By Shaheen Buneri
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Taliban Movement (TTP) has termed Afghan President Hamid Karzai's statement of sending troops to fight militants in Pakistan tribal areas as 'sick' and 'creation of a baffled mind", and vowed to resist US-led NATO forces with a renewed vigour both in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference Afghan president Hamid Karzai Sunday threatened to send Afghan troops across the border to fight militants in Pakistan adding "to come and kill Afghan and kill coalition troops, it exactly gives us the right to do the same."
Talking to the Medialine via phone from an undisclosed location, Moulvi Omar, Spokesman of Pakistan Taliban Movement (TTP) out-rightly rejected President Karzai statement and said that it was expression of Karzai's frustration on Taliban successes in Afghanistan.
"Karzai is 'sick' and utterly frustrated at Taliban successes in Afghanistan. Taliban have won victory in their resistance against NATO forces and Karzai's government is confronted with a humiliating defeat", he remarked.
Karzai in his press conference, specifically naming Baitullah Mehsud, Supreme Commander of Pakistan Taliban Movement, based in South Waziristan Agency, Pakistan, said "Baitullah Mehsud should know that we will go after him now and hit him in his house,"
When asked about Karzai's intention of hitting Baitullah Mehsud, Moulvi Omar responded that Baitullah was not only the name of an individual but an organization with thousands of supporters.
"He is the leader of our movement and the supreme commander. Let along hitting him, we will teach a lesson to those who even dare to come close to him with a bad intention", he warned.
In the recent past both the NATO officials and Afghanistan government repeatedly expressed their concern over Taliban infiltration into Afghanistan from Pakistan tribal areas and increasing attacks on the allied forces.
However Pakistan denied providing safe heavens to Taliban in Pakistan Tribal areas and said that Pakistan itself has been remained a victim of Taliban insurgency.
In response to a query about Taliban infiltration into Afghanistan, the Taliban spokesman said, they (Taliban) consider the United States as an occupying force in Afghanistan and will never feel reluctant to provide assistance to Taliban groups in Afghanistan, if there is need of any such support.
"Taliban in Afghanistan are resisting US-led forces very well. They have given a very tough time to the occupying forces and as per our religious belief we will support our brothers (Taliban) if need arises", he explained.
Omar maintained that on many occasions the US forces violated Pakistan borders and kill people inside the tribal areas. "We are free and committed to the protection of our borders. We are not the slaves of United States and President Hamid Karzai. We reserve the right to avenge the killing of our people by US forces, we will fight back", he remarked.
Political observers in Pakistan believe that President Hamid Karzai statement will poison relationship between the two countries who are the most important allies in the US war on terror.
Imtiaz Ali, Washington Post correspondent in Peshawar says that Karzai's statement will build pressure on Pakistan government to take military action against Taliban insurgents in Pakistan tribal areas instead of signing peace agreements with them.
"For the first time Pakistan responded very strongly to the last week US air attack on Pakistan Mohmand Agency and it shows the difference in approach between Pakistan and Afghanistan on curbing terrorism. Karzai statement adds a new angle to this and may further complicate situation in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in future", he elaborated.
Talking to journalists last month in South Waziristan Agency TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud also said that Taliban would continue their "Jihad", against US forces inside Afghanistan.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commonly known as Pakistan Taliban Movement is an umbrella organization of Pakistan Taliban groups under the leadership of Baitullah Mehsud.
Pakistan newly elected government has negotiated a number of peace agreements with Taliban groups in FATA and Swat valley of North West Pakistan, which are viewed by suspicion by NATO, Afghanistan and the United States, however Pakistan insists that it is talking only to those who are ready to lay down their arms.
First published to www.themedialine.org