With new chief at the helm, TTP takes peace talks off the table

Published: November 7, 2013
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The decisions on the talks and Fazlullah's appointment were taken during a 17 member TTP shura on Thursday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The decisions on the talks and Fazlullah's appointment were taken during a 17 member TTP shura on Thursday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRANSHAH: With the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) appointing the Taliban commander in charge of Swat, Mullah Fazlullah, as their new chief to replace slain leader Hakimullah Mehsud, the group immediately moved to remove the option of peace talks with the Pakistan government from the table.

“Peace talks with the government are not possible as Pakistan is not an authority and is under US slavery,” said TTP’s acting chief Asmatullah Shaheen told select journalists while announcing the new militant chief Mullah Fazlullah, who was chosen in a shura meeting at an undisclosed location in North Waziristan on Thursday.

Shaheen said that the group will continue its fight till they establish Shariah. However, he added that negotiations with the government could be possible, but for that the Pakistan government will have to come out from US slavery and have some authority.

The interim TTP chief told journalists that the TTP was not a political organisation nor issued political slogans. He alleged that the government of Pakistan had a deal with the US and that the government had staged a drama of talks to make the Americans happy and that they did not really want to negotiate with the TTP.

Shaheen also hinted at the real possibility of reprisal attacks over Mehsud’s assassination via a drone strike last Friday. “Everyone will know when we will avenge the death of Hakimullah Mehsud.”

The decision to appoint Fazlullah and to take peace talks off the table was taken at a 17 member shura meeting at an undisclosed location in North Waziristan on Thursday.

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  • Naseer
    Nov 7, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Dear coward Pakistani leaders, please stop begging for mercy and strike Mullah Fazlullah before he strikes again.

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  • A-No.1
    Nov 7, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Now call another APC. Cowardice is getting you no where. Be bold and ask the US to drone this new monster. That is the only way you will get this mullah radio.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Nov 7, 2013 - 8:41PM

    He got that right – they’re not a political organization, they’re a terrorist organizationRecommend

  • shiraz
    Nov 7, 2013 - 8:58PM

    this never ending vicious cycle will continue…both sides neither strong or weak enough, to beat the other side, or be beaten.Recommend

  • Qasim
    Nov 7, 2013 - 9:10PM

    So no more peace talk , that mean more war and we in war since ten years . More Blood Shed Thank you PML-N govtRecommend

  • Hehe
    Nov 7, 2013 - 9:41PM

    Look mate, we want peace to be restored in this region and many elements with in Pakistan want to move forward with negotiations. But showing your intent to go ahead with your mission till ‘Sharia is restored’ and then suggesting that negotiations are a possibility provided our government disengages out of the US alliance are two contradictory statements. Come clean what you guys want because we will not give an inch of our land to anyone nor are we going to divert from our constitution. This is OUR land and OUR country, negotiations on OUR terms only.Recommend

  • Nadir
    Nov 7, 2013 - 9:43PM

    Lets us pray this Friday that Mullah saab accepts our pleas to peace talks! Shame on Pakistani state :(Recommend

  • Zareena
    Nov 7, 2013 - 9:50PM

    Establish Sharia? Are you crazy? If Sharia was ment to be the order of the world, do you think it would be hard for The Creator to enforece it? Why is this up to these talibans to enforce it? Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Nov 7, 2013 - 10:30PM

    @Zareena:

    Sharia are the laws which reflect the values of the religion of Islam and are legislated by the muslim parliamentarians. Not the 7th century regulations but the 21s century civilised environament.

    Rex Minor

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  • Baji Jee
    Nov 7, 2013 - 10:32PM

    Its time for Pakistanis to stand united against these terrorists and demand the Pakistani forces and government to take serious and HONEST military action against them. hehe :PRecommend

  • Zee Pakistani Soldier
    Nov 7, 2013 - 10:38PM

    @Nadir:
    Yes, why don’t you go ahead and pray this Friday for this Mullah’s life as well, because the next drone has his name written on it. Shame is on you for praying for this terrorist who is the killer of thousands of innocents and speaking against your country which had nothing to do with the drone that killed your beloved Hakimullah.Recommend

  • KAY
    Nov 7, 2013 - 11:30PM

    Taliban, addition of a new sect in Islam. Keep on killing each other guys in the name of the religion of peace.

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  • KUMAR
    Nov 7, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Mullah Fazlullahs enemies in the taliban choose him..they want him droned…

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  • ARW
    Nov 7, 2013 - 11:34PM

    @Nadir:
    Instead of praying that Mullah accepts to negotiate, I would suggest to pray that this Friday Mullah Radio is also declared as “Shaheed” by our local Mullah Diesel …… ;-)

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  • aaaaa
    Nov 7, 2013 - 11:48PM

    so are we ready to kill them yet?Recommend

  • Jibran
    Nov 7, 2013 - 11:52PM

    In short he gave shut up call to Imran Khan and the Lateef naami afsar. PMLN leaders on the other hand are now shrinking in their boots. Cowards.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:02AM

    Before this guy was hard to find, because we were told that he was hiding in Afghanistan. Now he is in Pakistan to lead his organization, therefore our army should take him down before Americans get the honours.

