy Imran Khan. I never get to see such good dreams in my sleep. Must be my pillow.


  • Ameer
    Mar 27, 2014 - 10:39AM

    Yes, we must continue to sell our souls to the TTP and patting them on the heads for killing over 50,000 Pakistanis. How delusional can you get, Imran Khan?


  • waqar
    Mar 27, 2014 - 10:48AM

    Ohhhhh…. that is why they kill soldiers and cut their throat in from of cameras. That is why they blow-up schools mosque and shrines.
    We so misunderstood these little angels of TTP. Long live TTP and PTI and short live Pakistan and its people.


  • sHERY
    Mar 27, 2014 - 10:50AM

    Plz keep Quit Mr. Khan….do not disturb the dialogue process with your Political statements….Let them work :P


  • S
    Mar 27, 2014 - 10:51AM

    Yes IK, the attacks on Pakistan by the TTP on civilian as awell as millitary has made clear that they want to get out of the amercian war and not impose sharia by force. Additionally, who was the organization that did not want to negotiate peace under thge Pakistani constitution?


  • Noman Ansari
    Mar 27, 2014 - 11:02AM

    Oh Imran Khan. What happened to the man who faced down Viv Richars and Michael Holding and lead the only team that the West Indies could not beat on two successive series’… Who is this delusional apologist?


  • Professor
    Mar 27, 2014 - 11:07AM

    That means that RAW had nothing to do with TTP. Why did Sheikh Rasheed, Zaid Hamid and others pin the cause of terrorism in Pak on RAW? Will they now admit they were spinning yarns?


  • sidjeen
    Mar 27, 2014 - 11:21AM

    this guy has lost his marbles. so in his opinion its ok if TTP does not want to impose sharia but only want to dictate foreign policy.Recommend

  • Mar 27, 2014 - 11:22AM

    And then IK said, “How can i represent TTP?”..Mr Khan, this is how you can and you are doing it in a right way !!


  • Mujtaba
    Mar 27, 2014 - 11:29AM

    I wonder when will he wake up from his dreams..
    He is still a confused leader.


    Mar 27, 2014 - 11:35AM

    Oh so that is why they sent their forces to Syria? My bad… I misjudged them.Recommend

  • Faisal Fayyaz
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:00PM

    Imran khan has ruined his image. I also started believing he is very confused leader.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:09PM

    for your info ET Imran Khan said that “we should get out of US war on Terror” he did not say any such stuuf as you quoted him saying


  • Usman
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:11PM

    Imran khan is not a leader like other politicians in Pakistan


  • Insafian
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:14PM

    No matter what you say. PTI all the way!

    Geo Imran Khan. Geo Pakistan.


  • Usman Aziz
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:14PM

    Imran khan is always deceived by his self made perimeters and estimates, same was the case when he used to give air to iftkhar ch. brilliance.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:17PM

    Imran khan spoke the truth. He never goes back on his words.


  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:35PM

    I am a Pukhtoon Pakistani, and I support Imran Khan’s policies for the best interest of Pakistan. I don’t believe that Pakistan should allow TTP to be controlled by foreign agencies again. Let’s build a better Pakistan together, from Karachi, Balochistan, to Kashmir, Waziristan.


  • Akash
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:36PM

    Shahidullah Shahid said..( reference to the one of the newspaper of land of pure is also given).
    Talking to a media organisation on Friday( Feb. 07, 2014), TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that they had fought for Sharia. He said if any other law except Sharia been acceptable to Taliban, they would not have waged the war. “We are fighting the war for Sharia to be implemented and the main objective of our talks with the government is also for the same.”


  • rahim J
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:36PM

    I was a fool that i believed in HIM…IK you have let us down….


  • Asif
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:44PM

    How on earth would , supporting TTP , end our war with America? You never talk about America, you always talk and support talibans. That clearly shows your motives- dont need to mention them.Recommend

  • We know
    Mar 27, 2014 - 12:58PM

    @rahim J:
    We know you dint support. You are just acting like you did. You supported the PMLN , PPP or MQM. No hope for you my friend.


