Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pakistan: Pakistani Taliban pamphlets urge people to boycott elections

Source: IRNA

ISLAMABAD, April 26, IRNA -- Pakistani Taliban distributed leaflets in parts of the country, asking the people to boycott the upcoming elections on May 11.

The Taliban warning came just hours after religious scholars issued an edict, declaring casting vote obligatory on the people.

The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) distributed pamphlets in the port city of Karachi and Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and some other cities, warning citizens not to participate in the upcoming elections.

The leaflets also warned the people against attending political rallies and casting their votes at polling stations.

Local administration and security officials were reportedly unaware of any such incident.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed that democracy is un-Islamic and is the agenda of secular forces in Pakistan due to which they were opposed to it.

He said the TTP would continue its fight against secular forces.

Leaflets were also distributed in Swat valley and the nearby Buner district, the areas had once been their stronghold.

The security forces cleared the areas of the Taliban as the result of major operations in 2009.

Taliban have carried out attacks on leaders and activists of three liberal parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party, Awami National Party and Mutahida Qaumi Movement for their support to the security forces.