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Mufti Noor Wali appointed Pakistani Taliban’s new leader

Mufti Noor Wali appointed Pakistani Taliban’s new leader

Jun 23, 2018 - 19:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Tahrik-i-Talibaninfo-icon Pakistaninfo-icon (TTP) has appointed Mufti Noor Wali Mahsud as the new leader of the insurgent movement, according to media reports on Saturday.

Pakistani Taliban militants chose the religious scholar as their new chief in place of Mullahinfo-icon Fazlullah who was killed earlier this month in a US drone strike.

Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said Saturday that the executive council of TTP appointed Mufti Noor Wali Mahsud as its new chief and Mufti Mazhim, also known as Mufti Hafzullah, as his deputy.

Khurasani conceded for the first time that Mullah Fazlullah was killed in the drone attack in Afghanistaninfo-icon's Kunar province. He did not say when and where the TTP executive council met to choose the new leader.

A ruthless leader, Fazlullah ordered the beheading of dozens of opponents when his band of insurgents controlled Pakistan's picturesque Swat Valley from 2007 until a massive military operation routed them out in 2009.


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