ISLAMABAD: Fearing an offensive by the Pakistan Army on their last bastion of North Waziristan, Pakistani Taliban have threatened to move into Afghanistan and launch an “unending war” from there.
A pamphlet purportedly distributed yesterday by the “Mujahideen Shura of North Waziristan” in the market in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, said the Taliban would ask the Afghan President, Mr Hamid Karzai to provide them shelter if an operation is launched in the region.
“If the army starts another operation we will migrate to Afghanistan…But this will lead to an unending war in the region and jihad will continue,” the pamphlet said.
The shura or militant council said despite a few incidents, the Taliban will not violate a peace agreement they had signed with the government in 2007. It said such incidents would be investigated.
The warning by Taliban comes amidst reports that the US is stepping up pressure on Islamabad to launch a military offensive in the tribal region, which they suspect to be the haven of Al-Qaeda and Haqqani faction of the Taliban.
The pamphlet further said there was a possibility that the Pakistan government will launch an operation in North Waziristan because it has received a fresh military aid package worth USD two billion from the US.
It asked people to be prepared to “cope with the situation”.
“If the government launches an operation for the sake of money, the people of Waziristan will collect two billion dollars,” the pamphlet said.
It also warned people against setting up committees against the Taliban.
Pakistan has said a decision on sending troops into the region will be taken on the basis of its capabilities and national interests.
Experts believe the Pakistan Army is reluctant to move into North Waziristan because the Taliban factions, mainly the Haqqani group, are backed by the Army.