Collective front: Mangal Bagh, Jamaatul Ahrar TTP merge

Published: March 13, 2015
TTP Jamat-ul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

TTP Jamat-ul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

As the military leadership tightens the screws around militant groups, two militant groups on Thursday joined hands with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant organisation led by warlord Mangal Bagh, and TTP splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar led by Omar Khalid Khorasani, “united and re-formed the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan,” The Long War Journal reported.

The announcement of the re-unification of the factions and their merger with Lashkar-e-Islam was announced by Jamaatul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan.

The decision regarding the reunification of the outlawed militant group came after the three leaders, Khorasani, Fazlullah, and Mangal Bagh, met for “a joint consultative meeting,” according to Ehsan.

The location of their meeting was not disclosed.

The reunification of Taliban points to the fact that the leadership disputes between the groups, which arose after Fazlullah took control of the group in the wake of Hakeemullah Mehsud’s death in a drone strike in November 2013, have been partially healed.

Read: Deepening split: TTP expels splinter group chief

It is still not clear whether the Mehsud factions, led by Sajna and Sheheryar Mehsud, are also in consultation with the leadership to join the TTP.

The announcement comes as the Islamic State is making inroads in Pakistan and Afghanistan. For the first time on February 25, the Foreign Office said the militant group poses a threat to the country.

“The government is on alert to the IS threat in the region,” Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in Islamabad at Parliament on Monday.

Read: Islamic State poses serious threat to Pakistan: FO

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ahmed
    Mar 13, 2015 - 5:07PM

    Unity among Muslims is the key.Recommend

  • Hamood
    Mar 13, 2015 - 7:54PM

    Why do our newspapers give coverage to terrorists? The only time they should be providing coverage is when they are dead.Recommend

    Mar 13, 2015 - 11:58PM

    Please also make the head line when these filth fazulullah and ehsanullahahsan garbage will be hanged .These terrorists should be crush along their suporters and should be shown no mercy.Garbage belongs to the garbage.Recommend

  • Mar 14, 2015 - 12:17AM

    Pakistani must understand time for do or die,, TTP, BALOCH MILITANTS, , LASHKARE JHANGVI, ASWJ, are serious threats for Pakistan, eradication of these militants groups is only option for peace full Pakistan,, no doubt Indian agencies and munafiq molvis in various madrsas providing support to anti pak militants groups, Recommend

  • Mar 14, 2015 - 1:03AM

    Pudgy looking goofah with ‘about to curl fingers’ …ruminating,
    searching his brains to make a statement. Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 14, 2015 - 3:01AM

    Copy past journalism !Recommend

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