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In Pakistan, where Prime Minister Imran Khan faces a no-trust vote that could unseat him, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has urged people to join its fight against the military, saying the military establishment has been responsible for political instability in the country and is turning Pakistan into a battleground for an American proxy war.
In a March 20 statement regarding the current political turmoil in Pakistan, the TTP says that the political parties are only puppets in the hands of "a hidden force" – a reference to the country's military.
The TTP recently declared itself a branch of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Afghan Taliban jihadi organization that seized power on August 15, 2021, in Kabul. Inspired by the Afghan Taliban's rise to power, the TTP has launched a series of terror attacks recently against Pakistani military and intelligence institutions. In its statement, the TTP warned that the white flag of the Islamic Emirate will be hoisted over Islamabad, too.
Following is an English translation of the statement, which was issued in Urdu and Pashtu:
"A bird's-eye view of the history of Pakistan's 74-year-old political system clearly shows that Pakistani politics has been caught between the interests of the ruling party and the interests of the opposition (the Overthrow Government and Save Government campaigns). The strings of this political confrontation are in the hands of hidden forces [i.e., the military].
"The natural result of this confrontation is that Pakistan has been used as a cantonment [military camp] of the West for decades. It is for this reason that most of the prime ministers of Pakistan did not complete their terms [of office]. Despite the tall claims of democracy, slogans, and promises, the army (whose only job is to be a guard) has been dominating and controlling the politics of Pakistan.
"To get out of this quagmire, the people of Pakistan should think over two things:
The same military junta is responsible for all the riots, civil war, sectarianism, bargaining on national integrity, turning the country into a battleground of American proxy war, price hikes, and insecurity that have made the lives of the people miserable.
So, it is our outmost responsibility to get rid of this cancer. Therefore, if you cannot stand with us shoulder-to-shoulder against these dollar-hungry mercenaries [i.e., the Pakistani military], at least quickly get your loved ones out of this dirty rank and think about their future. Otherwise, they will not have a place to hide.
You are aware that this occupying and dominating military group has been the real hurdle in the great cause of the establishment of Pakistan for the last 74 years.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been fighting with them for the last two decades. Therefore, instead of pinning hopes on this democratic system, join us in utilizing all your energies for the Islamic Emirate style of politics. The time is not far when, like Kabul, the white flag will be hoisted over Islamabad.
March 20, 2022"
Source: Umarmedia.io, March 20, 2022.