JNN 26 Aug 2013 Islamabad : The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday announced they have removed a key commander for welcoming a call for dialogue by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over ending bloodshed that has left thousands dead.
Ismatullah Muaweea, the head of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) Punjab province chapter, Known as “ Punjabi Taliban ” on Thursday hailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s offer, saying that the prime minister had shown maturity.
Sharif made the offer to extremists on Monday in his first televised address to the nation since taking office after winning elections in May — a sweeping, hour-long speech that focused on Pakistan’s myriad problems.
“Wisdom demands that we follow a path where we minimize the loss of innocent lives,” said Sharif.
But TTP distanced itself from Muaweea’s comments and said that the commander has no more role in the outfit.
“The Taliban decision making body met under Commander Hakimullah Mehsud and decided that Ismatullah Muaweea has no relation with the TTP,” Shahidullah Shahid, Taliban spokesman, told AFP.
“He is respectable for us, but he has no relation with the TTP. The decision about the new head of TTP’s Punjab chapter will be taken in next meeting of our decision makers,” he said.
Asmatullah Muawiya responded immediately, saying the TTP had no authority to remove him. He said that the Punjabi Taliban was an independent group and had its own Shura to decide matters.
Muaweea’s response to Sharif’s speech was surprising for many because the Taliban had earlier withdrawn their own peace talks offer after one of their main commanders was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the northwest Pakistan.
In his statement, distributed in Wana, the main town in the lawless South Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan, Muaweea praised the government’s step.
“The prime minister has shown maturity with his talks offer and he has also strengthened the desire for peace by Not executing the Capital Punishment awarded to our colleagues ” he said.
Pakistan on Sunday ordered a temporary stay of executions following objections from the president and rights groups, days before they were due to resume after a five-year moratorium.
Earlier, he had also praised the government for staying the execution of three militants, including his close associate Dr Usman, convicted and sentenced to death for his involvement in the attack on General Headquarters in Rawalpindi four years ago.
The statement had followed a threat to the government that execution of any militant would be regarded as a “declaration of war”.
The country has more than 7,000 prisoners on death row, one of the largest populations of prisoners facing execution in the world. And due to which the crime rate and terrorism has multiplied in many folds , as the criminals are quite contempt that what ever they ll do they ll not get Punishment of their crime in form of Execution by Death , which is legal and awarded by the courts , but still No action will be taken on it as Government of Pakistan is being forced by the Western Powers , and even by Organizations sponsoring terrorism that if even the terrorist are awarded Capital Punishment , then even the execution should not done , As it has not be done for the last 5 years , and now even the Present Government is not willing to take action against these terrorist who are not even Killed Innocent Citizens of Pakistan in Bomb Blast and target Killing But have even Worked for the Disintegration of Pakistan.
Pakistani Taliban militants, who have been waging a domestic insurgency since 2007, have said they will consider the executions of any of their prisoners a declaration of war.
Punjabi Taliban, a group of what the official described as “hardcore, well-trained, sophisticated one hundred and fifty to two hundred militants”, was heavily involved in operations inside Pakistan. “They are involved in classic operations, ala Al Qaeda,” the official said. “The matrix is, however, different.”
“The only reason they have had association with each other is because both the groups co-habit North Waziristan”, the official observed
Pakistan says tens of thousands of people have been killed in the country as a result of terrorism since 2001.