TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan outlined details about the regiments and units and the possible commander for the campaign, said to be launched on August 26 for one month. - File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban on Monday warned the country's military it had set up a “suicide bombers squad” to hit troops if an offensive is launched in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

In an email message sent to media, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella militant group, said it had received “an exclusive intelligence report” about the offensive in North Waziristan from its “sources” in army headquarters.

TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan outlined details about the regiments and units and the possible commander for the campaign, said to be launched on August 26 for one month.

“TTP has also prepared itself for resistance, we have set up a suicide bombers squad to welcome (the) army. We will defeat our enemy, whom is defending secular, unIslamic system of Pakistan by punching them back hard InshaAllah (God willing),” Ehsan said.

Military officials were not immediately available to comment on the claim.

On August 3, The Wall Street Journal reported Pakistani and US officials were considering joint counter-terrorism campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan against Haqqanis and Taliban fighters.

The report said the campaigns would mark an upturn in cooperation between the two countries after more than a year of rancorous relations, since the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Pakistani officials later denied any agreement with Washington for a joint operation in North Waziristan, and said “routine” actions on each side of the border “should not be mistaken for 'joint operations'”.

Washington has long demanded Pakistan take action against the Haqqanis, which the United States accused of attacking the US embassy in Kabul last September and acting like the “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence.

Pakistan has in turn demanded Afghan and US forces do more to stop Pakistani Taliban militants crossing the border to launch attacks on its forces.

Pakistan says 35,000 of its people, including more than 3,000 soldiers, have been killed as a result of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks and the US-led invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan.

