Taliban ignore code of conduct, inflict maximum loss on civilians

Deviating from their Code of Conduct, the Taliban have started killing civilians mercilessly in Pakistan in suicide attacks, experts said on Oct 9.

Javed Mahmood


KARACHI — Deviating from their Code of Conduct (CoC), the Taliban have started killing civilians mercilessly in Pakistan in suicide attacks, experts said on Oct 9.

“The killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud and the arrest of Moulvi Omer and other important TTP leaders have made the Taliban desperate, and they are now mercilessly killing civilians,” said Brig. Mahmood Shah, former Secretary of Security for the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).

The government delayed operations against the Taliban in South Waziristan, giving the insurgents enough time to reorganise and take revenge for Baitullah’s killing, Shah said. According to him, after the successful operation in Swat and Malakand, the government should have immediately launched a fierce operation in South Waziristan.

“Security checkpoints at which police search vehicles are inadequate to reign in the furious terrorists,” Shah added.

“The Taliban are involved in a number of kidnapping-for-ransom cases in Karachi that negate one of the key principles of their CoC,” said Haider Abbas Rizvi, the deputy parliamentary leader of the Muttehida Qoumi Movement (MQM). “Killing of civilians and kidnapping for ransom by Taliban indicate that they have no respect for human life and they deserve no leniency from the government.”

Experts pointed out that despite the CoC, the Taliban carried out a number of suicide attacks against civilians. In first week of October alone, their attacks claimed the lives of almost 100 civilians and injured dozens of others.

“Terrorists, however, cannot deter the people and government by resorting to suicide attacks against civilians,” said NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, adding that “operations against the enemies of humanity will continue.”

According to the CoC, the exchange of prisoners for money is forbidden. Killing can be decided only by the ‘Imam’ and civilians must not be targeted in suicide attacks. In addition, mujahedeen cannot snatch weapons from people. Human mutilation is strictly prohibited, and mujahedeen should not extort money. Kidnapping for ransom is not allowed and mujahedeen are expected to be well-mannered and deal with people honourably.

The same experts said that the Taliban have set aside their CoC and have instead pursued an agenda of causing maximum loss to civilians, as well as slaughtering prisoners.

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