PESHAWAR: A splinter group of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was announced on Tuesday by the name TTP Jamatul Ahrar.
Maulana Qasim Khurasani would be the group’s ameer and commander. Former TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan was nominated as spokesman for the splinter group. Its other commanders come from Mohmand Agency Taliban, an audio message from the splinter group’s spokesman said. He said the new group was not willing to take sides in the current political tension in Islamabad, as they only “want Shariah system to prevail” in the country.
“Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri are no different from other political rulers, and that they are inclined towards western style of democracy,” the message said. The Jamaatul Ihrar Shura includes Umer Khalid Khurasani from Mohmand Agency, Qari Shakil Haqqani from Charsadda, Maulana Yasin from Swat, Qari Ismail from Khyber Agency, Maulana Adbullah from Bajaur Agency, Mufti Misbah from Peshawar, Maulana Haider and Mansoor Nazim Shura from Orakzai Agency.
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