Days After Peace Deal Taliban Appoint Mullah Omar Leader– Pledge Allegiance to Osama Bin Laden
Days after a peace deal was announced between the Taliban and the Pakistani government, the Taliban have appointed Mullah Omar as their leader. They also agreed to make Osama bin Laden their role model.
Days after the Pakistan government and the Taliban inked a peace deal in Swat following a failed military operation in the picturesque valley, three major Taliban groups in Pakistan have formed a new alliance – Shura Ittihadul Mujahideen (Council for Unity of Holy Warriors) – in the twin agencies of North and South Waziristan after burying the hatchet, declaring the ameer of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Omar as their supreme leader and al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden as their role model.
The development came hardly a few days after the Pakistan government, unable to contain the threat from the Taliban militants in the Swat Valley despite an 18-month long military operation, signed a truce with the Taliban militants in Swat by pulling away its military and thus allowing Shariah to be implemented in the region.
According to an announcement made by the Pakistani Taliban, the new alliance would comprise the groups led by central chief of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Baitullah Mahsud and the two pro-government key commanders — Maulvi Nazir of South Waziristan Agency and Hafiz Gul Bahadur of North Waziristan tribal region. The three reportedly met at an undisclosed location and decided to resolve their differences to foil the external forces designs for dividing the multiple Taliban groups based in Pakistan.
“As Jews, Christians and Hindu infidels stand united against the Muslims particularly Mujahideen under the leadership of United States, Mujahideen have set aside internal differences and have joined hands, the Taliban announcement said, adding: “In order to make happy the Muslims in general and Mujahideen in particular, the three Taliban groups have formed a 13-member advisory council to run the affairs of the new alliance which would be led by the three Taliban commanders on rotation basis.
Bill Roggio adds that the three senior-most Taliban leaders in North and South Waziristan have joined forces to wage jihad against Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the US.
They see the peace deal with the Pakistani government as a huge win.
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