Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TTP warns violators of Kurram peace deal

SADDA: Militants of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Kurram Agency said on Monday that they would extend all-out support to the political administration and security forces to implement the peace agreement reached between elders of the Sunni and Shia sects.

Speaking at a press conference from an unknown location in central Kurram Agency, Kurram TTP chief Fazal Saeed said militants would hand down severe punishment under the Shariah if any party flouted the peace deal. Asking all the stakeholders to abide by the pact, he said nobody would be allowed to sabotage the peace process. "We will first ask the political administration and jirga members to take action against the side violating the agreement. But we will be justified to punish the violators after 15 days as per the accord," he warned.

The militant leader added that Islamic teachings strictly prohibited violation of agreements when reached by warring sides for peace and tranquility and cessation of hostilities. He urged the Shia scholars to play their role in implementing the peace agreement as it was in the interest of all the people.

Saeed asked the Shias to use roads including the Thall-Parachinar Road without any fear as the TTP was not against the peace deal between the Shia and Sunni elders for lasting peace in Kurram Agency. The peace agreement was reached between the Sunni and Shia elders in Islamabad on February 3. However, it was being feared in certain quarters that the TTP would not accept the deal.






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