A dialogue was held by Amn Tehrik(Peace Movement) at Peshawar Press Club titled, Ongoing terrorism and Punjabi Taliban and why military operation is not being launched in Punjab against terrorists?. It was participated by representatives of almost all members of Amn Tehrik including representatives of nationalist, secular, progressive and democratic political parties and other social organizations.
Said Mukhtar Bacha briefed the participants about the achievements of the Amn Tehrik and gave detailed situations about the ongoing militancy and its causes. He said that the number of Taliban terrorists has been increasing in Punjab with each passing day. We people should not take this case very simple. We get information regarding terrorism and peace from all parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and FATA because we have people every where who are affiliated with Amn Tehrik. Our movement raised the issue of Punjabi Taliban several times but our voice was not heard but today it was proved that Taliban are there and even the Punjabi politicians are accepting their presence in Punjab province. Now the entire world came to know about this fact. Previously the Punjab government led by Pakistan Muslim League (N) did not accept the presence of militants in Punjab saying that terrorist organizations have no existence in their Province. The Punjab government was supporting the terrorist organizations in Punjab. UN had imposed ban on militants’ organizations in Punjab but even today they are working without any hindrance. Punjab was not raising the voice of concern over the Pakhtun Taliban but as they heard about their own Taliban a hue and cry started there and even in parliament this issue is being debated in every session. Punjabi Taliban have made our Province and FATA as a hell for our people. Swat and FATA is in their grip and they have captured it. Punjabi Taliban went from North Waziristan to Wana, South Waziristan and their number is said to be in thousands. Their movement was facilitated as they heard about the imminent operation against them by the Pakistani security forces. Religious parties like Jumat Islami, Jamiat Ulema Islam and both parts of Muslim league N and Q have been supporting terrorists. If Pakistan means to be a state for a particular school of thoughts then Pakhtun will be compelled to think over for their future starategy. Dr. Said Alam Mehsud said to the participants that all the religious and militants organizations have their centers in Punjab. Now Pakhtun region has no capacity to provide more suicide terrorists to Punjabi establishment for terrorism and we believe that Pakistan Muslim League is more dangerous and more supportive of the Talibn than the then MMA of Pakhtunkhwa Province. The government of Punjab donated more than 8 crore rupees to a terrorist organization in Muridki. Punjab is the head quarter of terrorists and this province has training centers all over the province. Many AlQaida terrorists have been arrested from this place. No military Operation could be succeeded in FATA until Punjabi Taliban are present in FATA and Punjab. If the government did not launch operation in Punjab against terrorists then suicide attacks will be increased. Punjabi do not know about the psychology of the Pakhtun. They inflicted so much cruelty and barbarism against Pakhtun but Pakhtun did not surrender to Punjabi Taliban in Pakhtun region. If world did not take the issue of Punjabi Taliban serious then the situations will go from bad to worse and ISAF will not be capable to eliminate the terrorists in Afghanistan because the product is being prepared in Punjab and being sent to FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan where they fight against ISAF and Afghan forces. Mukhtiar Khan Yousafzai President Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awmi Party Khyber Paktunkhwa said about presence of terrorists in Punjab that this is a siren for the international community and should take steps to eliminate terrorism from the region. He said that state could not be formed on the basis of religion. Punjab is the center of terrorist organizations. Pakistan supported anti terror war apparently but underhand it started supporting terrorists and till this day it has not changed its previous policy. Ghani Gul Mehsud said that Pakistani Security forces bomb the Pukhtoons area but it is silent over the presence of terrorists in Punjab province. We condemn it and demand for the action against terrorist in Punjab also. The terrorists are being supported by the ministers in Punjab. Jumati Islami is also a strong supporter of the Taliban. Besides other people also spoke on the occasion about militants in Punjab. A resolution was unanimously passed by the participants that the number of Punjabi Taliban is several times more than AlQaeda and other terrorists; they are involved in high profile terrorist attacks like attack on Marriot Hotel, GHQ, Manawa Police training center, Sri Lankan team, terrorist attack on Bralvi, Ahmadi and shia etc. Punjab government and Punjabi establishment have been strong supporters of these Taliban. We demand from government to take immediate action against them and launch a full fledged operation as we deem that until military operation against them is launched no such military operation could bear fruit any where because it is like a nursery and its uprooting is necessary.
MUHAMMAD IDREES KAMAL
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