Peshawar, Mar 4 (ANI): The Taliban in Pakistan have now surfaced in Balochistan by organising themselves under the banner of Tehrik-e-Taliban Balochistan.
Engineer Asad, claiming to be its spokesman, said in a phone call from an undisclosed location in Balochistan that their organisation had no link with the Baitullah Mahsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
It wasn't possible to verify the claim made by Engineer Asad or to know more about his identity, The News reported.
The man, who spoke Pashto in an accent peculiar to Balochistan, explained that the members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Balochistan (TTB) were all Pakistanis.
He said the struggle of the TTB was against non-Muslims and Western forces that had attacked and occupied Islamic countries.
Engineer Asad said the TTB was opposed to fighting the Pakistani security forces and law-enforcement agencies and turning Pakistan into a battlefield. Instead, he said, the TTB was committed to fighting the enemies of Islam.
The TTB spokesman termed suicide bombings un-Islamic, and condemned the suicide attack that targeted and missed the JUI-F provincial head, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani, and other party leaders at a seminary in Pishin district on Monday. The blast killed six people.
Engineer Asad said the TTB wasn't involved in the Pishin suicide bombing.
The TTB is the latest among the Taliban groups now functioning in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The TTP members are almost all Pakhtuns, but it is possible that the TTB would have some Baloch activists. (ANI)