No evidence of Baitullah threatening Benazir

November 14th, 2007 - 2:26 am ICT by admin  
Members of his group in South Waziristan and Tank said they were unaware of a threat being issued.

Requesting anonymity, they pointed out that Baitullah Mehsud, in the rare statements that he has issued till now, had never made any such threat.

His spokesman, Zulfiqar Mehsud, too, had not issued any threat against Benazir Bhutto.

Pro-MMA Senator Maulana Saleh Shah, who was reported to have made a statement about Baitullah Mehsud’s plan to ‘welcome’ Benazir Bhutto upon her return to Pakistan with a suicide bombing, has denied it.

The threat was first reported in a section of the press quoting Maulana Saleh Shah, member of the Senate from South Waziristan.

An English language newspaper in a front page story quoted Shah as saying that Baitullah Mehsud would ‘welcome’ Benazir Bhutto with a suicide bombing due to her provocative utterances against the Taliban and other militants.

The News quoted Shah as saying that the reporter in question had accepted his mistake and apologised.

“I was quoted out of context. I didn’t say all that was published in my name,” he claimed.

Sources said that Shah, who belongs to Maulana Fazlur Rahman’s JUI-F, made some comments about the possibility of suicide bombings targeting Benazir Bhutto once she returned to Pakistan.

Shah has proved a timely source of information for the media on a number of occasions about the events in South Waziristan. Recent reports emanating from South Waziristan, however, suggest that Shah has lost some trust. (ANI)

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