Pak Taliban chief says India next target
As his militants wrought havoc in the country by a series of attacks and suicide blasts, Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has threatened to dispatch terrorists to fight India, once an Islamic state had been created in Pakistan. “We want an Islamic state. If we get that, then we will go to the borders and help fight the Indians,” Hakimullah said in footage aired by a TV channel. The channel said it recently acquired the footage of Hakimullah, who claimed responsibility for several attacks across Pakistan over the past week, including a terrorist assault on the Army’s General HQ in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. “We are fighting the military, police and militia because they are following US orders. If they stop following their orders, we will stop fighting them,” said Hakimullah, in what was seen as desperate last minute efforts to stop Pakistan army’s offensive into his group’s stronghold of Waziristan. Hakimullah was named the new chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan after his predecessor Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone attack.