Taliban warn lawmakers over NATO supplies
DERA ISMAIL KHAN | The Taliban on Sunday threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
Pakistan closed its Afghan border crossings to NATO in November in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan’s parliament is scheduled to begin debate Monday on a revised relationship with the U.S. that could lead to the border being reopened.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan accused Pakistani officials of acting like slaves for the U.S. and said allowing NATO supplies to resume would be “shameful and unacceptable.”
“These parliamentarians must know that in such case, none of them will be safe in their homes,” Mr. Ahsan told the Associated Press. “We will start attacking all the parliamentarians and their families.”
He also said militants would “publicly slaughter” drivers ferrying NATO supplies. southern Chinese financial hub’s next leader on Sunday, heeding Beijing’s wishes and public opinion following a tumultuous, bitter race that highlighted public discontent.
Leung Chun-ying, 57, was declared the semiautonomous territory’s next chief executive after securing 689 votes from a 1,200-seat committee of business leaders and other elites, most of them loyal to Beijing.
Initially considered the underdog, Mr. Leung gained the support of China’s Communist leaders, who backed off their deeply unpopular first choice, Henry Tang.
Hong Kong’s 7.1 million ordinary residents, who had no say, used a mock poll to show their unhappiness over an undemocratic vote in which the two main candidates were establishment figures acceptable to Beijing.