“Dear Taliban, This is your province.” says PTI CM in KPK. Taliban oblige by killing 21 Pashtuns in Malakand!

“Dear Taliban, This is your province.” says PTI CM in KPK. Taliban oblige by killing 21 Pashtuns in Malakand!


“We have no enmity with the Taliban”

PESHAWAR (17 May 2013): Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) senior leader and soon-to-be Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pervez Khattak on Friday said that the coming provincial government was ready to hold talks with the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants.

We have no enmity with the Taliban, said the PTI central Secretary General. He said the Taliban were also Pakistanis and that they request the militant group to hold peace talks and work for peace in the region.

“We appeal to Taliban that we are not  at war with you, this province is yours and we are hopeful you will work for its peace.

“We are not against anyone and not here to fight anyone, we want peace and development in our province and we want to talk to them, ” he said.

Pervaiz  Khattak also said that they should be given a chance to settle the problem.

“Our request to them is that we want peace in the province and that they should extend to us their help,” Khattak said.


پاکستان کے صوبہ خیبر پختونخوا کی اسمبلی کے لیے پاکستان تحریکِ انصاف کے نامزد پارلیمانی لیڈر پرویز خٹک نے کہا ہے کہ ’ہم طالبانائزیشن کی نہیں دہشت گردی کی بات کرتے ہیں‘ اور اس مسئلے کو مذاکرات سے حل کریں گے۔

خیال رہے کہ ملک میں گیارہ مئی کو ہونے والے عام انتخابات میں الیکشن کمیشن کے مطابق پاکستان تحریکِ انصاف نے صوبہ خبیر پختونخوا میں اکثریتی جماعت کے طور پر اْبھری ہے۔ پاکستان تحریکِ انصاف کی طرف خیبر پختوانخوا کی صوبائی اسمبلی میں پرویز خٹک نامزد پارلیمانی لیڈر کے طور پر سامنے آئے ہیں۔

بی بی سی اُردو کو خصوصی انٹرویو میں انہوں نے کہا ’ہم طالبانائزیشن کی بات نہیں کرتے، ہم کہتے ہیں کہ صوبے میں دہشت گردی ہے اور ہمیں معلوم نہیں کہ یہ کون کرتا ہے۔ کبھی کوئی ایک دعویٰ کرتا ہے کبھی کوئی اور۔‘

انہوں نے کہا ہے کہ انہیں ابھی تک اس کی تصدیق نہیں ہوئی ہے کہ دہشت گردی کون کرتا ہے۔ ان کا کہنا ہے کہ جو بھی دہشت گردی کرتے ہیں ’ہم انہیں درخواست کرتے ہیں کہ صوبے میں امن ہونا چاہیے، وہ جو عزت مانگتے ہیں ہم دینے کو تیار ہیں‘ اور ہم ان کو دوبارہ معاشرے کا حصہ بنانے کے لیے تیار ہیں۔


Taliban slaughter 21 Pashtuns in Malakand Division

Malakand (17 May 2013): Two bombs exploded near separate mosques after Friday prayers in Malakand Division’s Bazdara area killing 21 persons and injuring at least 100 others.

“The explosive was a timed device planted apparently among the pillows and sheets of worshipers inside the mosque,” said Amjad, a govt official. He said both mosques remained open throughout the night, which is when the culprits may have planted the bomb.

An eye witness, Aalam Khan, told Dawn.com that two blasts rocked the Bar Kalley and the main Jamia Masjid of the Bazdara region immediately after Friday prayers.

“At least 12 bodies were brought to the Palai Hospital whereas only 30 of the 100 or so injured were treated at the Palai Hospital. The remaining casualties were referred to Dargai and Mardan hospitals.”

Another eyewitness Israrullah said the first explosion rocked the Upper Bazdara mosque.

“People from the mosque in the Lower Bazdara area immediately rushed to the site of the first blast. This is when the second blast rocked the Lower Bazdara mosque,” he said.

The second explosion causes the roof of the other mosque to collapse, killing one person.

“The huge blast occurred as soon as the prayer leader had finished the Friday sermon,” said Waseem, a young boy injured in the explosion.

Nine of the injured are being treated at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, while fifteen were being treated at Dargai Hospital, where the condition of some of the patients were said to be critical.

