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Screen shot taken from TTP video shows Adnan Rasheed training a death squad, being formed to assassinate Pervez Musharraf. – Photo courtesy Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Pakistani Taliban has set up a special death squad to target former Pakistani president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf upon his arrival, who is expected to land in Karachi on March 24, says a militant video released on Saturday.

The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has also called upon the Baloch insurgents to join hands with the militant outfit to wage a joint-war for implementing Shariah laws in the country.

In about a six-minute long video received by Dawn.Com, the TTP has threatened to use suicide bombers, snipers and combat teams to kill Musharraf.

Separately, speaking to Dawn.Com earlier, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan had said the group had set up squads of suicide bombers to assassinate the former president.

“Suicide bombers are being trained and assigned to assassinate” the former president, Ehsan said.

Moreover, Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, has been given the charge of these suicide squads.

Rasheed is a former junior technician of Pakistan Air Force who was on death row after getting convicted by a field general court martial for engineering an attack on Musharraf in December 2003. He was among the prisoners who had escaped during the April 15, 2012 Bannu jail break.

“Pervez Musharraf, you can see this death squad around me. We warn you to surrender yourself to us otherwise we would hit you from where you would never imagine you can be hit,” says Adnan Rashid appearing in the video wearing military uniform with his hooded fighters carrying assault rifles.

The video also shows the newly-formed death squad fighters, being taught military drills by Rashid.

Accusing Musharraf of pushing the tribal areas and Balochistan into bloodshed in the name of war on terror and killing innocent students in Jamia Hafza (Lal Masjid), Ehsan in his video message says, “Musharraf is again coming to Pakistan to deceive people, but we would be greeting him with our death squad and he would be eliminated.”

“We are ready to take on the biggest dictator and killer of humanity (Musharraf) and we assure the affectees of Jamia Hafsa, the families of those killed in the tribal areas and Balochistan on Musharraf’s behest that they would get justice,” Ehsan remarked, adding “Musharraf is also responsible for the killing and handing over of hundreds of Arab Mujahideen and Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the Americans just for dollars.”

“My Baloch brothers, the TTP would avenge the ongoing atrocities against you but we request you to join hands with the Taliban for the implementation of true Shariah as your forefathers had done in the past,” he said adding, “we request you to get up for the implementation of true Shariah in the  country.”

Adnan Rashid wearing a brown Waziristani cap appearing in the video further said, “Our death squad for Musharraf include, suicide bombers, snipers and assault and close combat team and they are properly trained to accomplish their mission.”

Musharraf angered the Taliban and other groups by joining the US war on terror following the September 11 attacks and later launching a major crackdown on militancy in Pakistan.

Musharraf is due to return to Pakistan on Sunday from Dubai, after nearly four years of self-imposed exile, in time to take part in parliamentary elections on May 11.