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August 22, 2012 12:02 pm
Pakistan should certainly not have US troops on its soil. Pakistan is more than capable of eliminating the terrorists on its own.
Usman Ali
August 20, 2012 4:56 pm
Get rid of US terror war now....In last 10 years all problems ,militancy has increased/started, which Pakistan is struggling against them today...
Karachi Wala
August 20, 2012 5:04 pm
Pakistan and USA created this menace on the first. The must join hands to eradicate it. NOW or NEVER!
August 20, 2012 5:17 pm
--received “an exclusive intelligence report” about the offensive in North Waziristan from its “sources” in army headquarters--- Are they really have their men in the Army????? If so, even God can't save the people...
August 20, 2012 5:47 pm
Why does the media not do a full boycott of all representation of them ?? by creating sensation and covering everything these mulas have to say, you are their biggest supporters!! stop this and boycott all their news. Do not publish one thing for them or what they say.
August 20, 2012 5:56 pm
PAKISTAN if you want to live, it's NOW or NEVER.
August 20, 2012 5:57 pm
The pakistani military should show these TTP terrorists what pakistani military is made of. These terrorists need to be taught a lesson in decency and humanity and how to obey the law.
August 20, 2012 5:57 pm
Please do not fall prey to American trap .military will be bogged down here and spaces for all other proven enemies will be left to make use of to attack Pakistan.learn lesson from nato in Afghanistan who are defeated and in order to hide now forcing Pakistan to do their job but this will be the fatal blunder Pakistan must not make.donor succumb to Americans and spare pakistani people of Taliban and other foreign foe agencies attack in our cities please please
August 20, 2012 6:15 pm
Pakistan and USA must join together to eliminate these extremists. These extremists turn our life miserable.
August 20, 2012 6:34 pm
What the Good Taliban would do in this matter? Are they going to take side with the army against their fellow Taliban or they going to take side with their fellow Taliban against the army? Very interesting!!!
August 20, 2012 6:44 pm
u reap what u sow. u created that monster in ur background, so bear the consequences. else, act ruthlessly against the snakes entangling you before it's too late for u to even wriggle out. peace
tito Canada
August 20, 2012 6:47 pm
Pakistani govt loves $ not Pakistan .
August 20, 2012 7:06 pm
First get rid of the TTP, then we will talk about the other nonsense from across the border. I do not want to see any more islamic fighters in this country. Only good mullah should be behaving in the mosque.
Cyrus Howell
August 20, 2012 7:10 pm
They are bluffing.
Cyrus Howell
August 20, 2012 7:32 pm
If Pakistan is Afghanistan then America should walk away.
August 20, 2012 7:33 pm
We should distance ourselves with US but still launch an attack on terrorist on our own and for our own benefit. such an operation should be followed by prompt and just punishments through judicial process. so far judiciary is one institution who has done nothing for pakistan, this is the time for them to be brave and do the right thing.
August 20, 2012 7:43 pm
Credit goes to General ZiaUL HAQ This was the nursery planted by him.I wonder why did not any TV channel remember him on his aniversary on the 17th of August.Would any interviewer ever ask his son to comment on these issues.
August 20, 2012 7:52 pm
No need for this new operation. All kinds of problems will increase. We need reconcilliation and peace and not to antagonize more people. Start a dialogue and isolate irreconcilable elements.
Jamshed Khan
August 20, 2012 7:53 pm
Shame on TTP. Have courage and fight your real enemy. Americans killed BinLadin - see if you have the heart to fight them! If all that appears in newspapers is true then in fact Pakistan was keeping his in a safe house for a number of years. Don't kill your own brothers and sisters...
August 20, 2012 7:54 pm
Current system in pak is far better than the Taliban style brutality, killings, persecutions and mistreatments of minorities. Tribes are now enough mature and can not be used in the name of religion. Army is not perfect but we have to support state troops against these militias, mafia and traders of death.
August 20, 2012 7:57 pm
you still believe its america's war?...
Salman Dasti
August 20, 2012 8:06 pm
Current system in pak is far better than the Taliban style brutality
Riza Afghan
August 20, 2012 8:32 pm
Pakistan can be very peaceful once and for all if Pakistani military accept few casualties and shut down these terrorist group once and for all.
August 20, 2012 8:37 pm
Go Get Them....
August 20, 2012 8:43 pm
Time to think !!! If there is a shred of truth to what Taliban are claiming, Pakistan Army should immediately prioritize and clean the house of these menace within the army. The media should play its role and we must fight as one. Taliban and people supporting Talibans should be eliminated from the society "period".
August 20, 2012 8:43 pm
Get rid of the Taliban and Haqqani and all foreign invaders from Pakistan. America isnt the problem, they are
August 20, 2012 8:49 pm
TTP is like keeping Vampires in the back yard. They are not Muslims and they are the enemies of Pakistan.They should be eliminated at any cost as soon as possible.
August 20, 2012 8:50 pm
you still believe Tehreek-e-Taliban exist ?
August 20, 2012 8:50 pm
"As you sow so shall you reap" '
August 20, 2012 9:33 pm
We have no choice -- Now or never. Lets do it while US willing to help us. We need to get rid of it once for all.
August 20, 2012 9:37 pm
This is outrageous!! Taliban must be kept on check at any cost! It doesn't affect Pakistan affects India too!! Go Pak Army go and get rid of these miscreants!! All the best!
August 20, 2012 9:42 pm
TTP must be eliminated completely if you want peace in pakistan , TTP kills muslims even in mosques
August 20, 2012 10:01 pm
Pakistan and US should join hands to remove these heartless, ignorant and brutal people. Who have committed nearly every possible crime against humanity.
August 20, 2012 10:07 pm
