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Taliban warn of reprisal if PML-N govt hangs militants

Updated Aug 13, 2013 05:27pm


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PESHAWAR: The outlawed Punjabi Taliban, an offshoot terrorist organisation of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Monday warned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of dire consequences if it carries on with its plan of executing some convicts on death row.

In a pamphlet, distributed in southern Punjab and South and North Waziristan tribal agencies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, the terrorist outfit said that the government will be considered at war with them if it goes on to execute their colleagues currently serving jail terms and are on death row.

Pakistani authorities on Thursday said they will hang four convicts on death row later this month, ending a five year stay on the execution of death sentences ordered by the outgoing president.

Inspector General Sindh prisons Nusrat Mangan told that four condemned prisoners, including two members of the banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), would be executed at the Sukkur jail and Karachi Central prison on August 20, 21 and 22.

The pamphlet also warned the PML-N government to be wary of blindly following the Pakistan Army as it said the armed forces use political forces for their own gains. “They (Pak Army) will be in favour of yet another political force after alienating them at due time.”

“Remember what happened to Awami National Party (ANP)….. No one would now go to them even for condolences,” said the pamphlet whose copy is available with

It said the drone attack on Waliur Rehman was a planned conspiracy of “pro-America generals” to sabotage their ‘wish’ for peace. “Execution of prisoners will prove to be next episode of that conspiracy,” said the pamphlet.

The purpose of this conspiracy is to push the PML-N and its allies into the swamp, it added.

Meanwhile, security has been put on high alert in Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after Taliban threats of targeting the government properties including DPO office on August 14.

Official sources told that the TTP militants had threatened a week ago to rob banks and burn down the DPO office in the wake of Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.


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numbersnumbers Aug 13, 2013 01:42am

WOW, TTP can slaughter 30,000 plus Pakistanis, but the government better not execute any captured TTP killers!!!

Ali Aug 13, 2013 01:54am

Dear Dawn, North and South Waziristan are not in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Regards

Eddied Aug 13, 2013 04:14am

So the Taliban terrorists think they can dictate terms to the will be very interesting to see if governmet officials have the courage to stand up to them...if they don't it will be the end of any government leadership...

basharat Aug 13, 2013 05:45am

i wish all taliban prisoners would be hanged...

Niaz Siddiqi Aug 13, 2013 05:48am

Taliban and Lashkar Jhangvi are the paid agents of International forces and they are killing innocent people to complete the Indian agenda. Our Army should crushed them with Iron hands.

Ahmer Aug 13, 2013 05:50am

TTP needs to be informed that the State of Pakistan is still standing up and will take a decision based on our laws and not based on the threat of criminals and murderers.

AJ Aug 13, 2013 07:01am

Why should the government be making a announcement about the execution of the sentences? Not surprised by the statement issued by 'criminal fraternity'. There should be summary courts giving on the spot sentences for such heinous crimes rather than keeping them as state guests for five years.

sid Aug 13, 2013 07:14am

Nawaz govt. should eliminate them.

MN Saqib Aug 13, 2013 07:19am

There should be no mercy shown to these killers, there are about 800 convicted criminals who were involved in killing of innocent citizens and a ll of them should be hung in public without any reservations. People who oppose this are one of them!

Sangraiz Aug 13, 2013 07:21am

Strange, i thought they keep saying that they are already at war with Pakistan and ALL the 'other' muslims.

I think, when they kill it is war, when get hold of them then it is not war yet

Ahmad Najuib Aug 13, 2013 08:10am

I fail to understand what is the purpose of this article. The human instinct to see gladiators fight during the Roman Era still prevails. The news papers are looking forward to such news to sell their ware. It would be in the best interest of everyone if the media decides rationally what to report and what to ignore.

Adeel Aug 13, 2013 08:25am

Hang them if they are convicted. Teach them lessons. No one is above the law & no one has any right to take innocent lives or create terror in the country. Matter of fact expedite their cases and punishment so any one who even thinks about joining them will consider twice.

Jhoulier Aug 13, 2013 08:39am

Hang them all, hang them high and long.

Asab Aug 13, 2013 08:49am

No one is above the law, militants must know that, law of the land applies.

malik Aug 13, 2013 09:16am

Let us see if the govt cowers or shows its writ, I think they will bow down as usual.

