The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday condemned the Sibi train bombing and the Islamabad Sabzi Mandi blast calling such attacks on innocent civilians ‘un-Islamic and unjustified’.
“The suppressed people of Sindh and Balochistan are our brethren and the atrocities committed by state elements against them are the worst chapters of human history, but targeting innocent civilians in retaliation is also unjustified,” TTP central spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement.
He added that the involvement of the ‘secret hand’ in such attacks could not be ignored. “When they [secret forces] fail to control any militant organisation, they try to malign it by carrying out attacks [in its name],” Shahid said. “Unknown forces have carried out many such attacks in Lahore, Peshawar and other cities using the name of the TTP.”
The Taliban spokesman said that the media acknowledged the effective implementation of a ceasefire by the TTP and “now the people of Pakistan might have known which elements are behind attacks on public places”.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2014.