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India-Pakistan
TTP threatens attacks on 'secular parties' as blast targets ANP rally
2012-12-11
[Dawn] The Pak Taliban have threatened to stage further attacks targeting political gatherings of the country's secular Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM), their front man said on Monday, the same day a blast near an ANP gathering in Charsadda injured seven people.

The kaboom in a car-park outside the venue of a public gathering scheduled to be addressed by ANP Chief Asfand Yar Wali Khan in Charsadda's Kulladher district. The bomb went kaboom! shortly before the formal launch of the event before the ANP leaders had arrived at the venue.

Medical Superintendent of Charsadda Hospital Dr Mohammad Nawaz confirmed seven people, including two coppers, were maimed in the blast. Security sources said that 500 grams of kaboom was used in the making of the bomb, which exploded remotely.

Speaking to a Dawn.com correspondent from Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) front man Ehsanullah Ehsan grabbed credit of the blast, threatening further attacks against "the country's secular parties".

The attack on the ANP gathering "is just a beginning. The attacks will intensify on both the secular ANP and MQM's political gatherings," threatened the TTP front man, cautioning the general public to stay away from the rallies.

Ehsan said the ANP and MQM would be on their hit-list because of their enmity towards the Taliban.

Ehsan added that the ANP and MQM because of their enmity towards Taliban would be on their hit list and their political gatherings will be targeted.

"We request the public to avoid attending such rallies in their own interest," said the front man.

About TTP stance on other political parties, he said, though they are all one, as far as their secular ideology is concerned, Taliban would announce their strategy regarding other parties later.
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