Around 1977, The Soviets were going into Afghanistan. The Taliban terrorists movement can be traced to the Pakistani-trained mujahideen in northern Pakistan during this Soviet war in Afghanistan. It started with the President of Pakistan, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, who was afraid that the Soviets were planning to invade Balochistan, Pakistan. Therefore he sent Akhtar Abdur Rahman to Saudi Arabia to get support for his Afghan resistance against Soviet occupation forces. The USA (CIA) and Saudi Arabia then joined the struggle against the Soviet Union and provided money. (see comment at end).
It looks like "The Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting against the state to set up a hardline Sunni theocracy,
|Malala Yousafzai b: July 12, 1997, shot October 9, 2012|
in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan,
Received Nobel Peace Prize
The terrorists, all of whom were foreign nationals, included one Chechen, three Arabs and two Afghans. "On 2 December 2015, Pakistan hanged four militants involved in the Peshawar massacre."
On January 30, 2015, a bomb blasted a Shia Mosque in Shikarpur district, Sindh province and killed 40 people. "The Jundallah militant group claimed that they had carried out the attack. The group has been linked to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and announced allegiance to Islamic State (IS) last year.
On February 13, 2015, Terrorists attacked a Shi'a mosque in Peshawar at the end of prayers with guns and grenades. 20 people were killed by 5 or 6 men dressed in military uniforms. The Taliban, hard liners, claimed responsibility and said the attack was revenge for Pakistan's crackdown on militants following a December school massacre.
Response from Shi'a was: "Either Pakistan will become your graveyard, or God's law, sharia, will be implemented," Taliban commander Khaleefa Omar Mansoor said in a video in which he was flanked by three young militants clutching AK-47 assault rifles.
This is the first in a series of revenge attacks ... Wait for the rest," Mansoor, who had earlier claimed responsibility for the Dec. 16 school attack in which more than 150 people were killed, said in the video sent by email to reporters.
On March 15, 2015, 2 churches were bombed in Youhanabad, Lahore, Pakistan and killed 14. Two explosions targeting the worshippers there were used. 68 people were wounded. "The church involved was the Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church during their Sunday services, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome.
Pope John Paul II visited Pakistan on 16 February 1981.
There are over one million Catholics in Pakistan, which represents less than 1% of the total population. " "St. Thomas’ Church, Wah Cantt was attacked by a group of armed men on 28 March 2011 which resulted in damages. It is believed that the incident was related to the recent episode of the burning of the Quran by Pastor Terry Jones in the U.S.
The situation in Pakistan deteriorated to such an extent that by 2013 large numbers of Christians started to seek asylum overseas
May 13, 2015: A bus was attacked by 8 gunmen killed 45 people in Karachi, Pakistan."Most of the victims were of the Ismaili Shia Muslim minority." This attacked has been claimed by 2 other groups, Jundallah and ISIS." Evidently these 2 groups are melding together now.
On September 18, 2015, Taliban gunmen rushed the Badaber air force base in Peshawar and killed 29 people. Most airmen were in their morning prayers in the mosque at the time.
On December 13, 2015, the Taliban attacked a market-place in the Kurram tribal region in town of Parachinar and killed 24 people at a clothes market with a bomb.
A Pakistani Army spokesman said on December 12 that the military had killed 3,400 Taliban rebels in the offensive launched in mid-June 2014. There must be many more of these terrorists.
On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, a Taliban suicide bomber killed 26 people in Mardan, Pakistan. This left more than 45 wounded. It was the deadliest attacked since last December's massacre of 150 in Peshawar. The bomber was on a motorbike and when stopped by the security guard, blew himself up.
Pashtuns have been constantly attacked by terrorists and have suffered a great deal in order to keep their freedom. Now it looks like the Taliban has hooked up with ISIS in their religious zeal to force everyone to their idea of Sharia law. They are a religion of death, not peace.