NK Ali Aug 13, 2013 10:05am

When the TTP and its associates kill, injure, maim, disable humans (men, women, and children) and destroy public benefit and security projects and buildings, the highest echelons of morality and righteous behavior are reserved for them. And when they are caught, tried, and sentenced, they threaten action and revenge. They must understand that religion and morality are not two way streets. "If one plays with fire, then one must be prepared to get burned," is an adage. The geography of Afghanistan has never been at peace due to its harsh terrain and environment. The inhabitants have been honed by the environment to be what they are and remain divided and at odds with each other. It will be difficult to manage peace with them. Salams

Rachel Bane Aug 13, 2013 11:02am

Interesting to see whether an elected government will take its own decision or will it be influenced by the terrorists. It will be like setting a precedence for future, writ of government or law of jungle.

Modi Aug 13, 2013 11:05am

Nawaz Sharif, don't back down. Implement the decisions of the court.Hang these criminals without delay. This is no time for backing down against a bunch of terrorist thugs. Pakistan is fighting for its life and continuity. Crush these Talibans with an iron hand. Pluck up courage and confront the talibans and meet them headlong, otherwise you and PML(N) will go down in history as the party which buckled under the fear of Talibans and lost a nation created by its fearless founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

M Rafique Aug 13, 2013 11:07am

Is this statement issued American Governmenmt to malign TTP. Mr. Priminister n Interior Minister, or some staunch opponents of america, please look into it.

Ali Shah Aug 13, 2013 11:17am

There will be reprisals in any case so the govt should go ahead and do what is needed to be done according to the law. Although I do have doubts about the govt doing the right thing

M. Ahmed Aug 13, 2013 11:32am

Are they kidding, TTP is already at war with Pakistan. The government should immediately execute these terrorists. Also, in future government policy should be to execute the terrorists on site rather than arresting them and giving them due process, these people don't deserve any mercy.

kamran Aug 13, 2013 11:58am

what a heart touching hairstyle of hakimullah mehsud and a man behind him,awesome, i impress .

Scud Aug 13, 2013 12:10pm

Unfortunate that it is going to be the ordinary people who are going to suffer for all this mess created by respective parties here, who themselves will roam freely.

Mr.T Aug 13, 2013 12:31pm

Terrorists threatening for terrorizing, what worst they gonna do then what they are doing now...

indoaryan Aug 13, 2013 12:36pm

Pakistani government having decided to hang these 4 talibans should go ahead as planned, should that not happen i.e. hangings postponed due to threats from the talibans, the government's credibility will most certainly be at stake. Talibans should not be allowed to rule pakistan by issuing threats and acting as a government within a government. The people of pakistan chose their government by due process of law laid down by their constitution and that is the one who makes national decisions not the talibans.

Anuj Aug 13, 2013 01:04pm

The TTP threat will work. The prisoners, under some reason or another, will walk free as the court will fail to find final evidence and will withdraw them from death row.

Extremists in Pakistan have the final word as bureaucracy, judiciary and politicians are easily intimidated. Look at the fact that no one today is staging masive protests against killings of Awami party functionaries by these extremists. No MNA led protests, no major citizen outrage and march for this.

Naved Aug 13, 2013 02:30pm

Now nobody has any doubt that TTP and LeJ are two part of one entity. Their ideology and goals are same. Together they want to impose their distorted religious ideology on everyone in Pakistan, wants to kill security agencies personnel & minorities of Pakistan. They are one, that's why TTP is reacting so harshly on LeJ men hanging. I hope PML-N will not bow to TTP threats and go ahead with fulfilling the requirements of justice.

Umroo Aug 13, 2013 02:33pm

I say round them up at Minar-e-Pakistan and do public hanging. Let's give a taste of their own medicine to these animals.

Syed Aug 13, 2013 02:48pm

I hope for Pakistan,s survival PML (N) would not compromised.

Saad(DXB) Aug 13, 2013 02:50pm

All the more reason to hang these 4 butchers. In fact, Pakistan should hang all terrorists on death row in order to avoid any more Jail Breaks and resultinghly these animals getting loose in the wilderness of North Waziristan. It will also endorse the writ of the government and these terrorists will think twice before continuing their murderous rampage in Pakistan

FR Aug 13, 2013 03:10pm

Enforcement of Law is the key to success. Be brave Mian Sahab. God is Great.

