Taliban term Pak army as its 'frontline enemy'
13 February, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Despite ongoing peace process, Taliban yet considers Pakistan army as its frontline enemy. "Our war is not restricted to Kayani or Pasha. Our frontline enemy is the Pakistan Army and its main characters. So if we get an opportunity to target, we will attack"' TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told 'The News Week' magazine.
"We have carried out big attacks everywhere, from the tribal areas to Karachi. Our most effective activities have been in Punjab and Sindh. Whether it is GHQ or Kamra or PNS Mehran or foreigners in the Northern Areas, we have influence all over the country. If the talks fail and an operation is launched, we will have no regrets about what happens next", TTP's vocal person said in interview.
Shahid said TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah would lead Pakistan as first caliph after Shariah law is imposed in the country which is Taliban's first demand. He said that they want the establishment of Shariah in Pakistan; this was the reason that Pakistan was created.
"We are fighting for Shariah keeping in mind the persons who can establish the caliphate and run the system as a caliph. In Pakistan, Mullah Fazlullah is leading us and he has all the qualities to lead the Pakistani nation", he said.
On ongoing dialogue process with Pakistani government, he said both sides had agreed not to impose preconditions adding that Tehreek-e-Taliban is at war with the government for two reasons which are friendship with the U.S. and the continuation of the un-Islamic democratic system. We want the establishment of Shariah in Pakistan; this was the reason that Pakistan was created.
On query about their 15 demands coming through the media, Shahid said that they do not disagree with the demands being attributed to them in the media. However, they have issued no such information to the media. He added that their clear position has been communicated to the government through the [non-Taliban] committee.
"We want the peace talks to succeed. Previous rounds failed because of the government's non-seriousness and foreign pressure. If these talks fail, the government will obviously try to launch a military operation. But we have been tested before and passed such phases with success dozens of times. Another military operation cannot harm the Tehreek-e-Taliban.
Our network has only expanded economically, militarily and politically" TTP spokesman said when asked is there fear of a full-scale military operation in the tribal areas if the talks fail? .He added "You are defeated only if your system is completely eradicated. You can lose land and be considered defeated or you can lose your capability to fight for Shariah and be considered defeated.
Losing land does not matter to us. The military operation in Swat strengthened the Taliban; the entire Tehreek-e-Taliban is now in the hands of the Swat Taliban. So the military operation flopped badly". When asked despite the talks there's been no end to terrorist activities, Shahidullah Shaid said that Tehreek-e-Taliban has distanced itself from these recent incidents, which were not carried out by them.
The basic purpose of the dialogue is to end the war. Neither side has offered a ceasefire yet. "We are ready for a ceasefire, but since this war was imposed on us, the government should announce the ceasefire first", he further said.
"We are Muslims and every Muslim is passionate about Shariah. The majority of Pakistanis are Sunni Hanfis—theirs is the best system and no one should oppose it. Non-Muslims also need not fear the Shariah as Islam protects their rights" he said when asked which Shariah they want in Pakistan as there are so many sects.
On query how does TTP view the killings of polio vaccinators, the spokesman said "No comment. But I will say that the Taliban have never accepted responsibility for these attacks. You cannot ignore the conspiracies being hatched in the disguise of polio vaccinations.
Shahid Ullah Shahid has denied any statement regarding targeting Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chairman of youth Employment Scheme.
TTP spokesman said that they did not give any statement regarding to target Maryam Nawaz and she was not on our hit list at all but she is part of the system so any other group may target him.
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