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Taliban’s threat to women voters

Updated Aug 22, 2013 08:00am


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KOHAT: The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned women of Hangu not to take part in Thursday’s by-election, otherwise they will be kidnapped and killed.

The polling will be held for one seat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, PF-42 Hangu-1.

The threat by the Taliban was conveyed through leaflets found by people in Hangu bazaar on Wednesday.

Police confirmed the TTP had issued the threat

The Taliban had issued a similar warning during the May 11 general election and had taken away ballot boxes in some parts of Hangu.

Meanwhile, the deputy inspector general of police, Kohat region, has said that army has been deployed in the area because a militant attack can not be ruled out during polling in Hangu.

In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Ishtiaq Marwat, the DIG, said that out of 89 polling stations in Hangu 51 were declared very sensitive where personnel of police, Frontier Constabulary and army had been deployed.

He said the district had been divided into 15 units according to level of their sensitivity.

He said fool-proof arrangements had been made for the by-poll.


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alim Aug 22, 2013 07:30am

All women to carry gun, shoot anyone looks like Taliban. Protect yourself and go vote.

samina khan Aug 22, 2013 08:52am

I am a woman and I WILL vote!!!

illawarrior Aug 22, 2013 08:55am

Why does the government tolerate this?

Cosmic Lion Aug 22, 2013 10:17am

Primary job of mullah's is to subdue women in the name of modesty...

Naseer Aug 22, 2013 12:03pm

The way Talibaan influence is growing, may be by the next general elections, Taibaan will be implementing their rule of no women voters all over Pakistan.

ebad Aug 22, 2013 12:16pm

It's a pity for us that we bear taliban who spare no opportunity in defaming our moderate image. They portray as if women oppression has reached its limits.

Gerry D'Cunha Aug 22, 2013 01:55pm

spreading message of 'islam' to the people

Ali Vaqar Awan Aug 22, 2013 02:26pm

The extremists deserve to exterminated and gunned down for their heinous act. They have no right to stop women from voting after all it is their human right. Islam never forbids women from voting. Islam preaches peace, moderation, tolerance and honesty. These extremists do the opposite. Now its time women should take brave step and vote in order to strengthen democracy and their rights. Army protection should given to women so they are not deprived of their right.

Kesar Aug 22, 2013 02:26pm

Brave holly warriors!

Azaad Aug 22, 2013 02:30pm

These are such brave and fearless warriors seeking to right a grievous wrong done to them by mothers who gave them birth and sisters who gave them love!!! Wah!!! Well done!!! It is indeed an act of great valour, when armed to the teeth, in large numbers, they will be able to kidnap and kill voting women.

Now, how many will write in identifying this a great conspiracy against these innocent, pious, well bearded, holy warriors?

Akhter Husain Aug 22, 2013 04:18pm

The Talibaan seems to be afraid of women folks because they fearlessly vote for the most suitable candidates.Women folks do not want looters,plunderers,tyrants and foolish people.They in fact want to see the judicious ones to run the country.

Akram Aug 22, 2013 06:13pm

The women should go to the booths with armed men. anyone interferes, let him have it.

Eddie Aug 22, 2013 07:16pm

Is Pakistan a democratic country?...what gives Taliban the right to say who can vote?... No Americans ever tried to tell a Pakistani who can vote in their elections....this is a bigger threat to sovereignty of country than drones ever were?...

Suresh Aug 23, 2013 07:19am

@samina khan: Bravo ! Fight for your freedom ! Reject the mullahs who spread hatred and encourage oppression of women. Remember you are from Malala's land.

Mustafa Aug 23, 2013 07:30am

@ Alim: You said "All women to carry gun, shoot anyone looks like Taliban. Protect yourself and go vote." I agree with you 100%. However I must say very regretfully that Pakistan will never be a safe country for all until and unless all Taliban are eliminated from Pakistan.

I am fully aware many Pakistanis do not believe the Taliban are a threat to Pakistan. They claim it is all Western propaganda. When I tell them "why you do not believe Pakistani media reporting about Taliban, they say "They are liberal Muslims". In other words the Pakistanis who report about threat by Taliban are considered by some as half Muslims. It is most tragic to see the mental state of the supporters and sympathizers of Taliban.

It is time the government, the army and all political leaders of Pakistan should do something urgently to eliminate the beasts from Pakistan to save precious lives of Pakistanis. If they do not do this now, the blood of innocents will be on their hands and they will, some day, pay for it dearly.