|'Mullah Radio' is back in Pakistan: TTP|
|[Pak Daily Times] The new head of the Pak Taliban has returned to the country's tribal areas, a for the said Tuesday, after several years based in Afghanistan.|
Hardline was elected as leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) last month after his predecessor was killed by a US drone. Fazlullah has been based mainly in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan since 2009, when a military operation ended his followers' brutal two-year rule of valley. TTP Shahidullah Shahid said Fazlullah was now "commanding the Taliban movement at an unknown location in the tribal areas".
The TTP and other have strongholds in the seven semi-autonomous tribal areas along Pakistain's rugged, with Afghanistan. Shahid's comments came after some Pak TV channels reported that Fazlullah had reached . "It is not true that Mullah Fazlullah is in Waziristan, he is in the tribal areas but at unknown location," Shahid told AFP. Then-TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by in North Waziristan on November 1, while South Waziristan was largely cleared of hideouts by a military offensive in 2009.
Washington has pushed for a similar operation in North Waziristan, currently seen as the major hub of Taliban and al Qaeda plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan. Fazlullah, who has a $500,000 government bounty on his head, has mounted some brutal attacks on the military, including the beheading of 17 soldiers after an attack in June 2012. Fazlullah would be keen to end squabbling among the Taliban leadership and streamline what is essentially a chaotic organization with weak central command.
|PTI activists search trucks for Nato supplies|
|[Dawn] Club-wielding |
Around 100 workers from the former cricket star's Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) party set up checkpoints in the northwestern city of on a main road leading to Afghanistan.
They stopped trucks and hauled drivers from their cabs to check their paperwork, following a call by Khan at a rally on Saturday to block supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan in protest at the drone attacks.
The activists, carrying the PTI's green and red flag, broke open truck containers to check their contents, an AFP at the scene said.
The PTI heads the government in province, of which Peshawar is the capital. But authority for the highways lies with the federal government, which has so far made no move to block NATO supplies.
Muhammad Faisal, a senior police official, said the PTI activists' actions were illegal but he was powerless to act.
"The protesters are doing unlawful acts by checking documents and screening goods, they don't have authority," he told AFP.
"But we can't take action against them because we have no instructions from the government. If the government orders us, we will stop this illegal activity."
PTI activist Asghar Khalil told AFP they were heeding their leader's call to action and would not stop until Washington promised to end drone strikes.
Khan has long opposed the US campaign of drone attacks targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Pakistain's tribal areas.
He has intensified his rhetoric since a US drone strike killed Pak Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on November 1.
Khan says that attack was a deliberate attempt by Washington to sabotage efforts towards peace talks with the s, who have killed thousands in a six-year campaign of violence.
"They are doing unlawful acts. They broke the sealing of my container and forcibly examined the goods," Faiz Muhammad Khan, a truck driver transporting sanitary items to Afghanistan, told AFP.
"If they want to block supplies for NATO forces, they should stop it in or at the border."
Later in the day, one of Khan's allies, the right wing party, led thousands in a protest against drone attacks and the NATO supply line in the southern port city of Karachi, where the shipments originate.
Pakistain is a key transit route for the US-led mission in landlocked Afghanistan, particularly as NATO forces prepare to withdraw by the end of next year.
NATO supplies were suspended on Saturday because of a major PTI rally, which was held on the route used by the trucks.
The drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistain. Islamabad publicly condemns them as counter-productive and a violation of , although previous governments have given their tacit support to them.
The US regards the strikes as a highly effective tool in the fight against militancy.
|Thousands protest against drone strikes in Peshawar|
|[Dawn] Thousands of demonstrators staged a protest against US drone strikes blocking a main road in on Saturday and threatened to continue their demonstration until the attacks ended, whereas the provincial secretary information of the PTI announced the party would block supply routes.|
The protest was led by cricketer-turned-politician and his party, the Pakistain (PTI) along with their allies in the provincial government.
The (JI) and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad (AJIP) also confirmed their participation.
''We will put pressure on America, and our protest will continue if drone attacks are not stopped,'' Khan told the protesters.
Provincial secretary information of PTI Ishtiaq Ormar announced that NATO supply containers to and from Afghanistan via Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would be stopped at the border points.
