Pak Taliban claims responsibility for attack
Islamabad: Tehreek-e-Taliban has claimed
responsibility for the brazen attack on the Pakistan Army's
Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Saturday, which left four of its
militants and eight soldiers dead, and demanded a halt in
ongoing military campaign in the NWFP.
The Amjad Farooqi group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) umbrella grouping claimed that it was behind
the audacious attack and demanded that former President Pervez
Musharraf be put on trial.
The group took the responsibility in a telephone call
made to Geo News. They also asked for closure of all Western
NGOs and expulsion of US private security firm Blackwater.
The Taliban's hand in the frontal assault on the
Pakistan Army Headquarters comes amid reports that the
security forces are on the brink of launching a major attack
on its stronghold of South Waziristan.
Earlier in the week, Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq had
warned the military of a "harsh response" if it launched an
offensive in Waziristan.
"Pakistani forces will pay a heavy price for any
adventure," Taliban threatened.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has declared that the
Army, which has encircled Waziristan with troops and armours
would march into the area close to Afghan border in the next
"I believe we have no option except to take action in
South Waziristan and North Waziristan," Malik said.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned
the attack in Rawalpindi, which is close to Islamabad.
Security has been tightened across the country,
especially in the federal capital, and for dignitaries like
President, Prime Minister and Federal ministers.