Peshawar: The Taliban should be ashamed
of its involvement in an attempt to kill the sister of ANP
chief Asfandyar Wali Khan as neither Islam nor Pashtun
traditions allowed targeting women relatives of adversaries,
a provincial minister said on Wednesday.
The Pakistan Taliban had claimed that it had targeted
Awami National Party chief`s sister Gulalai to avenge the
death of militant commander Maulana Fazlullah`s mother while
in the custody of security forces.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar
Hussain, whose son was recently killed by militants, said
targeting the female relatives of enemies was allowed neither
by Islam nor Pashtun traditions and the Taliban leadership
must be ashamed of it.
The leadership of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has
lowered itself to new levels of disgrace by openly admitting
its involvement in the attempt to kill Khan`s sister Gulalai
in Peshawar on Monday, Hussain said.
In a statement, the Taliban claimed it was a revenge
attack in response to the death of Maulana Fazlullah`s mother
However, Hussain said Fazlullah`s mother was in
protective custody so that no one could harm her.
She was also being provided proper medical treatment
at the time of her death, he said.
Fazlullah`s mother had declared in a press statement
that her son adopted the erroneous path of killing innocent
people, he pointed out.
Hussain also said the authorities had refrained from
arresting relatives of several top militant leaders as they
knew these persons were not involved in terrorist activities.
"The provincial government has never thought of
targeting family members of wanted militants because we want
to arrest and punish only those who are involved in subversive
activities," he said.
Targeted killings by the Taliban will not affect the
government`s determination to purge the region of extremist
elements, he said.
"We will continue to render sacrifices for the sacred
cause of restoring peace in our country and region," Hussain
Gulalai Khan, the step-sister of the ANP president
was injured in an attack by gunmen outside her private medical
clinic at Karachi Market in the northwestern provincial
She sustained minor injuries when a bullet hit her
right hand, police said.
Asfandyar is the grandson of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan,
who was known as Frontier Gandhi as he was he was a close
associate of Mahatma Gandhi.