Akram Aug 13, 2013 03:16pm

it is time to fight fire with fire. The previous government did not execute anyone on the basis they had qualms about the death penalty. We now are at a juncture where we must make it clear not only to the terrorists, but those contemplating joining them, that death is what awaits them when they are captured. We should accelerate the execution of all those convicted in terrorism cases. Leaving them alive only emboldens their friends, as they ridicule our sense of justice. PML-N now in power are going to have to side with civilization, and show the JUI to the be the terrorist apologists. enough is enough.

syed Aug 13, 2013 03:30pm

Yeah, Government should not execute any Taliban, and let them go on with the spree of killing another 50,000 innocent Pakistanis with full immunity. ?

Asif Aug 13, 2013 04:00pm

The people of Pakistan will watch the outcome silently. "Let us see who is in-charge".

Asif Aug 13, 2013 04:05pm

@basharat: There is no need to act like them.

tahir Aug 13, 2013 04:09pm

The Government should Crush them, what terrorist can do they are doing.the govt should grind them.

Taj Ali Aug 13, 2013 05:15pm

Soon as they capture them with bombs, they should hang them within 24 hours, othewise there will be more jail break like the one in DI Khan.

AHMAD Aug 13, 2013 05:47pm

In our society women are hiding their face but in terrorist society the men are hiding their face from the people.

ihtisham Aug 13, 2013 06:27pm

correction in the second para above:north and south waziristan are not in khyber pukhtoonkhwa province

Tufail Aug 13, 2013 06:40pm

TTP is a group of coward men who are best at killing unarmed civilians. Shame on TTP.

asadbaloch Aug 13, 2013 06:46pm

the time has come to prove the credibility of our government and our intelligience agencies role if we are intimidated by any source of any kind then it would lead us to the catastrophe,no one is above law and if law permits then it should be done as written. it is a time we need to think about that kind of threats and not just try to curb them but immediate steps should be taken because we love our country.if a country is worth living then it is a worth dieing for.i love my country and my religion,and my religion never ever tolerate killing of innocent people by bomb blast.that is for sure and that is my emaan.

Em Moosa Aug 13, 2013 06:53pm

This is the testing time for Nawaz govt. Let's see how they are pro Talibaan as always been blamed in the past. Hang them all to dry clean your laundry.

US Centcom Aug 13, 2013 07:15pm

They have no remorse for killing thousands of innocent Pakistanis, but they have the audacity to threaten the government of Pakistan on planning to execute their criminals. To make matters worse, they regularly claim responsibility and boast about the killings. We must let these extremist organizations know that we will not bow down to terrorism. We must stand united against those who pose a threat to the safety of our nations. We stand by the government of Pakistan and fully support their efforts to counter these homegrown militants. We reiterate what Jen Psaki, Department of State Spokesperson, said recently:

orish Aug 13, 2013 08:13pm

sorry not all 50000 were killed by taliban, more than half of them were killed by US drones and our own forces in the name of war on terror.

AFAQ Aug 13, 2013 08:50pm

be bold and hang them up they are not Muslims as they are killing innocent people.

Syed Hussain Akbari Aug 13, 2013 09:08pm

@Taj Ali: Besides hanging the criminals immediately the government should also avoid any anouncement of the day when such execution is planned.They are criminals they should be hanged. They are enemies of Pakistan they should be killed immediately on being cited. No discussions and no pardon for them. After some time we will have the fruit. But from people like Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and even Zardar there is little hope of some thing positive in this regard. We require army and/or person like Perwaiz Musharraf. The Talibans say if execution takes place then they will retaliate; they are already doing the massacre and they will continue doing doing it whether they are puinished or not. The public knows this will happen and perhaps are prepared for it. But the government should go ahead. Even do not talk too much with Asma Jahangir and do not listen to her.

orish Aug 13, 2013 09:10pm

what about thousands of people murdered by US drones and our own security forces. I think taliban have killed much less than them but they donot have the propaganda machinery in their hands. Their is a complete iron curtain behind which this war on terror is being inflicted against tribals areas of pakistan.

Changed man Aug 13, 2013 10:35pm

@syed: Agreed, as this is NOT OUR WAR.

SanCha Aug 13, 2013 10:39pm

Hillary Clinton has rightly said - "You cannot tame a snake in your backyard thinking that it will only bite your neighbour".

naghman qureshi Aug 14, 2013 12:56am

they should never take prisioners

Dr. Mazhar Aug 14, 2013 03:52am

People who do dharnas against drones, why don't they do against TTP and LeJs, these are far more dealy for Muslims and Pakistanis than drones.

Ayaz Aug 14, 2013 05:03am

Let us see how Imran Khan looks at this ... Difficult for him grasp this as everything is a foreign conspiracy to him...