Inshallah the Pakistan military will go after the Taliban and Haqqanis group and hurt them to the extent that they would try in kill anymore innocent Pakistani's.
August 20, 2012 10:20 pm
What do Hamid Gul, JI, JUI, PML (N) and Imran Khan have to say about this threat by their Taliban brothers ?
August 20, 2012 10:22 pm
Pakistan must stand on its own economically. Must refuse US aid and pull out of this America's war.
August 20, 2012 10:26 pm
Pakistan always struggled and it has an extremist population for decades. Stop kidding yourselves, getting out of that predicamant is difficult for these muslim warrior nation untill and unless someone gets mad and destroys them altoghther.
August 20, 2012 10:43 pm
Stop blaming everytody else for your troubles: US/West/Israel/Baloch/Ahmadi/Hindu/Shia/Christian/------ (fill in the blank with your "enemy-"). Come back to this planet and open your eyes.
August 20, 2012 11:09 pm
wake up mate
August 20, 2012 11:14 pm
I agree Pakistan and USA created this menace. They should join hands and eradicate it. If Sri Lankan Army can do it our brave forces Pak army can do it. Its a piece of cake. Its a holy war against people with no religion TTP. Pakistan Army Zindabad.
August 20, 2012 11:17 pm
No war can be won without ultimate sacrifice, Pakistani are you ready to live a life or slavery.
Amjad Wyne
August 20, 2012 11:35 pm
"Pakistani Taliban threatens attack on military"...So all this time the Taliban were loving the Army? I hope someone teaches them a lesson.
August 20, 2012 11:53 pm
Obliterate them once & for all
August 20, 2012 11:54 pm
"...we have set up a suicide bombers squad to welcome (the) army...” I am amazed at the arrogance that resonates in this statement.
Dr Farrukh Chowdry
August 21, 2012 12:03 am
As long as these terrorists are running around there is no hope. Eliminate these terrorists and Pakistan is safe. America is leaving Afghanistan anyway.
August 21, 2012 12:07 am
The Ostrich Syndrome!
August 21, 2012 12:23 am
You shall reap as you sow......(the seeds of terror). The only way Pak can survive is to completely walk away from terrorism and not use it as a state policy
August 21, 2012 12:25 am
Did the Taliban join hands with the Pakistan govt during the 7 months you weren't even talking to the American's? --- whether you like it or not the Taliban have there own agenda and it has nothing to do with America.
August 21, 2012 12:41 am
Usman Ali open your eyes and mind. People like you in Pakistan are helping disintegration of Pakistan. You wake up. If you think that Taliban are not a risk to state of Pakistan you are very naive. It is now or never. If they are not annihilated now they will will gain strength with the help of people like you and in no time will break up Pakistan.
August 21, 2012 12:46 am
Pakistan, for the survival of your country, wipe out these extremists.
August 21, 2012 12:54 am
Why drone does not kill these TTP people?
August 21, 2012 1:12 am
Well, we have surely been dragged into it. It 'WAS' americas war for sure.
August 21, 2012 2:03 am
Eliminate Taliban first and then purge the Army of Taliban supporters. Let Taliban not desist you from achieving your target.
August 21, 2012 2:06 am
what a joke??? Know your worth before speaking Mr Ehsan. You don't even know the world outside the mountains and ruins you are living in and threatening a professional standing army which posseses nuclear weapons capability.wake up and prepare for your exit strategy before its too late.
August 21, 2012 2:14 am
There's no room for extra-judicial militant groups in Pakistan. Rule of law must be restored. Go PAK ARMY MAKE US PROUD
August 21, 2012 2:23 am
what do you think, its our war?
August 21, 2012 2:29 am
Wake up Usman!!! You need to get your bearing right. Religious intolerance and extremism has been festering Pakistan since Zia's time. I hope you realise this is Pakistan's War. Its a war that needs to be fought in every corner of Pakistan because if we dont then we are condemning Pakistan for ever.
August 21, 2012 3:17 am
There is no way to reason with these guys. I beleive these self proclaimed guards of Islam who consider everyone else Kafir, will never live in peace. Only way for Pakistan to gain peace is to eliminate them. Anyone who thinks that they will stop if army leave them alone is dreaming. They are just ignorant beyond imagination.
August 21, 2012 3:21 am
I have never understood how these militants have the money to buy the necessary armaments? There apparently are a large number of them? Where do they live? What kind of work do they do? What kind of money do they earn? Has anyone tried to trace the funding for these people? Can ANYBODY educate me, please?
shahid saleem
August 21, 2012 3:26 am
i wish the army great success as they wipe out these terrorists from pakistani soil forever. i hope they catch the leaders and hang them publicly.
Waqas Ahmed
August 21, 2012 4:30 am
Yes we do believe it is not our war
August 21, 2012 4:35 am
I full support to Army for there compaign. Our army is very Professional and I am sure (and hope all will agree) they will defeat the so-called Taliban and crush their insurgency. Love Pakistan and Support Pak Army's offensive by LIKING this Comment. Which will show %age of people who support it
August 21, 2012 5:16 am
Don't blame American now.. it is all our own rowed seeds and its huge tree..
August 21, 2012 5:54 am
The common people of Pakistan must join hands to save their country, their religion and themselves from these terrorists, who in the name of religion are bringing the country, the countrymen and the religion into disrepute.
August 21, 2012 5:56 am
ofcourse.....his view is the problem many pakistanis have
August 21, 2012 7:55 am
The question is Who is funding these TTP people that they have the courage to threaten ARMY of a country which is spending a huge part of their budget on ARMY, this means that the INVESTMENT on these TTP people is more than what Pakistan Govt. is spending on the ARMY!!!! Who is funding TTP???????
August 21, 2012 7:31 pm
good atleast Pakistani army officers have some work to do now instead of purchasing and grabbing land in the name of DHA.
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