‘Mullah Omar is pushing TTP to reconcile with govt’

Published: November 26, 2011
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Taliban chief Mullah Omar acknowledges dialogue as an alternative .

Taliban chief Mullah Omar acknowledges dialogue as an alternative .

ISLAMABAD: 

Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mullah Muhammad Omar is pushing Pakistani militants based in the tribal areas to strike a peace deal with the government and has advised the chief of the Haqqani network to mediate between them.

“We have received a message from Ameerul-Momineen that there should be an end to our activities inside Pakistan …he wants us to make peace with the government and focus on Afghanistan against infidels,” a Taliban associate said.

This was confirmed to The Express Tribune over the past week by at least two other members of the terror group based in South Waziristan, as well as a couple of tribal elders privy to the ongoing talks between the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the government.

However, none of them wanted to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Meeting between Afghan, Pakistani militants

It was not clear when and how the elusive leader of the Afghan Taliban had sent his message.

At least two Taliban affiliates, one in Miramshah, North Waziristan and the other in Wana, South Waziristan, said that communication between representatives of Mullah Omar and Pakistani militants took place in an Arab country this Ramazan.

But a tribal elder, who claimed to be in the know of the ongoing talks, said that the son of a slain Afghan militant leader came to Waziristan as Mullah Omar’s representative.

The young messenger, he added, travelled from Kandahar to South Waziristan, the stronghold of the TTP, immediately after Ramazan and held meetings with members of a powerful shura that takes policy decisions for Pakistani militant groups.

Both the tribal leader and militant group’s insiders were, however, not sure if the representative of the Afghan Taliban fugitive head also met TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud, who has been in hiding for almost a year now.

In the neighbouring North Waziristan agency, Mullah Omar’s message for peace with Pakistan and its security forces has also been making rounds for some time now.

The network’s associates from Mirali town said that the group’s chief, Sirajuddin Haqqani, had been advised by Mullah Omar, whom he called his spiritual leader, to use his influence over the TTP to help broker the peace deal.

Military, intelligence deny reports of talks

It emerged over the last weekend that Pakistan security forces and the homegrown Taliban were holding talks to end an almost a decade old conflict in the country’s tribal areas.

Follow-up reports this week suggested that both sides had already covered ‘significant ground’ and were close to an agreement.

However, the Pakistani military immediately issued a strong denial, with the Taliban also rejecting the claim, although they earlier said that a truce was in place to pave way for talks.

In September, Pakistan’s top political and military leadership expressed desire to open peace talks with its ‘own people’ operating from the country’s tribal areas.

Since almost half a year now, Pakistani cities have been relatively calm and life is slowly returning to normalcy after years of violent attacks by the homegrown Taliban.

Experts like journalist Fida Khan, who has been covering militancy for a Japanese publication for more than a decade now, believes that this calm itself is an indication of something significant happening away from the media limelight.

“But all this will remain fragile for sometime unless something concrete happens and a slight mistake can blow things into a bigger conflict,” Khan feared.

‘Move by the Taliban to voluntarily end war will be welcomed’.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday that Pakistan will not initiate a dialogue with the local Taliban unless they lay down their arms and give up terrorism.

A move by the Taliban to voluntarily end war will be welcomed, Malik said at a press briefing along with UK Home Secretary Theresa May.

(Read: Talking to the terrorists)

ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM APP

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Nov 26, 2011 - 5:03AM

    Finally some good news!

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  • Falcon
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:05AM

    I guess IK’s suggestion of giving peace a chance has started paying off.

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  • صراط المستقیم
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:14AM

    Ameer-ul-Momineen Mullah Omar is completely right and TTP should stop its activities inside Pakistan.

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  • Sidra
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:20AM

    As long as they promise to bring peace!

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  • Usman
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:41AM

    Since almost half a year now,
    Pakistani cities have been relatively
    calm and life is slowly returning to
    normalcy after years of violent
    attacks by the homegrown Taliban.

    Exactly half a year since Pak Mil ousted Blackwater/CIA operatives along with US mil ‘trainers’. I’ll leave you to figure out the rest

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  • ali
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:51AM

    With peace we can be united again and fight against the real enemies and their stooges in the govt. The winds of change are blowing everywhere. But I am agent the war lobby and CIA/MI6 agents in Pakistan and Afghanistan will try to sabotage peace. But Inshallah peace will prevail.

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  • mirza
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:13AM

    How does the Media find terrorist, when allegedly the CIA cant ?