Security forces imposed a curfew in the area which is 35 to 40 kilometres to the border of Buner District. An emergency was also imposed in Dargai and Mardan Hospitals.



14 responses to ““Dear Taliban, This is your province.” says PTI CM in KPK. Taliban oblige by killing 21 Pashtuns in Malakand!”

  1. Attack on worshipers in the place of worship, irrespective of who the victims are, is typical act of MUNAFIQEEN (hypocrites, subject of Surah Al-Munafiqoon). These despicable acts speak by themselves regarding who are possessed by devil? Shias or Takfiris.

  2. PTI welcome to the repair shop of Hazrat Mufti Zandeeq.
    Khattak Sahib, ‘you do not know’, do you deserve to be CM? Like Nawaz Sharif who “did not know” what his COAS (Mush) was doing? Wonderfully ‘aware’ people.

  3. Faseeh Gulzar
    Parvez Khattak – PTI CM. Test that PTI failed ~by Faseeh Gulzar:

    People believed in “Change” and voted for PTI in KPK. They were tired of traditional power players. When the moment came, they confided in Imran Khan’s promises of change. They came out, despite threats from Taliban.

    Other parties respected PTI’s mandate and gave them chance to work in KPK. PTI, in alliance with JI, is in position to make provincial government. Soon government will take over and start working.

    In next election PTI will have to show some performance — better than the one showed by N-League in Punjab, which helped them regain majority — along with promises and criticism on others. All eyes will be on them. Clock is ticking.

    Start is always critical, first step is the one that determines how good the journey will be. First step toward making of KPK government have shocked many. Alliance with JI was weird enough for PTI well wishers, the made it weirder by nominating Parvez Khattak the next CM of KPK.

    Parvez Khattak, alleged with corruption charges, was given preference over other loyal PTI candidate, Asad Qaiser. This step have raised many eyebrows within and without PTI circles. Will PTI continue this pursuit or get on track before its too late? Will the alliance between JI, the right conservative, and PTI, the liberal fashion symbol, work for 5 years? Will people see PTI deliver as per their manifesto? It’s too soon to speculate.

    It’s a long journey and my best wishes are with PTI and hope that PTI doesn’t fall down like the previous KPK Government. Time has changed and no body can fool people for long.

