October 17th, 2012
05:12 AM ET

Who are the Pakistani Taliban?

By Ben Brumfield

The Pakistani Taliban is a banned Islamist group with intimate links with the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda.

While the attempted killing of 14-year-old teen activist Malala Yousafzai has brought renewed focus on the group, the brazen act is part of a long list of attacks on civilians and the military that the Islamist militant group has carried out in Pakistan's mostly ungoverned tribal area along the Afghan border.

Most recently, the group, formally known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), took the global spotlight when Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American, attempted to detonate a car bomb in New York's Times Square in May 2010. The TTP took responsibility, and Shahzad testified that he had received training from them.

The following September, the U.S. State Department designated the TTP a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

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  1. OffTheWorldPolitics

    Way to go PAKISTAN! do not just support with words and signs. The common man needs to pick up a weapon and fight the extremists for this rights! Fight for a decent future of Pakistan!

    October 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  2. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  3. Priya Mandvi

    Didn't TTP invade India and took over Mumbai? where was Indian army? Scared and hiding in fox hole?

    October 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Parick

      yeah, i was in my dhoti when I heard bang bang. hwne i heard they were talibans i hid in my hut in the slums for days.

      October 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  4. Abbasi_Bahawalpur_Pakistan

    PAKISTAN !!!!

    Since Sep 11, 2001, over 200,000 Pakistani civilians, armed forces personnel have either sacrificed their lives or wounded; more than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost over
    US $ 1 Trillion due to terrorism.

    Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

    No other country has even come close to selflessly sacrificing so much.

    Pakistan, no one can ever repay you enough for your contributions.
    You deserve a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for your contributions to world peace and emergence of a new world order. We welcome your rise as the new regional military power. God Speed.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • L. milley

      Thank you, Patrner. The Americans salute ya'll !!!

      October 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Brad

      You gotta be kidding me! Thank them for what? Hiding bin Laden there or shooting at the coalition troops?

      October 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  5. krm1007 ©™

    The American war on terror in Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of Pakista as a nation. Instead they become politican and financial liabilities in this fight against fundamentalists. With a population of over 180 millions illierate people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) few hundred thousand continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans, while collecting fat checks from American tax payers. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country's Nuclear armed Army base and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless Pakistani army is. It was embarrassing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation with nuclear warheads that was being touted as an Nuclear power. The Taliban brought them down in a few days with some water guns. It is all over for Pakistan. Its demise is in process and should be completed with Afghanistan withdrawal by 2014. May be we save some good part of Pakistan by cutting rotten part of Pakistan, and let it die of it's own. Cut all FATA tribal areas from Pakistan, let's make Pakistan lean and more civilized.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • Chuckie A

      What a stupid comment. I don't believe that @krm1007 has written this one as his comments are very insightful, original and brilliant. This is probably case of stolen ID.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • Parick

        Chuckie Bhiya I have some bad news. He is the original Kareem krm1007 ©™ Saheeb's, he has gone bad. Now no more he writes in favor of Pakistan. Last time our Pakistani embassy sent him a check and it bounced, so he does not write pro-Pakistan post ANYMORE. Too bad we lost Kareem Saheeb.

        October 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
      • Chuckie A

        @Parick .... parle vous francaise?

        October 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • Parick

        @Chukie absolument, mais plus à l'aise en persan.

        October 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Herb V

      It seems that the real @ krm1007 ©™ has gotten under the skin of some elements aligned with Neo Nazis in India. If so, then tip of the hat to him as that was probably his goal .... to rile them up and flush them out.

      October 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  6. Anti_Jihad

    Question= Who are the Pakistani Taliban?
    Answer= Pakistani Muslim people.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Jimmy Galant-Sarasota-Florida

      rather, they are ........Hindu b@ll busters !!! LOLZZ

      October 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  7. George Patton

    The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power. The Talibans brought them down in a few days with some BB guns. It is all over for India. Its demise is in process and should be completed with Afghanistan withdrawal.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      knotty boy are you trying make me look nitwit? I did not say this and I disapprove this post.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        On the other hand, I changed my mind and DO approve the post. I want my cake and eat it too !!

