Islamabad: Taliban militants in Afghanistan
and Pakistan have formed a new grouping which has pledged to stop targeting Pakistani security forces and focus their attention on US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan at the intervention of their elusive supreme commander Mullah Omar.
At the instruction of the one-eyed Omar, the Afghan
and Pakistani Taliban formed a joint five-member `shura` or
council with other Pakistani militant groups yesterday to oversee an end to attacks on Pakistani forces, The News daily quoted its sources in the Taliban as saying.
Mullah Omar has not surfaced since the flight of the
Taliban from Kabul in 2001 and according to reports is
sheltering in and around Quetta, the capital of Pakistan`s
restive southwestern Balochistan province.
The new `shura` includes the Haqqani network and powerful
commanders of the groups led by Maulvi Nazeer and Hafiz Gul
Bahadur who have already signed a peace deal with the Pakistan
The new entrants into the `shura` are the factions of Pakistani Taliban led by Hakimullah Mehsud and Maulana Waliur Rahman from South Waziristan.
The moves to unite factions of Afghan and Pakistani
Taliban comes in the wake of pressure by the US government on
Islamabad to take military action against these groups
believed to be a massed in North Waziristan.
The five-member `shura` with other Pakistani militant
groups made a pledge to "stop their fight against their own
armed forces and instead focus their attention against the
US-led forces in Afghanistan", The News said.