Swat shopkeepers receive ‘TTP threats’

Published: July 27, 2014
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The letter on a TTP letterhead was signed ‘Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah’. PHOTO: AFP

The letter on a TTP letterhead was signed ‘Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah’. PHOTO: AFP

MINGORA: 

A cloth merchant in Madayan Bazaar has received leaflets purporting to be from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) warning him to shut down his shop and leave the area immediately. The leaflet also warned local women not to visit the markets and bazaars.

According to local sources, the letter on a TTP letterhead was signed ‘Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah’. It was put up at the shop in the night by unknown persons. The businessman was told to ‘get ready for death’ if he failed to heed the warning.

Locals in Swat say they have received threatening letters and leaflets, reportedly from the TTP, warning them to pay money or prepare for death.

However, local activists and Village Defence Committee (VDC) members say some criminals are using TTP tactics to extort money. “Even if these letters are from the Taliban, it will not discourage our cause of keeping the peace here,” said VDC member Sher Ali Khan, a resident of Banr. “Now Swat is peaceful and no terrorist can enter it and if any terrorist dares to enter, he will be dealt with,” Khan said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Jul 27, 2014 - 11:13AM

    This is good news there are Village Defense Councils and they will meet the TTP challenge head on. This is exactly what we need in Karachi to subdue and overcome the curse of sectarian division and killing. The members of political and religious parties and sane minded citizens must get together and formulate and structure peace and unity committees sans religious divisions. Salams

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  • Huma
    Jul 27, 2014 - 1:43PM

    The TTP has received new lease of life and vigour due to Afghan intelligence dominated by the northern alliance.

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  • Moiz Omar
    Jul 27, 2014 - 7:19PM

    The people of Swat will not allow these TTP terrorists to come and terrorize them again. The TTP terrorists will meet a terrible fate if they try to do so again.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 27, 2014 - 10:44PM

    “Criminals are using Taliban tactics”. So in activists view Taliban are not criminals.

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