Pakistani Taliban seek fate of leader after U.S

17 June, 2018, 19:30 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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On Friday night, Major General Asif Ghafoor, Pakistani military spokesman tweeted: "President of Afghanistan Mr. Ashraf Ghani called General Qamar Bajwa, Chief of the Army Staff and shared news about killing of Mullah Fazlullah in a drone strike in Afghanistan Kunar province".

Fazlullah, regarded in Pakistan as a particularly ruthless militant, was widely reviled for ordering a bloody attack on a Pakistani army school in December 2014 in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

In 2012, Fazlullah-led Pakistani Taliban shot teenager schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in her hometown of Swat.

Malala Yousafzai addressing students at the Nasib Secondary School in Ifo2 area of the Dadaab refugee camp during celebrations to mark her 19th birthday, near the Kenya-Somalia border on July 12, 2016.

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Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah killed in U.S. strike, official says

"We believe this is the best opportunity for the Taliban to accept the peace offer, end the bloodshed, and be part of the solution to bring peace and a better life to his nation and the children of this country", the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander added.

Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk described the killing of Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a USA drone strike in Afghanistan as a "significant development in the fight against terrorism".

A spokesperson for the Afghan Defense Ministry told several media outlets Fazlullah was killed in Thursday's strike in Afghanistan.

According to Taliban sources, four other militant commanders, travelling with Maulana Fazlullah, were also killed in the drone strike.

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The official said the status of Fazlullah was unclear. The five men who died in the drone attack were buried in Bachai Graveyard early in the morning of June 14.

The Afghanistan government today confirmed that Mullah Fazlullah, the Pakistani Taliban leader accused of ordering a failed assassination attempt on Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012, was killed yesterday in a United States air strike.

Meanwhile, in his conversation with Ghani, Mulk said that Fazlullah's death would be received throughout Pakistan with relief as Pakistanis had borne the brunt of terrorist attacks by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which Fazlullah headed.

"As previously stated, the cease-fire does not include USA counterterrorism efforts against IS-K, al-Qaida, and other regional and global terrorist groups, or the inherent right of US and worldwide forces to defend ourselves if attacked", USA military spokesman O'Donnell told VOA.

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Fazlullah was appointed the leader of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, in 2013. Lately, Washington and Islamabad had started cooperation to persuade Taliban for peace talks with Kabul.

In Yousafzai's home town of Mingora, residents welcomed Fazullah's death, AP reported. "We heard from our people that ameer saib (Mullah Fazlullah) was travelling in a vehicle along with four other commanders when he came under drone attack in Chaugam area of Shegal", said a TTP member on condition of anonymity.

Fazlullah had ordered her killing for promoting girls' education.

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