Comments (85) Closed

Shair Khan Mar 23, 2013 07:13am
What do you expect from animals like Pakistani Taliban
Talking Point Mar 23, 2013 07:47am
He who lives by terror shall die by terror .
Famus Mar 23, 2013 07:47am
Is this a joke ? The government and country should have enough respect and dignity to provide safety measures for its ex president, no matter how wrong or right he may have been during his tenure. To state something along the lines of what the taliban claim means that there is no law and order and that they can simply walk up with their suicide bombers and snipers are send Gen. Musharraf to hell. Who gives them to right to send anyone to heaven or hell? This is not the teachings of Islam by any means. These radicals need to be brainwashed and provided with good decent education. PTI - how do you plan on tackling extreme talibanisation and a mind set of the kind portrayed above ?
Musharraf Supporter Mar 23, 2013 08:01am
And politicans in Pakistan are holding talks with such people? No wonder the country has reached this state. This is the only country in the world where formal talks are being suggested to deal with people who kill and blow others. Only country where parties go in election alliance with sectarian extremists. Only country where one can put head money on someone and not asked by authorities. Only country where keeping weapons in mosques is fine but taking action against such people is wrong. Only country where sepratist leaders can blow things up but when someone takes action they become hero. Only country where christian homes get burned on one un-verified incident but similar mob violence is not seen when a terrorist blows a mosque and disrespects religious scripture let alone killing people. Only country where we say killing a certain sect will send us to heaven. Shame on us. The problem is the people of Pakistan. Instead of rejecting politicians who deal with terrorists we are so afraid and weak that we give into them. That is not the solution. A criminal is a criminal and should be dealt. There is no mercy, no talks needed. today its Musharraf tomorrow it will be Nawaz. I hope a drone attack takes care of Ehsan and other TTP members.
Kashif Agha Nisar Mar 23, 2013 08:47am
And many are saying prayers for his protection because Allah is always bigger than any looser so call Black spot on Muslims like Taliban. We refer to them as worst than animals. Who in the name of lord slaughter people, even animals won't try to kill a teenage girl who want to go to school to study! Nonsense watch out for yourself animals!
Irfan Baloch Mar 23, 2013 08:52am
democracy is the best revenge when terrorists are set free or allowed to escape & people like Musharraf are charged with treason for killing terrorist leaders & attacking dens then one can only expect the rule of law to be no other than TTP enjoy
desert Mar 23, 2013 09:06am
so is the biggest 'democrate' sitting at top there is going to do something about this threat or he is just busy in his next 'democracy' project?
Mr.T Mar 23, 2013 09:06am
when leaders were killed people did nothing, now people are killing leaders doing nothing. who cares if they kill each other. they are all corrupt from top to bottom from right to left, even now people going back to PMLN & PPP after what they gone through, not to blame but people of pakistan...
imtiaz Mar 23, 2013 09:40am
A fine example of Noora Kushti between army and Taliban.
Akram Mar 23, 2013 09:50am
in all honesty Musharraf and the Talibs deserve each other.
nazikjatoi Mar 23, 2013 10:08am
No doubt musharraf has done bad with Pakistan. if Taliban threaten him to kill they are right. were the peoples killed by musharraf in Lall Mosque, not human beings ? he will have to face the music
Sal Mar 23, 2013 10:23am
These guys need to be shut down now. If the Pakistan Army isn't able then let the American's do it.
Zeeshan Shamsi Mar 23, 2013 10:33am
Welcome back General (r) Musharaf. Please come and face the mess that you left us in. We will pray for your safety, like we pray for ours.
sherafgan Mar 23, 2013 10:45am
well said zeeshan. i hope your firm is doing well these days.
anil Mar 23, 2013 10:53am
dictatorship is better than democracy in pakistan. God bless you Musharraf.
Kabir Mar 23, 2013 11:13am
They cant do anything.....Pakistan will at least protect their ex Army Chief and President. Dont worry Mr Musharaff come back without any will be safe....
S. A. M. Mar 23, 2013 11:21am
May Allah Taala protect Musharraf always and give him a land slide victory in the coming elections Ilahi Ameen. It is an eye opener for all the people of Pakistan that Musharraf is being hated by the Taliban for one reason that he can wipe them out.Please support Musharraf its for the sake of our families and our children. Please also pray for his safety.Thanks
Keti Zilgish Mar 23, 2013 11:22am
Adnan Rasheed and countless others who are 'rebels' from 'security' organizations are proofs for the theory that non-state violence is bread entirely by state violence. We might be able to buy some more time simply by protecting the labor rights of all involved in security.
Ahmed j Mar 23, 2013 11:35am
Everyone knows what the US army is capable of. What have they done in Afghanistan. They themselves are locked behind barricades protecting themselves.
Azi Mar 23, 2013 12:05pm
