Sacked Pakistani Taliban spokesman moves `court`
Last Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 21:36
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.


First Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 21:36

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