Top Taliban leader Nazir in truce with Pak military killed in US drone attack

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 05:40 hrs

A senior Taliban commander, Mullah Nazir, was killed by an American drone attack in Pakistan's tribal region, despite a truce with the country's military.

Mullah Nazir, who was believed to be in his 30s, was killed on Wednesday night, along with five associates, when missiles struck targets in his heartland of South Waziristan, part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

According to the Telegraph, Nazir's faction of the Pakistan Taliban had signed a peace deal with Islamabad in 2007 and had made repeated agreements with other militant groups to focus their attacks only on Afghanistan.

He had even quarrelled with other groups over his refusal to carry out attacks inside Pakistan and to instead concentrate on fighting American and Afghan forces across the border, the paper said.

Saifullah Khan Mehsud, executive director of the Fata Research Centre, said his death would anger the Pakistani military, undermining their strategy of using Nazir as a bulwark against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction, led by Hakimullah Mehsud.

According to the paper, Imtiaz Gul, an author of several books on militancy in Pakistan, pointed out that Pakistan had much to gain from Nazir's death.

He said that Nazir was 'harbouring Arab al-Qaeda figures so he was playing a double game'. (ANI)

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