Taliban warn against cellular service in Waziristan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Taliban on Tuesday warned the government to stop 
expanding its mobile telephone network in Waziristan, claiming it would be used 
to spy on them.

They circulated a pamphlet in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan, telling 
authorities to stop the network expansion and ordering vendors to stop selling 
SIM cards, residents and officials said. "A Jewish, Zionist-backed company is 
setting up the mobile phone network in Waziristan, which would be used to spy 
on Taliban activities and for drone attacks," said the pamphlet.

"This network is equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) and can give 
the location of a person even if his mobile phone is switched off," it said. 
"In Iraq and Afghanistan such a system has been used to launch attacks against 
mujahideen," the leaflet added. "The government and those selling SIMs will be 
treated as criminals by us," it warned.

A local administration official confirmed that a leaflet had been circulated in 
Wana. afp

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