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September 14, 2014

Punjabi Taliban stop attacks in Pakistan

 
September 14, 2014

PESHAWAR: The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s Punjab chapter head Asmatullah Muavia has announced that his organisation had decided to stop attacks in Pakistan and focus its attention on Afghanistan.
Asmatullah Muavia, who is also known as one of the top leaders of the so-called Punjabi Taliban, made the announcement in a videotape.
He asked the other militant groups to also stop militant activities in Pakistan and conduct Tableegh (preaching). He said he and his supporters would also take part in Tableegh work.
He also urged the militants and others to extend help to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.
Asmatullah Muavia said his group considered the Afghan Taliban leader Mulla Mohammad Omar as its leader and would work under his leadership. He justified fighting against the foreign forces occupying Afghanistan and other Islamic countries. “Our activities in Pakistan would be restricted to preaching Islam. We won’t undertake attacks in the country,” he maintained.
It may be added that Asmatullah Muavia, who heads one of the more powerful factions of the Punjabi Taliban, had in the past also backed peace talks with the Pakistan government. He was aligned to the Khan Said Sajna group that had parted ways with the TTP some months ago and stopped fighting against the government and security forces in Pakistan.

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