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The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Monday called off the ceasefire agreed with the government in June and ordered its militants to stage attacks across the country, according to a statement from the group.

“As military operations are ongoing against mujahideen in different areas […] so it is imperative for you to carry out attacks wherever you can in the entire country,” the statement, which is available with Dawn.com, said while addressing its militants.

The decision, it stated, was taken after “a series of non-stop attacks were launched by the military organisations in Bannu’s Lakki Marwat district”.

The banned group said it had repeatedly warned the people of Pakistan and “continued to be patient so that the negotiation process is not sabotaged at least by us.”

“But the army and intelligence agencies did not stop and continued the attacks […] now our retaliatory attacks will also start across the country,” the statement claimed.

The government and intelligence agencies are yet to comment on the matter.

Talks between Pakistani officials and the militant outfit first started in October last year but broke down in December.

These later resumed in May this year. The process, however, broke down once again due to a deadlock on the revocation of the merger of erstwhile tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Subsequently, attacks by the TTP have been on the rise since September after the group’s ceasefire with the army ended. Most of the attacks have happened in and around Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, South Waziristan, and North Waziristan districts in KP.

In October, the Ministry of Interior had warned that more than year-long peace negotiations between the TTP and the government of Pakistan “had come to a standstill”, which had led to unease within the TTP’s ranks.

It had noted that the TTP accuses the Pakistani government of failing to fulfill its main demand — the reversal of the merger of former Fata with KP — as well as continuing to detain TTP members while a truce was still being negotiated.

The ministry had also highlighted the risk of TTP sub-groups defecting to the militant Islamic State (ISKP) or joining hands with the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group to resume terrorist activities.

Meanwhile, in a press conference earlier this month, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had called for the government to revisit its strategy to deal with the militant outfit.

“It is time to review decisions we took or we were made to take with regards to internal security and terrorism,” he had said.

Bilawal had also maintained that there was nothing wrong in admitting that “we were wrong about a few things and right about some other things and re-examine our approach”.

Ttp is a fauran funded puppet terrorist group & it must be neutralize...
 

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I doubt it. ISI has been busy going after random who made offensive tweets these last few months.

Todays Balochistan attack would never have happened 2 years ago, when ISI was on the ball.
They would have caught the attacker well before.
This suicide attack on a truck is similar to the one that happened back in August, near Miranshah. They are going for overkill.

I think the LEAs needs to scatter its personnel instead of pooling them in a single vehicle. That way, such attacks would result in less damage.
 

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Imran Khan himself is a Pathan. Other parties took a massive popularity hit for being exposed as theives and controlled by foreign powers. Leaves little alternatives.

None of the PTI speeches in KPK mention other ethnicities.
Many people will describe them or view them as liberators of Pashtuns from the conversations I've had.

Anecdotes don’t really count because I’ve had the opposite experience where many people view them with contempt.

Which makes us have to look at actual facts and see why haven’t any of these nationalist parities taken a majority since 2012 or see why TTP lost support and is only supported by a minority of people.

How many Punjabi settlers in places like Waziristan and the surrounding regions where TTP operates? Probably little to none.

There was FATA at that time, but this doesn’t answer the assertion.

BLA did actually openly attack Punjabi buses and settlers. Name me an instance where TTP did that.


Lol I myself am not even from Punjab, I'm from AJK, but it's simply ignorant to ignore the common theme here.

Militancy in Pashtuns and their supporters always follows this theme. You cannot analyse this but ignore that at the same time.

It's like denial on your side :rofl:

Why haven’t you been able to answer the question I’ve been asking?

If there has been such sour relations between the 2 ethnicities then why haven’t we seen ethnic riots or violence in places like Lahore and Rawalpindi?

Why didn’t we see this stuff with the Taliban in the 90s, they never made any statements on actions on Punjabis.

Also why wasn’t there any kind of massive violence or insurgency before 9/11? Only place we saw that was in Balochistan where there was an active insurgence for 70 years.

You are trying to force a view based on online comments, which is peak disillusionment. I can also point out the “common theme” in the grooming gang problems in UK from AJK, but you also choose to deny that.

