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A Kalash school teacher  writes letters from the Kalasha alphabet on a blackboard during a lesson at the Kalasha Dur school and community centre in Brun village, located in Bumboret Kalash valley. — Reuters/File Photo
A Kalash school teacher writes letters from the Kalasha alphabet on a blackboard during a lesson at the Kalasha Dur school and community centre in Brun village, located in Bumboret Kalash valley. — Reuters/File Photo
The militants have announced an “armed struggle” against Kalash tribe, Ismailis calling on Sunnis to support their cause in a video. – File Photo
The militants have announced an “armed struggle” against Kalash tribe, Ismailis calling on Sunnis to support their cause in a video. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban have announced an “armed struggle” against an indigenous tribe and Ismaili Muslims in the picturesque northern Chitral Valley, calling on Sunnis to support their cause in a video.

The valley was once dominated by moderate Ismailis and is also home to the Kalash, a polytheistic people who claim descent from Alexander the Great and who have maintained separate cultural traditions to the predominantly Muslim country.

But migration in recent decades has meant that Sunni Muslims are now the majority in the area, while the Kalash way of life has come under threat by the Taliban, who have also carried out a number of attacks against security forces in the area.

The Taliban's 50-minute long video released on February 2 on their media wing's website opens with a scenic view of the mountainous valley that is popular among domestic tourists and famed for its annual polo festival.

The narrator warns the Kalash, who are thought to number only 3,500, to convert to Islam or face death.

“By the grace of Allah, an increasing number of people from the Kalash tribe are embracing Islam and we want to make it clear to the Kalash tribe that they will be eliminated along with their protectors, the Western agents if they don't embrace Islam,” he says.

The video also accuses international NGOs of creating an “Israel” like state in Chitral by attempting to protect the Kalash culture and take people away from Islam, and vows to foil their plans.

A charitable organisation headed by the Aga Khan, the Ismailis' spiritual leader and a globally renowned philanthropist, is singled out for condemnation.

“The Aga Khan Foundation is running 16 schools and 16 colleges and hostels where young men and women are given free education and brainwashed to keep them away from Islam,” the narrator says.

He adds that the foundation's schools and hospitals, which are free for members of the public, are espionage tools in the hands of foreign powers.

The Kalash are also warned to stop producing wine, which they make from apples, mulberries and grapes.

“Western NGOs are promoting Kalash wine and we warn all those individuals and hotels selling it, they should stop production and selling of wine otherwise they will be sent to hell by the will of God.”

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Comments (128) Closed

Shafiqa Feb 12, 2014 08:00pm

Islam is religion of peace and in Islam it is no where mentioned that to threat people and forcely convert them to be muslim. Our govt should take steps n TTP its not a religious group or something like that The so called group which even doesn't know basic tenets of Islam and Fraternity! SHAME on TTP WHEN THEY CALL THEMSELVES A RELIGIOUS GROUP

independentthinker Feb 12, 2014 08:07pm

I absolutely can't believe it! How long do we need to wait, before taking any action against these sick people? The Ismailis are a peaceful community who have done much good to the general public. I don't know much about the Kalash tribe, but I am sure they have not done any harm to our religion or caused any disturbance. What will it take for our government to finally act? The longer we wait, the harder it will be to eliminate them. We must go "fast and furious" and take a decisive action. Alternate to that will be to surrender ourselves and let these Talibans destroy our lives, like they have done in Afghanistan and certain parts of Pakistan. They are a disease that need to be wiped out for our own safety and security.

kashif Feb 12, 2014 08:12pm

Better be Muslim yourself first Talibans, before you ask other

Oz Feb 12, 2014 08:15pm

For God's sake, how many more will have to die before we take military action, wipe out the TTP - NOW!!!

s m Feb 12, 2014 08:16pm

This is a threat of genocide in simple and sweetened words . E.g. People snatch mobiles by polite words and with a smile 'Would u pleeeeease handover over mobile to me !!! .... Thanks. Have a Good Day!!!" ............ This is called an educated way to snatch!!!!........................... Turning blind eye about the same may be a well thought precedent in all religions of peace!!!

