Tehreek-e-Taliban During a protest march in a dangerous tribal zone, Pakistan claims it won’t protect the “westernized” Imran Khan.
Imran Khan is getting ready to lead a “peace march” against US drone strikes when the Pakistani Taliban launches a vicious attack against him.
The group’s spokesman stated that it would not offer protection to the former cricketer as Imran khan leads what organizers anticipate to be tens of thousands of protesters, including several US peace activists, into the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), the nation’s most dangerous region, on Sunday.
Due to the complicated conflict between Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Pakistani army, the area has been off-limits for years.
Imran Khan has led the high-profile struggle against the CIA’s unmanned aircraft assaults on Fata, killing numerous senior militants. The TTP has denied “baseless” suggestions that it would defend him. The spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed that “our mujahideen are not so priceless that we deploy them to preserve a westernized and secular personality.”
Imran Khan has earned the moniker “Taliban Khan” and “Clean-shaved Mullah” for his frequent attacks on Pakistan’s liberals who have embraced the west.
His credentials as a member of the religious right, however, have not impressed the TTP, who refer to him as a “slave of the west.”
The statement read, “Imran Khan’s so-called peace march is not in sympathy for Muslims killed by drones but is solely intended to boost his political appeal.” To preserve “military methods,” the organization further stated that it would not discuss if it intended to assault Imran Khan’s convoy.
Other regional radicals have recently issued warnings about threats to the protesters. A little-known terrorist group named Mujahideen Jaishul Khilafa distributed fliers Thursday advising residents not to attend the march in Tank, one of Fata’s administrative units.
The flyers stated that Imran Khan should be held accountable if something “unpleasing happens” and that “Imran Khan is pushing the Jewish agenda and Christianity” about drone politics.
Imran Khan had asserted that the militants had no objections to his plan to march to the South Waziristan town of Kotka. He said that the tribes have communicated with the insurgents and informed us that everything is excellent and that they have no issues.
Nevertheless, despite Imran Khan’s supporter’s assurances that the army had given its approval, concerns have grown about whether he would succeed in accessing the region even in the absence of Taliban opposition.
Some Fata officials were convinced they would deny the demonstrators permission to enter the region. Tafsheen Khan, the chief secretary, advised Imran Khan that he would put everyone at risk.
Foreign anti-war activists, including a sizable number from the US group Code Pink and Clive Stafford Smith, the director of the British human rights organization Reprieve, are joining backers of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Imran Khan’s life is in danger from the Pakistani Taliban
A militant group has threatened to assassinate a politician who protests against US drone attacks by marching to their stronghold.
Imran Khan has been threatened with death by the Pakistani Taliban if he goes through with a planned march to their tribal stronghold to protest US drone attacks.
Imran Khan is a former cricket player who became a politician.
Imran Khan will be targeted because he describes himself as a “liberal,” according to the Pakistani Taliban. They condemn the attacks even though they have claimed the lives of many of their militants. Ahsan additionally threatened to assault everyone who votes in future elections.
Ahsan stated in an interview in the militant group’s stronghold of South Waziristan, “If he comes, our suicide bombers will target him.” “We’ll murder him.”
The threat would surprise many Pakistanis who have criticized Khan for not being severe enough on the Pakistani Taliban and instead focused much of his criticism on the government’s ties with the US. Because of his beliefs and his cozy relationships with radical Islamists who could aid him in attracting rightwing supporters in the national elections scheduled to be held later this year or early next year, some detractors have given him the moniker “Taliban Khan.”
After more than ten years in politics, Khan, the creator of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party, has gained support in recent months. He may be the most well-known individual in Pakistan due to his success in guiding the national cricket team to World Cup glory in 1992.
Khan once had a reputation for living the playboy lifestyle and marrying British socialite Jemima Khan. But since their divorce a few years ago, he has developed a more conservative and religious outlook. In several TV interviews, Khan has identified as a liberal while making it evident that he practices Islam.
The militants, according to Ahsan, did not want Imran Khan’s assistance in thwarting drone assaults.
Ahsan said, “We would not accept assistance or consolation from any unbeliever,” alluding to Imran Khan. Drones hovered overhead as he stated, “We can fight on our own with God’s support.”
Imran Khan claims that Islamic law justifies the Taliban’s “holy war” in Afghanistan.
Imran Khan has come under fire from the Afghan government after the politician and former Pakistan cricketer claimed that the Taliban were engaged in a “holy war” in Afghanistan that was permitted by Islamic law.
Speaking to reporters after touring the Peshawar hospital treating Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old campaigner shot in the head by the Taliban last week for advocating for girls’ education, Imran Khan said that the rebels in Afghanistan were engaged in a “jihad.” He quoted from the Qur’an, “It is extremely apparent that whoever is fighting for their independence is fighting a jihad.”
A video of his comments to journalists shows him adding, “The people who are fighting in Afghanistan against the foreign occupation are fighting a jihad.”
Politicians in Afghanistan have expressed shock at the news, with one lawmaker suggesting Imran Khan should be detained. Senior clerics who make up the Ulema Council deemed his remarks “un-Islamic.”
A spokesman for the Kabul foreign ministry said Khan is “either fundamentally or dangerously ignorant about the realities in Afghanistan or he has animosity toward the Afghan people.”
Citizens are slain daily, including children, and our schools, hospitals, and infrastructure are attacked. It is utterly incorrect and unwise to refer to any of those as “jihad.”
In a letter to all of Pakistan’s senior figures, including Khan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai stated: “We must examine why we have been unable to counter the terrorism that is threatening our people and the promise of a better future for our children.”
In addition, Imran Khan has drawn criticism for refusing to publicly name the Taliban while criticizing the men who attempted to kill Malala out of concern for the safety of his party’s members.