Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Will target Pak's secular parties, warns Taliban

The Pakistani Taliban has said that it will carry out more attacks on "secular" political parties like the ANP and MQM, warning people to stay away from their rallies, a day after a blast outside an ANP gathering injured about 10 people.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told the media in the country's northwest that his group would target the country's "secular parties" like the Awami national party, which rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement that is part of the ruling coalition at the centre.

"The attack on the ANP gathering was just the beginning. The attacks will intensify on the political gatherings of the secular ANP and MQM," Ihsan was quoted as saying by the media.

Ihsan warned people not to attend the rallies organised by these parties.

The ANP and MQM were on the Taliban's hit list because of their enmity to the militants, he said.

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