PMLN govt hires outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba for talks with TTP Punjab
The TTP Punjab is known as Punjabi Taliban and Ahmed Ludhianvi also hails from Punjab like his predecessors such as Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, Zia ur Rehman Farooqi, Muavia Qasmi and Azam Tariq.
Pakistan’s renowned English daily The Nation has reported on Wednesday that the PMLN government has been trying to portray itself distanced from some banned outfits and their political wings, but officials privy to the latest developments about talks with Taliban claim otherwise.
The officials said that Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, the chief of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), renamed version of outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, has been secretly negotiating with the TTP Punjab.
“Ahmed Ludhianvi is doing so at the behest of the government. He is in contact with smaller yet effective Taliban groups like Punjabi Taliban, headed by Ismatullah Muavia,” he said.
The Punjabi Taliban has also attacked the military installations alongside attacks on civilians across Punjab province.
The ASWJ, known as the mother organisation of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, is currently holding talks with some groups of TTP on behalf of government side to convince them to come to the negotiating table.
Different types of militant groups are active in FATA. The main militant groups in Bajaur Agency are TTP, Tehrik Jaish-e-Islami Pakistan, Dr Ismail Group, the Karawan Naimatullah group and the Moulana Abdullah Group. Mohmand Agency is inhabited by different tribes in which Safi is a small but the most radical tribe. The TTP is also a very active group in Mohmand Agency. The Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansar-ul-Islam are the most dominant outfit in the Khyber Agency. Mangal Bagh Afridi from Lashkar-e-Islam and Qari Mahboob ul Haq from Ansar-ul-Islam are the chief commanders of militant groups from this region as well. Salfi group is also rising very fast in North Waziristan.
Likewise, the Tariq Afridi group of the TTP is the main militant group active in Khyber Agency. Kurram Agency has a history of sectarian violence and clashes between Shia and Sunni sects, which have caused thousands of deaths. The nominated Shia militant groups include Hizbullah, Mehdi Militia and Hydri Taliban. Major Sunni militant groups include Tehreek-e-Taliban Islami Pakistan (TTIP) of Fazal Saeed Haqqani, TTP and Haqqani Network. The TTP is the most active group in Orakzai Agency.
It is pertinent to note here that Mullah Nazir Group and TTP are the main groups in South Waziristan and North Waziristan, which is inhabited by Utmanzai and Dawar tribes. There are dozens of militant groups working in the area in which Gul Bahadur Group, TTP, Haqqani Network, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Islamic Jihad Group (IJG), Punjabi Taliban and the Abu Akasha Iraqi Group are the major ones. After the death of Mullah Nazir in drone attack this group has an alliance with the Mullah Gul Bahadur Group.
Militancy is spreading its wings in all cities of the province, especially to Peshawar, Hangu, Kohat, Swat, D I Khan, Mardan, Bannu, Nowshera and Lakki Marwat. Many girls and boys schools have been blown up in Mardan, Bannu, Nowshera and Lakki Marwat. Houses of various political leaders or workers have also been targeted by explosive devices in different areas.
Officials believe this terror-infected scenario in Pakistan suggests the need for some urgent counter-measures.
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