KHYBER AGENCY – Spokesman of Jamaatul Ahrar, Splinter group of TTP, Confirms the news about resignation of group’s chief Maulana Qasim and supreme commander Omar Khalid Khorasani, PakistanTribe reported.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, in his e-mail message to media confirmed that “Maulana Qasim Omar Khorasani, chief of TTP Jamaatul Ahrar, and Omar Khalid Khorasani, the supreme commander of the group, have resigned voluntarily.” He adds that “Jamaatul Ahrar’s Executive Council has accepted their resignations.”
The resignation came immediate after the Forces’ attacks and airstrikes on Taliban hideouts in Khyber Agency. Also earlier the Jamaatul Ahrar had announced its merger with Mullah Fazlullah’s TTP, along with the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI).
Spokesperson had said that the reason of this merger was the focus on collective efforts to conclude maximum results. He had also said that this is not weakness of any group.
Spokesperson said in his e mail that Commander Asad Afridi was appointment as the acting chief of Jamaatul Ahrar.
On the other side, Analysts believe that the changing in ranks and resignations were made following the Pakistan Army’s airstrike and ground operations. It was also believed that the intelligence based operations (IBOs), search operations and targeted operations in the country had broken the back bone of the terrorists.
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