  4. Shame on this idiot and shame on PTI! Democracy has ended in this country again and the slaughterers are in rule.

  5. Hell is other people?
    By Saroop IjazPublished: May 18, 2013
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    The writer is a lawyer and partner at Ijaz and Ijaz Co in Lahore saroop.ijaz@tribune.com.pk
    The chief minister (CM)-designate for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) has already made the silliest statement for the next few years, or at least, let us hope so; as there is little room to go lower. The PTI nominee for CM says that he has no enmity with the Taliban. What valour, what clarity to begin the fight. Although no real surprise there as that was the declared policy of his party all along, never mind thousands of our civilians and soldiers martyred. However, it becomes more intriguing if one considers this in combination with the young, energetic, largely urban, some of them lifestyle liberal supporters exercising their democratic right of protest against the election results in DHA, Lahore. How do they reconcile their party’s position in K-P with their lives in Lahore and Karachi? They simply do not. Will these politically conscientious young men and women be able to protest to the tune of invigorating music in Hakeemullah Mehsud’s country? Would they then be as excited about giving peace a chance? Reconciliation of apparent contradictions or making sense is not something to aspire to now. Perhaps, Lahore is a different country. Perhaps, we have quite a few different countries in the new country.
    When one party gets most of its seats only in one province, namely Sindh, it is said to have been wiped out, on the verge of becoming a regional party. Whereas another party secures most of its seats in another province, namely Punjab, it gets simple majority, and it is said the electorate has chosen the “national leader”. “Regional” or “Provincial” is only relevant when used for something other than Punjab, which by the way is almost always a “card”. Ever heard of the ‘Punjab card’? Me neither. While we are at it, what in God’s name is “Interior” Sindh (as opposed to what, “Exterior” Sindh?) The PML-N won mostly in Punjab, the PPP in rural Sindh, the MQM in urban Sindh and the PTI in K-P, seems quite neatly regional at some level. Lest we forget, no change in Balochistan, the perpetual party, it seems, remains in power.
    The overzealous PTI supporter feels that the population was not educated enough and not “urban” enough to realise the promise of utopia on offer. The proud Punjabi voter rationalises the PPP’s victory in Sindh by viewing Sindh as a backward feudal serfdom, where no autonomy of individual choice exists. The PPP jiyala in Sindh sees the Punjabi establishment at its antics again. As for Balochistan, it seems we do not even care enough to ascribe stereotypes anymore. Every party’s “hardcore” supporters view the supporters of other parties as not only having a political difference, but as ignorant, irrational and malicious, with an ethnic/cultural stereotype to boot. To quote Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous statement although not quite how he intended, “l’enfer, c’est les autres” (Hell is other people).
    It is imperative that all reports of incidents of malpractices are looked at and thoroughly investigated, and there are many. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has failed and failed miserably, yet nowhere has it failed more than in Balochistan. However, do not fret about it, nothing as glamorous as the DHA protests.
    This election was not rigged at the “systematic” state level, as is our custom. However, it was a poorly managed affair. It was never free and fair, even if the general result would have remained largely the same. The PPP, the ANP and the MQM were never given the chance to campaign. This is not to undermine the entire electoral process, which was still better than nothing or the mandate of the winning party, the PML-N. The PML-N did consolidate its usual voter base and also successfully penetrated southern Punjab, displacing the PPP. The appeal to martyrdom and sacrifice failed in contrast to the promise of better delivery (Metro Bus and Ring Road, etc). An urbanisation of Punjab, at least in terms of issues happened. The PPP needs to rework its message, focus on delivery and governance and have something to offer to urban Pakistan and also realise that it cannot abdicate Punjab. Those predicting the demise of the PPP jump the gun, many of them have made identical predictions in the past, and will probably continue to do so in the future. However no question about the PPP getting its act together, which it almost always does in opposition. The PTI has put up an impressive show, proving stereotypes wrong. One hopes that with this relative success also comes maturity and self-reflection. These are all heartening developments; this is democratic progress.
    Yet, there is cause for great concern. The liberal and secular (even if nominal) have been rejected. That happens in democracies, they need to dust off and bounce back if they can. More alarming is the decline of the federal parties, and perhaps, politics. The conservative right-wing parties dominating this election promise rationality in governance and politics as opposed to appeal to martyrdom and emotion. Nothing wrong with the idea, we can certainly use some rationality. However, what will be a hypothetical rational choice for a party in power both in Punjab and at the Centre? Pure rational choice for a political party for the purposes of ensuring re-election will be to guarantee a basic level of governance in Punjab, even if it entails diverting resources from the smaller provinces, even at some expense to the Federation (although the expense cannot be too great since then, there is a possibility of your governed territory becoming smaller). For the simple fact, sweeping Punjab will make you prime minister. It is Machiavellian indeed, yet rational. This is not to suggest that this is likely to happen. Mian Sahib, we have been told, has matured and now is a democrat. One dearly hopes that “they” are right. Mian Sahib has been given a clear mandate by the people and it needs to be respected by all political forces, as should everyone else’s mandate. The business in Balochistan, yet again, starts at the wrong foot.
    All individual and legitimate grievances should be taken to the ECP and the courts, yet it is imperative that they understand that the process has to continue. United they stand, or else they know the history. More somberly, all of us need to remember that this Federation is fragile; disconnect and arrogance has cost us once and greatly.
    Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2013.


  6. Dear fellow readers,
    I am absolutely agreed with G. Rehman, both parties leaders Altaf Hussain and Imran Khan should understand that Nawaz League (ISI) would be benefiting from this situation. They have already made IK accept the engineered elections and made their supporters go home from Lahore. While they knew that, they did poll rigging. Now all of you watch; General Kyani and Chief of injustices of Pakistan Iftikhar M. Choudhri will be given an extension so Mr. Sharif could abuse the system easily. They will keep Imran Khan busy in KPK and Karachi by creating a fake unrest in these two places. Ifitikhar M. Choudhri will be giving a Supreme Court protection of every act of Mr. Sharif. If Mr. Khan wakes up now and understand that he had become a pawn of Taliban and US, he should distance himself from JI and N League, and properly announce that the ASW and their supporters have killed Ms. Zahra. At the end my humble request to all, please use a decent language when post your comments. Our politicians are corrupt, let us leave the dirty language for them to use against each other.

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