TTP Chief Killing: Strategic Turn between Pak- Afghan-US Relationship


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A notorious terrorist head Mullah Fazlullah was killed in a US drone attack. Afghanistan Ministry of defence , security and intelligence sources confirmed his killing.   Mullah Fazlullah of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was appointed Chief named TTP chief after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike in November 2013.

The drone strike that took place in the Nur Gul Kalay village of Dangam district on June 13, 2018 also killed four other TTP commanders who have been identified as Abu Bakar, Umar, Imran and Sajid.

Fazlullah and his commanders were having an Iftar party at a compound when a remotely piloted US aircraft targeted them. He was mastermind of attack on Malala Yousafzai, Army Public School Peshawar and other terrorists’ activities against security forces and public in Pakistan. He ran away to Afghanistan when Pakistan Security Forces conducted successful operation against TTP in Swat, and Waziristan.

However, on the day after the killing of Fazlullah, TTP terrorists attacked Pakistani check post in Shiwal, North Waziristan, in that raid  three soldiers martyred and five attackers’ terrorists have been killed by the security forces. Afghan President Ghani also confirmed killing of TTP Chief while making call to Caretaker Prime Minister and COAS Pakistani Army.

Notably, Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Afghan, President Ghani discussed the implementation of ‘action plan for peace’ in their last meeting held on June 2, 2018 in Kabul. According to Major General Ghafoor, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), spokesman of Pakistan’s army, table talk between Afghan political elite and Pakistani military brass indicate an apparent shift in Pakistan’s approach toward Afghanistan.

Just after couple of days, a high-powered Afghan security delegation led by the National Security Advisor Muhammad Hanif Atmar also met Pakistani political and military top brass in Islamabad, in which both sides discussed a wide range of issues, including trade, business, people-to-people contacts, intelligence cooperation, and an end to the long-running “blame game” between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On 7 June, 2018, Qamar  Bajwa’ also received a call  from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  and both interacted on the issue of terrorism, need for political reconciliation between Afghanistan and militant groups without distinction. At this occasions Gen Bajwa has also shown his concern over terrorists’ groups, those operating using Afghan land against Pakistan.

The tele negotiations between them definitely proved an ice-breaking contacts between Pakistan and the United State after couple of years. Earlier to it, US Vice President Mike Pence and Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk also discussed the matters of common interests on a phone.

US is aware of the facts that Pakistan hosted the first direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban in 2015, but these were discontinued when Kabul announced the death of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Moreover, Pakistan is the only country that suffered colossal live and financial losses as result of global war against terrorism.  Washington, Islamabad, Moscow, Beijing and other regional countries believe that eliminating terrorism is the only answer that can bring regional prosperity and stability.

That is the reasons Pakistan voluntarily assured regional powers to make wholehearted efforts to bring main characters including Taliban on table talks for establishing permanent peace.

Anyhow, the killing of wanted terrorists (Mullah Fazlullah) would be supplement dose to improve relations between the US and Pakistan which were once close allies in the war against terror. Pakistan, Afghan Russia and China also believe that stable security situations will defiantly assist in boasting regional prosperity connecting with the world through CPEC.

They have also reached to the conclusion that gradually moving toward better understanding is possible through mutual collaboration and outcome to it would ultimately assist in alleviating the economies of the participants’ countries.

In short, the drone strike coincided with a whirlwind visit to Kabul by army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa where he threw his weight behind the fresh peace overture of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. But at the same time Pakistani security forces must take step in improving upon the citizens’ security because the terrorists may go to any extent after the killing of Mullah Fazlullah.

Pakistan is already busy in fencing of international border with Pakistan but still Afghanistan, US led NATO security forces has to eliminate terrorists operating against innocent people. Pakistan security forces are determined to eliminate terrorists.

Attack on Shiwal Check Post from Afghan territory by the terrorists also confirming Islamabad stance that terrorists are using Afghan territory against Pakistan. Thus, still Afghanistan and NATO forces have to do more and more in elimination of TTP.

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  1. well guys, i was with a book by robert dryfuss, The devils game, and another by Robert baer sleeping with the devil, after understanding these books, in my opinion reaching peace with these radical islamist faction is not possible at all, since 1930, by one way or other, UK, US, ISRAEL (1948), has been using the redical element of islam, starting from Muslim brotherhood, in egypt, libya, jordan, syria, iran and pakistan, to their agenda, first to destroy arab nationalism, and then russian influencie on middle east, we name it, if it is Muslim Brother hood, Hamas, PLO, Alqaida, ISIS, even Ayatulaah Kashani, was funded and put in action in 1952 coup against Mussadegh in Iran, and later his first deciple Rohullah was given exile in France, so how we think now that UK US and Israel are interested in peace with their own creation, which is out of botytle now.??

  2. If you kill the heads of the TTP; you can’t bring them to the table to negotiate peace. So you’re going to have peace talks with the heads of several countries and include everyone except the people you are fighting. Sounds about right. How’s this years poppy crop looking?


    The greater the poppy crop … the greater the poppycock – eg – ‘Being stunk and droned rocks the kasbah!’

    (T)o (t)he (p)oint, I would be more concerned about the Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures the TTP will employ in the weeks ahead. Fazlullah, also known by the alias Radio Mullah or Maulana Radio due to his long sermons on a private radio channel where he was inclined to drone on and on and on. In the end it can be fairly said: ‘Twas the drone what got him.’ As indeed it did.

    Also, according to a report in The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, Fazlullah had directed numerous high-profile attacks against the US and Pakistani targets since he was appointed the group’s leader in 2013, including the December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar that killed 151 people, including more than 130 children.

    Getting the TTP, to the table will require the tact of a Washington jet-set of pedophiles dead keen on children or keen on dead children like the TTP. A flight to Gitmo would be de riguer of course and a weekend retreat at Little St. James’ Island, all legal and kosher of course to be arranged by the likes of fly boy Dershowitz – none better, who has friends in high places, in Manhattan towers and low among the irritable bowels of New York where – not to put too fine a needle point on it, immigrant oligarchs have been known to trump a slum landlord and call him ‘mamzer’ to his face.

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