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Taliban warn Imran against anti-drone rally

Saturday, October 06, 2012 - Tank—While terming Imran Khan’s rally to South Waziristan “a mere drama”, the Taliban has warned Tehreek-e-Insaaf Pakistan not to go ahead with the rally or face music.

According to media reports, the Taliban have distributed a pamphlet in Tank, the gateway to South Waziristan, and termed Imran Khan as an agent of the United States, Britain and Israel and alleged that the cricketer-turned-politician is politicising the issue and has no sympathy for the poor tribesmen.

Interestingly, the pamphlet has been issued from an unknown Taliban group Jaish-ul-Mujahedeen-al-Khilafat. Imran Khan’s party is planning to lead a convoy from Islamabad to South Waziristan on October 7 to protest against US drone strikes and has said that no- one could stop the peace march, adding that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari would be directly responsible for any untoward situation.

The one-page TTP’s pamphlet, written in Urdu, was distributed in Tank Bazaar on Thursday night. It said, “We inform all and sundry with humble way that Imran Khan/TIP is taking a rally into South Waziristan with a slogan of anti-drone. (He has no sympathy with the tribesmen) actually it is a drama and he is the agent of Israel, US and Britain. On the politics of drone he is promoting the Jewish and agendas of Christianity (in Pakistan).”

The pamphlet further added, “We humbly request the people not to participate in this rally otherwise Imran Khan would be responsible if something unpleasant happens.”

Meanwhile, a South Waziristan Agency (SWA) grand tribal jirga on Friday announced to provide security for ‘peace march’ planned by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to South Waziristan Agency. The jirga meeting took place at Tank Town Hall which was attended by elders of Mehsud and Barki tribes. Representatives of all tribal agencies were present in the meeting.—Agencies

Imran firm on leading march to Waziristan

Islamabad—Dubbing all the reports regarding security of Waziristan March baseless, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood has announced that they would go to Wazirtsn at any cost.

Speaking to media on Friday, he held Interior Minister Rehman Malik responsible for all the “rumours” about the security of PTI’s Wazristan Convoy. “Rehman Malik is trying to aggravate matters,” he added.

The PTI has prepared for its rally that would be taken out from Islamabad to South Waziristan on October 06. Imran Khan’s opponents have been criticizing him for not going to North Waziristan as he had earlier announced.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that PTI’s peace march will be historical; however, government would be responsible of security during PTI’s peace march if any untoward incident took place.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad with the participants of peace march, he said that he contacted thrice with Rehman Malik for security, but did not receive give any response.

He said that Taliban would remain peaceful during PTI’s peace march, added that, US also decided not to fire drone missiles during the peace march.

The cricket-turned politician said that he could not give assurance of life protection of foreigners. He said that every participant of the rally would bear own expense by himself.

The PTI take Western journalists and campaigners on the march including the British head of charity Reprieve Clive Stafford Smith and 30 American anti-drone campaigners.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban said the umbrella militia, which is fighting an insurgency against the government and whose members are killed by US missiles, had not yet formulated its position on the march. Khan said the Taliban had given their agreement through intermediaries in tribal areas.

There were conflicting reports this week about whether permission for the march to enter South Waziristan ha been granted, and by whom, but Khan insisted it would go ahead.“I still don’t understand why is the government going to stop us? — NNI

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