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Direct line. Right from right from Mirza Ali Khan aka Faqir of Ipi to Baitullah mehsud :lol:


The actual Mirza Ali Khan was a warrior agains the British why are these people using him as an excuse to harm innocents 😭
 
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Why TTP chose to tear up ceasefire deal now?

TTP’s move might have been choreographed by the Kabul regime to use it as a pressure tactic in their talks with Khar

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November 30, 2022

KARACHI: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has “formally” announced what we knew for the past two months: its shaky ceasefire with the government has collapsed.

The group “directed” its field commanders to resume attacks across the country “in retaliation” for the “relentless operations” by the security and intelligence agencies in violation of the truce. The TTP claimed that it had “exercised restraint for too long to keep the negotiation process on track” – but the government didn’t honour it.

Significantly, the announcement came from the self-styled “defence ministry” of the TTP and carries the signature of its military strategist Mufti Muzahim. It also coincided with an announcement by Mufti Burjan, the head of TTP’s military commission (South-Zone), to restrict meetings of senior commanders with their emir Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud for two months. He didn’t give any reason, but it’s believed the group fears the emir could be targeted after the resumption of hostilities.

The ceasefire was announced by the TTP in June 2022 following months of unannounced negotiations with the Pakistani government. The process was brokered by Sirajuddin Haqqani, the interior minister of Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers. Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, then corps commander Peshawar, reportedly oversaw the negotiation process until he was transferred and posted as corps commander Bahawalpur in August 2022.

The process couldn’t move beyond “confidence-building measures” as the demands set by the TTP for a final peace agreement, especially the reversal of FATA’s merger with K-P and withdrawal of troops from these regions, were akin to the state’s surrender.

The group was not happy with the slow pace of negotiations. On and off, its leaders would voice this unease. However, the simmering frustration came to a boil after some of TTP’s top commanders – including Abdul Wali, alias Omar Khalid Khorasani – were killed in mysterious targeted attacks in Afghanistan in August 2022. The TTP informally called off the ceasefire on September 3, 2022 in text messages to some journalists by its spokesman “Khalid Khorasani”. Publicly, neither side confirmed it. Instead they sought to hush the report even though the TTP officially claimed credit for a couple of attacks that particular day. Since then the group has stepped up violence, carrying out 50 bomb and gun attacks in November alone, including one on Nov 16 in which six policemen were killed in Lakki Marwat district.

This begs the question: if the truce had already ended, then why did the TTP announce it now?

There could be more than one possibility.

First, the TTP’s statement came hours after the foreign ministry said that deputy foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar will be leading a high-level delegation to Kabul for talks with Taliban officials. Rumours have it the TTP was also invited by Interior Minister Haqqani to Kabul, but the group declined the invitation.

Sources say the TTP appears to have lost trust in the “Haqqani faction” of the Afghan Taliban, which is considered close to the Pakistani establishment, and instead seeks to align itself with the rival “Kandahari faction” led by Defence Minister Mullah Yaqoob. Some Afghan media reports also claimed that Mullah Yaqoob refused to meet the Pakistani delegation in Kabul. A defence ministry official, however, denied such a meeting was ever planned.

There is a possibility that the TTP’s move might have been choreographed by the Kabul regime to use it as a pressure tactic in their talks with Khar and her delegation because they believe Pakistan is again ditching their regime after warming up to the United States.

Second, the TTP announced the truce collapse a day before Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was to pass the baton of army command to Gen Syed Asim Munir. This could be a reminder for the new army chief to revive the negotiation process which has stalled since the transfer of Lt Gen Faiz Hameed out of Peshawar. Gen Munir has inherited far too many challenges in the politically volatile and economically near-bankrupt country.

The most pressing task could be resisting the temptation to be sucked into the political quagmire by ensuring the “political quarantine” of the military and restore affinity with Pakistani people which has been undermined during Gen Bajwa’s tenure. The TTP declared resumption of violence because, in its assessment, Gen Munir may not want to add more to his daunting to-do list.


