Government moves to proscribe Taliban

The Pakistan Taliban will be banned under plans outlined by UK Home Secretary Theresa May. The move to proscribe the group was a “tough but necessary power to tackle terrorism”, May said in a statement. Membership of the group, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), would become a criminal offence and the organisation would not be able to raise funds or lawfully operate in the UK, she said. Mrs May said: “I have laid an order which will proscribe Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan. “ Proscription is a tough but necessary power to tackle terrorism and is not a course of action we take lightly. “Proscription means that membership of Tehrik-e Taliban will become a criminal offence, and the organisation will not be able to lawfully operate in the UK, including by raising funds.” During the worst floods in Pakistan’s history last summer, the Pakistan Taliban, an umbrella group of militants based in nearby North and South Waziristan, hinted it may launch attacks against foreign flood relief workers in the country, saying their presence was “unacceptable”. Pakistan Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq claimed that the US and other countries were not really focused on providing aid to flood victims, but had other “intentions” which he did not specify. The Home Secretary’s order will now be debated in both the House of Commons and the Lords, officials said.