PESHAWAR - Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Friday rebuffed news reports that TTP had offered protection to PTI South Waziristan peace march saying Imran Khan’s march was not against drone attacks, but it was meant for gaining political mileage.

In a statement, TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan clearly denied media reports regarding TTP offering protection to PTI march to South Waziristan Agency. “The TTP deny all baseless news stating that they have offered to provide security for his so-called peace rally,” he explained.

He added that PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s so called peace march was not in sympathy of drone-hit Muslims, instead it was an attempt to gain political mileage. The TTP spokesperson said that TTP had divided Pakistani politicians into two categories, both were slaves of the West. One category of them was of those who were in power and against Mujahideen - like PPP, MQM and ANP etc. While, others were those who were not in power like PML-N, and PTI etc. “They are too secular and slaves,” he said. The TTP spokesperson in the statement continued that Imran was a liberal and a secular person.

Agencies add: Ahsanullah Ahsan said in the statement that TTP was a ideological organisation based on the fundamentals of Islam which practises all its matters in the light of Islamic orders.

The statement further said that the ‘mujahideen’ were not so worthless that they would be deployed “to protect a ‘Westernised’ and secular personality”.

The statement also said that they would not reveal their plans against anyone as that would be against “military tactics”.

Meanwhile, a grand tribal Jirga on Friday announced to provide security for ‘peace march’ planned by PTI chief Imran Khan to South Waziristan Agency.

The Jirga meeting took place at Tank Town Hall which was attended by elders of Mehsud and Barki tribes. Also, representatives of all tribal agencies were present in the meeting.

The PTI plans to lead the march to the village of Kotkai in South Waziristan and rally there, but Imran said if the authorities intervened, they would hold the rally wherever they were stopped.

A senior administration official in South Waziristan said that Imran and his followers would not be allowed to enter the district because of the security situation.