Taliban “will kill” Imran Khan
THE Taliban have threatened to kill Pakistani cricket star turned politician Imran Khan.
They say they will kill him if he goes ahead with a planned march in the Taliban’s tribal stronghold along the Afghan border to protest against US drone attacks.
Although the Pakistani Taliban also oppose the strikes, which have killed many of their fighters, spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said they would target Imran Khan because he calls himself a “liberal” – a term they associate with a lack of religious belief.
“If he comes, our suicide bombers will target him,” Mr Ahsan said in an interview on Monday in the militant group’s stronghold of South Waziristan. “We will kill him.”
The threat could come as a surprise to many in Pakistan who have criticised Mr Khan for not being tough enough on the Pakistani Taliban and instead focusing most of his criticism on the government’s alliance with the US.
Some of his critics have nicknamed him “Taliban Khan” because of his views and his cosy ties with conservative Islamists.
Mr Khan was once known for his playboy lifestyle and marriage to British socialite Jemima Khan. But they divorced several years ago, and he has since become much more conservative and religious. Mr Khan has described himself as a liberal in various TV interviews, but he has also made clear that he is a practicing Muslim.
Mr Ahsan, the Taliban spokesman, said the militants didn’t want Mr Khan’s help in opposing drone attacks. Mr Khan has said he is planning to lead thousands of people in a march to Waziristan in September to demonstrate against the strikes.
“We will not accept help or sympathy from any infidel,” said Mr Ahsan, referring to Mr Khan. “We can fight on our own with the help of God,” he said, as drones buzzed overhead.
The spokesman for Mr Khan’s party could not be immediately reached for comment.
but who is the taliban?..interesting..would the US be pro khan or not?