Musharaf did what he could to save Pakistan at that time , what was best for Pakistan, Dollar was stable , Law and order was under control, electricity was not such an issue, CNG was available, Target killing was not an issue......!!!!! But you still want to kill him?????
irfan Mar 23, 2013 12:27pm
Dear Taliban, if you are serious to kill then start with the other corrupt politician in Pakistan. They make our life miserable and this is also good for the practicing also.
vjaiswal35 Mar 23, 2013 12:44pm
Ha Ha this seems to be a propaganda news to attract attention and sympathy. The way all legal and international hurdles are being removed all seems to be well planned. The supreme court virtually grants immunity from arrest, Interpol refuses to listen to Pak Govt. Great crescendo being worked up. So Welcome the General. Sure he will have the support of all the rightest and establishment.
Zaf Mar 23, 2013 12:47pm
These people make open and illegal threats and people take it in stride as normal. We deserve our fate
Iftikhar Husain Mar 23, 2013 12:47pm
The militants are killing everybody including the religious leaders bombing sacred tombs the shia the christian the ahmadis and of course their own innocent people.They have to kill somebody that makes them feel better. How to stop this is any body's guess. The militants seems to be angry with this world.
M. S. Alvi Mar 23, 2013 01:26pm
Praying is not enough; we need to work for his election.
Agha Ata (USA) Mar 23, 2013 01:27pm
Why am I just wishing, or dreaming that Musharraf and Imran Khan would be a good team? Musharraf as a president and Imran Khan as a prime minister?
M. S. Alvi Mar 23, 2013 01:34pm
It is a shame that Pakistan government and military cannot take care of the menace of PTT. Ehsanullah should be in jail (or in grave, whatever convenient).
Shahid Mar 23, 2013 03:34pm
Dear General: please stay where you are we don't need you in Pakistan, you have already done enough, Damage!
Swaran Singh Mar 23, 2013 04:02pm
What else can they do? Threaten Yes threaten the stability of Pakistan. Threaten the foundations of Democratic Pakistan, its law n order. What a pity! People of Pakistan should elect Parvez Musharraf & Imran khan to lead the new Pakistan of peace and prosperity. We Indians wish Very best to people of Pakistan. Good luck. Swaran Singh
Swaran Singh Mar 23, 2013 04:06pm
Long live Parvez Musharraf & Democratic Pakistan.
Abbas Mar 23, 2013 04:35pm
Media please do not call them Taliban( it is a CIA given term). Terrorists are terrorists. Do not associate them with Pakistan as if we all are culprits. We hate terrorists as Quran has requested us...
HM, Canada Mar 23, 2013 04:40pm
You called for this mess... democracy is the best revenge. PPP took good revenge.
HM, Canada Mar 23, 2013 04:43pm
Agree... they should be ruthlessly killed.
Adm. Gen Alladin Mar 23, 2013 04:44pm
He was NOT an Elected President He was a DICTATOR.These People are his creation.
Ali Vaqar Awan Mar 23, 2013 04:49pm
Andan Rasheed, TTP and many other extremists should be extreminated for good rather than having dialogue with those devils.
M A Mujeeb Mar 23, 2013 05:11pm
What mess brother? You are biased.
Ghalib Mar 23, 2013 05:12pm
We will pray for your Safety Sir,
Akram Mar 23, 2013 06:08pm
I hope a drone finds this adnan rashid, these people don't even deserve a fair trial.
aabdul Mar 23, 2013 06:13pm
They are animals when they kill your own, but they are Mujahideen when they kill others.
Ramis Mar 23, 2013 06:18pm
they are rats and time will come we will clear them out they are using islam as the shield but they forget the teaching of our prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.
Arif Khan Mar 23, 2013 06:31pm
Why media act as a tool of Terrorists & propagate TTP's intentions? Why publish such threats? Musharraf was a Dictator and is seems he is ready to face courts in Pakistan and will be punished if proven guilty, by the way who gave these terrorists right to execute people him & who gave them title of "Pakistani" Taliban to these crooks? they are group of bandits who terrorize public, kidnap, slaughter and execute unarmed people, something which is strictly banned in Islam. I wish Dawn has courage to print this Comment instead of throwing it in the bin.
faisal Mar 23, 2013 07:07pm
Talibans are enemy of Islam and must be clean, and if Pakistan Army afraid to do the job let the Americans to finish them off...
Ahmer Mar 23, 2013 07:08pm
Musharraf is a decorated brave soldier. He will fight alone for Pakistan if need be. However, he will not be alone. They entire Army is with him.
Tariq Mar 23, 2013 07:10pm
TTP's Sharia law is thuggery at best and law of the jungle proper! They should just retire to the caves where they belong.
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 23, 2013 07:35pm
Kashif: Talibans are a curse on islam and its followers - its high time the religious scholars declare them anti-islam and declare them 'kafirs'
vital Mar 23, 2013 07:36pm
These so called squads r very brave in front of unarmed people. They r used to fire by hiding themselves behind women and children see examples in syria. By the way y these squads r not fighting against israel? If they can gather in syria to fight bashar' from all over the world, then y they r not cooperating mujahideen in palestine and lebnon to fight against israel's cruelity.
Oz Mar 23, 2013 07:47pm
Comment of the day - Kudos !
