It seems that the TTP is now reacting to the perfidy of the paki army in working with the UShttp://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/16/pakistani-taliban-massacre-more-than-80-schoolchildren.html
“The TTP is ready for a long, long war against the U.S. puppet state of Pakistan,” a TTP commander told me when I reached him on his Afghan cellphone. “We are just displaced, but we are still in positions to attack wherever we want,” said Jihad Yar Wazir.
and I just mentioned this bit in one of the earlier posts [edited] and the TTP guy says the same. Clearly, this is now a blood feud between the paki army and the TTP, unless this was not authorized by the TTP leadership.
What about our kids and children,” he said. “These are the kids of the U.S.-backed Pakistani army and they should stop their parents from bombing our families and children.” Yar Wazir went on: “Those kids are innocent because they are wearing a suit and tie and Western shirts? But our kids wearing Islamic shalwar kamiz do not come before the eyes of the media and the West.”
The TTP says it is payback time for the Paki army's double cross that lead them to being bombed by US drones. Seem to have lost track of exactly when the relationship soured. And they have bypassed all the army checkpoints around this school..which is not too surprising considering the kind of advanced equipment they use to detect explosives, like McCormick's phoney bomb detector. http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2014/jun/09/fake-bomb-detectors-british-conman-pakistan-karachi-airport
Should be interesting to see how the paki army keeps the TTP under control after this -- some more arbitrary bombing of mud huts in the NWFP are in the offing, no doubt. The freedom fighters in the Paki army school had no intention of taking hostages -- they were out for maximum casualties from the beginning.
One thought is that the paki army may negotiate some sort of truce with the TTP, but that is not going to be easy since pakis just got handed a billion $ in the begging bowl.
I don't believe there will be any spin here that will obscure the picture like there is when the attack is on Indian soil.