Waheed Aug 14, 2013 06:15am

We will stand united with Our Government in Hanging you in street where you commit crime.

We are ready for you to hunt you down, we will dig you from the grave and punish you, we will not allow you to cast a bad eye on Pakistan, Long Live Pakistan.

Get ready Taliban I am man of Allah and you wont defeat me.

aditya Aug 14, 2013 06:30am

1 guess who will back

muhammad Aug 14, 2013 08:47am

Taliban and other terrorists outfits are cowards if they thought they are fighting a just war i.e. according to them is "Jihad" then they should not be afraid of death, but this is not the case they are the agents of evil thats why they are killing innocent people and afraid of death. Government should go ahead with their plan of hanging without any hesitation few hanging in Public like in Saudi Arabia will make these beasts to surrender

p r sharma Aug 14, 2013 08:58am

" Is Pakistan a sovereign state ? " The answer will be reflected in the government decision. to hang, to accept another petition, to avoid the question altogether or any technical issue to defer the decision.

Pankaj Aug 14, 2013 09:36am

@Niaz Siddiqi: From Where India has come in picture ? What you sow are you reaping........

Ali Aug 14, 2013 10:09am

These barbarians must be executed ASAP and they are not Muslims who have killed countless innocent people in Pakistan. Death sentence has been awarded to them for their terrorist activities not any charity work. So why TTP is threatening to halt death sentence. Govt writ must be fully implemented and these cowards must be uprooted with full force and eliminated like in Hazrat Alis era. These TTPs are extremists and termed khawarij in Islam and must be eliminated at any cost as per Hadith as our beloved prophet Muhammad SAW. No peace talks should be encouraged at this stage when thousands of people have been victims of their barbarism. It would be great insult to martyred souls if any peace talks are undertaken with TTP.

sherie Aug 14, 2013 10:14am

what are they complaining of now? isn't death what they crave when they do a suicide bombing? as much as i am against capital punishment, i want the Govt. to hang these 'convicted' multi-murdering haters and set an example. please don't back out!

Ahmed Aug 14, 2013 11:46am

I don't understand why the government have to announce publicly in newspapers what action they are going to take and the date. Because of that PML NAWAZ is facing the real threats in which the citizen will take killing with suecide bombers. Why doesn't the Pakistan army and the government discuss the problem and the solution for it. May Allah Help Pakistan and its People.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson Aug 14, 2013 12:55pm

I think there is no need to take these terrorists to the courts because both our Police and judiciary are corrupt and frightened so execute them on the spot if found with any type of arms or armaments.

Abdul Latif Khan Aug 14, 2013 03:26pm

It is all nice to hear Hang em all. I am not condoning any crimes what so ever but lets be honest. If there was rule of law in Pakistan many people will be discouraged from crimes. First of all our so called rulers should apply that rule to themselves. How come Pakistan has been plundered for over 65 years by everyone who got into power and how come all that money has never been retrieved and nobody has been punished. The hypocrisy does not stop there. Even the judiciary is engulfed in it as shown by the way Justice Iftikhar's son walked scot free. Let us also look at ourselves. Are we scared of the law? No. given half the chance we all commit crimes according to our own capabilities. It just happens that Taliban's bar of crime is very high. Please punish all who commit crimes starting from above downwards.

Amir Aug 14, 2013 05:00pm

The only reason TTP terrorist hide their faces is probably they act like a common man during normal days and when there is call for criminality they hide their faces and hold arms against their own neighbors, height of cowardliness and cravenness.

Forth Right Aug 14, 2013 06:06pm

@orish: Get your Facts right before posting comments like that.

umer Aug 15, 2013 08:58am

The govt. should apprehend all the criminals roaming freely in Pak. Hanging a couple of helpless prisoners is the easy part.It is interesting to note that Zardari was universally reviled by Pakistan's supposedly liberal media although he put a moratorium on hangings while Nawaz Sharif sada sher he, when he has reintroduced this most inhuman form of punishment.It seems that our judicial activism has evaporated into thin air or is it that NS is the most just and fairest of them all.

Ameeds Aug 15, 2013 01:48pm

No Action will be taken by this government either.

Nisar's statement that until and unless there is a full consensus by APC, no action will be taken. Imagine, Imran, Fazl, etc agreeing to this?

Pakistan seemed to be doomed as the current government is following exactly the same line as previous one.

