Halt attacks on Pakistani forces: Mullah Omar tells Taliban

February 25th, 2009 - 1:31 am ICT by IANS  

Mullah OmarIslamabad, Feb 24 (IANS) Taliban leader Mullah Omar has asked Pakistani militants to halt attacks on Pakistani forces, media reports said Tuesday.
In a letter to the leaders of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants, Mullah Mohammad Omar, the head of the ousted Taliban regime, said that fighting fellow Muslims was not jihad, The News reported.

“Attacks on Pakistan’s security forces and killings of fellow Muslims in the tribal areas and elsewhere in Pakistan is bringing a bad name to mujahidin and harming the war against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan,” he was quoted as saying.

Omar asked the Taliban militants operating in Pakistan to forge unity in their ranks and concentrate on actions against the US and Nato forces in Afghanistan as the US was devising a new strategy and adopting new tactics to crush militants in Afghanistan, the report said.

“If anybody really wants to wage jihad, he must fight the occupation forces inside Afghanistan,” Omar said.

“Our aim is to liberate Afghanistan from the occupation forces and death and destruction in Pakistan has never been our goal,” he added.

US President Barack Obama has announced the deployment of an additional 17,000 soldiers to Afghanistan this year.

This will increase the numbers of American troops in the country to more than 50,000 soldiers.

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