Rift within Pakistani Taliban prompts factions to splinter

Rift within Pakistani Taliban prompts factions to splinter

ISLAMABAD, May 29 (UPI) --The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), announced Wednesday at a rare news conference it would split into two separate groups.
JC Finley
U.S. killing of Taliban chief sparks debate in Pakistan

U.S. killing of Taliban chief sparks debate in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan, November 26, (UPI Next) --The U.S. killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has spurred debate in Pakistan amid protests from the government and some political parties.
Ihsan Qadir
Pakistan Taliban vow revenge attacks for former leader's killing

Pakistan Taliban vow revenge attacks for former leader's killing

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The Pakistan Taliban said they will exact revenge from the nation's government after their leader was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week.

Man linked to shooting of teen schoolgirl named to head Taliban

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Maulana Fazlullah, who has been linked to the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, has been named the leader of Pakistan's Taliban, a spokesman says.

Blasts, shootings take huge toll

QUETTA, Pakistan, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Separate explosions and shootings blamed on sectarian, separatist and militant violence shook Pakistani cities, leaving nearly 100 dead and scores wounded.

Explosion kills 22 in Swat Valley

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- An explosion tore through the basement of a religious seminary in Pakistan's Swat Valley, killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 70, police said.

Pakistan increases bounty on Taliban chief

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 29 (UPI) -- Pakistan increased its bounty Friday for Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah from $60,000 to $600,000, payable whether he is dead or alive.

Taliban leaders said to meet in Pakistan

MINGORA, Pakistan, July 20 (UPI) -- Fifty commanders of a Taliban chapter in Pakistan spent two days going over their strategy to combat the government, a spokesman said.

Analysis: Pakistan's grim year

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- It has been a grim year for Pakistan. Since the start of 2007 the country has experienced 54 suicide terrorist attacks, including two Thursday, one of which killed Benazir Bhutto, a former prime minister and leader of the Pakistan People's Party. Bhutto was a leading contender in January elections.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Report: 30 militants killed in Swat

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Pakistani forces say they killed 30 militants in their latest offensive to regain control of the violence-racked Swat valley, Dawn reported Monday.

Pakistan army takes command in Swat

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The Pakistani army reportedly has taken command in Swat from paramilitary forces to fight pro-Taliban militants in the northwest region.

Fighting flares in Pakistan's Swat valley

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Fighting between Pakistani troops and Islamic militants has resumed in the Swat valley as a cease-fire in effect since Monday disintegrated.

Report:Swat militants, military cease fire

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Pro-Taliban militants in the Swat district of northwest Pakistan reportedly reached a cease-fire with the military after heavy weekend fighting.

Pro-Taliban cleric under siege from troops

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Pakistani military, after taking heavy casualties in northwest Swat valley, Friday attacked the hideout of a pro-Taliban cleric.

Militants target Swat valley in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- An undetermined number of Pakistani troops have been killed as a result of a suspected suicide attack in the Swat valley in northwestern Afghanistan.

Maulana Fazlullah, (born 1979) nicknamed the "Radio Mullah" or "Mullah Radio", is the leader of Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), a banned Pakistani Islamic fundamentalist militant group, allied to the Pakistani Taliban, that aims to enforce Sharia in the country. He is the son-in-law of the group's founder, Sufi Muhammad.

After the TNSM was banned by President Pervez Musharraf on January 12, 2002, and Sufi Muhammad, the founder of the TNSM, was imprisoned, Fazlullah, his son-in-law, assumed leadership of the shattered group. Fazlullah managed to restore the organization, bootstrapping on the relief efforts by Islamist extremist groups following the October 8, 2005-earthquake. New cadres then began moving into the Swat Valley.

In the aftermath of the 2007 siege of Lal Masjid, Fazlullah's forces and Baitullah Mehsud's Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) formed an alliance. Fazlullah and his army henceforth reportedly received orders from Mehsud. A temporary cease-fire from May to September 2007 allowed Fazlullah to consolidate his political forces in Swat.

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