TTP confirms death of its Bajaur chief

Published: August 26, 2012

TTP spokesperson confirms that Mullah Dadullah killed along with 12 comrades in air strike by US-led coalition forces.

KHAR: 

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has confirmed the death of Mullah Dadullah, the group’s chief for Bajaur Agency, in Friday night’s US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan.

TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan confirmed on Saturday that Mullah Dadullah had been killed along with 12 comrades in an “air strike by US-led coalition forces” in the Kunar province.

“Mullah Dadullah’s death will not dampen our morale and we will avenge his killing,” Ehsan told the media in a phone call from an undisclosed location. “Maulvi Abu Bakar has been appointed acting chief of the Bajaur chapter of TTP,” he added.

According to local sources, Mullah Dadullah and his 12 comrades, including his deputy Mullah Abdul Rehman Ghalib, were killed when three missiles slammed into a compound in the Sultan Marra Warra area of Kunar.

Maulvi Jamal Syed, who took the nom de guerre of Mullah Dadullah, was a resident of Damadola village of Bajaur Agency. It is the same village where a US drone strike on a religious seminary had killed dozens of pupils in 2006.

The 47-year-old was a shopkeeper in Inayat Kallay bazaar before joining the TTP.

Although he had no formal religious education, Jamal Syed assumed the prefix of Mullah – a title used by religious scholars – before his name.

Mullah Dadullah and his entire family joined the Taliban who began to organise themselves following the Damadola drone attack, at least a year before the TTP was formed by Baitullah Mehsud and Hafiz Gul Bahadur in December 2007.

The TTP named Maulvi Faqir as its chief in Bajaur Agency. Mullah Dadullah became his spokesperson. He was also the chief of the TTP’s ‘moral police’ in which capacity he outlawed shaving of beards, usury, music and other “un-Islamic” practices in the region. He was also in charge of the Taliban treasury which spread its largesse among the families of militants who died in battles.

Mullah Dadullah had also led TTP fighters in the Loisam battle during the 2008 military operations in Bajaur Agency.

Earlier this year, the TTP sacked Maulvi Faqir as deputy of Hakimullah Mehsud and as the group’s chief for Bajaur Agency after he favoured peace talks with the government. Mullah Dadullah then stepped into Maulvi Faqir’s shoes.

Mullah Dadullah, a hard-liner, was considered a trusted lieutenant of the TTP head honcho. He had fled the 2008 military operation in Bajaur and had been living in Kunar province of Afghanistan since. He is said to have planned and personally led several cross-border attacks on check posts of Pakistani security forces.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Freedom Seeker
    Aug 26, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Finally some good news across the border.

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  • Basit
    Aug 26, 2012 - 12:11PM

    He was man pushed to pick up the gun after the brutal US attack in Damadola.Recommend

  • lamb of God
    Aug 26, 2012 - 12:55PM

    The drones are effective, the TTP fears only the drones. Pakistan should fly its own drones and take out as many of these savages as possible

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  • I.kashmir
    Aug 26, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Eliminate all ttp,s from pak soil,so that innocent People will not suffer…pak was seen as the global leader for muslim world but these ttp,s make pak not only begger state but also as failed state….and, it is also important that pak should operate these drones as well….Recommend

  • Freedom Seeker
    Aug 26, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Finally some good news from across border.

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  • KhuRram Kaleem
    Aug 26, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Can you finish the Taliban ? For every1 killing of Taliban 10 more Taliban are born….
    Pakistani nations have no idea how strong and indefeatable the Taliban are on ground.the only way to control them is to deal with their jirga

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  • KhuRram Kaleem
    Aug 26, 2012 - 2:17PM

    All commander of Taliban were shopkeeper or traders or herd keepers before joining the tehreek

    No machine can kill an ideology.drone are a seed to create more Talibans.

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  • Turbo Lover
    Aug 26, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Another demon bites the dust!

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  • Skintaj
    Aug 26, 2012 - 2:44PM

    This once again proves…what Pakistan had been saying all along that these terrorists have safe heavens in Afghanistan especially Kunar Province!!!, where they were killed .

