Taliban warn against casting vote in elections

A sense of fear swept over residents after the Taliban warned people on Friday not to cast their vote in upcoming general elections, terming democracy as against the teachings of Islam.

According to media reports, letters were put up on walls in different locations, including the Hameed Khan Machine, Captain Tor Khan Kalay and Iqra Public School in Sherkera area. The letters said that the people should avoid voting because democracy was contradictory to the teachings of Islam.

This was the first time the Taliban warned people through letters in the Sherkera area.

Earlier last month, leader of banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said his group was focusing on jeopardising democracy by creating obstacles for May 11 elections.

“We have succeeded politically after we were asked to negotiate by the government,” TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud said, adding that the group was now solely focusing on the next elections.

As the elections come closer, TTP’s aim is to derail the democratic system, read the letter issued to the media. Mehsud also urged TTP’s militants to target senior politicians and party leaders, while simultaneously fight the security forces.


  1. Abodi said:

    May Allah destroy these ignorant people, they are not muslims but thugs who never learnt civility.

  2. US CENTCOM said:

    Just because they have guns and weapons to kill innocent people, these thugs think they have the power to decide the fate of a nation. I think not. Pakistanis are brave and strong enough to overlook the TTP threats and defeat them by casting their votes on May 11. Didn’t the religious scholars from the Pakistan Ulema Council, recently issue a Fatwa which declares the non-casting of vote a sin, adding that voting is an Islamic responsibility. If one looks at the earliest periods in the Islamic history, we will see that after the death of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Abu Bakr Siddique (RD) was selected the first Caliph by consensus of the people. If that is not democracy then what is? Recently, Richard B. Olson, our ambassador to Pakistan said, “Along with many other countries which count Pakistan as a friend, the United States looks forward to witnessing timely, transparent, free, and fair elections on May 11. These elections will mark an important democratic transition, a historic development of which the people of Pakistan can be very proud. It is our hope that these elections will proceed peacefully.”

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command

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