PTI shrugs off Taliban threat; to go ahead with march
[Dawn] Brushing aside a reported threat by the Taliban to kill its chief Imran Khan
Taliban Khan, who ain't the brightest knife in the national drawer...
, the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaaf announced on Thursday that it was determined to go ahead with its planned peace march to Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a
ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
in North Wazoo to protest against US drone attacks.
Regardless of the authenticity of the threat, the PTI would go ahead with its planned peace rally, said the cricketer-turned-politician in a statement while commenting on the reports which quoted a TTP front man that Mr Khan would be attacked by jacket wallahs if he tried to enter the area.
"This rally will demonstrate solidarity with the people of Waziristan whose life has been turned into a living hell by repeated drone attacks," he said.
Referring to the alleged TTP threat, he said: "A man of faith does not fear death."
About the charge of his being a liberal, Mr Khan said: "Only God understands what is in a person's heart and such labels are meaningless.
"It would be an honour to give the ultimate sacrifice of one's life to protest American lack of care for the innocent men, women and kiddies of Waziristan who have died in thousands by American drone attacks."
He said this was a march that would project to the world the hardship of the ordinary people of the region who had been caught in a brutal and senseless conflict. "No real or imagined threats would, therefore, diminish the resolve of the party to lead a peace rally to Waziristan," Mr Khan added.
...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes...
talking to news hounds at an Iftar-dinner, Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
said on Thursday that the government would provide security to Imran Khan during his visit to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
He urged the Taliban to join the mainstream and work for the welfare of the country.
In a related development, TTP front man Ahsanullah Ahsan has denied The News Agency that Dare Not be Named report that his organization would kill Imran Khan if holds the demonstration he has planned for September. But he said the Pak Taliban considered Imran Khan to be an 'infidel' because he described himself as a 'liberal'.
"Taliban leaders will hold a meeting to decide if they will allow Imran Khan to protest against drone attacks in their tribal stronghold," he said. The TTP front man also condemned the AP news hound for 'misquoting' him.
The AP's Wednesday report had quoted Ahsan as saying "If he (Imran Khan) comes our suicide bombers will target him" and "we will kill him".
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