Sally Feb 12, 2014 08:23pm

In other words, the Pakistani Taliban have announced their plans to commit genocide.

ahmedj Feb 12, 2014 08:29pm

What is the authenticity of this report. There are no Ismailis nor any Aga Khan foundation projects run in Chitral.

Chitralis themselves would not harm Kalash as militancy is unheard in them. The threat, may be from outside. It is the responsibility of the state to protect Kalash people.

Religion is also a personal matter. If they convert to Islam, it is their own wish and should not be frowned upon. One could always continue their colourful dresses and festivals regardless of their religion. With time cultures and tradition adapt to any religion. In Pakistan people follow their own culture and similarly that cannot be branded as hindu culture.

Mekayel Feb 12, 2014 08:38pm

Such hypocrites, dont know a jack about Islam, Prophet Muhammad ( P.B.U.H ) teaching was to spread Islam in calm and polite way. Hope people of Pakistan realize that these animals are enemies to our society & culture.

NHM Feb 12, 2014 08:47pm

After 20 years of living there and hoping things would improve, I gave up on Pakistan last year. Now I really enjoy being brainwashed by the system in Canada which ask me to respect law, respect other people views, respect honor , work hard, be tolerant, teach children not to indulge in useless aspects of religion and politics, value ethics and be afraid of law when it comes calling and believe in the justice system which is not created out of farce. Sitting here I feel closer to Allah's Islam and Jinnah's Pakistan. I never had that feeling in Mullah's Islamic Pakistan.

Shah Feb 12, 2014 09:04pm

We need comments from Imran Khan??? Kalash people are not attacking any body. They are peaceful people. The Taliaban way will keep them away from Islam not bring them in... Nawaz stop this lolly pop talk and do something concrete to eradicate this menace.

Asad Khan Feb 12, 2014 09:06pm

What else would one expect from these monsters? Why is government pursuing peace talks when they know it would be of no use...The Afghan Taliban destroyed bamiyan buddhas when came to power not understanding the fact it was something historical and now their subsidiaries would repeat their history in Pakistan.....And the persecution continues and as Mr. Hanif has put very aptly that "We didn't bury Zia, but he buried us'......:(

ZAFAR J KAZMI Feb 12, 2014 09:09pm

How very unfortunate that while Taliban appear to have engaged in peace negotiation with the rest of the nation and the govErnment, they continue to tread their path of terroristic threats to the very existence of an absolutely innocent and unarmed citizenry of this country. That alone sufficiently exposes their true intentions that they have no meaningful desire for peace. Kalash and chitral are both infinitely beautiful and as much integral to each other and must be defended at any cost like Swat had been defended by the valiant armed forces of Pakistan.

chand Feb 12, 2014 09:11pm

What else is Pakistan willing to put up with? Wiping out ancient cultures?

Gladiator Feb 12, 2014 09:13pm

I want a military operation against Taliban. They must be eliminated from the face of earth. They are a burden on the resources of this planet.

Khalid Feb 12, 2014 09:15pm

No sunni or Shia or any other sect would do harm to anyone. TTP are the only criminal element and we must get rid of them.

imran bhatt Feb 12, 2014 09:18pm

When it comes to religion TTP do not beat about the bushes. There simple mantra is 'my way or high way'.

NORI Feb 12, 2014 09:20pm

Why should Kalash tribe people change their religion ? I also wonder why the general public as well as prominent scholars of Islam in Pakistan remain silent when Taliban make such ridiculous threats ? Do they secretly approve this ? It appears to be and in that case, don't blame Taliban for the bombings and other violence. Everyone who remained silent are equally guilty.

Shahpur Feb 12, 2014 09:28pm

There is no body there to help people. Talibans and Fathers of Talibans are negotiating, for the final nightmare, with each other. Eventually the peoples have to deal with this nightmare themselves.

