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Now, Pak Taliban want ‘fatwa’ against democracy

Last Updated: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 16:30

Peshawar: The Pakistani Taliban have reportedly written a letter to senior clerics of the country seeking a diktat against the democratic system and security forces; and explaining why the banned outfit had rebelled against the state.

According to the Daily Times, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in its six-page letter asked how could the Members of Parliament be called Muslims if they had failed to legislate for enforcement of Shariah. The TTP also appealed to the sentiments of clerics by mentioning how the Army was killing the "mujahideen" who, it said, were fighting for enforcement of God`s law in Pakistan.

The TTP said thousands of "mujahideen" had been killed in Army-led operations. They also complained about the clerics who were "silent" when the government was publicly acknowledging being a "front-line ally of America and NATO".

The outfit, however, admitted that they had "provided shelter" to Uzbek, Arab, Chechen and other militants after the US-led bombings ousted the government of Mullah Muhammad Omar in late 2001 in Afghanistan.

Senior security officials described the letter as part of "the propaganda tools" of the TTP, saying the group would not gain much from it.


First Published: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 16:30

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