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Pakistan Taleban warn foreign firms to get out, vow revenge on govt

Published on Jun 16, 2014 3:51 PM
 
Pakistani tribal students hold posters ae they protest against a Pakistan military operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal agency, in the town of Bannu in the neighbouring Bannu district, on June 16, 2014. The Pakistani Taleban on Monday warned foreign firms to leave the country and vowed retaliatory strikes against the government after thousands of troops launched a long-awaited offensive in a troubled tribal district. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) - The Pakistani Taleban on Monday warned foreign firms to leave the country and vowed retaliatory strikes against the government after thousands of troops launched a long-awaited offensive in a troubled tribal district.

The statement came as Pakistan's major cities braced for a backlash by deploying thousands of soldiers and paramilitaries while placing hospitals on high alert for incoming casualties.

The offensive on North Waziristan, a stronghold of Taleban and Al-Qaeda militants, was launched a week after a brazen insurgent attack on Pakistan's main airport in Karachi which left dozens dead and marked the end of a troubled peace process.

"We warn all foreign investors, airlines and multinational corporations that they should immediately suspend their ongoing matters with Pakistan and prepare to leave Pakistan, otherwise they will be responsible for their own loss," spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement.

 
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