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  • Much Amused
    Aug 26, 2012 - 3:01PM

    It does not matter what pushed them to become monsters, what matters is that they are eliminated where ever and when ever the crop up. I would suggest that Pak use Israeli tactics of destroying their households. I believe the FCR has similar statutes.

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  • Zaikam
    Aug 26, 2012 - 3:55PM

    How many would we kill? And will this killing really be helpful?

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  • Ibrahim
    Aug 26, 2012 - 7:19PM

    “Although he had no formal religious education, Jamal Syed assumed the prefix of Mullah – a title used by religious scholars – before his name.”

    Sums up the whole Taliban movement!

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  • Z Ali
    Aug 26, 2012 - 7:19PM

    May he burn in Hell…

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  • Pakistani Pakhtoon
    Aug 26, 2012 - 9:18PM

    we would support Pakistan army to invite UN peace force for assistance or launch joint military operations in tribal areas and across the country to eliminate this mess.. there is no problem and both partner should stop now the blame game it is achievable on both sides

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  • Kiran
    Aug 26, 2012 - 9:19PM

    but as per security analyst gairath e azam zaid hamid, ttp is funded by US and now US killed its leader. oh new conspiracy theory tht. US had taken the work from him and now he was of no use so they killed him.

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  • SAK
    Aug 26, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Devil has been killed.

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  • Aug 26, 2012 - 11:10PM

    Drones are deadly accurate. They saved thousand lives of Pakistanis. Ehsanullah Ehsan; now count your days.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Aug 27, 2012 - 9:44AM

    @KhuRram Kaleem:
    @Basit:
    Trust a Taliban Apologist to show up in every blog.

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  • Zalam Singh
    Aug 27, 2012 - 11:54AM

    Another “Innocent civilian women and children” victim of drone strikes, America! when will you stop???

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Aug 27, 2012 - 12:47PM

    @KhuRram Kaleem:
    {the only way to control them is to deal with their jirga)
    HA HA What a joke. Seriously speaking the first thing Taliban did was to kill off as many Maliks as possible. And have you forgotten the suicide attacks on Jirga meetings. Why do my countrymen refuse to accept the painful fact that Taliban are beyond redemption. Its not their fault but their ideological conviction which sees any compromise or signs of flexibility as Haram and not permitted. Their mental software cannot be deleted or upgraded. They are prisoners of their own delusion and in their fight for Islamic state (as per their closed version 1.0), they dont and wont hesitate to kill off their brothers , friends and neighbours etc deemed to be a hindrance in their mission. They are programmed to kill and be killed.
    I would again say they are not Mukti Bahini, IRA or BLA. They are the most inflexible / rigid outfit in the entire world because they feel sanctified by religious edicts and willing to die without blinking an eye. LET SOMEONE PROVE ME WRONG but before that try going back to Mullah Omer reign from 1996~2001 or the recent SWAT episode.

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  • SAD
    Aug 27, 2012 - 5:27PM

    The only way to kill the TTP is to stop their financing.Recommend

  • Syed
    Aug 27, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Drones can’t just be the solution. We really need to spread education. Zia spread the hatred/extremism and now we need to counter that by spreading education and the true Islam

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  • g
    Aug 27, 2012 - 11:40PM

    @skintaj

    It’s pretty obvious that haven isn’t ‘safe’. ISAF and the US are doing their part to rid the world of this scum. Now, if we could say the same of Pakistan, maybe we would make some progress. Instead, they protest the drone strikes in Waziristan and try to create safe havens. Fortunately the US doesn’t care about their protests.

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  • Naseer
    Aug 28, 2012 - 12:06AM

    @Syed:
    True. We need to educate our masses in parallel with fighting these monsters. We can’t just rely on education as Pakistan has plenty of Educated Extremists. Our religion of peace has become religion of violence just because of our ill educated and narrow minded people.

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  • Mystriousfover
    Aug 28, 2012 - 2:01PM

    TTP is American tool … they are confirming through their tool that Drones are effective…

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