In a statement issued here Saturday, he said, "We by this step wanted to tell the world that we could do what we said and we could do anything for our people."
Ormar said that PTI's teams would stop NATO supply from entering into the borders of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at any point including Khairabad, Charsadda, Bannu, and Hangu, while this blockade of NATO supply would continue till US stopped drone attacks and formally sought apology on human killings in Pakistain.
He said that American drone attacks were brutally extended to the settled areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and if this was not noticed and properly reacted then such attacks could also be made at any other part of the country as well.
Earlier during the day, Khan called for a complete blockade of NATO convoys to Afghanistan to put pressure on the US to abandon its drone programme. "We will not allow NATO supplies to pass from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and in any case will stop drone strikes," Khan told the gathering.
"We are here to give a clear message that now Paks cannot remain silent over drone attacks," Shah , a senior member of the PTI, said in a speech to the protesters.
Party workers of the PTI and JI had arrived at Ring Road in the from across the country. According to some estimates, around 10,000 people participated in Saturday's protest. The protesters shouted anti-US slogans, such as "Down with America" and "Stop drone attacks."
Strict security arrangements were put in place by the provincial government, including deployment of over 500 polce personnel to ensure safety and order. Transporters were directed to use alternative routes.
"I am participating in today's sit-in to convey a message to America that we hate them since they are killing our people in drone attacks," said Hussain Shah, a 21-year-old university student. "America must stop drone attacks for peace in our country."
The US Embassy in Islamabad declined to comment on the protest.
The protest comes only two days after a rare US drone strike outside of Pakistain's remote tribal region killed six people, including senior commanders of the Haqqani network, at a seminary in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's
The attack outraged Pak officials, as did one on Nov 1 that killed the former leader of the Pak Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, a day before the Pak government said it was going to invite him to hold peace talks.
Khan earlier set a November 20 deadline for the halting of drone strikes and threatened to block NATO convoys in northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
But on Saturday he said he will take the issue to the country's top court and, if necessary, to the international court of justice.
NATO supplies were suspended Saturday because of the rally, which was held on same route used by NATO trucks.
Ring Road leads to Torkham, one of two border crossings used to ship supplies from Pakistain to Afghanistan, and is a key transit route to transport supplies to NATO troops in the war-torn country.
Tahir Khan, a government official at Torkham, says there is normally little NATO supply traffic on the route on Saturdays. Most trucks arrive at the border by Friday evening to clear customs.
|Haqqani leader among six killed in drone attack on Hangu madrassa|
|[Pak Daily Times] A US drone strike in the tribal areas killed six people including a of the Haqqani network, officials said, in only the second such strike outside the country's lawless tribal districts.|
The missile attack hit a religious seminary that and security officials said belonged to the outfit -- blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan -- in the of . Haqqani sources told AFP that the network's spiritual leader, Maulana Ahmad Jan, was among those killed at the seminary, which they said was a rest base for fighting forces in Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, the network's chief financier, Nasirudddin Haqqani, was in mysterious circumstances in a village on the edge of Islamabad. As it usually does after drone strikes, the government condemned the attack as a violation of and counterproductive to efforts to end militancy. Thursday's strike was the first time a US drone hit a district inside Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The only previous strike outside the tribal areas came in Bannu district, a so-called "frontier region".
It was also the first in Pakistain since Pak Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a similar strike in the North tribal district on November 1. That attack prompted a furious response from Pakistain, with the interior minister accusing Washington of sabotaging fledgling peace efforts with the Taliban and opposition parties calling for a blockade of NATO supply lines to Afghanistan. "The drone strike targeting the seminary killed six people," police official Farid Khan told AFP.
Two local security officials identified two of the dead as Jan and Mufti Hameedullah and said they were both members of the Haqqani network. Several senior Haqqani sources confirmed the death of Jan, aged in his 60s. "He was the spiritual leader and head teacher of the Haqqani network," one source told AFP, adding that Jan was a member of the group's ruling council. "He was receiving people who were coming to condole the death of Nasiruddin Haqqani because followers of were not able to meet any other member of Haqqani family."
