MIRAMSHAH: The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have elected hardline Swat Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah as their new chief, a week after former supremo Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan.

“Fazlullah is the new TTP chief,” TTP caretaker leader Asmatullah Shaheen said at a press conference at an undisclosed location in northwest Pakistan.

“The decision was taken at a shura (council) meeting today,” foreign news agency AFP quoted Shaheen as saying. “The supreme shura has also elected Sheikh Khalid Haqqani as the deputy chief of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.”

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid also confirmed the announcement. “Following proper consultations ... we chose our senior commander Mullah Fazlullah as our new ameer (leader),” he told news agency Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The election of hardline commander Fazlullah further dampens expectations of any peace deal between the insurgents and the Pakistani government.

“There will be no more talks as Mullah Fazlullah is already against negotiations with the Pakistan government,” said the spokesman, rejecting the idea of any further peace talks.

Heavy gunfire was reported in celebration in Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal area, following the announcement of the new chief.

Mullah Fazlullah: A brief profile

Fazlullah, whose men shot teenage schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai last year, led the Pakistani Taliban’s brutal two-year rule in northwestern Swat valley in 2007-2009 before a military operation retook the area. He fled across the border to Afghanistan and is now believed to operate from Nuristan province.

Nicknamed Mullah Radio for his fiery radio broadcasts in Swat valley, Fazlullah is considered hardline even within the Pakistani Taliban movement itself.

The killing of former chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Friday came as the Pakistani government said representatives were prepared to meet the TTP with a view to opening peace talks.

The drone strike triggered an angry response from Islamabad, with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar accusing Washington of sabotaging peace efforts.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was more measured, but said his government was committed to seeking peace through dialogue and stressing that an end to bloodshed could not be achieved “by unleashing senseless force”.

Sharif came to power in May partly on a pledge to hold talks to try to end the TTP’s bloody insurgency that has fuelled instability in the nation.

In September he won the backing of major political parties in an APC to begin peace negotiations with Taliban insurgents.

The TTP, an umbrella organisation grouping numerous militant factions, has killed thousands of soldiers, police and civilians since 2007 in its campaign against the Pakistani state.


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Bilal Hassan Syed
November 7, 2013 6:24 pm

Great choice ...

zak
November 7, 2013 6:17 pm

Another murderer we will send delegation to and give this criminal status. None of their demands should be met and the criminals should be handed over. The death recruitment machines madrassahs should be closed down immediately.

AM
November 7, 2013 6:25 pm

Inna Lillah e Wa Inna Alaih e Raaji'oon. Another killber of hundreds of Pakistani civilians and army personnel has become TTP chief. Allah bless Pakistan.

AM
November 7, 2013 6:26 pm

Inna Lillah e Wa Inna Alaih e Raaji'oon. Another killer of hundreds of Pakistani civilians and army personnel has become TTP chief. Allah bless Pakistan.

Anees
November 7, 2013 6:29 pm

How many "undisclosed" and "unknown" locations are there in Pakistan?

nawab
November 7, 2013 6:24 pm

Look at his beard.

Anees
November 7, 2013 6:31 pm

I hope his drone is not far away.

Kabir
November 7, 2013 6:45 pm

Congratulations on behalf of Imran Khan your great admirer

Hameed
November 7, 2013 7:04 pm

Now after the election of Mullah Fazlullah, there is only one option i.e a full fledged military operation in ALL areas of Fata at a time. Not just pushing militants from one area to another area. If Pakistan Army can not do it alone, they may request US, Nato or even Indian Army to provide them equipments, manpower and ammunition. That's the only option otherwise just surrender to Taliban like 1971.

Indicus
November 7, 2013 6:57 pm

It is good that TTP has a new leader. Now they know who to target the next.

lubna
November 7, 2013 7:08 pm

God bless and have mercy and give wisdom so that peace may prevail.Its going to be a severe test for all of us

despondent
November 7, 2013 7:04 pm

And people want to negotiate with the likes of these animals....... ? The death of sanity and humanity

Abdullah
November 7, 2013 7:06 pm

Next man in the Queue to die in Drone attacks.

Ayaz
November 7, 2013 7:11 pm

Imran Khan, Fazlo Rahkman and Munawar Hasan needs to celebrate his new leader ....Otherwise there will be threat to their lives....

jamshed khan
November 7, 2013 7:21 pm

On this occasion I would support a swift drone attack from any country aiming at making this person a martyr as soon as possible

Khalid
November 7, 2013 7:34 pm

Can we not send a drone for him and one for his shura council? I would love to.

ahmed
November 7, 2013 7:46 pm

Instead begging this murderer for peace and all his murders forgotten, why not send him for peace talks to hell like the previous murderer-in-chief of the taliban? I understand Drone Airlines is offering discount one-way tickets to hell to terrorists.

