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India-Pakistan
Pakistani Taliban meeting chooses Khan Said 'Sajna' as new chief
2013-11-03
[Dawn] A meeting of the Pak Taliban's council on Saturday decided on Khan Said 'Sajna' to lead the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), a day after a US drone strike killed its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud in North Wazoo.

Most of the members of the shura (council) were present at the meeting which was held at some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location.

Out of 60 members attending the meeting, 43 members voted in favor of 'Sajna' whereas 17 others voted against him, bad turban sources told Dawn.com. They said that the appointment of Said, who leads the Taliban in South Waziristan, was not confirmed by several splinter groups of the bad turban organization.

A front man for the Taliban in South Waziristan, Azam Tariq, declined to say whether 'Sajna' had been chosen to lead the TTP umbrella group. He, however, said a formal announcement will be made in the coming days.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
there were reports that at least two other senior Taliban capos were opposed to Said's elevation as TTP supremo.

Mullah Fazlullah
...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullah's Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan...
, the powerful leader of the Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
Taliban who said to be currently based in Afghanistan's Nuristan province, was reported to be holding separate meetings to determine his group's future strategy.

Fazullah, along with Umar Khalid Khorasani who heads the Taliban in Mohmand tribal agency, were both frontrunners to succeed Hakimullah. Both are to be opposed to Khan Said 'Sajna'.

Said, who is 36, is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and is also credited with criminal masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates in the northwestern city of Bannu.

"Sajna has no basic education, conventional or religious, but he is battle-hardened and has experience of fighting in Afghanistan," an official had said earlier.

Mohmand Taliban leader Khorasani is the only surviving senior Taliban capo who had directly commanded operations under Hakimullah.

Swat Taliban chief Fazlullah is less likely to replace the assassinated TTP chief as he does not belong to the Mehsud clan.
Posted by:Fred

#1  Three targets mentioned Khan Said,Fazlullah and Umar Khalid Khorasani need targeting next!
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931   2013-11-03 09:22  

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