Top Taliban leader quits the Pakistan Taliban
The notorious militant commander, Fazal Saeed Haqqani, announced his decision to quit the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) along with hundreds of militants and form his own group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Islami.
“I repeatedly told the leadership of the TTP that they should stop suicide attacks against mosques, markets, and other civilian targets,” the commander, who is in his late 30s, told reporters.
“The TTP is doing in Pakistan what Americans are doing in Afghanistan, killing innocent civilians,” said Haqqani, adding that he would continue his fight against the Americans.
The defection of a topmilitant commander in the troubled Kurrum tribal belt bordering is the first major sign of a split within the . The split could benefit both and the , say analysts.