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Top Pakistani militant leader detained in Nangarhar

Top Pakistani militant leader detained in Nangarhar

Feb 18, 2013 - 22:14

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Afghan intelligence operatives have detained a senior Pakistani militant leader in eastern Nangarhar province, bordering the Khyber tribal region, a spy official said on Monday.

Maulviinfo-icon Faqir Mohammad, the former second-in-command of the Tehrik-i-Talibaninfo-icon Pakistaninfo-icon (TTP), was arrested along with several associates in the Mohmand Dara district, a National Directorate of Security source said on condition of anonymity.

A Taliban commander in the area near the Pakistan border, meanwhile, confided to Pajhwok Afghan that he had received information about the detention of the TTP’s ex-commander along with some accomplices.

It is learnt that the man, who was removed as Taliban chief for Bajaur agency in March 2012 on suspicion of striking a peace deal with the Pakistani government, and four of his associates had sneaked entered Nangarhar from Bajaur.

According to a leading Pakistani newspaper, he was apprehended near Basawal village on Torkham road near Tirah valley. Dawn quoted an NDSinfo-icon official named Abdullah as saying that the detainees were currently under investigation.

“Yes I can confirm their names as they had told us --- Maulvi Faqir, Shahid Umar, Maulana Hakeemullah Bajauri, Maulana Turabi and Fateh. They were travelling in a vehicle that we intercepted near Basawal village,” he told the newspaper.

Born in 1971 in the Chopatra village of Bajaur, Faqir Mohammad formed in 1993 the Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Shariat Mohammadi (TNSM) along with Maulana Sufi Mohammad from Swat valley. The extremist outfit forcibly enforced Islamic laws and scared away tourists from the northwestern region. 


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