Taliban to target Islamabad,say clerics on hitlist

Pakistani Taliban have decided to target the federal capital in retaliation for military operations against it in Darra Adam Khel and Swat valley...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: February 12, 2009 11:53:13 pm

Pakistani Taliban have decided to target the federal capital in retaliation for military operations against it in Darra Adam Khel and Swat valley in the country’s northwest,according to a media report on Wednesday.

Graffiti about the Taliban’s move has already appeared on walls in Islamabad,forcing the administration to whitewash these messages. Many religious scholars in Islamabad have been warned by the Taliban that they have only two options — to support the militants or leave the city — The News reported.

If the clerics fail to choose,they will be considered collaborators of the “pro-American Zardari Government” which,the Taliban claim,is not different from the regime of Pervez Musharraf,it said.

The Taliban from Swat and Bajaur tribal region have included some religious and jehadi leaders in their hit lists. The Taliban have also accused some militant leaders from the tribal areas and some leaders of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba,Harkatul Mujahideen and Hizbul Mujahideen of trying to stop youngsters from fighting Pakistani forces.

Maulvi Nazir from South Waziristan,Hafiz Gul Bahadur from North Waziristan,LeT founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed,Maulana Farooq Kashmiri and United Jehad Council chief Syed Salahuddin have reportedly been included in the hit list of the Taliban.

The News quoted diplomatic sources as saying that Pakistan was ready to release some arrested militants in exchange for abducted Polish and Chinese engineers.

A Red Cross employee and his driver were abducted by pro-Taliban militants in Swat valley on Wednesday.

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