The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has ordered its terrorists to carry out attacks across the country.
“As military operations are ongoing against mujahideen in different areas so it is imperative for you to carry out attacks wherever you can in the entire country,” the statement said. It further said, “Operations by the military establishment are continuing in various areas of Bannu, including Lucky Marwat district and an unending series of retaliatory attacks has begun.”
Addressing the people of Pakistan the outlawed TTP has said that they have repeatedly warned and have been patient so that the dialogue process was not sabotaged by them, at least, but the army and intelligence agencies did not stop and continued attacks.
“Now our retaliatory attacks will also begin across the country,” the statement further added.
On the other hand, there has been no statement from the government and security forces in this regard.
Pakistan government’s talks with the outlawed TTP began in October last year but were suspended in December.
The talks resumed in May this year but failed due to disagreements as they demanded that the status of the merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa be revoked.
As a result of the failure of the talks the outlawed TTP launched attacks which increased in September and most of the attacks took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, South Waziristan and North Waziristan districts.
In October the interior ministry had warned that peace talks which lasted for more than a year were stalled and there were differences within the TTP. In this regard, the government was accused of failing to meet the basic demands including ending the merger of the former FATA as well as the release of the arrested TTP members even though negotiations were going on at that time.
The interior ministry had also identified TTP sub-groups that had broken away from ISIS and were collaborating with the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group for terrorist activities.
On the other hand, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari demanded in a press conference earlier this month that the government should reconsider its strategy with the terrorist group.