Mingora (Pakistan), (AFP) – While sipping tea with his constituents in Pakistan’s rugged northwest, an MP heard his phone ring and the Taliban called asking for donations.
We are sure you will not be disappointed. Read the chilling text written by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an obscure intermediary of the Islamists in the Pakistani chapter.
He also warned that if you refuse to pay financial aid, you will be in trouble.
We believe that a wise man will be able to understand what we mean.
Locals say TTP racketeering seeped into Pakistan’s border regions after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. This was due to the group’s success with its sister movements.
The provincial legislator, who requested anonymity, has been forced to send TTP sums of 1.2 million rupees (more than $5,000) since July.
Paying the fines is what you get. Sometimes they throw a bomb at their door. He tells AFP that they sometimes shoot.
The majority of the elites are known for their extortion. Some pay more than others. It’s not something we talk about.
Locals claim that Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan’s racketeering operations plagued Pakistan’s border regions after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Indeed, the group was encouraged by the success of its sister movements
Locals say racketeering operations by the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan plagued Pakistan’s border regions after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. This is due to the group’s success with its sister movements Abdul MAJEED AFP.
Everyone is afraid for their life.
TTP shares a line with the Afghan Taliban but was the most powerful from 2007 to 2009. They poured out of the jagged belt that divided Afghanistan and Pakistan and invaded the Swat Valley, 140 km (85 miles) away. north of Islamabad.
After militants attacked a school for army children and killed nearly 150 people, mostly students, the Pakistani military took a tough stance in 2014.
The TTP fighters fled to Afghanistan, where they were pursued by US-led forces.
According to Imtiaz Gul (an analyst at the Islamabad Center for Security Research and Studies), Afghanistan is now an open haven for the TTP.
He said they now have the freedom to act while living in Afghanistan.
This is a simple explanation of why TTP attacks have increased.
According to the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (with around 433 dead), militant activity has increased in Pakistan since the return of the Taliban.
The same old game
Ahmad Shah, a Swat community activist, said they had started the same old game: kidnappings, bombings and targeted killings.
The blackmail network not only funds the TTP, but also creates a crisis of confidence in the local government that activists want to support for an Islamist regime.
According to Nisar Mohmand, a provincial deputy, 80-95% of wealthy residents living in neighboring districts are blackmailed.
Several lawmakers have been targeted for refusing to pay and others are afraid to visit their precincts.
Mohmand said they have their own punishment and reward system. They created an alternative government so that the people could not resist.
days of cruelty
The Afghan Taliban have had longstanding disagreements with their Pakistani counterparts and have since captured Kabul pledging not to harbor international jihadist groups.
The first sign of TTP blackmail is the phone number that begins with the international code +93, which indicates an Afghan SIM card.
Then a suggestion text or voice message in Pashto is delivered. It is spoken with a Pakistani accent.
AFP received a message from the owner threatening to send an action squad if he refused to pay.
The end of cruelty is near. He warns that we are not a wasted force.
The amount owed is then negotiated, usually through a middleman, before being sent to the TTP fighters, whose silhouettes cling to mountain peaks.
According to an unnamed MP, victims can expect to be wiretapped up to five times a year.
The 2014 school massacre in Karachi shocked Pakistanis, who weren’t even sympathetic to their cause at all. Since then, the TTP has pledged to avoid civilian targets and claimed that criminals extort them.
However, a local civilian intelligence officer insisted they were the cause of the threat.
life is at a standstill
Swat, a valley of snow-capped mountains divided by turquoise waters, is one of Pakistan’s most famous beauty spots. But his reputation has a darker side.
Malala Yousafzai, 15, was shot in the head by the TTP while campaigning for girls’ education. This campaign later won him the Nobel Peace Prize.
It looked like things had returned to those dark days this summer.
After a ten-year hiatus, the anonymous MP has started receiving blackmail messages again.
Shah said the situation was so serious that many people
thought about moving. The situation was so dire that life was nearly impossible to sustain.
However, there has been some resistance and protests against the TTP have taken place since the high-profile kidnappings of three officials by the group in August.
Shops were closed and people marched through the streets of the valley, dragging thousands with them.
The Pakistani military claimed that reports of a strong TTP in the region were exaggerated.
Despite a ceasefire between Islamabad and the TTP, attacks on Pakistan’s borders continue despite an apparent truce.
Despite being beaten for twenty years by the strongest armies in the world, the Taliban’s return to Kabul shows that military might is not enough to end the ordeal.
We must find a mutually acceptable solution, said Muhammad Ali Saif, government negotiator.
A lasting solution will have to be found.