Pakistan: TTP Again Targets Innocent Persons


By Sajjad Shaukat

More than 65 people were killed in a suicide attack on November 2, this year near a paramilitary

soldiers’ checkpoint at Wagah in Lahore when Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) again targeted

the innocent persons through its affiliated militant outfits, Jundullah and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar which

claimed responsibility for the incident. The victims also include several women and children,

while more than 120 people have been injured. The bombing took place on at least 500 meters

from the Pak-Indian border.

A regards the bombing, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, based in Afghanistan, said that it was

carried out by one of their men—some other groups’ claims are baseless. We will soon release

the video of this attack.” He elaborated, “This attack was revenge against the military operation

While, spokesman of Jundullah Ahmed Marwat also pointed out that the attack was a reaction to

military operation Zarb-i-Azb.

In fact, like other linked militant outfits such as Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Lashkar-e-Janghvi including

other Taliban organistaions, Jundullah and TTP share common tactics and agendas. They often

claim responsibility for the terror-assaults separately to divert attention and to deceive the

security forces and law-enforcing agencies. For example, on September 22, 2013, a twin suicide

bomb attack had killed 127 people at a Peshawar church. Jundallah accepted responsibility of

that attack too. But, TTP had condemned that brutal assault. Afterwards, its spokesman had

remarked that it was in accordance with Sharia (Islamic Jurisprudence) which indicated that

TTP was behind that ruthless incident. So, ambivalent statements of the TTP-led Taliban have

endorsed that it has been playing double game.

However, in the recent years, militants of the TTP and its affiliated outfits have been using

suicide bombing as their main weapon by targeting innocent civilians, women and children,

Armed Forces and government functionaries, anti-polio workers, airports, markets, schools,

parks, mosques, Imambargahs, churches, temples, shrines, bus stops, railway stations,

passengers’ trains and so on. They conducted various terror-activities like ruthless beheadings of

tribesmen. They also attacked the female teachers in order to deny education to girls, and even

did not spare burial places of the Sufi Saints, and disgraced dead bodies. Their nefarious acts

resulted into killings of several innocent persons in Pakistan.

Undoubtedly, in our country, the victims of terror attacks and suicide bombings have been

innocent men, women and children. Their families mourn and raise a question asking for what

crime their loved ones were punished in a way. Regrettably, those militant entities like TTP,

which try to justify terrorism and suicide bombings in the name of Islam are misguiding the

people, while these brutal acts are clearly against the teachings of Islam.

In this context, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti (Mufti-e-Azam),Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah

al-Sheikh issued a Fatwa (Religious verdict) asserting that suicide attacks are illegal and

illegitimate (Haram).” He explained, “Such acts fall under the category of crime and suicide

bombers or attackers are destined to go to Hell…they represent an adversary of Islam and

enemy of Muslims and they commit crimes against humanity, while misguiding other Muslims,

especially the innocent youth.”

From time to time, while condemning the TTP insurgents’ inhuman activities, undemocratic

and un-Islamic practices, various Ulema (Islamic scholars) have clarified in their joint fatwa,

and separate statements that “killing of innocent people, target killings and suicide bombings

including sectarianism are against the spirit of Islam…the terrorists’ self-adopted interpretation

of Islam was nothing but ignorance and digression from the actual teachings of the religion. They

elaborated that Islam does not forbid women’s education.

While, Islam is a religion of universal application, as it emphasises peace, democracy,

moderation and human rights including tolerance of political groups, religious communities

and sects which are in minority in a country. It also permits periodic reinterpretation of Islamic

teachings which is called Ijtihad.

The Constitution of 1973 which was unanimously adopted, clearly states that Pakistan is

basically a democracy guided by the Islamic principles and values—no law would be made

contrary to Quran and Sunnah.

Notably, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in his sermon at Hajjatul Wida issued directions for

protection of life, property and dignity of the whole mankind. The sermon became a charter of

democracy which was included in the constitutions of the western elected governments in one

As a matter of fact, Islam and democracy have co-relationship with each other. Diversified

people and Ulema participate in the system of representatives, which does not exclude or

discriminate any one on basis of caste, creed and sect. It does not confine religion to mosque.

Here, it is mentionable that within four months, Pakistan’s Armed Forces have almost defeated

the ferocious terrorists of the TTP by clearing more than 80 percent of the areas of North

Waziristan Agency by military operation Zarb-e-Azb which has broken the backbone of the

insurgents, and is rapidly been achieving its objectives. The operation has full support of the civil

government, opposition parties and Ulema including all other segments of society and general

masses who are united against terrorism. In this regard, DG, ISPR Directorate, Major-Gen. Asim

Saleem Bajwa had stated, “Armed forces of Pakistan have launched the operation against foreign

and local terrorists…who had been waging a war against the state of Pakistan by disrupting our

national life in all its dimensions…with the support of the entire nation, these enemies will be

denied space across the country.”

Regarding terror-attack at Wagah border, Maj-Gen. Asim Bajwa stated on November 3 that the

massive attendance with fervor during the flag ceremony at Wagah border has proved that nation

was not afraid of these terrorists and it was united in its fight against terrorism.

Nonetheless, Islam considers killing one innocent person equal to murdering the entire humanity,

while Jihad is a sacred obligation, but its real spirit needs to be understood clearly, as killing

innocent women and children is not Jihad. By playing in the hands of anti-Pakistan foreign

countries, especially Indian secret agency RAW, the TTP and its banned affiliated groups are

defaming Islam, and are weakening our country by targeting the innocent persons like those of

the Wagah border incident.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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