Taleban ‘sacks firebrand Baitullah Mehsud’
January 28, 2008
The Taleban chief has sacked Baitullah Mehsud, the commander of Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan over fighting against the Pakistani Army.Mullah Omar had dismissed Mehsud for fighting against the Pakistan Army instead of NATO forces, the Asia Times Online reported.
Mehsud, who had been appointed by Omar as the chief of the Pakistani Taleban, was expected to provide support to the Taleban in Afghanistan, but instead directed all his fighters against Pakistani security forces.
The sacking comes at a time when President Pervez Musharraf has launched a massive military operation against Baitullah in South Waziristan.
“The Afghan front is quiet because the Taleban and al- Qaeda militants are heavily engaged in fighting Pakistani security forces in Waziristan. Therefore, Mullah Omar has put his foot down to reset goals for the Taleban: struggle in Afghanistan and not against Pakistan, as was being done by Baitullah Mehsud,” the website reported.
It also quoted intelligence sources as saying that Omar appointed Maulvi Faqir Muhammad as TTP chief but Faqir refused to accept the designation.
(Source: Press TV) -