Pakistan: Taliban answer “most commonly asked questions” via social media

“It is haram to kill someone without Sharia justification. We are not followers of whims & desires. Relax”


Ehsanullah Ehsan with Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of Taliban

Alongside Taliban calls for US drone strikes to stop so a ceasefire can start, Pakistan Tehrik –Taliban (TTP) Political Commission member Ehsanullah Ehsan and “Team TTP” has recently taken to twitter to engage with the public.

As well as disseminating statements from TTP including accepting responsibility for attacks or denying involvement in bombings, the Taliban are now open to questions from the public. They have recently provided answers to “commonly asked questions” on their Jihad Information Network (including some of my own). Amidst hope for talks (supported by the All Parties, Conference, APC) and an end to internal conflict and ongoing violence, this appears to be designed to help clarify the group’s position on certain issues and dispel a few myths. The move is described as “an opportunity for dialogue”

Ehsan had this to say:-

Some ask us why we don’t engage in a peaceful discussion. We do. The problem is some of our opponents spend more time trying to censor us. Interesting how “some ‘liberals’ pounce on other liberals who merely retweeted us. We welcome criticism & smilingly tolerate all sorts of abuse. Some engage in discussions. The intellectually bankrupt try to get us blocked.

Here are the questions and answers as posted by TTP:-

Why do you fight the Pakistan army? You should be fighting America and her Allies…

We ARE fighting America and her allies. Pakistan has been the biggest and self-confessed frontline ally of America since 2001.

It was Pakistan that provided the US with intelligence, airbases and all forms of logistical support against the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is Pakistan that continues to provide the US with intelligence for drone strikes. It is Pakistan that handed over scores of mujahideen to the US – including Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Afghan Taliban ambassador to Pakistan. Our fighters have carried out several attacks on the US & NATO forces including the attack on Camp Chapman that resulted in the killing of CIA station chief and other CIA officials.

America and her allies are fighting their war in Afghanistan with hardware and fuel that is shipped through Pakistan on Pakistan military contracted trucks (through NLC). It takes a bit of common sense to realise that Afghanistan and Pakistan are a single war theatre.

Does America fund TTP? Where do you get your funds from?

America does NOT fund TTP. America does however carry out a vicious drone campaign against us, using intelligence provided by the ISI. The drones have resulted in the martyrdom of hundreds of our members and leaders such as Nek Muhammad, Baitullah Mehsud and Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud.

Alhamdolillah we get funds from various avenues including the huge amount of donations from our Muslim brothers and sisters, a huge amount in extortion
from NATO contractors and other allies of kufr, booty from state-owned
capital (never private property of Muslims) and many more.

On the other hand, America DOES fund the Pakistani military through its Coalition Support Fund (CSF) and Pakistan military/ISI have so far devoured over eleven billion dollars as they themselves acknowledge.

Where do you get you most modern weapons from?

Our most common weapon is AK-47 assault rifle which is by no means a modern weapon. We have and continue to capture weapons from NATO forces, their “frontline ally” the Pakistani military, the government funded aman lashkars that have surrendered to us.

Why do you kill innocent people?

Our rules of engagement are defined by Islam and not by some man-made standard. Islam does not allow the killing of someone who is not harbi. A harbi is defined as someone at war with Islam.

This could take the form of someone knowingly fighting against Islam in a physical sense, supporting a war against Islam economically, through propaganda, through strategising and so on.

It is HARAM and a major sin to deliberately target a non-harbi. We NEVER deliberately target a non-harbi. Accidental collateral damage is part of war and there are a number of ahadith on this.

As a policy directed by Islam, we condemn haram attacks such as those in Peshawar Qissa Khuwani Bazaar and Lahore Moon Market. We have nothing to do with them and consider them false flag operations by the anti-Islam forces in a bid to defame the mujahideen.

We do NOT target mosques where ordinary Muslims pray but DO target the modern versions of masjid ad-dhiraar such as the Parade Lane mosque.

More on this:

Why don’t you just go and fight in Afghanistan?

