There are rumors of a possibility for peace talks between political parties in Pakistan and the outlawed Tehrike Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the radical jihadi group headed by Pastun Mehsud’s and allied with Al Qaeda.
But on one jihadi website a posting now has appeared which suggests TTP-leader Hakimullah Mehsud is not ready for peace between TTP and the Pakistani state. “We, the Mujahideen of Islam will continue this war with the spirit of our faith and courage, and by the grace and mercy of Allah, and no one can take these weapons away from us.”
Below is the full statement of Hakimullah Mehsud:
“To the Government and Security Agencies
We are believing men and Mujahideen, and our war against you is one based on creed, and it will continue as such. You have repeatedly duped the Muslim masses, sometimes by presenting democracy as a just system of governance and at other times misleading them by confusing religion with democracy. But if any true believers stood up against you, you unleashed a wave of barbarism upon them, as you did in the tribal areas, Lal Masjid, Swat, Buner and the Abbottabad operation. You are responsible for the bloodshed of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and for handing over Arab, Uzbek and other Mujahideen to the kuffar only so that you may please their leaders. To serve the interests of America and the kuffar, you have thrown away your lives in Peshawar, Waziristan, Swat and many other places. Our war with you will continue and soon you will be humiliated and disgraced in this very life, and Kufr too will turn its back on you. For they have used you and can no longer see any strength remaining in you. We, the Mujahideen of Islam will continue this war with the spirit of our faith and courage, and by the grace and mercy of Allah, and no one can take these weapons away from us.
Ameer Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan”