Taliban fighters.  — File Photo
Taliban fighters. — File Photo

KARACHI: The Pakistan Taliban militants set up a cell in Syria six months ago to monitor "the jihad" in the region, the BBC Urdu website reported on Friday.

The militants had visited Syria to set up a base with the assistance of ex-Afghan fighter from the Middle East who had recently moved to the region and to assess the "needs of jihad", Mohammad Amin, a Taliban operative told BBC.

Amin was further quoted as saying that the cell, approved by militant factions both within and outside of the TTP, sends "information and feedback" on the conflict in Syria back to Pakistan.

Their job is to "assess the needs of the Jihad in Syria, and to work out joint operations with our Syrian friends", the senior Taliban member added.

The presence of the Taliban in Syria is perceived to have a sectarian motive as some factions of the militant organisation feel that Sunni Muslims, who constitute a majority in Syria, are being oppressed by Syria's predominantly Shia rulers.


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IBN-E-ASHFAQUE
Jul 13, 2013 12:48am

The TTP is pure evil it must be eliminated from Pakistan.

Nauman
Jul 13, 2013 12:53am

TTP is a deadly cancer. It needs to be ripped out by its roots or it will keep spreading. Wake up military and politicians of Pak.

Salman
Jul 13, 2013 01:07am

Its a clear message for those people of our society, who still considers Taliban on right track and somehow support their motives verbally or financially, that Taliban have been acting upon the American's agenda who want to create unrest among the muslim countries. Islam is the fast growing religion in world and if all muslim countries get unite they can be a serious danger for America's superiority. So that's why it has used some specific forces within the Muslims to create sectarian clashes in Syria and other middle east countries. And the establishment of Taliban base in Syria has made it evident that Taliban are one of those forces, whether they know it or not, which are being used by west forces. Its my heartiest wish that Taliban and all of our muslim brothers may realize that we all are brothers and there is no need for sunnis to kill shias and for shias to kill sunnis. Our Prophet is same and all of us bow before one God.

Salman
Jul 13, 2013 01:15am

its a clear message for those people of our society, who still believes that taliban are on right track, that Taliban's have been acting upon American agenda which want to creat unrest among the muslim countries. Its my heartiest wish that all of the muslims including Taliban may become aware of the fact that America's only motive is to stop muslim countries from getting united and for this reason it has backed the sectarian clashes in Syria and other middle east countries. Taliban are actually backing the America's agenda whether they know it or not. All of us are muslims, our prophet is same and we also bow before one god. So, there is no need for Sunnis to kill Shia or for Shias to kill sunnis.

SHAKS
Jul 13, 2013 01:22am

sunni shia unity a must and call of the times, Allah says who makes division in islam is not with me, the taliban must understand this and not follow the blind zionist policy of dividing islam on secretarian lines

Muneer bhai
Jul 13, 2013 01:27am

TTP is regretablly the most powerful group in Pakistan.

Usman
Jul 13, 2013 01:27am

The way these terrorist groups are working so easily and using communication tools makes me wonder how is it that they are not being caught. This is total non sense and the government should be held accountable for such negligence. They have killed thousands of Pakistani muslims and they should be taught a lesson.

Usman
Jul 13, 2013 01:36am

Dawn you guys should at least post credible news. Syrian government is Alawi NOT SHIA. Stop inciting hatred. TTP is just bunch of nut jobs that don't have anything better to do in their lives.

Is it?
Jul 13, 2013 03:36am

Truly INTERNATIONAL .....hahaha can hear the song "this is how we do it".....who says Pakistan is not exporting things

hassan
Jul 13, 2013 03:39am

It is another proof that all maniacs around the world are gathering in Syria for their own respective causes. It should be an eye opener for those who support anti government forces in Syria.

Omar Irfan Kayani
Jul 13, 2013 04:13am

This shows the real face of TTP and their masters and their agenda to create chaos in Islamic world,for whose benefit ?,now no need to guess.USA and it's allies in the region.Afghanistan was just work up for idle Central Command forces and a place to test new weapons and equipment alongside counter insurgency tactics.

Mustafa
Jul 13, 2013 04:34am

Someone is sleeping on the job at BBC. That is old old news, the Syrian government has claimed to have killed 1000 Pakistanis, probably exaggerated, but even it is a quarter that number, it is huge

The point to ponder is why USA/UK are letting out a steady stream of propaganda against their own allies, have they decided to pull out of the Syrian quagmire

sume
Jul 13, 2013 07:06am

dont believe it why are these guys hiding their faces most likely foreign agents in my opinion some enemy of Pakistan spreading propaganda

Mohammad Ishaq Zahidani
Jul 13, 2013 10:20am

They should not be called Taliban, which means a group of persons seeking knowledge. They are instead "Jahilaan" who indulge in terrorist activities in the name of Islam . It has once again proved that Pakistan is epic centre of terrorist activities around the globe.. it is a failure of Pakistan as a country ..

Muhammad Farooq
Jul 13, 2013 12:37pm

Pakistani Talibans are serving the cause of anti Islam forces. They are not serving Islam, but working against Islam by fighting with each other. No Sunni No shia, all muslims, that is all if you want to survive. Otherwise secularism will be must in all muslim countries.

rashid
Jul 13, 2013 01:52pm

How many girls' schools are there in Syria?

qaiser Sheriff
Jul 14, 2013 12:55am

Hizbollah will defeat these Pakistani Talibans as done last month and some 1000 Pakistani Talibans were sent to hell by the Hizbollah.