A senior operative from the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) warned the Pakistani Army that suicide bombers from the organization will target army bases, unless the army reverses its plans to conduct a major operation in the Waziristan region. Ihsanullah Ihsan, the “spokesman” for TTP claimed in an emailed statement that the Pakistani army is planning to conduct a major counter-insurgency operation in the North Waziristan Agency, in the near future. He said that a “fitting reply” will be given to the Pak forces, in case they go forward with their planned mission.
According to Ihsan, the details about the operations have been obtained from the TTP operatives, who have infiltrated in to the army headquarters. He claimed that the army is planning to start the operation from the last week of August, with the help of artillery. Three units of the Pakistani Army are likely to take part in the operations, to be lead by an officer in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
The TTP official also said that the organization has already finalized the formation of the “fidayeen” squads, which will launch attacks against the army during the initial phase of the operation. Meanwhile, the officials from the Pakistan army have denied that they are planning for a major operation in the North Waziristan Agency. They also pointed out that most of the recent fighting has been limited to the Orakzai and Kurram Agencies, with Waziristan remaining more or less stable.
Earlier, the local government officials in Waziristan had signed a peace treaty with the local Taliban leader, Hafiz Gul Bahadur to limit the confrontations between the two sides. The peace treaty, which was signed in 2008, had resulted in a drop in the incidents of fighting in the region. However, it is not known how much effect this will have on the TTP, as Bahadur and his militia has distanced themselves from the organization for the last many years.