PESHAWAR: Power wrangling within the banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has intensified after top terrorist Mullah Fazlullah sacked Khalid Khurasani as Mohmand TTP head.
Meanwhile, the newly formed terrorist outfit Jamatul Ahrar has also announced to part its ways with the TTP. Many take it as a serious blow to the banned terrorist outfit.
“For constant interference in Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan and association with suspicious organisations such as Jamatul Ahrar, Mohmand Taliban chief Abdul Wali alias Khalid Khurasani has been removed,” TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said hours after the new group announced its separation.
Shahid said the TTP chief would soon name successor to Khalid Khurasani. He also pledged their allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
On the other hand, Jamatul Ahrar spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said, “We have the support of 70 to 80 percent of TTP commanders and fighters.”
In an email to media offices, he said, “The group no longer operates under the TTP’s command and control.”
Indirectly saying that the new group was not taking orders from Fazlullah or his deputies, the spokesman clarified, “We, Jamatul Ahrar, have been administratively separated from them now.”
He avoided a direct answer, however, when asked Fazlullah’s grip over the TTP was strong yet. “I’ll not comment on this question. However, I can claim (that) about 70 to 80 percent of the TTP, including Swat, is now part of TTP Jamatul Ahrar.”
Ehsan said the new group was focusing on the implementation of Shariah globally and Pakistan is just a starter. “Pakistan is our first preference,” he said.
The new group also claimed responsibility for attacks on security forces. Ehsan said their group was behind the killing of three Khasadar men in Jamrud.
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