[Ignoring the lying British press for a moment, we can see from the latest video screenshot below that Hakeemullah is starting to suffer from the same health problems that are associated with his pampered lifestyle. Sitting around, overeating, while his henchmen spread murder and crime over Pakistan, Mehsud is starting to look like his fat diabetic predecessor, Baitullah, or his fat one-legged predecessor, Abdullah Mehsud, who was also diabetic. That lying, fat little bastard, Hakeemullah, probably did agree with orders from British handlers to make this tape, claiming that he would stop targeting Pakistani troops and start attacking Americans in Afghanistan. The TTP was no doubt hoping to blame new attacks in N. Waziristan, like today’s murder of 14 in Razmak, upon Haqqani. This is just another step in the Army’s rebranding of the Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan, trying to rehabilitate their image before trying to pass them off as a new “Islamist” political party in the new Pakistani AfPak Taliban reconciliation process (SEE: Why Start A New Political Party In Pakistan and Name It After Notorious Terrorist Outfit? ).]
Screenshot from the 45-minute video in Pashto language shows the banned militant outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud sitting alongside his deputy commander Waliur Rehman.—Dawn.com
PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban said on Saturday they would cease their occasional attacks on the Pakistani army in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan and concentrate attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan instead – an announcement possibly designed to head off divisions in the insurgency.
The ceasefire does not apply to the rest of the country, where there are often fierce clashes between the Taliban and security services.
Thousands of Pakistani soldiers are stationed in North Waziristan, a tribal region along the Afghan border.
There have been occasional clashes there between the soldiers and Taliban, but a leaflet issued by Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud ordered those to stop. A senior commander confirmed the pamphlet’s veracity.
“O Mujahideen brothers! As you know, the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban under the leadership of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid are engaged in jihad against the crusaders and infidels, and are supporters of each others in the ongoing holy war,” the pamphlet said.
“The enemy does not want to see us united and disciplined against them and are trying to divide us,” it continued.
The Taliban have formed alliances with a number of other militant groups in North Waziristan who are violently opposed to the Pakistani state.
DIVISIONS IN THE INSURGENCY
Some Taliban commanders are divided over whether the Pakistani state or Nato forces are their top target.
Those divisions were laid bare in November by an attempted suicide attack on Mullah Nazir, a top militant commander from the Wazir tribe in South Waziristan. He had signed a peace deal with the Pakistani army but supported attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.
The attack was widely believed to be the work of rival Taliban commanders, and the Wazir tribe ordered Hakimullah Mehsud’s tribe out of their lands.
Mullah Nazir was killed in a drone strike this month and it is unclear if his successor will continue his policies, or what relationship the Wazir tribe will have with the Mehsud tribe.
Pakistani army officials have also told Reuters that there are tensions between Mehsud and his deputy. The two men recently appeared together in a video to deny the allegations.
The decision to halt attacks against the Pakistani army in North Waziristan could signal the Pakistani Taliban’s intention to help the Afghan Taliban fight US-led Nato forces in the neighbouring country, or focus more closely on attacking Western targets inside Pakistan.
Or it could be more specifically aimed at unifying local factions. Mehsud’s statement specifically addressed both foreign fighters and local Taliban.
LANDI KOTAL: A remotely detonated bomb targeting a security forces’ vehicle killed 14 personnel and injured 25 others on Miramshah road in North Waziristan’s Razmak area on Sunday, intelligence sources told Dawn.com.
Military sources confirmed that 14 personnel were killed and 25 others were injured in the attack.
The injured were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar.
In another incident, a clash occurred between militants and Aman Lashkar personnel in Akakhel area of Khyber tribal regions Bara district on Sunday. Two militants were killed in the clash whereas one personnel of the Aman Lashkar was injured, according to local political administration sources.
Moreover, one person was killed in another explosion in Zakakhel market of Khyber tribal region’s Landi Kotal area on Sunday.
Further details were not available till the filing of this report.
Meanwhile, miscreants ransacked a Government Girls school in Jhansi area of Sipah near Khyber tribal regions’ Juma Khan Kallay area and took away furniture and fittings from the premises. The structure of the building remained unharmed in the incident.