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Mullah Fazlullah elected as new Taliban chief in Pakistan

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizadahttps://www.khaama.com
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

11-11-2012_75020_lAccording to reports, the Taliban group in Pakistan – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has elected Mullah Fazlullah to lead the Taliban group in Pakistan.

A member of the Pakistani Taliban, Asmatullah Shaheen confirmed that Fazlullah was elected as the new chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Shaheen quoted by AFP said, “The decision was taken at a shura (council) meeting today. The supreme shura has also elected Sheikh Khalid Haqqani as the deputy chief of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.”

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid also confirmed the appoinment of Mullah Fazlullah as the new TTP chief. “Following proper consultations … we chose our senior commander Mullah Fazlullah as our new ameer (leader),” Shahid quoted by Reuters said.

Mullah Fazlullah is a hardline Taliban leader who was in charge of Swall. His election further dampens expectations of any peace deal between the insurgents and the Pakistani government.

“There will be no more talks as Mullah Fazlullah is already against negotiations with the Pakistan government,” said the Taliban group spokesman.

Fazlullah was elected as the new Taliban chief a week after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed during a US drone strike in Northern Waziristan.

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