Laeeq, NY Feb 12, 2014 09:29pm

Just look ahead how many more demands coming from the Talibans. This is just beginning. Demands for either force conversion of Christians, Shias, Ahmadis to Islam is still yet to come. Lets wait and see the game.

Zoab Khan Feb 12, 2014 09:30pm

What an embarrassment we Pakistani's can be.

Waqas Feb 12, 2014 09:32pm

Can someone please bomb the Talibans? or do we need to request US to come and rescue us. Drones are justified?

IA Feb 12, 2014 09:41pm

An they say it was spread with peace....

khan Feb 12, 2014 10:02pm

Waiting to here from Imran Khan on how this is related to Drones.

AB Uzair Feb 12, 2014 10:05pm

Will somebody please inform these guys that for most of his life Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) lived in the middle of people who did not follow Islam? Many of those people were leaving no stone un-turned to make life difficult for him and his followers. His response? forgive, forget and pray for them. By planning attacks on a peaceful community you are going a long way away from what the Prophet (PBUH) practiced and preached.

Khalid Feb 12, 2014 10:10pm

And we are allowing them to threaten a nuclear power. What kind of lame excuse for a country Pakistan has become??

ahmed Feb 12, 2014 10:22pm

Where is the Pakistan government on making sure that these animals leave these poor people alone? I hope the nation finally comes to its senses and stops letting these jahils run around seeking power by killing people.

Waqar Sarwar Khara Feb 12, 2014 10:23pm

And they say, Islam was not spread through sword...

Danish Feb 12, 2014 10:23pm

and they will become Muslim, how easy.

syed Feb 12, 2014 10:27pm

ITs time to finish these animals ' Talibans'.

Saira Feb 12, 2014 10:34pm

Can someone please give me a link to that video?

Ali Feb 12, 2014 10:35pm

Taliban need to either convert to humanity or face death. Its that simple. There are NO NEGOTIATIONS with these animals. Pakistan is a coward nation that does not know how to fight a war to the end. Pakistan is facing complete destruction and a descend into barbarianism and yet we find no will power amongst either the politicians or the people to STAND UP AN FIGHT TILL EVERY SINGLE TALIBAN is dead! That's the only solution. The other side has made it clear. Stop the fa

KKRoberts Feb 12, 2014 10:43pm

Either you are with us or you are against us.Run all minorities.

Soomro Feb 12, 2014 10:45pm

Question to Taliban .... if people in the west similarly threaten Muslims and convert them to Christianity etc. what will be your feelings.

abc Feb 12, 2014 10:48pm

good. Finally, people have found courage for the noble cause to show Kalash, the correct path of life.

Zaib Feb 12, 2014 11:05pm

What's happening in my country?

antitaliban Feb 12, 2014 11:08pm

I am not a Muslim but I'll question one thing- "Is this the true face of Islam?" Why should I become a Muslim to be called 'good' and otherwise I'll be killed?

Zaib Feb 12, 2014 11:08pm

Why nothing good is happening in my country.

Zaib Feb 12, 2014 11:08pm

Why nothing good is happening in my country.

Rizwan Ali Feb 12, 2014 11:20pm

Ismailis are peaceful and patriot Pakistanis and doing great job for Pakistan in various fields e.g Health, Education and Rural Development . We should protect them otherwise they will leave Pakistan to protect their lives from Taliban and that would be a great loss for the country.

asif Feb 12, 2014 11:57pm

And, I was thinking to visit Chitral this spring for some peaceful vacations :/

Bkt Feb 13, 2014 12:05am

"There is no compulsion in religion" - La Iqraa Fideen, so commands ayat 256 Surah 2. Moreover the example of the best of men, the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) always strove for peace and only took to arms when attacked. The conquest of Mecca was an entirely peaceful affair and an example to all Muslims down through the ages.

When the quran has commanded this of all Muslims, who are Taliban to demand otherwise?Clearly, they forget that day when their ears and eyes will stand witness against them - a day when no amount of violent terror, meaningless violence and destruction will save them.