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  • Gul Khan
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:17AM

    TTP and Afghan Taliban are two different forces with no affiliation with each other. Mulla Omar repeatedly denied any links with TTP. He also said that Afghan Taliban have no enmity against our Pakistani forces.

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  • ihtisham
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:30AM

    Good news for pakistani people who r suffering from blasts everywhere in the country for the last 10 years. One can see why there is no blast in the last 2, 3 months. The only solution is dialouge with the tribal militants. Let the poor people of pakistan live in peace.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:47AM

    Mullah Omar looks like to the spiritual leader of Pakistan.

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  • Nov 26, 2011 - 8:41AM

    @صراط المستقیم:

    Ameer-ul-Momineen Mullah Omar is completely right and TTP should stop its activities inside Pakistan.

    Did you just designate a Kharjite terrorist criminal whose backward anti-Islam violent ideology is treacherously behind the deaths of thousands of Afghan and Pakistani civilians and security men in suicide bombings and other such attacks as Ameer-ul-Momineen?!

    What twisted path and mindset do you follow?! This is beyond extremist sympathy, the praise is outright support to the enemy and nothing short of treason.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:03AM

    Yes it is true, there has been no blast and blood bath of Pakistani civilians in the last several months. It only proves that the culprits were TTP and Mullah Omar and nobody else. I am glad that they now openly accepted killing thousands of Pakistani civilians. However, their friends and apologists must be happy that we are going to be friends again with those killers. No remorse and no punishment for butchering those innocent victims? It is only fair Taliban style.

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  • faraz
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Why is Mullah Umer talking to ‘CIA-RAW-MOSAD backed TTP’? Is Mullah Umer also a CIA agent? Where are the conspiracy theorists now?

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  • Yousaf
    Nov 26, 2011 - 9:43AM

    @bigsaf:
    Unless I have misunderstood it, the comment from Sirat-ul-Mustaqeem was meant as a sarcastic remark rather than a serious statement of respect for Mullah Omar or TTP.

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  • Majid
    Nov 26, 2011 - 10:02AM

    So Zaid Hamid’s claim that TTP is a CIA backed organization is wrong then?

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  • Cautious
    Nov 26, 2011 - 10:06AM

    Wake up people — the one eyed terrorist has always wanted Pakistani Taliban to fight in Afghanistan — he hasn’t changed his tune one iota – the TTP want to make Pakistan into a clone of Afghanistan as it was under the Taliban – you can’t do that fighting in Afghanistan.

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  • optimist
    Nov 26, 2011 - 10:45AM

    @Cautious:
    Yes they want to concentrate on Afghanistan now then they will turn to Pakistan.

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  • Maja
    Nov 26, 2011 - 10:53AM

    It seems to be a good policy, sort out afghanistan first and then we will take on pakistan. Ppl in pakistan are more interested in peace presently, less bothered about the kind of extreme attitudes their generations will face bcoz of todays wrong. Bravo bros keep deciving yourselves with comspiracy theories and false resurgence of islam.

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  • Nov 26, 2011 - 10:56AM

    @Yousaf:

    Unless I have misunderstood it, the comment from Sirat-ul-Mustaqeem was meant as a sarcastic remark rather than a serious statement of respect for Mullah Omar or TTP.

    Unfortunately, yes, Yousaf, you have misunderstood. Had I not known the commentators history of comments and context myself, I too would have concluded it as sarcasm.

    However, after knowing his past comments (threats sometimes) and responding to him on ET’s website, assuming the Arabic script and English script username belongs to the same person who seems to have the same style and views, you’ll notice there’s no sarcasm, and sadly shame, and he is serious in his open and blunt support for sectarian and religious militant extremists and terrorists, including such as the likes of Malik Ishaq, Hafiz Saeed, Osama Bin Laden, etc.

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  • Yousaf
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:28AM

    @bigsaf:
    Thanks for the clarification. I won’t have known that. It is certainly sad to say the least!

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  • Realist
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:29AM

    @bigsaf:

    Kharjite? LOL. Do you even know who Kharjite were or did you just pick it up from the Internet. It is a well known fact that Taliban have no relationship to Kharjites.

    For your information, the modern day successors to Kharjites of old are Ibadis of Oman.Recommend

  • Muslim
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:36AM

    Whether he is with taliban or with TTP, he is a terrorist, murdered thousand of people both muslims and non-muslims around the world, carried a wrong image of ISLAM. Instead of peace talk he should be hanged to death.

