Friday, November 23, 2012

Pakistan Tries To Stop Taliban Bombings By Cutting Cell Phone Service In Country, Taliban Says It Won't Work

Good grief, in one of the most blatant signs of lack of control over the security of their own country, the Pakistani government has decided to curb cell phone service in the country hoping that it will hinder the Taliban from setting off IED's and other bombs across the country.  Hey, what's next?  Will the Pakistani government just order an evacuation of every person from the country and THAT will cut down on targets for the Taliban?

The Taliban, of course, tell the Pakistanis that their plan sucks.

The story comes from DAWN.

Jamming cell phones will not stop us: Taliban spokesman

KHYBER AGENCY: A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has claimed that suspending mobile phone services in the country will not hold back the militant group from carrying out their activities.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, speaking on the telephone to a correspondent from an undisclosed location, claimed the banned group does not carry out bombings using cellular phones as detonators.

“We do not carry out bombings through mobile phones,” said the Taliban spokesman.

The militant group’s claim came on a day of cellular service suspension in several parts of the country, with the interior minister announcing services would be blocked again Saturday morning for the next two days after a few hours of restoration Friday midnight.

Pakistani authorities say militants often detonate bombs using cell phones, with Interior Minister Rehman Malik claiming earlier today that 90 per cent of the bombs set off by militants in Pakistan have been detonated using mobile phones.

“The Taliban can not be stopped by jamming mobile phone services. We would achieve our targets in any case,” said Ehsan, accusing Malik of blocking cellular services for “his own personal business interests”.

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