It is time to take action against these apostates once and for all.

paki Feb 13, 2014 12:09am

Another publicity stunt like polio killings.

viking Feb 13, 2014 12:17am

You may gain temporary appeasement by a policy of concession to violence, but you do not gain lasting peace that way.the Talib are a Mafia. They will take a little more every time

Bkt Feb 13, 2014 12:17am

If the Taleban have not managed to embrace Islam after all these years then why do they expect others to do so?

whatnonsense Feb 13, 2014 12:19am

These messages" from Taliban are nothing but an attempt to scare innocecnt, hard-working and law-abiding citizens living there for CENTURIES. They were there much before the advent of Islam or the Taliban. They should not fall into the trap for such extortion from the hooligans like Taliban.

killthem Feb 13, 2014 12:23am

There is no logic to talking to the Taliban. KILL THEM ALL.

sajid Feb 13, 2014 12:32am

Nothing to worry about nawaz sharif and imran khan will talk to their misguided taliban brothers and all will be well

Taufiq Feb 13, 2014 12:36am

It's unfortunate. It's sad. After having worked in an agency of AKDN, not only I take pride in it, I praise their efforts in the field of education and health.

Khalid Feb 13, 2014 12:36am

When will the "gutless, useless politicians" who don't have the 'backbone" to speak out against this extremely tiny minority of extremists be able to "eradicate them?" Its about time the army just "took over the state, declare Martial Law, and carry out an "extreme clean up" of these terrorists" without mercy!

Nasir Ahmed Feb 13, 2014 12:41am

Where is our brave Army and Air force? A portion of our country, a populace of our country is being openly threatened by armed bandits and no visible action to annihilate the threats? What good are huge planes and expensive bombs if not used against these bandits?

Amjad Wyne Feb 13, 2014 12:48am

Where is the government of Pakistan? Where are the judges that only challenge the security agencies? Where is Asma Jehangir that only talks about rights but not about responsibilities...all worthless.

pleasethinkstayclam Feb 13, 2014 12:49am

These messages from parts of TTP the parts which are not made up of our tribesmen just not taking simple revenge by hook and crook for loved ones, US drones and action of Nato against Afghans

They want to talks to fail in effort to stop wean these groups from local tribal and tribesmen support they are full of foreign backed ( arms /finance) of agent provocateurs who do attack Nato supply but our police men soldiers and civilian non combatants...their ranks are also filled with 2002 blacklisted groups who have no where to run or hide and have united against us from north west Waziristan

our main goal in talks is how to some how wean this group away from our angry tribemen who relative have been killed with mostly unintended but real Pak army action, US drones and or cross fire Nato activities in Afghanistan

1, sharia enforcers of their version 2, criminals 3, foreign agents

Isral Ul Haque Feb 13, 2014 12:59am

Cool, now they can all migrate to canada.

Fi Feb 13, 2014 01:09am

There they go again, the delusional minds.

Shoaib Arif Feb 13, 2014 01:10am

This is further proof that the Taliban are not serious about peace and anyone including the pak govt who thinks otherwise is a fool. They must be eliminated.

SHL Feb 13, 2014 01:28am

The Taliban should be made extinct once and for all. There should be no tolerance for rabid animals who are intolerant and criminal. Its time for decisive action.

zia Feb 13, 2014 01:41am

Taliban, Pakistan state and Pakistan army are crooks and working together, In which Islam or hadith it mention eradicate minorities and which Islam this Pakistan Taliban are following

why our politician, establishments and people are dead soul

Shehryar Qamar Feb 13, 2014 01:55am

These people want to inforce their thoughts on our society and now they want to support them we will not going to support these fanatics and we want from our government to stop having rounds of talk with them just eliminate them from our society

Karachi Wala Feb 13, 2014 02:00am

Having seen govt. bending backwards to appease them, Mullahs are growing in confidence. They seem more precise about their demands, targets and the achieve their goals.

Hamid Ali Tabatabai Feb 13, 2014 02:48am

As if being Muslim would make you immune to Talibans murderous cult. Look at all the muslims they kill? why should the kalash become part of Islam please explain to me that.

