Power games: Hakimullah Mehsud sacks TTP’s deputy chief

By AFP
Published: March 5, 2012

Adds Maulvi Faqir Mohammad would continue to serve the group as an ordinary member. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud has sacked his deputy Maulvi Faqir Mohammad – however the latter will remain in the group, a spokesman said on Monday.

Maulvi Faqir is the TTP’s commander in Bajaur. He was sacked as TTP’s deputy chief on Sunday at a meeting presided over by Mehsud, spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone.

“A shura meeting was held on Sunday and it decided to remove Maulvi Faqir Mohammad from the position of deputy chief of the TTP,” he said, adding that Faqir would continue to serve the group as an ordinary member.

Ehsan gave no reason for the removal. Neither was a successor announced.

A source close to the Taliban told AFP on condition of anonymity that the Bajaur commander fell out of favour with Mehsud over his alleged support for peace talks with the government.

Faqir also had sympathies with Mehsud’s biggest rival within the TTP, Waliur Rehman, the source added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2012.

Reader Comments (20)

  • CK
    Mar 5, 2012 - 7:49PM

    sacking means killed?

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  • SalSal
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:00PM

    No smarty boy he’s been demoted

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  • zalim singh
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:25PM

    since when did terror outfits become “professional”?

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  • Bhindian
    Mar 5, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Hakimullah Mehsud is the only remaining problem now. The quicker ISI takes him out the better.

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  • Pro Bono Publico
    Mar 5, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @CK: It means.. .dismissed from the position or designation

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  • DB
    Mar 5, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Guess which two types of people are against peace negotiations with Pakistani Taliban? Our ultra liberals and Hakeemullah Mehsud and his hardcore followers.

    This should tell us something about who wants continued bloodshed and what company they keep. Trace it to the source!

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  • Ali Q
    Mar 5, 2012 - 10:16PM

    Of all the thugs – Hakeemullah will not and should not be spared (peace talks or no peace talks). I think he knows that too.

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  • WB
    Mar 5, 2012 - 10:28PM

    Now will they chop off his head??

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  • Pinky
    Mar 5, 2012 - 10:40PM

    i thought they were like death eaters…lifetime of service or death (like RAB) ;p

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  • OA XI
    Mar 5, 2012 - 11:02PM

    I hope this proves that you can’t have peace with the majority of these . Issue an order for everyone who wants peace to lay down their arms and then kill the rest!Recommend

  • smj
    Mar 6, 2012 - 12:27AM

    Lot of people would be laughing on the blunt calling of TTP leader a “number 2″ by major news media houses (it’s a slang for turd, incase you don’t know).

    Bravo Tribune :)

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  • Sultan khawaja
    Mar 6, 2012 - 2:10AM

    @zalim singh:
    Since the article was published :) “On the condition of anonymity”.. hahaha…
    And what’s the proof? Pics, Vidz? Oh yeah, 1080p high resolution videos available :)

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  • MarkH
    Mar 6, 2012 - 2:13AM

    @DB:
    Have you ever been described as simple? Well, to your face. I know you have when you couldn’t hear it.

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  • Mar 6, 2012 - 2:48AM

    He is so ugly!! Yukks! What Maulvi! I have heard religious talks in Saudi Arabia when we used to work there. And we used to love those lectures! God such handsome Saudi mutawwas talking about Islam and lo and behold they knew more about Hinduism than I knew!! and look at this ugly piece! Just had dinner and I don’t want to puke so now I shall read about what’s happening on the Indo-Iran front. My God help me!

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  • Mar 6, 2012 - 3:58AM

    @smj:
    Agree with you whole heartedly, but I am not complaining!

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  • Isaaq
    Mar 6, 2012 - 4:01AM

    A nuclear powered army with a half-million standing army and a sophisticated military, at the mercy of a handful of bloodthirsty terrorists? I think not – the military establishment is in on it, and likes to maintain links with these people, even if that means making the country go up in flames. The sooner Pakistan weeds out the terrorist sympathisers and those who relish a life of repression and dark age thinking, the sooner Pakistan can look towards a prosperous future.

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  • Basit
    Mar 6, 2012 - 8:42AM

    @MarkH:
    I must have gotten too close to the truth for you to resort to personal insults.

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  • Zafar
    Mar 6, 2012 - 9:21AM

    These Talibans are enemy of humanity. They are killing the innocents peopel because of their ego and they are using the name of God. Shame on them and their supporters Recommend

  • Radial
    Mar 6, 2012 - 9:39AM

    @DB you are a genius. yes, liberals are just as bad as the taliban. after all, liberals have killed tens of thousands of pakistani citizens in suicide bombings, they have killed thousands of pakistani soldiers and mutilated their bodies, and it is because pakistan is overly liberal that pakistan is no longer visited by tourists, that FDI is almost nonexistent, and the economy has tanked. Recommend

  • GhostRider
    Mar 6, 2012 - 10:59AM

    They ll transfer him other department…maybe he ll be made cheif of supply-chain or general administration. :p

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