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After anti-Taliban rally in Swat TTP ‘disowns’ ransom pickets in Valley

KP government still did not say a word on Taliban presence in the Valley when TTP issued Whatsapp number to address the complaints of locals.

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After massive anti-Taliban rallies in Swat valley in the last few days in which youth, tribal elders and civil society representatives participated, banned outfit Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ‘disowned’ alleged ransom pickets in Valley.

There were growing number of compliants by the locals that TTP had once again set up ransom pickets on main thoroughfares in Valley.

Locals in large number took to the streets and denounced any effort to the return of Taliban fighters in the valley.

They vowed and chanted slogans that they would not allow anyone to disrupt the hard earned peace.

Now on Saturday, TTP Umar media issued a statement and said TTP has not set up any ransom pickets in the Swat Valley and issued a number for lodging complaints if anyone calls themselves Taliban and ask ransom then locals can register their complaints to them.

Expressing his apprehensions at the success of talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday admitted on the floor of the National Assembly that anti-Taliban feelings were growing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as people were holding protest demonstrations in various parts of the province against the Taliban presence in their area.

 

Responding to independent MNA from erstwhile Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) Mohsin Dawar who drew the attention of the house towards the rise in terrorism in KP after arrival of Taliban from Afghanistan, the defence minister admitted that the law and order situation was worsening in the province. He, however, termed it a “national issue”, instead of a provincial matter.

The minister regretted that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leadership, including former prime minister Imran Khan, had in the past welcomed the Taliban people in the province, but now the PTI’s provincial government was itself protesting against the presence of the Taliban in the province. He said there were reports of the protests from Dir, Swat and other places in the province against the Taliban.