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Pak Taliban strikes again, 13 dead near army HQs

world Updated: Jan 21, 2014 01:11 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

The Pakistan Army foiled yet another bid to bomb its headquarters in Rawalpindi when a suicide bomber was stopped at the outer perimeter of the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Monday, but the ensuing blast killed 13 in the adjoining market area. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) later claimed responsibility for the attack.

The new wave of blasts in Pakistan by the TTP has put pressure on the government to either start talks with the militant organization or resume a military operation against them. “There is too much indecision by Nawaz Sharif. Either we talk to them or fight them. Right now we are sitting ducks,” commented opposition leader Khurshid Shah.

Earlier this week, Sharif told newsmen that he wanted to “exhaust all avenues of peace before we talk about war.” However the consistent bombing by the Taliban have resulted in a national outcry. Earlier this week, 20 paramilitary staff died in Bannu when the TTP targeted them. Last week, the TTP attacked staffers of a news organization, killing of three.

Is India next target?

India will be the next target ofterror groups like Taliban operating in Afghanistan if they succeeded in capturing power in the war-ravaged country, former National Security Adviser MK Narayanan said in New Delhi.

The West Bengal Governor also said what was particularly worrying was that Pakistan shows no inclination to desist from pursuing “high risk” strategies, and it appears determined to support Jihadist elements as a strategic instrumentality to keep India off balance.

(with inputs from PTI)