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Pakistan Taliban threatens to attack secular parties, warns people to avoid rallies

Press Trust of India
Dec 11, 2012 at 04:28pm IST

Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban has said that it will carry out more attacks on the country's 'secular' political parties like the Awami National Party and Muttahida Quami Movement, warning people to stay away from their rallies, a day after a blast outside an ANP gathering injured about 10 people.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told the media in the country's northwest that his group would target the parties like the ANP, which rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, and the MQM that is part of the ruling coalition at the centre. "The attack on the ANP gathering was just the beginning. The attacks will intensify on the political gatherings of the secular ANP and MQM," Ihsan was quoted as saying by the media.

The ANP and MQM were on the Taliban's hit list because of their enmity to the militants, he said. "Though they are all one as far as their secular ideology is concerned, the Taliban will announce its strategy regarding other parties later," Ihsan warned, referring to other political parties.

Will target Pak's secular parties, warns Taliban

Pakistan's secular parties like ANP and MQM are on the Taliban's hit list because of their enmity to the militants.

About 10 people, including policemen and ANP workers, were injured when a remote-controlled bomb went off in the parking area of a rally at Charsadda in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Monday. ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan addressed the rally but had not reached the venue at the time of the blast.

In his speech, Khan said ANP activists would not be cowed down by attempts on their lives. This was the second terror attack targeting Khan in Charsadda, from where he was elected to parliament in the 2008 polls.

In October 2008, five persons were killed when a suicide bomber entered Khan's guest house and blew himself up on Eid. Khan had escaped unhurt in that attack.

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