And not to forget that current government has a vote bank in Jhang and other areas where Punjabi TTP originates from.

saythetruth Aug 15, 2013 04:36pm

I always questions Taliban why Taliban go after a Masjids or a crowded places to kill other Muslims. They always cry about Drone attack and make it a reason to kill the innocent Pakistanis. This logic make no senses toe me Drone attack is wrong according to Taliban definition but killing 1000's of Muslims within Pakistan by suicide bombs is good thing. If Taliban are so much against America than America is in Afghanistan and not in Pakistan. Taliban's have become a big joke for and really they have given bad names to the Mujhaideen of Cold War. These new Talibans are simply cowards they go and kill the innocent and they have no moral values.

saythetruth Aug 15, 2013 04:46pm

@US Centcom: Glad to see your comments but come one you did not mention DRONE attack, to most people Drone and Taliban act of mass killing fall under same moral question. Killing innocent is simply wrong you do it via Drone attack or through the Twisted Taliban logic. Stopping Drone is the 1st step towards bring these Taliban under control. It unfortunate the entire world is screaming to stop Drone attacks but for some reason the policy makers are not getting this point. Only history will judge USA and Taliban.

GREATER PAKISTAN Aug 15, 2013 04:48pm

@Naved , bro ...........wake up..........getting to the root of the SOURCE is necessary..............we ahve already defeated the planned tough times by our enemies. We have long crossed the deadlines of SURVIVAL. Now things will get better day by day for this nation....IN SHA ALLAH. And our enemies know this.

MAK Aug 15, 2013 07:25pm

Why this publicity? Try Japanese approach, after fair trial, they execute condemned prisoner in absolute secrecy.

pakistan Aug 15, 2013 07:46pm

ttp are the most coward terrorist organization, they hide their faces like woman, they only attack on Pakistan and Pakistanis because they are afraid of drones , if they attack in Afghanistan than they will be killed by drones so they act on advice of hamid Karzai to attack Pakistan only and kill muslims not to kill foriegners. hence proved they act for americans and Indians for money not for islam. shame on Pakistani men who give their lives for these foreign agents.

Mohammed Abid Aug 15, 2013 10:18pm

@naghman qureshi:

so true, why keep them in jail.

afghan Aug 15, 2013 11:57pm

Abdul Latif Khan Urora Salamat!!!! Thanks!!!

afghan Aug 16, 2013 12:06am

@AFAQ: Your "Not Muslims" line is harsh!!! Today you are killed by the Muslims not by the Christians or Hindus or so ....! The whole Arab countries are killing their own people. This is a serious case. Once you kill any human, you feel sin, get used to it! And you kill more! Death is must and a door to reality but not in Taliban's or Lej's ways! They threaten innocent children as well!!! Once a child is threatend future is dark for that nation!

afghan Aug 16, 2013 12:08am

@AHMAD: :))))) Thank you a lot Man!!!

afghan Aug 16, 2013 12:15am

@Forth Right: FACTS are simple: people of pakistan are killed on daily basis! Mothers cry helpless! You are lucky no earthquake or flood has hit you yet out of your corruption!!! Do you know, I will destroy the center of your belief!!!

afghan Aug 16, 2013 12:17am

@Asif: Then take the arms and gun powder from them!

afghan Aug 16, 2013 12:24am

@Ahmed: To leave no doubts for jail breaks :)))))

pakistan Aug 16, 2013 12:37am

TTP is the most coward terrorist organization in the world they hide their faces like women they attack from behind never from front, they kill innocent civilian Pakistanis never Americans or foreigner's, they always attack in Pakistan because if they will attack foreigner's in Afghanistan than they will be killed by American drones. they are so much afraid of drones that they even cant eat together so they are only serving what the mr Hamid Karzai asks them to do on advice of Indians and americans. shame for those stupid Pakistani suicide bombers who are being played by enemies of Pakistan in the name of religion.

afghan Aug 16, 2013 12:44am

@NK Ali: Ali, shame on you! Ali was according to Islam LION of God! Where is that hope gone? Ali was not a threat to Islam but his opponents till today hate his LION legacy!!!! I am not a Shia nor a Sunni but a human character reader! Ali was an Arab I am not. He was young I am not! I had destroyed all Islamic heritage but when I study I respect ALI! He was like my brother! Brave and Just! I will send my very least indication to the anti Hazara parts of the world today! If any more innocent Hazaras were hurt I will do this 5 times stronger! Hazaras are hardworking sieged and helpless community! Dont doupt me. I will do it!