  • Aasya
    Mar 27, 2014 - 1:00PM

    Imran Khan and TTP are two side of a coin.PTI has anti-american voice and TTP just wanna get out from the US war so what’s the difference between them then you Mr Imran better not to be make us the people of Pakistan fool,what we do want is this social justice, individual liberty, rule of law therefore don’t mislead us in the name of Sharia,and you are nothing but perhaps like TTP!!!!


  • usman
    Mar 27, 2014 - 1:01PM

    for heaven sake do not act as PmLn or PpPp followers, every insane act must be condemned even by imran khan


  • Uza Syed
    Mar 27, 2014 - 1:16PM

    Imran Khan changes his position from a boig admirer & friend of TTP and appoints himself as ‘Chief Spokes Person’ of TTP. People of Pakistan must wait and see the reality unveil itself and soon IK being declared TTP’s newest chief here.


  • Mustafa Alvi
    Mar 27, 2014 - 1:23PM

    Oh waitt maybe Mr IK still doesnt know about what they did in SWAT. The ttp are simply warlords who use Islam as a front to get support from delusional creatures like Mr IK. These people wouldnt know Islam if it hit them in the face.


  • Mar 27, 2014 - 1:25PM

    You are not getting the point. they did wrong then they want to correct themselves we did wrong to them we want to correct our behaviour with them portraying them as savagesthorugh media, for dollar seeking policies or pro US lobbies working in the country they should be declared as terrorist no one of the state. Second if they killed 50, 000 is there any courage in you how many Pakistani state have killed their people with our policies, or do you want have 50, 000 more Pakistanis to die and then you will say enough is enough. How silly and pathetic and war monger lobby in this country working for vested interests. IK you are right and we wholly support your decisions.


  • Mar 27, 2014 - 1:32PM

    IK is the leader not a politicians like many other politicians, he is the statesman like Erdogan a visionary leader. I hope people realize this gem and bring his party into power. He is the only true hope to save motherland from the clutches of terrorist with guns and pens and traitors working in the country.IK may you live Long


  • Mar 27, 2014 - 1:37PM

    They fought for sharia but not only sharia but to save their lives and honour from drone attacks and pro war lobbies and state policies.There are Indian agents working in Afganistan and after US leave our focus should not be fighting with our own people. thanks for your concern by the way on the matters of ‘land of pure’.Recommend

  • Rahim J
    Mar 27, 2014 - 3:16PM

    @ we know….well i did…infact every body in my family did….we were all up early in the morning…went to a polling station to cast our vote for PTI…but sadly, IK is turning out to be the BIGGEST disappointment EVER..


  • sk
    Mar 27, 2014 - 3:52PM

    who’re you kidding, man.


  • Zog
    Mar 27, 2014 - 5:00PM

    That explains why they killed 60,000 innocent Pakistanis…

    I think IK you also want out of “the US war”, but didnt you go to the ballot box….

    Does this mean PTI will start killing innocent Pakistanis….

    These are foreign backed savage thugs, gangsters with kidnap and protection rackets, who abuse little boys for entertainment…

    We are with you Pak Fauj….if you decide to smash these treacherous foreign agents


  • Aslam Butt
    Mar 27, 2014 - 5:37PM

    IK. and his brilliant logics.

    He is right he has been saying the same thing for past ten years and never paused to learn and understand.


  • Aslam Butt
    Mar 27, 2014 - 6:24PM

    IK, Are you there spokes person or a coward? or combination of both?

    Were you really a fast bowler once upon a time?


  • farrukh
    Mar 27, 2014 - 6:37PM

    @Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan:
    I din’t know we had classifications of Pakistanis. A Pukhtoon Pakistani!! interesting..


  • Kanwal
    Mar 27, 2014 - 7:17PM

    He needs a shrink. Seriously. Before its too late. For us.


  • Aakash
    Mar 27, 2014 - 7:28PM

    Another great example of TWISTED LOGIC.
    Mr. Khan you are unmatchable in this area I bet.


  • Raj - USA
    Mar 27, 2014 - 7:53PM

    Insanity, when preached and practiced for long, becomes inborn and that is Imran Khan.


