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Authorities arrest three TTP terrorists who attempted to extort Rs300mn

PM Imran Khan maintains a non-military solution will be fruitful in dealing with Pakistani Taliban

The Islamabad Police arrested three terrorists of the banned outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Tuesday.

In a press conference today, senior superintendent Police Counter Terrorism Department (SSPCTD), authorities detailed that the TTP members in a letter threatened an educational and business institution to extort Rs300 million from them. The arrested members had warned that TTP would conduct bomb blasts if the institution did not comply. The Islamabad Police also said that two accomplices of the arrested were present in Afghanistan.

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The TTP has long terrorized Pakistan through multiple suicide blasts and shootings such as the harrowing 2014 Army Public School attack in Peshawar. In the most recent TTP-led attack, a militant killed a policeman who was guarding a polio vaccination team in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday.

The TTP have become a sore spot for the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s modus operandi to deal with the terrorists has been calculated diplomacy, with the premier having offered members of the proscribed group amnesty if they laid down their arms in front of the state. In an interview with TRT World on October 1, PM Khan said that he was in favor of a non-military solution to deal with the TTP, instead of using force against them.



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