Islamabad: The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has
said it will continue carrying out suicide attacks and
targeting Pakistani security forces despite joining other
militant groups in a pledge not to kill innocent people or to
resort to kidnappings for ransom.
"Yes, we signed an accord with three other major Taliban
groups of Maulvi Nazeer, Hafiz Gul Bahadur and an Afghan
Taliban faction to avoid killing of innocent people and
kidnapping for ransom, but we did not agree with them to stop
suicide attacks and our fight against Pakistani security
forces," TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said.
The TTP led by Hakimullah Mehsud had not announced any
ceasefire and had no plans to do so in the near future, Ehsan
told The News daily on phone from an undisclosed location in
the tribal areas.
He warned that TTP fighters would continue their
operations in Pakistan.
The TTP will extend cooperation to the five-member `Shura`
or council with representatives from the groups of Maulvi
Nazeer and Hafiz Gul Bahadur and the Haqqani network, he said.
The Shura was recently formed by Taliban factions from
North South Waziristan, which signed an accord on the
directive of Mullah Muhammad Omar, the supreme commander of
the Afghan Taliban.
The other groups have pledged not to attack Pakistani
However, Ehsan argued that the joint Shura had been formed
only for tackling two key issues frequent incidents of
kidnapping for ransom and killing of innocent people,
especially those picked up in the tribal areas and executed on
charges of spying for the US.
Ehsan declined to comment on reports that Mullah Omar had
urged the Pakistani Taliban to stop fighting in Pakistan and
instead support the Afghan Taliban in "liberating Afghanistan
from the occupation forces".
He only said that the TTP would operate in both Pakistan
"Look, for us Pakistan is as important as Afghanistan and,
therefore, we cannot stop our activities here," he said.
Ehsan further said there were no differences among the TTP
Hakimullah Mehsud was still the leader of the Pakistani
Taliban and Maulana Waliur Rahman was his deputy, he said.
The militant groups formed the Shura against the backdrop
of reports that Pakistani intelligence agencies were
conducting peace talks with the Taliban.
The ISI chief and his deputies told a parliamentary panel
last week that some "major surprises" were expected in the
peace talks with the Taliban.
However, top leaders of the civilian government, including
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Interior Minister Rehman
Malik have insisted that no talks are being held with the