marghoob siddiqui (@mab_greenish) Mar 23, 2013 08:17pm
Talbian will be responsible for break of country if they do what they are threatning. GOD save Pakistan.
janaan Mar 23, 2013 08:37pm
Pak army should surrender to TTP if they are unable to defend their Ex Chief and also if they fail to protect Pakistan from these animals. I don't understand what is so special in NWA that we cannot go in to exterminate these termites and jackals
A Muslim Mar 23, 2013 09:02pm
What do they call Islam? Everything that they do and deem right? Did they ever study the teachings of Islam? These beasts don't even know the meaning of the word Islam - it means PEACE! There video and statements totally contradicts with the meaning of Islam. All their actions so far have been against the teachings of the prophet Muhammad (SAW) and they yet claim themselves to be Muslims. They are simply the obeyers of their anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan masters. Islam never permits any individual to act upon his own to sentence any one without a free and fair trial - for which Pakistan has a judicial system. The so called Taliban which were trained and funded by the US are now being used by her to weaken this nuclear Muslim nation. If at all anyone is at fault it the terrorists - the Taliban, Allah is their to punish the wrong doers so no one should take law in their hands. Prophet (SAW) has many a times demonstrated the true spirit of Islam by forgiving his enemies and opressors which resulted in converting them to Muslims by their own free will.. Taliban have been only disgust for Islam and the Muslims world over. Musharraf is a human too and has committed mistakes. Unlike the other leaders and politicians, he has admitted them. He had no political knowledge and this weakness was fully exploited by the people who left him since he lost power. May Allah protect Pakistan, its people, its well-wishers, wealth and assets from the prying eyes of its ill-wishers.
Bread Butter Mar 23, 2013 09:38pm
Being an indian, I disike this Kargil Architect. This general achieved nothing in that war and is reponsible for the deaths of poor soldiers on both sides.. But when he became president and started ruling, he understood the value of life. He might have realised it even better when he was attacked and carried a death warrant on his head. There was a transfomation from general to president and president to politician and finally reached the masses . Though Indians may not like him but for pakistan he may be the best bet because of his outspoken and disciplined background.
The end Mar 23, 2013 10:40pm
What country in the world allows a terrorist organization to have a spokesman and actually gives importance to that spokesman ? and no matter how good or bad musharraf was, how can people here on this form support a death threat from a terrorist organization? This is insanity and truly the path to destruction. Guess who is going to be the next target? There is a mirror in every house...
lsflkf Mar 23, 2013 11:05pm
Kill all those buddhists who are hurting the Kaman, Rohingya and other Muslim groups!
lsflkf Mar 23, 2013 11:06pm
Allah-ho-akbar|!!!!!!!! long live the taliban! long live al-qeida, long live this man adnan rasheed and long live shariah! death to the butcher of the girls of Jamia Hafsa and lal masjid, musharraf!
Saira Nisar Mar 23, 2013 11:18pm
who else in this world can stand against Taliban... I don't think anyone would even dare to think of it after witnessing a humiliating defeat of once Superpower 'America'.... But, we don't have any shortage of 'Commentators' and 'Like button clickers' in this country
Shah Mar 23, 2013 11:29pm
Shameful!! 13 years ago when I left pakistan for college as a 19 year old, our community would have national flags in our dorm rooms and roamed around campus with our heads held high. Today, there is no where to hide. Everyone knows the truth. We have dug our own grave. Never heard or seen such low levels of patriotism for any country. Everyone is striving to achieve personal objectives. Feel sorry for the country where we spent most good years of our lives. If anyone truly loved pakistan, there would be harmony and peace. Disagreements are common everywhere. But they are not usually settled by blood. Blood has always been the last resort. Unfortunately, we have reached that point :(
Master Mar 23, 2013 11:56pm
Where in the democratic world peoples like Taliban and their leaders exists and deliver warnings via media and other sources, who is supporting/financing them, providing them with arms and communication technology and using them for their benefits - no one but some Pakistanis!
Musharraf is my Hero Mar 24, 2013 01:15am
Musharaf has a lion's heart and he is a true muslim, he can sacrifice himself for the cause of Pakistan. Dirty animals Taliban you can only make death squads and slaugther innocent people, hope you go to eternal hell!
Yawar Mar 24, 2013 02:41am
As hard as they try, the TTP cannot disguise the sheer arrogance that oozes from every statement they make.
pakistan Mar 24, 2013 02:47am
yes please do so.
pakistan Mar 24, 2013 02:48am
Yeh call american army as pakistani army can only make housing socities...
shahid Mar 24, 2013 03:26am
Welcome Musharaff!! and don't scare with these animals. We know your actions taken in past were good for Pakistan. If we compare your period and now, your period was far far better than now so we fully support you.