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  • Pragmatist
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:40AM

    And the trio went about doing what they do best happily ever after.

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  • MarkH
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:53AM

    This is coming from the same man who demanded no killings of civilians during your celebration and it amounted to nothing. He also doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to punish them for it like he said he would or even openly condemn them in a follow-up to that statement.
    There simply has to be more to this. It’s just too abrupt and out of character after 10 years. People usually aren’t vague when they’re trying to be convincing unless there are details that will cause some form of harm not in their favor.

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  • Aceleaf
    Nov 26, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Mulla Omer & Sirajuddin are icons of strategic depth philosophy. The individuals & organizations attached to it are at a loss. These individuals are fighting a lost battle. In the process of misguided struggle they are injuring society at large.

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  • Arifq
    Nov 26, 2011 - 12:08PM

    People of Pakistan continue to be held hostage by It’s official protectors and it’s cloned parasites called Taliban, each playing dirty games of subterfuge, deception, slant and slander.

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  • Farz
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:28PM

    What peace talks are you talking about?
    A couple of days ago a police station in Dera Ismail Khan was attacked and the TTP spokesman claimed responsibility adding there are no talks whatsoever.
    So who are your “sources” Recommend

  • Babloo
    Nov 26, 2011 - 6:55PM

    Mullaj\h Omar seems to the the supreme spiritual leader of all Pak based ‘social welfare and charity’ groups.Recommend

  • Nov 26, 2011 - 8:35PM

    He is the one who destroyed the Baamiyan Buddhas! We have many questions for him. Maybe he knows his ‘Waqt aa gayaa hai!’ and that is the reason he is talking peace! I don’t understand what he got by destroying a piece of art and people could have made money through tourism. And please don’t preach me on this issue as I have lived in the middle east for 13 yrs[ 10 yrs in Saudi Arabia and 3 in Bahrain] and the Arabs had sent a delegation to him not to go ahead with his decision then. Time is up Mullah!!Recommend

  • Canadian Hindu
    Nov 26, 2011 - 10:33PM

    Dr Priyanka

    The Budhists of Afganistan are long dead. Killed by the very people that destroyed the Baamiyan Buddhas. If that is these people’s belief system, then we should let it be and worry about our own future.

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  • Climp Jones
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:27PM

    More pablum for the disconnected. The tribals never listen to anybody let alone themselves. The only time they heed anything is if their lives are on the line. Whatever arrangements that manage to come from ‘all this’ will be forgotten within months.

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  • Climp Jones
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:33PM

    @faraz: we’re eating pizza, drinking beer & playing video games. Let us know when u think something meaningful has happened and we’ll think about looking into it.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 27, 2011 - 2:11AM

    Mullah Omar the spiritual leader and unifying force in Pakistan. TTP, LeT, JeM are all patriotic charity organizations as designatEd by UN.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Nov 27, 2011 - 4:01AM

    Please allow me to humble my heart and appeal to Mullah Omar. I urge him to persuade the TTP to release the two Swiss hostages, who are in their captivity since July. The Swiss people will not forget your courage, kindness and noble spirit and will help build hospitals and improve the medical facilities in the FATA.

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 9:03AM

    @bigsaf:
    Good job destroying peace.

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 10:32AM

    ET, would you please at least let this comment finally get posted.

    @Realist:
    Thanks for looking it up.

    However, I was not referring to their literal successors, but what many other Islamic scholars and academics have observed of the Taliban and like minded extremist groups, of being the modern day neo-Kharjites.

    It’s an apt analogy to their extremism and historic precedent. If we were to apply a critical analysis, the Kharjites were the first know extremists, fanatics, radicals, terrorists, etc, in Islamic history because of the violent barbaric methods they employed regardless of their different ideological origins or grievances compared to the Wahhabi/Salafi/Deobandi/Sunni hardliners.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kharjites

    From their essentially political position, the Kharijites developed extreme doctrines that further set them apart from both mainstream Sunni and Shiʿa Muslims. The Kharijites were particularly noted for adopting a radical approach to Takfir, whereby they declared other Muslims to be unbelievers and therefore deemed them worthy of death.

    http://www.princeton.edu/~batke/itl/denise/kharijis.htm

    The Kharijites became increasing fanatical: they equally condemned both Uthman, the third caliph, and Ali, and branded all those who disagreed infidels and thus worthy of execution. The terror they caused in the local populations forced Ali to take action: in 657, the Kharijites were decimated at Nahrawan.

