Islamabad January 25 2024: The Pakistani Taliban pledged Thursday not to attack election rallies, saying their targets are limited to the military and security forces, as political parties and independent candidates ramp up their campaigns ahead of the Feb. 8 vote.
"We have nothing to do with these elections and the parties participating in them," the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, said in a statement.
Other militant groups have not made similar pledges, and some Previous Pakistani elections have been marred by violence. Two-time former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed in a bomb attack in 2007 minutes after she addressed an election rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
Her son, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, is leading the campaign for her Pakistan People's Party.
Thursday's rare pledge by the UP came after the government approved the deployment of troops in sensitive constituencies after intelligence agencies warned that militants could target rallies, which are usually held outdoors in public places.