‘‘We ask the brave people of Waziristan not to side with the gang of Jews and Christians — otherwise their fate will be terrible,’’ the Punjabi Taliban said in the statement.
Khan in televised remarks attacked the militant accusations: ‘‘We have no political aims but want to protect tribal people from drone attacks. ... They are whispering that Jews and Christians are coming. They should feel shame for this act.’’
Earlier in the week, Khan alluded to the possibility that entering South Waziristan might not be possible. He said the demonstrators would go as far as they could, then stage a major rally wherever they decided to stop.