Akram
November 7, 2013 7:44 pm

If there was ever a time for a drone to do its job, its now. This fool will not last very long.

Shah
November 7, 2013 7:57 pm

So He is ready to be killed in drone attack soon InshaAllah

Sami Ullah
November 7, 2013 8:06 pm

Hakeem Ullah ki death mi mujhi yeh hikmat nazar ai ha keh ab ab Allah ka aur Fazal hogia ha Pakistan pay.

tell the truth
November 7, 2013 8:26 pm

let the Americans take care of him as well as Pakistan is too afraid !

Faisal
November 7, 2013 8:30 pm

Pakistan Govt Must announce to hang all TTP people in prisons in case of any attack in Pakistan.

Kamakazi
November 7, 2013 8:45 pm

Maybe JI, JUI and Imran Khan Sahib should form a delegation and visit to greet and welcome the new TTP chief

NASAH (USA)
November 7, 2013 9:00 pm

Mullah Fazlullah sahib -- the Drones welcome -- you too -- to the peace talks!

meme
November 7, 2013 9:13 pm

and they will never kill this one

Aftab Hussain
November 7, 2013 9:17 pm

Good Luck to Pakistani government with negotiating peace talks with this barbarian.

Parvez
November 7, 2013 9:22 pm

Is he not the son-in-law of Sufi Mohammed ???

Awais Lodhi
November 7, 2013 9:35 pm

mullah radio is back !! i don't like the look of what is coming ahead

Sandeep Chaterjee
November 7, 2013 10:02 pm

Congrats are in the order for this new madness in Pakistan. I guess another Drone strike is due.

Ihtesham
November 7, 2013 10:11 pm

This man remained in Afghanistan for quite some time and in protective custody of US/Karzai administration. Despite repeated Pakistani requests for his hand over, Fazlullah was never apprehended or extradited to Pakistan. Now when Hakeemullah Mehsood, a supporter of peace dialogue, has been killed in a US drone attack, US now has launched Fazlullah, an opponent of peace talks, to head banned TTP. Who wants peace in Pakistan? Not US, surely not.

Nasr
November 7, 2013 10:11 pm

The inevitable has happened. My gut feeling was the same. May Allah save our country from the insanity of these people. I think it is time for us to go out and finish them before they can raise their heads.

MH
November 7, 2013 10:15 pm

If this Shura has been really serious about peace talks, they would have had put some sane mind in the lead. Clearly this depicts they care less about peace talks but want to maintain their fierce impression and savage nature. I think Chaudary Nisar and Imran Khan are more sincere and keen (for whatever reason, being scared or having sympathies etc. ) on having peace talks than this Molvi.

Shahpur
November 7, 2013 10:26 pm

It is good, all can duke it to the end. Either, my way, your way, or the highway.

marghoobahmedsiddiqui
November 7, 2013 11:30 pm

Unfortunate selection. He has proved himself to be against people and does not know what Islam and huminity is. He was responsible for failure of earlier agreement and also responsible to have shot at Malala. She was saved by GOD ALMIGHTY. I don't know what Nawaz Shareef and Imran Khan will think now.

Gerry D'Cunha
November 7, 2013 11:23 pm

lets wait and see how many more innocent lives (God forbid) will be lost under the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) elected hardline Swat Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah as their new chief

syed baqar ahsan
November 7, 2013 11:44 pm

welcome sir! we are waiting since long your arrival has solved our problem,the best part with them that they don't know themselves that they are working for whom and drone is ready for sure.

Abbas
November 7, 2013 11:43 pm

Great - here is your answer. Now go wipe out these terrorists from our beloved land and stop even thinking about negotiations. Better start now before we loose any more innocent civilians and our precious army and police personnel at the hand of these terrorists.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
November 7, 2013 11:52 pm

By design it looks as a Revenge Nomination. Now more problems how to talk with a person who is wanted in Pakistan and is also responsible for what took place in Swat and many high profile killings in our country. Very complex situation both for those who were openly favoring dialogue and also for the government in power.

