Mullah Omar supported Fazlullah’s selection as TTP chief

KABUL: (MEP) – In recent the Afghan Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has played a vital role in the appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as the new chief of the Pakistani Taliban group.

Sources quoted by Pakistan the News International have said that the main motive behind the appointment of Mullah Fazlullah az Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief was to avoid a possible split within the banned militant organization.

The newspaper in its report has also added that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid officially announced the appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as Taliban chief via telephone from Afghanistan.

Shahid quoted in the report has said that a meeting of the Taliban council (or shura) was held in Afghanistan as its last meeting held in North Waziristan was where a US drone strike had killed Hakimullah Mehsud.

Sources quoted in the report have said that the Afghan Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar stepped in and named Fazlullah as TTP chief after the 17-member central council held several sessions for three days on the appointment of new chief from six commanders who were vying for the position.

Fazlullah is the first non-Mehsud chief of the TTP, unlike Baitullah and Hakimullah Mehsud who hailed from the Waziristan region of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

He is said to have a closer relationship with Mullah Omar than any other member of the TTP. Appointment is considered a major win for the anti-talks proponents within the TTP as Fazlullah has been the most vocal member to oppose talks with the Pakistani government, Pakistan’s Dawn News reported.

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