Tal­iban warn law­mak­ers over NATO sup­plies

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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.

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