        October 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Patrick

      I agree. Thank you, George. What is the purpose of India having the largest armed forces in the world when it purports to be a peace loving nation. Doesn't cut the mustard...does it? Hmmmm????

      October 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  8. Patrick

    I have reached the conclusion that we must apply the “Minimalist Approach” to solve India’s malaise and problems. Essentially that entails imploding India into more economically, politically and socially viable states that are independent. From the ashes shall rise the salvation.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      Or from the ashes may rise the Taliban....alternatively.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  9. Amit-Atlanta-USA.

    India: I Get No Respect

    India can drape itself with an American flag, hide behind the American skirts, try to shed its communist skin and sweep the genocide in Kashmir and atrocities against minorities under the rug. But those who understand the Indians and have kicked the tires know well that it is a country that garners no respect and is not to be trusted. Indian Hindus are like termites that appear harmless but will eat you up to the core at the first chance they get. Therefore, from people who know them, they will never ever get any respect. That is one of the biggest character traits that has kept this country from progressing and amounting to much.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • MakeSense

      Your comments are senseless in regards to the blog. Nonetheless, you are thyself indeed one of the many termites who will eat others to survive.
      Go and see the indian army forces who die everyday to protect the indian flag.
      Kill yourself before you embarrass anymore indians

      October 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • Jimmy Galant-Sarasota-Florida

        Dying protecting the flag from who? Sri Lanka? Nepal? Bhutan? Ocean? A few teenage talibans came and took over the nation and Indian armed forces were nowhere to be seen for days!!!! Give me a break.

        October 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Buster Cosey

      You hit the nail right on the head, Amit. India as the largest country in South Asia should inspire confidence in the neighborhood not hatred. Just look around it and you will see misery, poverty, terrorism etc. What gives? We need to change the equation ther and time for someone else to take the leadership role.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  10. Abbie Carlsbad

    Mumbai and Chennai are the illegal cricket gambling capitals of the world. Cash Flows from these operations are being siphoned off by the Indian government to finance terrorists globally, particularly in the region. This off the book financing is also being used, as in the case of sales of illegal booze, to finance Talibans and Al Qaeda and to pay them hush money. This way the Indians are able to dodge the american financial radar.The american congressional politicians have been alerted to the double game Indians are playing.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
  11. Abbie Carlsbad

    We believe that India poses a clear and present danger to the regional security of the world. Hindu cult extremism is on the rise and fanning all terrorism worldwide. Indians are the bankers to and financing terrorism and supporting Talibans and Al Qaeda and harboring them in India. Shame on these Indians.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  12. George Patton

    Who are the Pakistani Taliban? What kind of a dumb question is that? People live in Pakistan, supporting Talibanism are Pakistani Taliban.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      Absolutely right Bro, that includes our Pakistani government, and army too.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
  13. rk ny

    paki taliban is all of the paki isi...they breed and get all support in the isi...no wonder osama was found right in the isi military compound....beggar paki govt , the so called judges and the coward paki public are all talibani sympathisers...that is why even after the killing of a teen girl for speaking truth..not one paki has gone out and burnt effigies of the taliban....Only way to get rid of this terrorist problem in the region is to humiliate and chase out the isi...

    October 17, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
  14. StanCalif

    Pakistan is NOT an ally of the USA! It is simply a nation that harbors and supports terriorists. Terrorists who keep the military happy with money so they "look the other way". Bin Laden was certainly "protected" in Pakistan!
    Stop all US aid to Pakistan, now!

    October 17, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      Wrong, Stan. The current leaders of Pakistan are both bought and paid for by Washington D.C. and they'll carry out whatever order the comes out of there. So they're paid to be our allies! Only the Taliban now opposes foreign rule there!

      October 17, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply

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