Leadership change: Mullah Fazlullah named new TTP chief

Published: November 8, 2013
The caretaker TTP chief Asmatullah Shaheen announces the new leader of TTP during a news conference in an undisclosed location. PHOTO AFP

The caretaker TTP chief Asmatullah Shaheen announces the new leader of TTP during a news conference in an undisclosed location. PHOTO AFP


The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ruled out the possibility of peace talks with Pakistan as Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Swat Taliban, was named the new chief on Thursday.

Fazlullah was elected by the supreme shura (supreme council) a week after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike. Sheikh Khalid Haqqani was chosen as his deputy. The TTP leaders from as far afield as Kurram Agency, Orakzai Agency, Bajaur Agency, Tank and South Waziristan participated in the meeting.

Fazlullah is the first TTP chief who is not from Waziristan. His deputy, Khalid Haqqani, hails from Swabi. It is for the first time that the TTP leadership comprises men from urban areas and not from Fata.

Meanwhile, Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, who was appointed interim chief of the TTP, ruled out the possibility of any peace talks, accusing the Pakistan government of ‘wielding no authority as it is under the US yoke’.

Bhittani told journalists that Taliban would continue their struggle for implementation of Shariah, adding that negotiations with the government would only be possible if it is freed of US slavery and has its own authority.

Bhittani said that TTP is not a political organisation. “The government had struck a deal with the United States and, under the garb of peace talks, it is selling out our fighters,” he said, adding, “The talks were merely a political stunt.”  TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid also spoke to reporters from an undisclosed location and discounting the possibility of negotiations, said, “Pakistan government is playing a double-game with us.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Usama
    Nov 8, 2013 - 2:36AM

    Now we will wait for another year or so begging for negotiations mean while taliban will do what there business is and we wont act thanks for there apologists (IK,PML(N),JI,JUI)


  • Nov 8, 2013 - 2:52AM

    The government may consider to strike down a drone to prove that they are not under the US influence. This will also enhance their height before the domestic audience. However PML- N has to weigh the pros and cons before taking such extreme step. Instead stopping NATO supply for few days/ weeks will be a better and safe option.


  • PakLuv
    Nov 8, 2013 - 3:17AM

    So the Drones could not track the time and place of this Taliban meeting? It would have been a jackpot for humanity. But Taliban can track funerals, shoppers, girls going in a school bus, people praying in masajid or churches, oil tankers and army caravan on the move. They can even track where to find duty bound security personel to slaughter. Lets see how ruthless or smart the new cheif is. Your days are counted too…sir!


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 8, 2013 - 3:19AM

    Our army should eliminate this guy as soon as possible. This time Americans should not take the honours.Recommend

  • Zaid Hamid
    Nov 8, 2013 - 3:40AM

    Good. This means he’ll soon be on his way to eternal heaven!


  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 8, 2013 - 4:13AM

    BTW, which army base will he be living beside??


  • Malik Hamza
    Nov 8, 2013 - 4:59AM

    Hope Drone attack kills this evil devil as well.


  • Nov 8, 2013 - 5:26AM

    This is the man who ought to be taken out via a Drone.
    Send him to hell’s fire.


  • Legend
    Nov 8, 2013 - 5:41AM

    Surprising appointment. I thought Imran Khan was the favourite for the post.


  • abc
    Nov 8, 2013 - 5:50AM

    America, please do us a favor and launch another drone attack. Act fast before this gets out of hand


  • Waseem
    Nov 8, 2013 - 6:06AM

    God bless you with drones.


  • Nov 8, 2013 - 6:13AM

    Looks like Little Bearded Hitler is now in charge
    of this country’s self inflicted genocide.


  • hemant
    Nov 8, 2013 - 6:14AM

    The only option is to fight the Taliban . The longer Pakistan waits the stronger the enemy within becomes .
    As an Indian I am rather surprised that senior Pakistani politicians are not realizing that TTP has to be militarily defeated there really is no other way to go . Negotiating with TTP will only mean surrender , there is no middle path . Imran Khan was a great cricketer but has makings of a very poor politician . His populist positions are really not mature and thought through . His policies will give him short term political benefits but are likely to cause serious and long term harm to Pakistan as a nation .
    For most of its history Pakistan Army has made life very difficult for its politicians . Now it is the turn of the Politicians who are making the Pakistan Army look so weak and helpless in front of the challenge posed by a rag tag group TTP fighters .


  • Arindom
    Nov 8, 2013 - 6:16AM

    Look at their photos! They look like even bigger rogues than the one they replaced!!


