Sacked Pakistani Taliban spokesman moves `court`

Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said he has challenged his sacking in an "Islamic court" set up by Taliban.

Updated: Jul 11, 2013, 21:36 PM IST

Islamabad: Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan on Thursday said he has challenged his sacking in an "Islamic court" set up by Taliban somewhere in Pakistan`s lawless tribal region along the Afghan border.

Ehsan told a news agency over phone from an undisclosed location that he approached the "court" to clear his name of the charges that he issued a statement which harmed relations with the Afghan Taliban.

"The Islamic court of Taliban has accepted my petition," Ehsan said. "The court also restrained all parties from issuing a statement about the disputed matter."

He also said the "court" postponed the hearing due to Ramadan and will take up the petition after Eid-ul-Fitr.

Ehsan was removed on June 25 by central Shura of Taliban but the decision was made public yesterday through an e-mail to media outlets.

He was punished apparently for allegedly siding with a local Taliban commander in Mohmand tribal district in an internal fighting which pitted a faction of Pakistan militants against Taliban fighters.

The Taliban have appointed Sheikh Maqbol as his replacement.

It is for the first time that rebels have sacked a spokesman which shows increasing intra-Taliban tension ahead of US planned withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.

PTI