Shawal (Pakistan): The Taliban have threatened to kill a Pakistani cricket star turned politician if he holds a planned march to their tribal stronghold to protest US drone attacks.

Although the Pakistani Taliban is also opposed the strikes, spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said they would attack Imran Khan because he calls himself a "liberal", a term they associate with a lack of religious belief.

The threat could surprise many in Pakistan who have criticized Khan for not being tough enough on the Taliban and instead focusing his criticism on the government's alliance with the U.S.

Khan has described himself as a liberal, but has also said he is a practicing Muslim. Ahsan spoke to agency in an interview on Monday in the militant group's stronghold of South Waziristan.


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