Fazlullah has joined hands with killers of Taliban, says splinter group

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PESHAWAR: The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and its splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar (JA) are on a collision course as the latter has accused TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah of joining hands with people involved in the killing of militant commanders.

In a statement on Thursday, JA spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said those who were involved in the killing of TTP commanders Nadeem Abbas, Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, Tariq Mansoor and 200 fighters of the Mehsud tribe were now sitting beside Fazlullah.

Ehsan, who earlier served as central spokesman for the TTP, said that being head of his group Fazlullah should bring the killers to “justice”.

He said the TTP chief lacked qualities of a good leader, which had resulted in the killing of many commanders.

The JA spokesman said the Fazlullah-led TTP group “now comprised only a few people”.

He said that Fazlullah had no authority to expel Umar Khalid Khurasani of Mohmand Agency from TTP. Khurasani was now an active member of JA and the group’s leadership had the authority to appoint a leader for Mohmand.

He claimed that a majority of Taliban commanders had joined JA and the families of both Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud had become associated with it.

He said JA had expressed allegiance to Mullah Umar and had faith in the leadership qualities of the top leader of Afghan Taliban.

Ehsan said some elements in the Fazlullah-led TTP were hatching conspiracies to drive a wedge between JA and the Afghan Taliban.

The JA spokesman said that Fazlullah should reveal the names of people who killed Nadeem Abbas alias Inteqami, who was the TTP leader for Rawalpindi, Asmatullah Shaheen and Tariq Mansoor Afridi.

It is the first time that a Taliban-linked group has acknowledged the death of Nadeem Abbas, who escaped from police custody in Peshawar in August, 2011, and was reportedly involved in several acts of terrorism.

In 2011, Abbas and another TTP leader Zakim Shah were brought to the Khyber College of Dentistry for treatment. They ran away when being moved back to the central jail in Peshawar.

Asmatullah Shaheen, who was an acting chief of TTP, was killed outside his residence in Miramshah, North Waziristan, in February last year.

Ehsan also clarified that JA had no links with the Janud Khurasan group and that Ahrarul Hind had merged with JA. He said a majority of TTP commanders in Malakand division had joined JA.

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  1. Pashtuns are honourable and I love them dearly but equally naive.

    Never confuse their sincerity and naiveness for stupidity.

    They stand firm by their friends and brothers and I am glad that their naive Ness over the Indian agent Fazlullah has overcome.

    Who is he?
    Where does he get his finances from?

    Why does he live freely untouched in Knaresborough like a protected asset?

    When he did his zulim in Swath why did he have Indians in his ranks?

    He is the exception both stupid and nit honourable and everyone’s enemy.

    I would question his very origins, was he ever a Pashtun.

    He sure does not look like one and he sure does not behave like one.

    What is The Zalims Fazlullah’s story before 911.

    Where was he from?, what did he do? Those closest will know he was a rogue even to the Mehsuds.

    He is everyone’s enemy
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