The armed group calls off a truce agreed with the federal government in June and orders fighters to ‘perform assaults in the whole nation’.
Islamabad, Pakistan – The armed group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also referred to as the Pakistani Taliban, has introduced the top of an indefinite ceasefire agreed with the federal government in June and issued orders to its fighters to hold out assaults throughout the nation.
“As army operations are ongoing towards mujahideen in several areas, … so it’s crucial so that you can perform assaults wherever you possibly can in the whole nation,” the group stated in a press release on Monday.
The group, which is ideologically aligned with the Afghan Taliban, stated it’s dealing with a rising variety of assaults by the Pakistani army, notably within the Lakki Marwat district of Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“We undergo the folks of Pakistan that we’ve repeatedly warned you and continued to be affected person in order that the negotiation course of is just not sabotaged at the very least by us, however the military and intelligence businesses don’t cease and proceed the assaults, so now our retaliatory assaults can even begin throughout the nation,” the assertion stated.
Al Jazeera reached out to the Pakistani army for remark however didn’t obtain a response.
The TTP has been waging a insurrection towards the state of Pakistan for greater than a decade. The group calls for the imposition of hardline Islamic regulation regulation, launch of key members arrested by the federal government and a reversal of the merger of Pakistan’s tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
On November 16, the TTP claimed duty for an assault on a police patrol in Lakki Marwat, about 200km (125 miles) southwest of the provincial capital, Peshawar. Six policemen had been killed.
After the assault, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated “terrorism” continues to be one in all Pakistan’s foremost issues.
The TTP made its declaration hours after the federal government stated the state minister for international affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar, will go to Afghanistan on Tuesday.
In line with the international ministry, Khar will maintain talks on regional safety with the Taliban authorities in Kabul.
Safety specialist Asfandyar Mir of america Institute of Peace advised Al Jazeera that whereas the TTP has been escalating its violence not too long ago, it has additionally exercised restraint by not finishing up assaults exterior tribal areas.
“I’ve inferred the focusing on as a perform of Afghan Taliban stress on the TTP to calibrate their escalation,” he saId. “Now if the TTP follows by way of in its declaration of countrywide assaults, the important thing query is how will the Taliban reply.”
The federal government and the TTP have held a number of rounds of talks facilitated by the Afghan Taliban, the final of which happened in June. The talks started weeks after the Taliban took management of Kabul final 12 months.
Regardless of the ceasefire, the TTP continued its assaults this 12 months, saying they had been defensive in nature and solely in retaliation for operations carried out by Pakistan’s army.
In line with information compiled by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Research, an Islamabad-based analysis organisation, at the very least 65 such assaults happened in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by way of the top of October. They killed at the very least 98 folks and wounded 75, it stated.