TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan called reporters and read out a statement on Friday, saying the Taliban had decided to rid the people of Karachi of the suppression of MQM. “We would show no leniency to the MQM who have repressed the people of Karachi”.
He said the Taliban had started consultations to work out a strategy for the coming general election. “Taliban would announce the policy after the official announcement of the general election,” he said, adding that contesting political parties would be divided into three categories.
“Taliban urge all the nationalist parties in Sindh and Balochistan, including the Sindh Liberation Army and the Baloch Liberation Army, to continue their struggle against the unjust system according to the teachings of Islam and we would support their struggle,” he said.
The TTP spokesman said the chief justice and the judges of superior judiciary were part of a secular system. The judges, he said, should work for the enforcement of Shariah in the country, adding that revolt against the secular system was justified.Meanwhile, talking to Dawn, the TTP leader accepted responsibility for the attack on Fazal Ghani, a member of the peace committee in Sair Thelegram area of Swat.
He said the attack had proved that the TTP had presence in Swat despite deployment of security forces in the valley and would target those who were opposing or degrading the Taliban.
In response to the Taliban’s threat, the MQM leadership reiterated that “it wants an educated and Quaid-i-Azam’s Pakistan where everyone enjoys the right to live all in freedom”.
Faisal Ali Subzwari, the MQM’s deputy parliamentary leader in the Sindh Assembly, said the MQM had come to know about the TTP’s threat only through the media and had nothing much to comment on it.
“It should be up to the authorities and the security administration to see if there is any substance in that threat,” said Mr Subzwari, who is also Sindh minister for youth affairs.
“As far as the MQM is concerned, we are very much clear about our policy. We want a Pakistan that Quaid-i-Azam had struggled for and where everyone is free to live with his or her beliefs. History is witness to our struggle for the same cause and we would keep it on without any fear.”