Pakistani Taliban under attack by rival groups

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Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has come under heavy fire by opposing militant factions in Mohmand tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, a Taliban commander said on Wednesday.

Omar Mukarram Khurasani, spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Mohmand agency, told reporters that hundreds of Taliban were resisting the opponents’ attempts to push them out of the region.

Khurasni said via phone from Mohmand agency that nearly 400 armed members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Ansar-ul-Islam and the local anti-Taliban lashkar launched the attack early Wednesday at Jarobi Darra, bordering Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province.

He said the rivals groups also launched attacks on TTP supporters at two locations on the Afghan side of the border, near Mohmand agency. The areas include Shunkrey and Maya, where hundreds of the TTP members had been living, dozens with families, after fleeing military operations in Mohmand agency.

“There are reports of casualties on both sides however I cannot share exact information about the casualties,” the TTP commander said.

He said the TTP did not want fighting and had also called for mediation to avoid the clash. “However, the rivals were bent upon attacking TTP supporters in the region…at the behest of the Pakistani security agencies.”

Independent verification of the events is difficult as journalists have no access to the rugged mountains.

One expert, requesting not to be named, was of the view that the TTP is under mounting pressure after security forces took control of the TTP stronghold of Maidan in Tirah Valley of Khyber agency, this month.

The TTP spokesman, Eshsanullah Ehsan had earlier accused Lashkar-e-Taiba and Ansarul Islam of hatching a plot to attack its bases and supporters in Mohmand Agency with the support of the local ‘lashkar’ called Mohmand Force.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba had rejected the TTP’s claim, arguing that its activities were only limited to Indian Kashmir.

There had been concerns earlier that a commander of the Afghan Taliban, Abdul Rahim, who had lost his son in fighting with the TTP supporters in Kunar provinvce, had also announced his support for the anti-TTP operations. However, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Afghan Taliban spokesman, had denied any involvement and said Afghan Taliban will not allow its people to carry out any operations outside Afghanistan.

According to sources, a negotiation team of the Afghan Taliban and the TTP had held talks following the tensions and resolved their differences.

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    • Allah mujahideen ke madad farma aur mujahdeen k dushmanoo ko jarr sa ukhar dy. ameen

      • Mujahideen don't kill other Muslims, so Shaykh don't waist you prayers on Kafirs.
        If your Mujahideen are so brave they should be in Palestine fighting against occupiers, offcourse they won't do that because that is where they are getting their funding & weapons!!!!!

  1. All the need is to ask the Great Captain to represent them. No one will attack them then.

  2. LOL @ taliban,so how does it feel to have your own kiiled???? how does it feel to be under the gun you scum,hope they kill every one of you

  3. in our pakistan easy to start a business,that business is terrorism our govmt will promote that,and we can export that to US,afgan,india,UK,everywere ,we r living in a crazy world.mullaas will destroy our country.

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