  • Shabbir
    Nov 8, 2013 - 6:42AM

    This is what the US wanted..
    Now there is no chance for dialogue, not even a little bit. This is the guy who did the church bombing and other recent attacks, he is the anti-dialogue leader and he is who we were most afraid of.. and he becomes the TTP chief..
    Now, whole nation is behind army, operation must be done and I am hoping Imran Khan will change his stance due to this new appointment and stance of TTP that talks are no longer possible.


  • WFJ
    Nov 8, 2013 - 6:58AM

    More drones, pls.


  • Irfan
    Nov 8, 2013 - 7:11AM

    Anyone killed by the United States drone attacks, even a PTI leader, is a martyr .


  • Usman S.
    Nov 8, 2013 - 7:26AM

    These murderers know no mercy and don’t deserve it either. They are the worst enemies of the state and the people of Pakistan.

    The government should not beg for talks with these monsters. The more the government gives in, the bolder they’ll get.

    This is a cancer threatening to spread all across Pakistan. The sooner we decide to do the surgery, the better. Denial and delay mean death for sure.

    Please wake up Pakistan. Time is not on your side.


  • Saad A. Shah
    Nov 8, 2013 - 8:46AM

    Mannn…!!!! they look so haunted!!! God Bless Humanity!!!


  • Ashah
    Nov 8, 2013 - 8:52AM

    Why is this News ?


  • Saim Baig
    Nov 8, 2013 - 9:33AM

    @USAMA A kill is a kill!! Wht dont you get out of your drawing room & see how many innocent people lost their lives in this war of ours? You have tried it for 9 long years!! Yet no result. Peace talks are sabotaged before they even began. Don’t you think thats Curious?


  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 8, 2013 - 9:36AM

    BTW, what about the tens of thousands of Pakistanis slaughtered by TTP, are they also “martyrs”????


  • unbelievable
    Nov 8, 2013 - 10:09AM

    They say this is the man responsible for orchestrating the failed assassination of Malala – that should tell you what kind of person your trying to negotiate with. His goals are simple – eliminate Democracy, eliminate your Constitution, remove education and opportunity from women, and isolate Pakistan from everything non Muslim.
    Anyone who reads this newspaper should be smart enough to know that under the Taliban there will be no ET, Dawn or other newspapers. And you won’t have to debate things like YouTube as freedom of speech/press will be replaced by public executions in your football stadiums.


  • Aysha M
    Nov 8, 2013 - 10:16AM

    This is a news because he the one PTI leadership will beg to, to come to the negotiating table


  • phonix
    Nov 8, 2013 - 10:20AM

    why should ttp believe in the political setup? these freedom fighters, who were prepared by the society to spread the “peaceful” message of Islam in and around the neighbourhood are being marginalised by the drone. the only solution left now is to hand over the entire country to them or allow it to become like afganistan. the outcome in either case is same.


  • Xnain
    Nov 8, 2013 - 10:45AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    How can they eliminate someone who is sitting safe in Afghanistan under the very custody of Afghan Government, where US doesn’t operate any drone operation. So all those who think US will put the person -who serves her interest- out, lives in the paradise of a fool.


  • Nov 8, 2013 - 12:10PM

    Wish you good luck – Lets fight America !! Stop that drone!


  • babar
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:10PM

    One more drone strike please.


  • vasan
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:18PM

    Judging from the comments,, I conclude everyone in Pakistan support drone strikes on TTP except ofcourse IK, Fazulur rehman and now the member Nissar the Int minister.


  • Nasir
    Nov 8, 2013 - 12:46PM

    Ch. Nisar would be happy to find a new counterpart, he would be even anxious to meet and apease this man who has no respect for the state of Pakistan.


  • FoY
    Nov 8, 2013 - 1:31PM

    Those asking for more drones don’t realise that they will have to sacrifice 20-30 innocent countrymen living in tribal areas before a drone actually hits this new leader. How cold could these elites be who are living in their cosy houses away from tribal areas?


  • bharatvarsh
    Nov 8, 2013 - 1:40PM

    Poor GOP it is being accussed of double dealing by both the TTP and US.


  • Malik Hamza
    Nov 8, 2013 - 2:55PM

    I think I just heard a predator drone ….


  • Zee Pakistani in USA
    Nov 8, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Your comment: “Surprising appointment. I thought Imran Khan was the favourite for the post”.
    This is the best and funniest comment I have heard in some time. Great tongue in cheek!


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