Pakistain strongly condemned the US drone strike. Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in a statement Thursday said that these strikes are violation of Pakistain's and territorial integrity. He said there is an across-the-board consensus in Pakistain that these drone strikes must end. The said the government of Pakistain has been raising its concern over the drone strikes with the US administration and at the . He said the prime minister, during his recent visit to the US, had raised the issue with President and other senior US leaders.
Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah came down hard on the government over the drone attack. "The latest drone strike was on Sartaz Aziz, not Hangu," Shah said while referring to the statement of prime minister's national security adviser in the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday that the US has assured Pakistain that drone strikes will not be carried out during talks with the Taliban. Talking to media, Shah said a drone strike after such a tall claim by the foreign affairs adviser was a challenge for the government as it has cast doubt over the foreign policy being adopted by the PML-N-led government. He doubted if the Taliban would trust the government's efforts for peace talks in the current circumstances.
|No more drone strikes during Taliban talks, Pakistan told|
|[Pak Daily Times] Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday said the United States has promised that it will not carry out drone strikes in Pakistain during any peace talks with the Talibs in the future.|
Briefing a session of the Senate's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Aziz said a team of government negotiators was prepared to hold talks with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain's (TTP) former chief Hakimullah Mehsud on November 2, the day after he was killed in a US drone strike in North . He said Mehsud had been sent a list of negotiators, and that the ex-TTP chief had himself added the names of two s to the list.
Aziz said the had been on hold since Mehsud's killing and that the negotiations had been badly affected by the November 1 drone strike. The foreign affairs adviser said the US has now assured that no drone strikes would be carried out during any peace talks. he did not clarify when had the US given this assurance. Aziz also told the committee that the drone issue was raised by Prime Minister in his recent visit to US and he called it totally against the of Pakistain.
the US administration replied that it would target those people who targeted US installations elsewhere in the world. The US also told Islamabad that Hakimullah Mehsud was in the target list of its radar system, which was why he was targeted. the senators questioned the promise made by the US about halting drone strikes if Pakistain re-started peace negotiations with the TTP.
|Pakistani extortionists cash in by posing as Taliban|
|[Pak Daily Times] It began innocuously enough -- two men on a delivered a plain brown envelope to the home of Mohammed, an Islamabad businessman. But the contents plunged him into a terrifying three-month nightmare.|
The letter, headed with the banner of the Pak Taliban, informed Mohammed that a Taliban judge had found him guilty of not living by Islamic principles. It said Mohammed -- not his real name -- had been fined five million rupees ($50,000) and threatened dire consequences if he went to the police or failed to pay up. "Our squad of s is always prepared to send non-believers to hell, God willing," the letter seen by AFP read.
At the bottom, the name of feared Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud was written in bold followed by a signature that resembled his name. Mohammed had no way of knowing it, but the signature was fake. He had been snared by criminals exploiting the terrifying reputation of the Pak Taliban to extort money from rich businessmen in Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi. The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce says its members regularly receive extortion demands of up to $100,000, and last month a property dealer in the city who refused to pay a demand found explosives hanging from the door of his office.
|Drone attacks, a convenient explanation|
|[The Hindu] The killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), in a recent drone attack in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas has once again brought the debate back centre stage -- within Pakistain at the national level, and between the United States and Pakistain at the bilateral level. While " " and "spoiling the internal dialogue with the TTP" seem to be the primary slogans within Pakistain, "come what may, we will go after the s" seems to sum up the American attitude. But are the drone attacks simply about these slogans and attitudes? Or, are there more serious and complicated issues than what is generally discussed at the populist level?|
Sharif's four assertions
During his visit to the U.S. in October, Pakistain Prime Minister put forward four primary theses against the American-led drones programme, forcefully arguing that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) should cease using them. First, there was the general Pak perception that the drone attacks have increased extremism within Pakistain, resulting in further attacks within the country. Second, it impinged on Pakistain's , as the drones fired from across the Durand Line in Afghanistan fly over Pakistain territory and fire missiles, killing innocent civilians. Even if do get killed, the collateral damage is high. Third, as a result of these two, there is a growing anti-American sentiment within Pakistain, affecting Pakistain's cooperation with the U.S., thereby further impinging on the American war against terrorism. Finally, continuing attacks undermine Pakistain's efforts towards initiating a dialogue with the Taliban. How true are these perceptions that are widespread within Pakistain?