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 10:52AM

    @Moise:

    Good job destroying peace.

    What peace are you talking about? What did I do exactly to destroy peace? Is factually criticizing the ignorant bliss in shamelessly anointing a known murdering terrorist as an Islamic leader that you take issue with…is that the peace of twisted mind you’re talking about me destroying over the thousands of killed by the actual Kharjites?

    So let me get this straight……Mullah Omar and his psychotic anti-Islamic foot soldiers who blow up girls’ schools, Masjids, shrines, markets, police stations, Imambargahs, hotels, government buildings, checkpoints, hospitals, graveyards, political rallies, Jirgas, etc and killed thousands of Pakistani and non-Pakistani innocents are given a free pass, but because I condemn them and dislike having to capitulate to their demands and new attempt at ‘peace charades’, and take serious offense to a commentator praising a criminal making a mockery of an honored Islamic leader title, who has a history of praising notorious religious terrorists, I am the one destroying peace?!

    Clearly I’m in a messed up bizarro world…what up is down, what down is left, what left is backwards….

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  • Nov 28, 2011 - 5:22AM

    Well its sad to hear that no more Pakistani establishment linked members would be blown up.
    Although I don’t agree placing bombs where ordinary Pakistani will be killed, but their are plenty of reasons for Jihad to be continued in Pakistan.

    The law if an old English law.
    Brothels everywhere.
    Poor people being killed, raped, sold by gangs, chodries and other elites.
    Kids, students in Lal masjed were bombed.
    Surrendered hundreds of Muslims to US.

    I don’t want fight in Pakistan but those are reason when your army, isi, mullahs tells to Afghan taliban in order to fight in Afghanistan.

    I am surprised that no Pakistani expressed concerns over his message that all attention should be paid to Afghanistan.

    In Afghanistan they are not only fighting against NATO, they
    1. kill every one who works for any reason with afghan government and any NGO.
    2. Burn schools.
    3. Prevents boys and girls from going to school.
    4. Kills people in masjed, even if they are praying.
    5. Even they kill people and than call their mothers to hear the screams of their sons when they are being tortured and then killed.
    6.The don’t let any one to build road, hospital or anything which eases an afghan’s life

    Please be put some mercy in your hurts if you are followers of Prophet Mohammad. Afghans are being killed since 30 years and more then two million of them died.

    Even the hurt of shaitan would be soften after so much afghan blood, but your amy and ISI are still thirsty of Afghan blood..

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  • Nov 29, 2011 - 12:21AM

    @shaheer:

    I am surprised that no Pakistani expressed concerns over his message that all attention should be paid to Afghanistan.

    Please be put some mercy in your hurts if you are followers of Prophet Mohammad. Afghans are being killed since 30 years and more then two million of them died.
    Even the hurt of shaitan would be soften after so much afghan blood, but your amy and ISI are still thirsty of Afghan blood..

    I’m sorry for the twisted un-Islamic ideological mindset of our leadership and our people that’s been developed on how they view different militants and terrorists and our neighbours. I cannot explain why there’s a severe cognitive dissonance and other thinking failures due to regional and religious paranoia and prejudice.

    I can only imagine how you feel when someone comments ‘Great News!’, being selfishly and hypocritically relieved that a terrorist criminal calls on Pak terrorist groups to spare Pakistan and instead join them in their country to continue bloodshed of Afghan innocents in Afghanistan by getting tacit support from Pak establishment, as if peace has been achieved, without even thinking of the welfare of our Afghan neighbours.

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  • Abu Hayat
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:30PM

    Pakistan is out of Isalm, go and see Heera Mandee Lahore, Karachi, Lal Masjid and other places where people are breaking the Rules of Shareeat and reject the order of Allah. the Taliban of Pakistan and Afghanistan will jointly continue thier war inside in Pakistan till it returns back to pure Islam. Aljehad Aljehad Fesabeelellah in Pakistan not out of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asad
    Dec 7, 2011 - 1:45AM

    Fools plain Foools each one of you couldnt find a single comment that showed any one of you have an understanding whats been going on in Afghanistan since the fall of U.S.S.R.

    Its all because the revolution in afghanistan was evaded from our eyes and ears and we were forced to look at the Aafghan Islamic Revolution through the eyes of BBC and CNN.

    Its very dissappointing and disheartning to say the least that enemies of Islam know better about whom they are fighting then us pakistanis.

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