Agha Ata
November 8, 2013 12:01 am

Spokesman depicted the true intentions of TTP. That has always been the case. The rest was all their lies, or Pakistan government's wishful thinking. Ameer Mullah Fazalullah will not stop his war until, Afghanistan, Pakistan, USA China, all do not embrace Islam, and enforce Taliban-brand of Sharia in their countries. Even the size of his beard promises that, and makes him look like Ameer-ul- Momineen. (Nawaz Sharif doesn't even have a beard). So that is the end of all hopes and there go all our wishes for peace. (I am sure our army would still sit relaxed, thus helping him to Talibanize and Islamise the whole country.

Salman
November 8, 2013 12:35 am

umm .. so how are we gonna be able to hold dialogue now?

karamba
November 8, 2013 1:37 am

As they say, frying pan into the fire- trade one psychopath for another - lets see how the govt and pti grovels in front of this one or do they ask the Americans 'do us one more favour....'

GA
November 8, 2013 2:08 am

Perhaps Imran Khan can personally convince him to negotiate.

hamza
November 8, 2013 3:02 am

haha so called nuclear power you call our nation, they cant even handle this savage who tries to kill little girls. what a shameful state we live in, i refuse to be part of such a deprived nation and their policies. imran khan is a delusional idiot, our army is a bunch of golf/tea cowards and our people are asleep.

kirther
November 8, 2013 5:38 am

Pakistani press and electronic media has not learned from its past mistakes, why is this story on front page. These people should not get such patronage, it gives unnecessary importance to them These day the entire government machinery and media is busy in highlighting the importance of negotiations with these murders. These are the people who have destroyed the Pakistani society and thousands of innocent citizens have lost their lives because of them. It is very sad that after so much destruction Pakistani media continues in the wrong direction, Osama Bin Laden was initially projected as a hero and such coverage has contributed in increasing extremism, Punjabi Talibans and other extremist groups have gained foothold in Pakistan. About the present government their vote bank comes from such segment and they are bunch of impotent people, at the end of the day nothing will be achieved except their wealth will increase manifolds causing further destruction to the remaining part of Pakistan.

Nizar
November 8, 2013 6:11 am

Ok IK and the politicians- start talking with this killer.

Rauf
November 8, 2013 6:26 am

Fazlullah's selection as new chief of TTP proves both the government of Nawaz and KP's government of Imran wrong. TTP is interested in killing innocents not in negotiations. Then why a legitimately elected government be negotiating with the mass murderers any way. They need to be punished. Has anyone from the army side showed any interest in negotiations? I do not think so. Desperation for negotiations and peace agreements with the mass murderers proves incompetency of the the present government.

kamal
November 8, 2013 7:05 am

Don't you guys ( pakistan) have a police or military ? these people are roaming around freely and killing innocent girls and kids no one to stop them ?

please think and make a choice between good and bad

Harish Kiran G S
November 8, 2013 7:26 am

Good of them to point out the next target for the US.

Yankee Cricket Fan
November 8, 2013 7:43 am

Great choice. He tops the list of who's who on the 'bad guys' list. I can just see the drones already circling over his place of hiding. Should be a short tenure for the 'ameer'.

Ahmar Mustikhan
November 8, 2013 5:14 pm

They seem to be people from the Stone Age.

adnan
November 9, 2013 12:07 am

@Faisal: for that, we need a government with guts and an army which is not corrupt. Unfortunately both are not there.

Abdul Manan
November 9, 2013 2:17 am

'' our deeds are responsible for appearance of such cruel guys, the day our broken and self-seeking society gets transformed in accordance with true Islam, organizations like TTP will automatically succumb to defeat.

Laeeq,NY
November 9, 2013 6:30 am

Thanks Talibans for next target of mighty drones but this man is the more wanted by our military than the CIA or USA. Good luck Mullha Radio.

Obaidullah
November 10, 2013 1:06 pm

This man has failed 5 time in FA. Then he got admission in local Madrasa. Teacher of the said Madrasa Sufi Muhammad change his name and this man married Sofi Muhammad Daughters and left his professionally work (Chair operator). He did not select for Post man. He is never know about the future of Taliban.

Atif
November 10, 2013 5:53 pm

@Abdul Manan: Quite a vague statement Mr. Manan. You simply ignored any complexities in this issue and straightaway drew a straight line to you own conclusion. Oh and which Islam are you referring to...because these guys do also say the same thing you know ... :/

Sarwat
November 11, 2013 12:03 am

I wonder how they choose their new leader, what criteria they have for choosing one. Certainly, lack of education is one, and among them who has reached the height of illiteracy, maybe who is a bigger monster, who have killed more and who have more vicious plans to kill even more.

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