Undoubtedly, there is an element of truth in these four assertions. And, ironically, within them lies Pak duplicity. First, are the drones the primary reason for growing extremism within Pakistain? Or for that matter, 9/11 and the follow-up American invasion into Afghanistan? There is a blinkered perception in Pakistain about the extent of extremism pre- and post-9/11 and the drone attacks. Viewed in historical and sociological perspectives, the growth of extremism within Pakistain, with its roots in the 1980s, grew exponentially during the 1990s. Afghanistan and became the much-needed ideological excuses for the military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to pursue their "strategic depth" and "thousand cuts" vis-Ó-vis Afghanistan and India respectively.
Radicalism before 9/11
While the political and sociological environment vitiated by the late Pakistain President and the failure of governance have already given birth to groups (of the sectarian and jihadi kind) -- of the (LeT), Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), (SSP) and (LJ) varieties -- the abuse of these actors by the military and the ISI created an ugly internal situation for Pakistain from the 1990s. Extremism and radicalism were well entrenched at the national and provincial levels well before drone attacks and even 9/11.
Any historical analysis of sectarian violence in Punjab, Malakand and the tribal regions will reveal the scope of radical tumult by the late 1990s. Had it not been for this churning within Pakistain, neither would the Taliban have been born, nor the al-Qaeda found the region an ideal refuge and base to prepare for 9/11. Linking extremism within Pakistain only to drones and 9/11 reflects an ostrich-like attitude. It perhaps provides a convenient explanation, worse, an excuse for both the State and society to externalise an internal issue. The radical onslaught today in Pakistain is a direct result of what happened in the 1980-90s, both internally and externally; irrespective of 9/11, the American invasion and the drones, Pakistain would have gone through what it is going through now.
The second major instance of Pak duplicity is over linking drones with . There has been a tacit understanding between the political and military leadership vis-Ó-vis the U.S. on the use of drones. Starting from Gen. Musharraf to Gen. , were they not kept in the picture on the drone programme? Perhaps the CIA may not have shared the operational details, but it certainly should have explained to them the target and focus.
Drones, by nature, are not supersonic and stealth creatures; they fly at low altitude and are visible. If Pakistain had not agreed to their use, what stopped Gen. Musharraf and Gen. Kayani from issuing orders to fire at them? How many times has Pakistain fired at these drones, or its air force chased these drones away from Pak airspace? Is Pakistain incapable of firing at the drones, thereby allowing its airspace to be violated?
It is difficult to accept that Pakistain does not have the capacity to fire at drones using missiles, or chase them using fighter aircraft. Hypothetically speaking, if India were to use similar drones in Pakistain Occupied , will Islamabad and Rawalpindi keep complaining only about violation of airspace? Pakistain's argument does not make any sense.
The argument over the use of drones also contradicts Pakistain's earlier understanding with the U.S. Before the CIA took the drone programme into Afghanistan, across the Durand Line, were not drones being used from the Shamsi base in ? What was the understanding between the CIA and Pakistain's military at that time, when the latter allowed the former to use the Shamsi airbase by the U.S.?
These are hard questions that Pakistain should ask its political and military leadership. Unfortunately for the U.S., the anti-American sentiment has greatly clouded the judgment of Pakistain's civil society on this issue. Perhaps Mr. Nawaz Sharif is correct; drone attacks have increased anti-American sentiments, but the hip has allowed this purposefully to happen -- to let the Americans take the full blame.
Finally, the issue of drones preventing Pakistain from initiating a dialogue with the Taliban, especially the TTP. True, the killing of Nek Mohammad, a former Taliban fighter, in 2004 did affect the dialogue then between the and Pakistain; however, after that, there were multiple dialogues between the military, the ISI and the TTP. Perhaps the drone attacks and the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud is a good omen for Pakistain. The TTP may get destabilised and will provide a better opportunity for Pakistain to negotiate with them -- from a position of strength.
|Hakimullah's death plunges Taliban into dangerous disarray|
|[Pak Daily Times] The killing of one of Pakistain's most wanted in a US drone strike has exposed centuries-old rivalries within the group he led, the Pak Taliban, making the insurgency ever more unpredictable and probably more violent.|
Hakimullah Mehsud's death this month has set off a power struggle within the outfit's ranks, which could further unnerve a region already on tenterhooks with most US-led troops pulling out of neighbouring Afghanistan in 2014. When a tribal council declared as the new leader of the Pak Taliban last week, several furious commanders from a rival clan stood up and left.