Shakeel Khan Feb 13, 2014 03:07am

It will be interesting to see what excuse Imran Khan and his govt will create for any action against these innocent people by the TTP and their many branches....

Sheraz Tanoly Feb 13, 2014 03:23am

Islam can never spread by force. Let people decide what they really want. This is insane. We should try to respect other people and cultures, so that we can get respect as well.

Arjun Feb 13, 2014 04:52am

And Pakistan is having "peace talks" with these crooks. They don't deserve to live.

Ravi Feb 13, 2014 05:16am

Islam preaches tolerance and peaceful co-exsistence with other religions. If this kind of sharia Talibans want to bring, it shall be very bad news for Islam and Pakistan. Talibans should bring good name to Islam instead of destroying all principles which Islam teaches, principles of tolerance, forgiveness and peace.

Manzoor Ahmed Feb 13, 2014 05:22am

Another extreme step of hate in the name of religion of peace. We have become so numb and immune over the years that we have stopped to call wrong a wrong. We are falling into the bottomless pit of hate, prejudice and obscurantism. There's no one sane in our political leadership to step up against this tide and neither is there any will to stop this madness. May God help us all.

SMQ Zaman Feb 13, 2014 06:01am

The Govt. of Pakistan must protect the Kalash people (considered to be descendants of Alexander the Great, and the Pakistani Taliban must be condemned by the Pakistan Govt. in no uncertain terms for this sickening and unacceptable announcement and threat now posed to these indigenous people and their culture, now a minority in the Northern-most Areas of Pakistan in Chitral and Gilgit, on the grounds that "...there is no compulsion in religion..." and any change of their Faith must come from within themselves and not through coercion and threat of massacre by these barbarians and savages of the 21st century!

czar Feb 13, 2014 06:04am

What version of islam are these people spreading? Armed struggle against who? your own countrymen? You invite people to Islam through peace not threats. Even in the early days of Islam, people were not persecuted because they were non-muslims. They were invited to Islam but if they refused, they were required to pay jaziyah or tax for providing protection under Islamic rule so they can live peacefully. It is the responsiblity of the government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan's to protect all minorities and punish the oppressors. But we have it backward where our government is trying to appease the oppressors that have hijacked Islam. So trajic!

SMQ Zaman Feb 13, 2014 06:19am

Will, Imran Khan & Co., on behalf of PTI, now stand up and condemn this announcement by the Taliban, after all they are a people of KPK and his party's Provincial Government is responsible for their safety and security!

Farooq Feb 13, 2014 06:58am

why media is so enthusiastic to disseminate the news further to spread terror?

An observer Feb 13, 2014 07:11am

Threatening violence against the poor and the weak! What version of Islam and Sharia permits this? It's called bullying not Islam.

Vikas Feb 13, 2014 08:11am

Pakistan is no place for religious minority.

Topchee Feb 13, 2014 08:52am

My dear talibans, with this tactic of fear you can only influence your own types but not Kalash and Ismailies because the cause of protecting the great heritage these two communities hold is much bigger than your cause of making God happy so that you are given your Hooors in the heaven

Raza Feb 13, 2014 01:26pm

The decency of any society is judged by how it treats the weakest and the minorities amongst itself. These criminals have no shred of decency in them. So what if the Kalash people want to live their lives as they please within the confines of the Pakistan constitution? We, the Pakistani nation should protect them. It is the number one duty of the government to do so.

Islam does not give anyone any rights to force their religion on others.

Musawir Feb 13, 2014 01:48pm

and the government is still planning to do talks with Taliban...what a shame. There is no way minorities are protected in Pakistan. What a shameful country we have become.

Faseeh Feb 13, 2014 03:07pm

Allah in the Quran e Kareem says there is no complsion in religion.