Third, there could also be a possibility that the TTP wants to break away from the Afghan Taliban after the loss of some of its big guns in recent months in Afghanistan, suspecting a role of the Kabul regime which has been under increasing pressure from Islamabad to dismantle TTP sanctuaries. If that is the case, then we may next expect the TTP drifting towards the Khorasan enterprise of Islamic State terrorist group. And if that happens, the Taliban regime’s worst nightmare would come true.

The TTP knows that its alliance with Da’ish could create the most potent threat to the Taliban’s nascent regime – and that it would try to prevent it at any cost. The TTP timed its truce collapse announcement with Khar’s arrival in Kabul to give a message to Islamabad that the Taliban would no longer speak or negotiate on its behalf. Or this could also be a message to Kabul to put pressure on the Pakistani side for a deal with the TTP.

Whatever may be the reason for its latest move, the TTP has zero motivation to give up violence and disband, especially following the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban in August 2021. Instead the group has been emboldened by the Taliban’s bewildering victory over foreign forces which gave it a hope that it could also bring the Pakistan government to its knees. That was the reason the group stepped up attacks in the border regions of Pakistan following the fall of Kabul.

It only agreed to engage with the government because the process was brokered by the Haqqanis with whom the group enjoyed close ideological affinity and organisational ties throughout the Taliban insurgency.

The Pakistani government also knew that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to sell a peace deal with the TTP, which is responsible for some of the worst terrorist atrocities, to its people. However, it agreed to engage with the group for two reasons:
1. to weaken the TTP by cajoling the “reconcilable” elements, and
2.) to pre-empt an “IS-TTP nexus” which the government feared could be exploited by the hostile agencies and the consequences could be disastrous for Pakistan.

If these were the objectives, then we should be worried because none has been achieved and the government doesn’t seem to have a plan to deal with the TTP which is seeking to capitalise on growing polarisation and political and economic chaos in Pakistan to stage a bloody comeback.

 
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why haven’t we seen ethnic riots or violence in places like Lahore and Rawalpindi?
I have also wondered about this sometimes after seeing ethnic clashes in Karachi.
I think this is mainly due to flexibility of Punjab's culture which in turn is due to mixing of so many foreign races.Thanks to easiness and frankness of Punjabi,these foreign races wholeheartedly accepted Punjabi as their local language which avoided severe ethnic grouping in Punjab.

But large influx of afghans into Punjab can create problems as afghanis are not that good at Punjabi i have noticed.
Kpk pushtoons learn Punjabi at quite a good pace

They even made a good short film in Punjabi:
 

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Gen Munir has inherited far too many challenges in the politically volatile and economically near-bankrupt country.
He is not the first COAS to do so and he won't be the last.

TTP's mindset has infested into the society because it was born from the same society. Negotiations are of no use unless the society is cleansed from an extremist and corrupt mindset which exists in Pakistani public. A guerilla faction simply cannot exist without firsthand help and continuous assistance of local population.

Foreign funding will keep coming till the population remains under a certain poverty line. This funding not just buys weapons for TTP, it also buys the population by paying their monthly expenses of food, grocery, bills, health services etc.

Soldiers and police are not paying with their lives due to lack of MRAPs, they are sacrificing themselves thanks to sympathizers mostly within public and then within Government.

I am amazed that this forum is allowing everyone to bash Pakistan Army these days. These PTI goons have gone crazy because of some conspiracy baseless theories floated by Imran Khan and his American national comrades!
Mods too reside within those ranks.
 

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I think the LEAs needs to scatter its personnel instead of pooling them in a single vehicle. That way, such attacks would result in less damage.
LEA structure reports to different command levels. That needs to be adjusted first.

Successful Ops means that the joint task force (JTF) of Army, FC and Police has been temporarily put under command of a single authority. This happened recently in Lakki marwat.
 

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LEA structure reports to different command levels. That needs to be adjusted first.

Successful Ops means that the joint task force (JTF) of Army, FC and Police has been temporarily put under command of a single authority. This happened recently in Lakki marwat.
If the personnel of various LEA report to various commands, it also means they don`t stick to one plan and there is no sync in comms which could also result in fratricide.
 

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