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Quit or face the music: Mehsud tells ANP.

Byline: Pajhwok correspondent

Quit or face the music: Mehsud tells ANP

Pajhwok correspondent - Jul 18, 2008 - 14:15

PESHAWAR (PAN): After the suspension of talks with the authorities, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has issued an ultimatum to the ANP-led provincial coalition government to quit within five days or face the music.

Reacting to the ultimatum NWFP government spokesman Iftikhar Hussain said: If the TTP challenges the governments writ and acts against the law, the NWFP government will be compelled to use force. Maulvi Fazlullah also expressed support for Mehsuds ultimatum.

The warning was issued by Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud through Maulana Umar, spokesman for the central Taliban organisation.

The warning was issued to the government after local Taliban in Swat, Mardan and FATA suspended talks with the authorities.

Talking to media persons on phone from an undisclosed location, Maulana Umar said: "If the NWFP government does not quit within five days of the ultimatum then Mujahideen of Tehrik-e-Taliban will carry out actions against the government."

He said the decision was taken in the shura meeting of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and amir Baitullah Mehsud issued the statement.

"On the one hand, Awami National Party (ANP) is making claims that it wants peace in the region, but in reality," he said, "ANP is totally against talks so it is deceiving the people."

He alleged that provincial government had sought help from the federal government for operation against local Taliban in Hangu and Swat.

The NWFP government in response to the Taliban statement termed it disappointing and irresponsible.

According to a private TV channel, the provincial government said it was greatly disappointed by the statement of the Taliban adding, "The ANP always believed in peace and to solve issues through dialogue not force."

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