Aly Khan Feb 13, 2014 03:26pm

Now that this news is out there, will any steps be taken to protect the Kalash tribe and the local Ismailies from the Talibans? There are often misinterpretations because of lack of education, but certain things are clear as day and night in our religion. One of them was "NOT" to use force to convert. Last time I checked, one was free to practise whatever one's beliefs were, I guess I was mistaken!

ali Feb 13, 2014 06:53pm

@IA: Read a book. Should I correlate Hindu to rape because its happening often in India ????

AHA Feb 13, 2014 07:44pm

@AB Uzair: An excellent comment.

And they (the Taliban and their supporters) claim to be the best followers of our beloved Prophet (PBUH).

Robinson Varghese Feb 13, 2014 07:46pm

Can Taliban be officially declared as 'NON MUSLIMS'. They are showing all the traits of being one or do we need for more destruction in order to qualify?

ejaz Feb 13, 2014 09:29pm

can somebody share the link to that video on youtube?

Asif Hashmi Feb 13, 2014 09:35pm


That's not true. Read your Qu'ran again. If not convinced you could look up what Ali Sina has been saying.

An Indian Feb 13, 2014 10:32pm


No one's mentioned "India" & "Neighbouring country" here. What are we missing?

Yakoob Feb 13, 2014 10:38pm

@SHL: Absolutely. These "RABID" animals must be eliminated. Let start a "JIHAD" against them right away. They are a disgrace to humanity.

Arya Feb 13, 2014 11:15pm

this shows Pakistan has become a BANANA REPLUBLIC

a-jay Feb 13, 2014 11:39pm

@Khalid: You speak Taliban's language. so whats the difference then?

pratham Feb 14, 2014 12:03am

World suffers a lot not because of violence of bad people but because of silence of good people.

and here inaction is silence.

Ohho...they are killing them...what can i do beside criticising. Oh no, this is their next does it matter to me. Just criticise and stay put. I am safe. Another one gone...these guys are really bad. so much cruelty.

"please help me, they have reached my house." please can anybody help... !!

saeeds Feb 14, 2014 12:03am

We should give these area to Chinese for there safety. I don't trust any kind of Muslim.

ahmed Feb 14, 2014 03:07am

@Faseeh : The Quran also warns against individuals like molvis, talibans and pirs who exploit religion for their own motives and calls them the "most wicked of men". Unfortunately, Pakistanis are taught the demonic mindset of these lowlife which violates the Quran in every way even as they parrot the word "Qur'an" a hundred times a day.

Andy Feb 14, 2014 03:45am

@Zaib: because the foundation is flawed/weak.

Concern Muslim Feb 14, 2014 04:36am

@Arjun: Couldn't be more agree

RSD Feb 14, 2014 05:04am

And most of the pakistanis think their ancestors were converted peacefully. If it is happening this in todays age, you can think it must be at least 10 timesmore in last century

AAA Feb 14, 2014 06:51am

@Soomro: If this happens Taliban will be happiest peoples on this Earth.

saleem Feb 14, 2014 08:11am

@Zaib: because of religiosity!

Karim Mombani Feb 14, 2014 09:39am

Out beloved Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) had made pacts / agreements with the non muslims for living in peace and prosperity. A great example of the agreement is Sulah Hudaybia.. have Taliban forgotten history and the ways of our Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) who was sent as "Rehmat Ul lil Aalameen" for the whole world. When He (P.B.U.H) did not force anyone to accept Islam then why do the Taliban do it.

Simple and straight people who don't follow the way of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) can neither be called Sunnis nor called Taliban.

Inam Feb 14, 2014 11:42am

What is then the meaning of peace talks with TPP? Will they be allowed to continue their agenda according to their mindset (quite visible in the post and threat to our survival)? Will they change there mindset to live in peaceful co-existence with other, who do not follow them (threat to their survival)?

umer Feb 14, 2014 02:42pm

"mere liye mera deen or tmhare liye tmhara deen" and compulsion is completely prohibited in ISLAM ... and if we ourself denied the holly versus then why the hell we force people to be one of our kind ??