Islam is not just for Afghanistan but for the whole world. Bizarre how many people see no issue with jihadi operations against Kabul but object when it comes to Islamabad. They have no issues with jihadi operations against the Afghan National Army but object to the targeting of Pakistani soldiers.  They have no objection to collateral damage in Afghanistan but raise hue and cry when it happens in Pakistan. The authorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan have both been collaborators and allies of the US. Does Shariah not apply once the Durrand Line is crossed?

You are following a misinterpretation of Islam

We sincerely pray to Allah to guide us and all Muslims to what pleases Him.

However by the blessings of Allah we are at ease knowing that we strictly take our guidance from the classical scholars of this ummah – the salaf and not the scholars promoted by the likes of Rand Corporation. Islam is what has been defined by the beloved Messenger, may Allah’s blessings be upon him. It is not the ritualistic, subservient, mutated version that has been genetically engineered in the labs of Rand Corporation, et all.

Are you anti-Pakistan?

Not at all. This is our country and we are striving to turn it into an Islamic Pakistan. What we DO oppose is the present order – the Pakistan that has been turned into a slave of the disbelievers and a fort against Islam.

With regard to recent press reports alleging the death of Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah, Ehsan stated, “I can confirm with full authority that he is alive and healthy.”


TTP also confirmed that Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud’s top aide, Latif Mehsud is currently in US custody, details of his capture can be read on the following link

On education, Taliban had this to say, “this nonsense about us opposing education is getting boring now. Education is a MUST for men & women. We oppose intellectual colonialism.”

Ehsan also pointed out the following, “many of these armchair analysts have never met any of us and simply propagate what they get from GHQ.” Having been denied a visa for Pakistan to interview drone victims and with Waziristan out of bounds for most foreigners, I felt compelled to tweet back, that gaining face to face access with Taliban wasn’t exactly easy. I think for a moment of a dear Pakistani friend who interviewed and wrote a book on the Taliban and is no longer with us…  sadly there are those who would punish writers and human rights activists simply for reporting all sides!

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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17 Responses to Pakistan: Taliban answer “most commonly asked questions” via social media

  1. nice Carol anne grayson keep it up such a great work

  2. Saad says:

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  3. Adil khan says:

    i started supporting taliban the same day,i read about Mullah Omar……there is lot of propaganda made against them just to malign tbeir real image….i also believe they r the same men who will arise from Khosaran as mentioned in islam…………..

  4. raouf says:

    i have firm believe that Taliban on both sides r righteous ppl on earth… they waked up b4 us. they r showing us the real picture of liberals n seculars… but umma islamia is sleeping yet… we have to wake them up…

  5. I Love Islam says:

    Why don’t you ask them, why they are killing shia muslims only? how they are against Islam? and how does Islam give them permission to kill people? can they share with us any verse from Holy Quran or any hadith?

    • Basit Khan says:

      he clearly said that they dont kill innocent people they denied such allegations,,,,, what else u want ?????????? and sectarianism will be stopped soon after Shia stop trying to bring Iranian Inqalab to Pakistan with the help of iran

    • Musa al khattab Ibn Abdullah says:

      Do you know the aqeeda of shias? if you dont then read it and you will see that the rafidah are not muslims. I suggest you read your quran and books from classical scholars before you state incorrct things. there are many places in the Quran where Allah permitts the killing of some people when they attack muslims and muslim lands.

      • Danish says:

        Hip hip hurray..thank you for giving us the fatwa on kufr..we have a bus load of such people with their kufr-gun, ready to aim and shoot anyone who doesn’t fall into the concepts of “true” islam..

        “As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, you have no part of them in the least. Their affair is with Allah; He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.”

        “And surely this brotherhood of your is a single brotherhood, and I am your Lord and Cherisher. Therefore fear Me and no other. But people have broken their religion into sects, each group rejoicing in that which is with them. But leave them in their confused ignorance for a time.”

        Just suppose for a while that the shia are not muslims or are deviant, – WHICH IS NOT WHAT I BELIEVE EVEN THOUGH I AM A SUNNI – I wonder, what the verse “Their affair is with Allah” mean???????? I wonder, what “leave them in their confused ignorance for a time” means?? It certainly doesn’t mean that you should kill them!!!

