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Pakistan Taliban ends ceasefire with gov’t, threatens new attacks | Pakistan Taliban News


The armed group canceled the ceasefire agreed with the government in June and ordered the militants to ‘carry out attacks across the country’.

Islamabad, Pakistan – The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) armed group, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has announced the end of an indefinite ceasefire agreed with the government in June and ordered his fighters to carry out raids across the country.

“As military operations are going on against the mujahideen in different areas, … so it’s imperative that you carry out attacks wherever possible across the country,” the group said in a statement. announced on Monday.

The group, which has ideological links to the Afghan Taliban, says it is facing an increasing number of attacks by the Pakistani army, especially in the Lakki Marwat district of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Pakistan.

“We tell the people of Pakistan that we have warned you many times and continue to be patient so that the negotiation process at least is not undermined by us, but the military and intelligence agencies do not stop. back and continue the attacks, so now we retaliate. Attacks will also begin across the country,” the statement said.

Al Jazeera contacted the Pakistani military for comment but did not receive a response.

The TTP has waged an insurgency against the Pakistani state for more than a decade. The group is demanding the imposition of tough Islamic law, the release of key members detained by the government and the reversal of the annexation of Pakistan’s tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

On November 16, TTP took responsibility for a attack patrol police in Lakki Marwat, about 200 km (125 mi) southwest of the provincial capital, Peshawar. Six policemen were killed.

After the attack, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said “terrorism” continues to be one of Pakistan’s top problems.

The TTP released its statement hours after the government said Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar would visit Afghanistan on Tuesday.

According to the foreign ministry, Khar will hold talks on regional security with the Taliban government in Kabul.

Security expert Asfandyar Mir of the American Institute of Peace told Al Jazeera that while the TTP has escalated violence recently, it has also refrained by not carrying out attacks outside of tribal areas.

“I inferred targeting as a function of the Afghan Taliban for the TTP to correct their escalation,” he said. “Now if the TTP follows through with its declaration of nationwide attacks, the key question is how will the Taliban respond.”

The government and TTP have held several rounds of talks facilitated by the Afghan Taliban, the last of which took place in June. The talks began weeks after the Taliban took control of Kabul last year.

Despite the ceasefire, the TTP has continued its attacks this year, saying they are defensive in nature and only in retaliation for operations carried out by the Pakistani military.

According to data compiled by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, an Islamabad-based research organization, at least 65 such attacks had taken place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa until the end of October. At least 98 people had been killed. killed and 75 wounded.

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