The defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan that is allegedly involved in the brutal attack on a school van claiming life of the driver and injuring two students in Mingora Swat a few weeks back, is reported to have demanded extortion money from a senior cabinet member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
Senior Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister Atif Khan has received a letter from the out-lawed organization demanding Rs 8 million in extortion from the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
While talking to newsmen Atif Khan confirmed that he has received the extortion letter, sources within TTP have also confirmed the issuance of the letter by their Mardan chapter.
Atif said he has shared the letter with the relevant officials for necessary action. “We will take whatever action needed on the letter. Security agencies have been informed and rest is up to them”. The senior Minister said.
The letter comes after the urgence of the Taliban or for that matter TTP in the Malakand division where peace was restored after hectic efforts and successful military operations in the past. Mingora Swat has been in the grip of protests by the residents who are not only protesting against the recent attack on School van and some other terrorist incidents but also questioning the effectiveness of the security forces operations in the region.
They have been demanding of the government and the security agencies to effectively check the reported insurgence of TTP and to ensure that the peace, which was restored in the region following long sacrifices, is not disrupted again.