Pakistani Taliban offers protection to Imran Khan
London: The Pakistani Taliban has offered protection to Imran Khan who is scheduled to hold a peace march in the violence-prone tribal areas Sunday, it was reported here.
Imran Khan, a former cricketer, now heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. His rallies have witnessed a massive participation.
The Pakistani Taliban`s senior commanders said a meeting headed by the group`s leader Hakimullah Mehsud set aside earlier instructions to send suicide bombers to assassinate Khan, reported Daily Telegraph.
The Taliban took note of Khan`s opposition to US drone strikes against militants, prompting it to offer security assistance.
"We are ready to provide them security if they need. We endorse Imran Khan`s plea that drone strikes are against our sovereignty," a spokesman was quoted as saying.
"The anti-drone rallies should have been taken out by the religious leaders long ago but Imran had taken the lead and we wouldn`t harm him or his followers."
Khan said at a press conference that he had been promised the support of local tribes.
"We feel no threat from any side but feel threatened by the forces which have been playing politics on this issue," he said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- PM Narendra Modi holds talks with Uzbek leader
- Shahid Kapoor marriage: 500 guests have been invited for the wedding, says card designer
- Shahid Kapoor-Mira Rajput wedding: Check out their first picture as a couple!
- Vyapam scam: After over 45 deaths, can Shivraj Singh Chouhan resist CBI probe?
- Vyapam scam: Congress accuses MP CM of 'misleading' people, demands his resignation