The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) has warned the country’s main ruling party not to take “concrete action” against the government’s supreme leader, who Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari specifically named in a statement released Wednesday by the TTP, also known as the Pakistan Taliban because of its ideological affinities with the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. Sharif chairs the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), the government’s main coalition partner, along with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led by Bhutto Zardari.”The TTP has not taken any action against the political parties for a long time,” said TTP spokesman Muhammad Kolasani in a statement shared with Al Jazeera on WhatsApp.
If these two parties support their respective positions … then action will be taken against the leaders of these parties. People should stay away from them.“(Our) targets are Pakistani security forces acting against Pakistani interests at the request of Western countries,” she added. The TTP statement also issued a warning to religious political parties in Pakistan and urged the group not to engage in any actions. Although TTP’s policy does not include targeting your party, we ask that you refrain from engaging in activities against us.The threat of the TTP comes after Pakistan’s top security agency, the National Security Commission (NSC), announced its commitment to “no tolerance for terrorism” in Pakistan and “reaffirmed its determination to take on any organization that resorts to violence.
” It happened two days later. . The NSC, which includes Sharif and newly appointed military chief Asim Mounir as members, held a two-day meeting on December 30 and January 2 to assess the security situation in Pakistan. Abdul Basit, a research fellow at Singapore’s S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told Al Jazeera that the recent TTP threat against Pakistan’s top political leader in an election year was a reminder of a similar situation a decade ago. It’s also a déjà vu. In a bizarre event ten years later, 2023 will see the TTP supporting peace talks and joining forces with the Pakistan Teliku-e-Insaf (PTI) to target other political parties. It reminds me of 2013 when I escaped the PMLN election campaign. Basit said Bhutto Zardari’s stance against violence in Pakistan was recognized by the TTP. “Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s mother was targeted for never chopping her words to take action against the group.