"When Fazlullah's name was announced, they ... walked out saying, 'The Taliban's command is doomed'," said one commander who attended the November 7 'shura' meeting in South . Others at the shura declared loyalty to the hardline new leader and stayed on to map out a plan to avenge Hakimullah's death through a new campaign of bombings and shootings. "This is the start of our fight with the Pakistain government, an American puppet," the Taliban official said.
"Those who forced the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan are capable of breaking up Pakistain," he added, alluding to senior commanders whose rite of passage into war started with the rebellion against Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The Pak Taliban have always been divided, a loose alliance of bands united only by jihadist beliefs and their hatred of the government and all things Western. The group operates independently of its Taliban allies in Afghanistan, who are fighting US-backed forces there.
But the death of Hakimullah, a member of the dominant Mehsud tribe, and the rise of Fazlullah, a Valley native and hence an outsider in the eyes of , changes the picture in the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), or Pak Taliban. Under Hakimullah, the TTP had been open to the idea of peace talks with the Pak government, even though no meaningful negotiations had taken place. Fazlullah ruled out any talks and declared the start of a new campaign to attack government and security installations in Punjab, Prime Minister 's political base.
"Mehsuds are not only not happy with this appointment but there are reports of serious infighting among them that might come to the fore in the near future," said Saifullah Mahsud, director of the Pak think tank FATA Research Centre. "I think for now the anti-peace talks group among the TTP has prevailed and hence the appointment of Fazlullah," said Mahsud, who compiles data based on information provided by his sources on the ground in the tribal Pashtun areas.
Fazlullah's threat against Punjab has unnerved Pakistain's most prosperous and populous province, where attacks have so far been rare. Various Pak groups, including the Sipah-e-Sahaba, and , are based around Punjab and have been long tolerated or even sponsored by Pakistain's powerful military and intelligence establishment. Some of them were set up to fight Indian forces in disputed , but they have turned on Pakistain in recent years thanks to the growing influence of the TTP and al Qaeda, and have become increasingly involved in Taliban affairs.
"The situation is getting out of control and the ISI knows that," said one Western diplomat in Islamabad.
|Afghan Taliban Condemn Killing of Haqqani|
|[TOLONEWS] The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday condemned the killing of a senior Haqqani network leader but said his death would not have any impact on the campaign of violence.|
Unidentified Nasiruddin Haqqani, eldest son of the group's founder, as he bought bread on the edge of Islamabad on Sunday evening.
Haqqani was the chief financier of the Haqqani network who are affiliated with Afghan Taliban and are the most feared group fighting US-led and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
They have been blamed for spectacular attacks on Afghan government and targets across Afghanistan, as well as for kidnappings and murders.
"We condemn the cowardly act of the defeated enemy and tell them that these kinds of terrorist actions will not have any negative impact on the current jihadi activities," the Taliban said in a statement.
"His death is a big loss for Islamic Emirate and all Afghanistan," it said.
Eyewitnesses described attackers on s spraying Haqqani with automatic gunfire at a bakery in Bhara Kahu on the northeastern edge of Islamabad.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing, which came less than two weeks after a US drone strike assassinated Pak Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in North tribal district.
Washington holds the Haqqanis responsible for some of the most high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including a 2011 siege of the US embassy and, in 2009, the deadliest attack on the CIA in 25 years.
The United States put the Haqqani network on its terror blacklist in September 2012, and the Pentagon said the group represented a "significant threat" to national security.
|Silent, fearful support for US drones in tribal Pakistan|
|[Pak Daily Times] While the Pak government routinely denounces US drone strikes, locals say that a sizeable number of people in the country's tribal areas support them -- but the threat of Taliban reprisals makes them too terrified to speak out.|
Pakistain's lawless tribal areas along the Afghan border have borne the brunt of the US drone campaign since 2004, with hundreds of missile strikes targeting suspected al Qaeda and Talibs. Islamabad condemns them as a violation of and counterproductive to efforts to combat militancy, while rights campaigners -- and the Pak public -- rail against them for killing civilians. Anyone who does speak out in favour of the drones in the tribal areas runs the risk of being kidnapped, tortured and murdered by -- their agonising last moments captured on camera.
