Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Minister of Science and Technology Atif Khan has claimed that he received an extortion letter from the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), asking him to pay Rs8 million within three days or ‘prepare to die’.
The letter has stated, “You know who we are and what we want. We know you very closely and have all your data and records because you are on TTP Mardan’s wanted list and your turn has come.”
It further said, “Thus, you will have to either fulfill our demand to exit this list, or you will lose your life. Our demand is for Rs8m. We want an answer within three days.”
Atif Khan said that he received the letter in the very same way as they come normally. He also said that some people had received letter. He also told that the details of the letter have been shared with the security agencies and the onus of taking action was on them.
According to Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, KP government spokesperson, investigation will be conducted after which action would be taken according to law.
The incident comes amid renewed concerns about return and increase in militancy and TTP’s resurgence in the country’s northern areas. Residents of Swat and Shangla have been protesting in this regard for weeks.