        We muslims – sunnis AND shias – have spent the past 1400+ years on just declaring each other kafir or deviant and spent all our valuable energies in that direction instead of more useful objectives like working for the welfare and development of not only muslims but even non-muslims. THAT should have been our primary goal. The world has landed on the moon and is reaching for mars and beyond, whereas muslims still haven’t gone past what happened in siffin, karbala, kufa, and Syria..!!

      • A Muslim says:

        Dear Danish Brother,

        We respect your point of view.

        Although I would like to draw your attention to the following links to enlighten you with some of the research that I did. The below mentioned links are from very famous books of Shia Sect.

        page 21, page 107-108, page 122

        page 66

        Page 49-53

        Page 214-215

        These are just a few to begin with. Please read them and provide your humble opinion.
        We have no intentions to argue with you over anything.

        Hope you understand.

  6. kiss says:

    Question 1 to TTP: Under what conditions does Islam Allow cautious destruction of religious places like churches, along with killing of non-muslims in it. We must not forget that mulims conqured palestine twice and we have a role model until today. Do you know that till today the key of one church in Palestine is with a muslim family as its protectors.

    Question 2 to Mulla Umar: I trust Mullah Umar to some extent, hence I seriously need to know, Does he not think think that TTP is acting in the hands of black waters and CIA as due to them, US is able to control pakistan more than ever. Does Mulla Umar take responsibility for TTP?

  7. Techman says:

    It is because of people like you (with conscience), that this world exists and there’s some sanity left for the people suppressed. At the very minimum, I would recommend people who stick to MSM (mainstream media) view, to just read you point of view as well (with reasonings and sources).

    Keep writing, keep enlightening.

  8. Danish says:

    Dear Carol Anne Grayson,

    Please stop confusing muslims even more.. We already have Taliban apologists and propogandists amongst us who are making the situation worse and worse for Pakistan, Afghanistan and the world by providing fodder for recruitment..

    Atrocities are atrocities whether they are committed by Islamic terrorists or American bombs..It’s always the same story..the Taliban say that they do not target innocent civilians and the americans ALSO say that they do not target innocent civilians. The same web of lies is stitched together by both!! So, I for one, will neither believe the Americans nor the TTP representatives when they say that “they do not kill innocent” civilians..

    The problem lies exactly where you pointed out “It is HARAM and a major sin to deliberately target a non-harbi. We NEVER deliberately target a non-harbi. Accidental collateral damage is part of war and there are a number of ahadith on this.”

    Weird, that collateral damage by the Americans is bad yet if it is done by TTP, it is perfectly acceptable?

    And further:

    We sincerely pray to Allah to guide us and all Muslims to what pleases Him.

    However by the blessings of Allah we are at ease knowing that we strictly take our guidance from the classical scholars of this ummah – the salaf and not the scholars promoted by the likes of Rand Corporation. Islam is what has been defined by the beloved Messenger, may Allah’s blessings be upon him. It is not the ritualistic, subservient, mutated version that has been genetically engineered in the labs of Rand Corporation, et all.

    Now that is the double whammy for simple muslims who just want to lead a normal life, i.e. work, raise a family and provide them with a decent standard of living while instilling a set of good moral values in them. To these TTP and other jihadi organizations, such people are NOT TRUE MUSLIMS…Who the hell gave them the right do decide that???? Only Allah S.W.T knows what is in the hearts of people and he alone is the supreme judge..I don’t need these damn TTP bastards to tell me if I’m a good muslim or not!! That is solely and solely Allah’s prerogative!! They can keep their judgments to themselves!!

    So please, Ms. CAG, I appreciate your concern that we muslims are not getting the “true” version of the truth, but no thanks. We’re better off without TTP apologists!!!

    And before you draw the inference that since I hate the TTP, I must be a US apologist, I’d like to stop that chain of simplistic deduction before it even begins.

    • Dan says:

      Dear Danish,

      I’m so very sorry that this war against Islam is stopping you from raising your family. I must have missed the hadith that says the Ummah is like one body but as long as you are looking after your children don’t worry about the pain being caused to your brothers and sisters. Nowhere in this piece did they say Muslims who don’t support them are non Muslims. Perhaps that is what is none as a Freudian slip? I wouldn’t say you were a US apologist I would just say you are confused and need to study hadith on jihad.

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