Mustafa Mar 24, 2013 04:08am
Parvez Musharraf is the only leader that with the help of Pakistan Army, will wipe out the militants, terrorists and enemies of Pakistan and enemies of humanity from every city, every town, every village, every tribe and every cave of Pakistan. They are definitely seeing the writings on wall and want to get rid of the iron man Parvez Musharraf. But he alone cannot destroy the enemies of Pakistan unless he has full support from military leaders and the brave army of Pakistan. May Allah Help him.
Tojo Mar 24, 2013 05:10am
If the terrorists have issued such death threats, then the government security appartus both civilian & the armed forces including the vast majority of Pakistanis should be prepared to totally destroy the terrorists. The world is watching. This barbarism & lawlessness must stop once and for all.
Tojo Mar 24, 2013 05:11am
Absolutely all terrorists & rebels in Pakistan must be wiped out for the greater good of Pakistan
Talha Mar 24, 2013 05:38am
Long Live MUSHIII.....However you truly left a lot of mess out here and you ought to solve this mess ....
deeredpost Mar 24, 2013 07:22am
Theses and America are not different from one another.
biswajit Mar 24, 2013 08:00am
Pakistan becomes such a dangerous place even the safety of US president is not guarantied given their highly protection measures left alone pakistani security
soulmind Mar 24, 2013 08:09am
Pakistan become a circus where all kind of jokers are doing their chores
soulmind Mar 24, 2013 08:14am
what is the reason bangladesh has democracy but pakistan dont?
excalibur Mar 24, 2013 08:40am
Notice the deafening silence of all champions of Demoncracy . Not one Party, Politician, Civil Society Member, Journalist has the guts to condemn the TTP on such a naked threat.. Same when TTP has singled out APML, MQM and PPP alone for targeting them, Obvioulsy JUP F, PML N are TTP collaborators Where is the EC, the Govt writ ? Shame
biswajit Mar 24, 2013 09:20am
Pakistan become such a dangerous place that even the safety of US president can not be guaranteed given their tech savvy protection measures left alone the pakistani security
ETCH HART Mar 24, 2013 10:06am
Dear Friend I have elections evely night......... BUT........ I never vote. Do the same and you will be much happy ! ( Inshallah )
saleh Mar 24, 2013 02:52pm
Adnan Rashid or whoever the spokes person is - Does Islam teach to do more bloodshed? Does Islam teach to create anarchy among muslims? Does Islam teach to dishearten a nation? Does Islam teach to inject hatred? Does Islam teach to divide a nation? It is VERY tough to evolve into a civilized society. QURAN is a BOOK of LIGHT and HOPE, meant to provide a pathway to evolve into a civilized society. Evolution takes decades of efforts, discipline and patience. Study closely the life of most beloved Muhammad (PBUH), who despite several acts of hatred and violence against him, responded with patience and character. Please dont confuse your party agendas, personal vendettas with Islam.
hyderphd74 Mar 24, 2013 03:02pm
He is a million times better than all the so called elected bandits.
Mustafa Mar 24, 2013 06:41pm
It seems, and I may be wrong, the world has lost trust in Pakistan because all its political and religious parties leaders are scared to fight TTP just because these people are their Kith and Kin. Shame,
To Azi Mar 24, 2013 06:48pm
Question should not be 'but still you want to kill him?'. It should be that these terrorists have no right to kill anyone, even if the people in authority don't deliver.
Mustafa Mar 25, 2013 12:38am
Well said
Rao Mar 25, 2013 03:05am
Bangladeshis are proud of their language, culture and identify themselves with Bengali stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore etc. Pakistanis have a language called "Urdu" imposed on them, which is not the native language of any of the present Pakistan provinces. This language was mostly used by the traders in the region and predominantly used in the plains of UP & Bihar. So a country on which an alien language and culture imposed is bound to be a disaster
zaheer Mar 25, 2013 08:06am
1 is right... 1 is wrong....
SatyamevJayate Mar 25, 2013 11:41am
Pakistan situation will worsen in the coming months because it is not rooting out extremism, window dressing here and there will not solve its problems
Samad Mar 25, 2013 12:09pm
American President might not be saved in Pakistan. What about India where their own citizen even minor girls are brutaly ruined. Its easy to pointout the weaknesses of others but daring to admit our own weatnesses. Understandard the basic thing that terrorist have no religion, nationality or attachments. They are only terrors.
biswajit Mar 25, 2013 12:14pm
Changing constitution of pakistan is the only way out, because the present constitution makes all the non muslim community a second class citizen and more over extremism was sown in the present form of constitution itself
Syra Mar 25, 2013 12:45pm
May Allah be with him and protect him from all evils Ameen
Zee Paki in USA Mar 25, 2013 02:11pm
Why was this Adnan Rasheed not executed? He should have been dealt with a long time ago. Speedy justice is what was needed. He will eventually be taken care of by a drone just like his seniors, but enough to cause further unrest in Pakistan.