Friday, November 8, 2013

Pakistani Taliban Turn the Tables, Select Hard Liner To Be New Leader to Replace Hellfired Hakimullah Mehsud

Well, the early reports were wrong on who was taking over the Pakistani Taliban and the one guy we did NOT want to see get it, got it.  Mullah Fazlullah is the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban according to the latest Shura council vote and what that means is a raving maniac at the helm of the world's worst terrorist organization.  Just to put it in perspective, Fazlullah's men are the ones that shot the little Pakistani girl through the head on her school bus - that may give you an indication.

A couple of weeks ago it was thought that Fazlullah was too busy in Afghanistan trying to kill American troops to be able to take leadership of the Pakistani Taliban but apparently he's the man now.

The story comes from Times of India.

Commander whose men shot at Malala is new Pak Taliban chief

MIRANSHAH (Pakistan): The Pakistani Taliban elected Mullah Fazlullah, the commander whose men shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last year, as their new leader on Wednesday, dampening expectations of any peace deal between the insurgents and the government.

The election of Fazlullah, known for his hardline Islamist views and rejection of peace talks, follows the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, the previous leader or ameer, in a U.S. drone strike last week.

"Following proper consultations ... we chose our senior commander Mullah Fazlullah as our new ameer," said Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.

He told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location in neighbouring Afghanistan that the decision was taken after a shura council meeting by senior Taliban figures.

Nicknamed Mullah Radio for his fiery Islamist radio broadcasts in Swat valley, Fazlullah is considered hardline even within the Pakistani Taliban movement itself.

The Pakistan government in 2009 launched a military operation and expelled his fighters from the Swat valley, where he had been chief Taliban commander. He fled across the border to Afghanistan and is now believed to be in Nuristan province.

His men shot and wounded Yousafzai last year because of her campaign to promote education among women in Swat, one of Pakistan's most conservative areas.

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