Karachi attack: Geelani urges Mullah Omar to ‘rein in Pakistani Taliban’

Srinagar: Condemning the attack on Karachi Airport that left 28 people dead and the killing of Shia pilgrims in Balochistan, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said Pakistan was going the “most difficult phase” of its history due to external and internal threats.
“Patriotic Pakistanis should rise above their differences and work for the stability and safety of their country which faces an existential threat due to external forces as well as the presence of some sick-minded people within its boundaries,” Geelani said in a statement.
Geelani said the methods being used by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for the imposition of Sharia in Pakistan could not be justified in any way.
Geelani appealed the leader of Afghan Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar to use his influence and “stop terrorist activities of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) against Pakistan and make them understand that they are cutting the branch on which they are sitting.”
He expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the death of soldiers and civilians in the Karachi attack and said that whoever was involved in such activities can only be termed as the worst enemy of Pakistan .
“If the TTP is involved in these attacks, they should understand that Islam cannot be enforced through the use of force. The right to fight unjust and anti-social forces is reserved with the Islamic state and if this Islamic principle were to changed then lawlessness, disharmony and the anarchy will prevail everywhere,” he said.
Geelani said the TTP was ignoring clear-cut position of Islamic scholar and clerics regarding the means to the establish Islamic way of life.
Geelani also termed the killing of Shia pilgrims in Balochistan as the worst kind of terrorism.