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  • Muhammad
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:03AM

    @Zee Pakistani Soldier:
    ur name is pakistani soldier and u are relaying on US drone. hehehe shame on you.Recommend

  • amir
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:05AM

    Those who are dreaming that terrorism from Pakistani land will be eliminated at some point, they are living in a fool’s paradise. This hide and seek game will continue. In fact after Quaid e Azam ,this land hasn’t seen any leader or general who is sincere with the people of this country, Its poor people will continue to fight and get slaughtered in false hope of bringing the things on right track. sooner or later this country is gonna doomed.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:05AM

    so good to have mullah as TTP chief. at least now our troops will be focused. they made him run earlier, they ll make him run again. Let there be no doubt, government is way more powerful than these thugs.our troops r not foreigners like russians or americans, they r from same land, eat same food and probably r taller and stronger than these uneducated mullahs. i hope fazlullah has his motorbike ready to run again or he ll be brought to “raah e raast”

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  • Sall90
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:15AM

    US, please send another 4 missiles to this devil.

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  • Falcon
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:19AM

    @Zee Pakistani Soldier:
    In case you didn’t figure it out, Nadir’s comment above was in fact a sarcastic one (read the second part of the comment to decipher that).

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  • Jibran
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:23AM

    @Qasim:
    Were you expecting something different. Leaving aside the part time terrorists who joined for monetary benefits, rest are hardcore. You can’t inject sense into them. Also if we take hypothetical scenario that some of them will take the Imran initiative and become law abiding bus drivers and conductors again and give up there power, it’s not the peace loving drivers and conductors who are the cause of the problem. We will then start another round of negotiations? This sounds like a joke to me.

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  • Iron hand
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:26AM

    Anyone with an ounce of sense and a willingness to accept reality (and who does not share TTP’s religious interpretations) realized long ago that peace talks with these barbarians are a complete waste of time. Do you really think these fanatics will honestly compromise an inch given their twisted belief that all the murder and destruction they undertake is their divine duty?

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  • Truth
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:33AM

    Pathetic situation for a state begging infront of murderers

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  • Kanwal
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:43AM

    Why can we not crush them once and for all? Why the state looks coward to the point of complicity? Whwn will pakistan unite against this terrorist outfit and say “this is enough”?

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  • humayun
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:46AM

    @Zareena;
    Well every day something comes forward interesting and today, it is your comment that Sharia is not really an objective for a Muslim society,since God did not do it by self.

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  • Ali S
    Nov 8, 2013 - 1:01AM

    This is actually a good sign. He isn’t throwing the govt about peace talks any bones so they have no excuse now not to take decisive action against TTP – it’s either you come get him or he comes get you. And IK can now finally shut it.

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  • LOK
    Nov 8, 2013 - 1:03AM

    I agree with TTP on one account only that the negotiations were never going to happen. Nisar’s theatric was for local right wing punjabis who voted for PML-N and wanted negotiations. Nisar has done well and vote bank is intact. With all the blame dumped on US (brilliant for PML-N), now please get down to work and launch an all out offensive against TTP. And the best part, Imran is marginalised. And if you are about to mention Munawwar Hasan and or Fazl ur Rehman then please don’t, this is a serious matter.

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  • Babbarsher Khan
    Nov 8, 2013 - 1:58AM

    Kaptaan has a work cut out for him now, to go to the cave (farmhouse) his counterpart mullah Radio resides in the badlands and bring him to the peace negotiation. I am sure if he does that he would earn next year’s Nobel Peace Prize!

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  • unbelievable
    Nov 8, 2013 - 2:07AM

    Shaheen said that the group will continue its fight till they establish Shariah
    .
    That means toss out your Constitution – is that something your willing to put on the bargain table? Maybe you should hope the new guy kills an American so they can “negotiate” with the new guy.

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  • Eddied
    Nov 8, 2013 - 2:13AM

    Do you still think the TTP/Taliban are worth talking to?…this is the man who targets little girls for death because they want education…can there be any worse individual on the planet?…and your great mullah Munawar Hassan probably thinks he is a wonderful person too…what a confused and twisted country…

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  • Zee Pakistani Soldier
    Nov 8, 2013 - 3:18AM

    @Falcon:
    I read Nadir’s comment again. I did not see it originally as sarcasm, but if it is then I apologize. Thanks for pointing out. Now let’s have another drone for Mr. Mullah and forget that anyone even mentioned having peace talks with these morons.

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