Standing up a woman is dangerous enough, but failing to show up for a date with the most feared terrorist outfit in Pakistan is simply suicidal.
It must have been a very good reason that stopped the government-backed negotiators from arriving for peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban.
Perhaps somebody in the Pakistan hierarchy finally woke up and realized that a terrorist organization, which counts jeans among the evils of society, cannot be negotiated with. Not all jeans, of course, only the ones worn by women. Those sported by men are absolutely fine.
#TTP10Demands 10) Ban on women appearing in public in jeans or without head scarves.— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) February 4, 2014
So apart from their evident disdain for women’s hair and their jeans, the militants have also shown that they are not too fond of democracy. In fact, they would much rather see Shariah Law implemented in Pakistan instead.
Moving on to other demands.
#TTP10Demands 6) To pay compensation for the Taliban fighters killed during army operations.— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) February 4, 2014
After all, they are the only ones who have suffered death and destruction, right? Who cares if the same fighters have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Pakistanis? The blood of the average man is not equal to that of a terrorist, in their view.
As for being held accountable for their crimes, the Taliban feel they are above trivial things such as the law, which is why they have demanded that thousands of their murderers, kidnappers and would-be suicide bombers be released from Pakistani jails.
#TTP10Demands 4) Prisoners to be exchanged and release of over 4500 prisoners at various jails all over Pakistan— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) February 4, 2014
As for the terrorists that are still free, the militants demand that they should be allowed to continue with what they do best – create bloody mayhem.
#TTP10Demands 5) To take back all Police cases (FIR) registered against the Taliban.— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) February 4, 2014
With their numbers back to full strength and a clean chit, the Taliban fighters will need freedom to continue with blowing up schools, trying to eliminate girls seeking a decent education and the slaughter of tribal people with deferring views.
Now if only there was some way to stop that pesky Pakistan Army from protecting its own land.
#TTP10Demands 3) Recall Army from Tribal areas and dismantle the check posts.— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) February 4, 2014