Punjab Research Group

DAWN.COM | Pakistan | Punjabi Taliban; a growing threat

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 31, 2010

DAWN.COM | Pakistan | Punjabi Taliban; a growing threat.

DERA GHAZI KHAN: The Pakistan Taliban is not the sole militant group threatening Pakistan and the region.

Punjabi groups are deepening their ties with the Taliban, representing a growing threat for a country already hit hard by militant violence.

This was highlighted by the twin attacks in Lahore on Friday which killed between 80 and 95 members of the Ahmadi community. Initial investigations suggested a possible link to the Taliban operating from Waziristan.

Security officials in the region say while there are no “militant strongholds” in the province for them to enable them to operate independently – as is the case in northwest Pakistan – their presence in the area, especially in southern Punjab, cannot be denied.

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