SYEDA SARA BATOOL Feb 14, 2014 02:49pm

first time i feel ashamed of being a muslim,,,,,is it islam ??????no not at alll islam is religion of peace for everyone

SYEDA SARA BATOOL Feb 14, 2014 02:54pm pakistan islam is in danger

Introspection Feb 14, 2014 03:26pm

@Faseeh :

In future, kindly quote the complete verse of the Qur

rohit singh Feb 14, 2014 03:27pm

Proselytize is one thing but an open threat is another. Where are they going to take the country back to stone age. @ Farooq it is nice that the media is bringing out these issues and making the general populace aware of what Taliban is doing apart from killing the innocent many all across the country. Hopefully some sense shall prevail and the support shall fade. And Imran Khan has to decide whether he is with them or against them because with extremists like Taliban there is nothing as agreement on some issues and a chance of negotiating on issues of disagreement.

SK Feb 14, 2014 03:28pm

Pity, Pakistan i wish u can come out of this self created quagmire..

Introspection Feb 14, 2014 03:40pm


Secular Feb 14, 2014 04:00pm

@Raza: Like wise if you and your forefathers were not forcibly converted by the savage invaders from arabia you would have prospered like your ancestors,who were spared or who escaped. Time to own your own culture and tradition of indian subcontinent rather than earsing it. Now that the heat is on you to follow a certain values within your own community you seem to have woken up. Stop being arabics who dont give a hoot and preserve the Indian culture. Speak your language i.e, Punjabi, Pustho, Sindhi or Baloch rather some imported language of persia or arabic.

Saad Feb 14, 2014 05:06pm

And we're holding peace talks with these animals? Every day there's a new attack, they're just showing how they are more powerful than the government and the army. This is no time for talks, they need to be eliminated.

Tina Feb 14, 2014 05:12pm

@SYEDA SARA BATOOL: Sara I am totally against all this violence but dear please don't use the words "being ashamed to be muslim".u & me even we all know whatever they r doing is not a part of islam. So why we spread such wrong statements.

thulluka kolli Feb 14, 2014 08:14pm

History repeats itself!

Anees Feb 14, 2014 08:23pm

Here it goes again and govt of Pakistan are so naive that they are still trying to talk these Barbarious Warlord Mercenaries. If and only if only ONE of the Kalash person dies because of this act of barbarianism, its the responsibility of the Prime Minister as a Chief Executive of the country. Only time will tell.

Raza Feb 14, 2014 10:00pm

@Secular: Although I agree in principal with being secular in your approach but the sub-continent is not an example of secular , religious or fraternal harmony. There are no less savages living here than anywhere else. There are savages on both sides of the sub-continent borders who have carried out pogroms against minorities with impunity and most of the times with silent majority complicity and government connivance if not outright complicity. None of these perpetrators have been apprehended to this day. This beautiful land (motherland - and I don't mean just one country here) has been smeared with the blood of her innocent children and this "mother" is very angry. She will be angry with her criminal children for a long time and will take her revenge till the anger subsides. Such is the lesson that history teaches us for the spilled blood of the innocents does not go unpunished.

If you have any doubts please go to the Human Rights Watch site or Amnesty International websites and search for the reports on any of the countries in this peninsula. It is a record in shame if you ask me.

By the way, my ancestors were not forcefully converted. I am of Arab descent and my ancestors arrived in the sub-continent to impart knowledge to the ruling dynasty's progeny at that time.

Yousuf Khan Feb 14, 2014 10:47pm

@Farooq I think it should inform the people about what is going on !!

Last Word Feb 14, 2014 10:57pm

Pakistan should seek help from India as Pak military is not confident to defeat TTP which I am sure would be provided by India unconditionally.

RJ Feb 14, 2014 10:57pm

@Faseeh : If there is no compulsion in Islam, then can you tell me what the punishment is for those who leave islam?

Masood Feb 14, 2014 11:42pm

It is unfortunate to give room to taliban in Pakistan. They are challenging very existence of Pakistan. Please, donot forget role of Aga Khan and his family for the development and creation of pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam and Fatima Jinnah were Ismaili.