"Anybody who supports drone strikes, they will try to kill him. They will say that person is pro-American, a friend of the Jews," Gul Wali Wazir -- not his real name -- from South tribal area told AFP. "They will cut his throat or shoot him. They will film his false confession, kill him and leave the body on the road with a DVD and a note saying that anybody who supports America and drones will face the same fate. "I have seen a dozen such dead bodies." "US spies" are targeted by a special unit, the Ittehad-e-Mujahideen Khorasan, and grisly DVDs of their last moments distributed. In one seen by AFP, a young man admits planting a bugging chip in a car in return for $200. After a decade of the CIA-run programme, no region in the world has been hit by more strikes than Pakistain's tribal areas -- a rugged, dirt-poor region roughly the size of Belgium. Ten days ago, one of the remote-controlled missiles eliminated the feared Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pak Taliban. The area is off-limits to foreign journalists and aid groups, so the precise number and identity of those killed by drones is difficult to establish with certainty.
|PPP with |
|[Pak Daily Times] Pakistain People's Party (PPP) General Secretary Sardar Latif Khan Khosa reiterated on Tuesday that his party stood with the army on the Taliban issue, and termed the ongoing differences between two politicians as to whether the slain Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is a martyr or not "poisonous for democracy".|
The PPP leader issued a statement, reaffirming his party's support for the army against the Taliban and said it had rendered countless services in defending the country.
Khosa appreciated the armed forces for defending solidarity of the country from the internal as well as external aggression and said, "Such poisonous views of the leaders would not weaken army's resolve in defending the motherland." He also lamented the controversy created by the two leaders of religious/political parties. He added that this controversy has created division among political parties and religious-political parties which was not good for democracy.
|Political parties, army have always deceived Taliban: TTP|
|[Pak Daily Times] Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) Hakimullah Mehsud. leader Umer Khalid Kharasani has said that political parties and Pakistain Army have "always deceived the Taliban" and latest fiddle was in form of a drone attack which killed their chief |
Talking to a group of s at on Monday, Kharasani held political parties and Pakistain Army responsible for the death of Hakimullah Mehsud and vowed to take for the killing.
He said the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain spokesperson's statement regarding peace talks issue was his informal assertion, adding that the formal standpoint of TTP would be issued after meeting of its Majlis-e-Shura to be presided over by new TTP chief Maulvi Fazalullah.
To a question regarding contour of the TTP Shura, he said it consisted of 15 to 17 members from every tribal agency.
He also ruled out reports regarding rifts in the ranks of Taliban and said that they are united under the leadership of Maulvi Fazalullah.
He said the US and India are enemies of Taliban but the "Pak government has always followed the dictation of America and inflicted damages on TTP".
He alleged that Pak Army and government were not in favour of peace dialogue and ending military operation as they are afraid of termination of foreign aid as a reaction to their action.
Some of the political parties, including Pakistain (PTI), (JI) and -Fazl (JUI-F), are in favour of restoration of peace through talks but government was using various tactics aimed at not letting their efforts to be fruitful, Kharasani added.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain leader also rejected the notion that dialogues were impossible with the Taliban under the leadership of Fazalullah and said that all decisions of the outfit were taken in consensus with the Majlis-e-Shura and not by chief solely.
He said that gorilla action of Taliban was underway in Mohmand Agency, Swat, Bajaur and other tribal agencies.
To a question regarding creating hurdles in the way of development and destroying educational institutions, he said that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain was neither against development nor resisting promotion of education but was only against the NGOs working executing these projects on foreign aids.
According to Kharasani, the current education system is "anti-Islamic" and if reforms are introduced, the Taliban would not oppose them.
Regarding attacks on workers of vaccination teams, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain leader said that they are following the foreign agenda and if all the s jointly declare polio vaccination permissible then Taliban would stop the attacks.
He also rejected the reports published in the foreign media about losses caused by drone attacks and said that mostly innocent people become victim of such strikes.