  • Mar 27, 2014 - 7:54PM

    It has always been easy to indulge in the blame game but that has not stopped our common enemies from moving forward with their deadly agenda. The ones left suffering are the families of those who have fallen victim to terrorists’ atrocities. The simple truth is that the blame game only puts our nations at disadvantage and provides leeway to those who are working against our peace objectives in the region. We forget the simple fact that our common enemies have repeatedly shown displeasure over our alliance. We forget that we’ve lost thousands of brave soldiers fighting the same terrorists on both sides of the border. It was our common stance against terrorism that brought us together in the first place. Our shared principles against terrorism refuse to let us bow down to the terrorists. We remain committed to restoring peace in the region, and wish to see peace prevail throughout the region, especially Pakistan.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Mar 27, 2014 - 10:14PM

    This is a political path to sabotage the talk .


  • Weirdity
    Mar 27, 2014 - 10:30PM

    @Noman Ansari: Imran is a real hero only on the cricket field. In politics, he just plays hero but is a zero in the eyes of people who can see through his act. But have to admit that he has succeeded in fooling a lot of people, mostly young people with short attention spans.


  • csmann
    Mar 28, 2014 - 12:06AM

    Mr. IK has always been a supporter for Taliban. He believes Taliban don’t want Sharia by force even it has been repeatedly stressed by them in the media. Recommend

  • NoIK
    Mar 28, 2014 - 12:35AM

    Few (if any) believe that terrorism is going to evaporate once the American’s leave Afghanistan … he needs to get a new line. The TTP is a home grown problem that has almost nothing to do with Afghanistan or the American’s …. time to face reality … time to solve the problem.


  • Haroon
    Mar 28, 2014 - 1:17AM

    I am waiting that this guy ever speaks some sense.


  • Nabeel
    Mar 28, 2014 - 2:38AM

    He has literally left this planet.


  • PeaceMonger
    Mar 28, 2014 - 6:05AM

    For those who had great expectation for the next wave of politicians in Pakistan, can start looking elsewhere. PTI is certainly not the saviour. I mean, does he believe what he says or does he think the gullible voters can be swayed that easily?


  • Babar
    Mar 28, 2014 - 8:42AM

    After reading all the comments I can surely tell ET is full of delusional Liberals … All they do is attack Imran khan whats wrong in him saying lets have peace talk give peace a chance if we can sort it out with that then why go fight our own people and shed more Blood ??? just wonder whats wrong with us people ..


  • Kamran
    Mar 28, 2014 - 9:05AM

    Take a chance IK go to Talibans area wearing your typical jeans shirt which you do and come back alive, Mr Khan needs a detailed medical checkup.


  • Truther
    Mar 28, 2014 - 9:37AM

    yes and to get out of “American war” it butchers women polio workers, innocent people and soldiers in Pakistan besides blowing up children’s schools, looting banks and kidnapping people for ransom. Mr Imran Khan you’re losing it.


  • csmann
    Mar 28, 2014 - 10:01AM

    And he says he should not be called taliban khan.He is more taliban than the taliban itself.


  • truthbetold
    Mar 28, 2014 - 10:31AM


    ” It was our common stance against terrorism that brought us together in the first place. Our shared principles against terrorism refuse to let us bow down to the terrorists.”

    What shared principles can there be when Pakistan has been harboring terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and supporting the taliban terrorists who kill Nato forces in Afghanistan? Let’s stop these politically correct and patronizing statements that don’t mean anything.


  • Mirza
    Mar 28, 2014 - 11:07AM

    The Great Khan is right. We all know TTP never uses force and their first choice IK can testify that.


  • shabby
    Mar 28, 2014 - 5:01PM

    Mr Imran This time you will not get Vote from Karachi . We know who are you now .

    You are supporting Butchers ? Criminals ? bank robbers ?


  • Rizwan Afridi
    Mar 29, 2014 - 1:16AM

    Now semi-educated Imran Khan is lying on behalf of TTP!

    TTP clearly said “we are fighting for sharia.” Imran Khan is trying to present an “enlightened” and nationalist TTP. Killing 50,000 Pakistanis is not nationalist, and IMran Khan is an idiot for ignoring all our dead.


  • Uzair
    Mar 29, 2014 - 5:53AM

    Yes, Imran Khan and your supporters, the TTP are only after America. It is the martians that are attacking and killing everyone else, such as (the lastest among tens of thousands of victims) being a journalist:

    Some time, long ago, I used to despair for my country. That despair has long ceased, because I accept the reality that ours is a nation of brainwashed idiots.


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