Syed Feb 15, 2014 12:39am

This all must have been done on the instigations of Indian Hindus. There is no such Shariah which forces people to change their religion. Rather Shariah enforces absolute compliance by the believers, which certainly attracts non believers to accept Islam voluntarily. Islam spread in whole of India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippine in the same manner.

tufal Feb 15, 2014 02:38am

Dont waste time talking to these terrorists. They need to be broken down . They have no religious or moral justification for what they are doing.

Rem Feb 15, 2014 04:06am

What Pakistan needs is a new constitution, with emphasis on secular.

A Feb 15, 2014 05:47am

Maybe now Pakistanis can empathize with what their ancestors had to deal with, instead of falling for the sugarcoated lies their textbooks teach them.

umair Feb 15, 2014 07:06am

now what will our government do? Just sit and watch as these horrible people go about their violent ways. and will be interesting to know what Imran Khan has to say on that. People of Kalash and Ismailis are peaceful people and not doing drone attacks so what justification will he give for these threats?

Tehseen Khan Feb 15, 2014 07:47am

The video is old and was produced in October 2012. The narrator in the video says former Pakistan military dictator general Pervez Musharraf is also wants to contest elections from Chitral. It shows the video was produced before the last general elections in Pakistan. I do not know what are the motives behind the report based on old Taliban video at a time when the country is passing through a critical phase and the government and TTP are holding talks in order to restore peace to the country.

Will the editor ask the reporter, i he watched the video till end which shows the video was released in October 2012.

saleem Feb 15, 2014 08:09am

@ali: cause of such mindset we are ridiculed by the world including our so called ummah!

Janzeb Feb 15, 2014 08:27am

Unfortunately this menace is coming to every town and every community near us. We have allowed these cronies to represent our religion. They are running amuck with it. This fire of hatred always starts with a small minority and eventually engulfs the entire society. Ahmedis, Ismailis, Shias, Beravelies. Where is this going to end. You and I are next...

rizwan Feb 15, 2014 08:31am

Taliban should take some lessons from the life of Hazrat Aiysia Saddiqa (ra),...histroy of islam is full from her teachings....I strongly support that "DONT USE THE WORD OF MUSLIM WITH TALIBAN...EVEN TALKSHOWS ANCORS ALSO SHOULD SHOW SOME COURAGE TO NAME THEM NON-MUSLIMS....

Well Wisher Feb 15, 2014 11:35am

The real solutions for Pakistanis....some covert to Buddhism and rest become Atheist.

syed Feb 15, 2014 12:58pm

its time army is sent to these areas and kept on patrol.

Napier Mole Feb 15, 2014 03:08pm

@SYEDA SARA BATOOL: It is time religious scholars of the islamic world, including those from Saudia and other gulf states who nurtured these savages, come out and openly condemn these animals. People in a part of Pakistan once thought they would never be touched by this fire themselves and find themselves wrong. Those sitting in the Gulf ivory houses also need to remember that.

abc Feb 15, 2014 05:06pm

@Laeeq, NY: and that would be the end of Taliban very soon

abc2 Feb 15, 2014 05:14pm

@abc: Correct path by taliban, nice joke

Khan Feb 15, 2014 09:21pm

Do the Talibans know that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was Ismaili ? how they dare to threat them. They should stop their cruel intentions towards the minorities.. Islam is a religion of peace.

Syed A Saqlain Feb 16, 2014 12:01am

Utterly disgusted with the way a Government allows these terrorists to run their affairs in the name of Islam. No religion or race has the right to dictate to others how they should live or what faith they should follow. Islam does not allow conversion by force but by practice. Pakistani Govt. must come to its senses and go for a decisive battle against this cancerous bunch who have killed innocent people in the name of Islam for personal motives. The biggest criminals are the tribal dwellers whom allowed this non-Islamic cult to flourish among themselves. I belong to the same customs and traditions and know the pathetic ways of the Pashtuns. Our customs and illiteracy in the region are to be blamed for this outbreak called Taliban.