The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Wednesday claimed the responsibility for killing two senior officials of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The Pakistani police on Wednesday announced that two intelligence officials were shot dead outside a restaurant while cleaning their vehicle, and the suspects fled the area afterward.
Muhammad Khurasani, the Spokesperson of the Pakistani Taliban announced in a statement on Wednesday, that his fighters have killed the two Pakistani officials. He said a special unit of TTP murdered Multan Naweed Sadiq, Deputy Director of ISI along with his colleague Inspector Nasir Butt at Bismillah highway, in the Kanwal district of Punjab province.
The two killed ISI officers were well-known for capturing TTP insurgents and other militant groups as well as for conducting complicated investigations in Pakistan. One of the two officials was head of the federal government’s anti-terrorism department, according to sources.
The TTP called off the ceasefire with the government of Pakistan initiated with the mediation of Afghan Taliban in Kabul in November 2022 and commanded to its fighters to conduct attacks across Pakistan, targeting government military and security personnel and headquarters.
PM Shehbaz Sharif chaired the National Security Council (NSC) meeting in the week, which was attended by services chiefs, intelligence heads, and federal ministers. The end-meeting resolution stated that the country had zero tolerance for terrorism and will fight militancy using full force. The unequivocal opinion was expressed to defend the country’s national interests and not allow anyone to undermine the key concept of national security.
Meanwhile, the TTP has threatened the government of Pakistan that it will carry out attacks against the country’s political leadership due to the declaration of war against the militant group.