Selection of Mullah Fazlullah as Pakistani Taliban head: A clear sign that this terror outfit has keen interest in establishing its own absolute sovereignty over Pakistan
By Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam
November 8, 2013
Since Mulla Fazlullah has been appointed the new Emir of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, there is high probability that Taliban will decline to hold any talks with the Pakistani government. The appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as the Emir of Pakistani Taliban is a clear sign that this terror outfit has keen interest in establishing its own absolute sovereignty going far ahead of its ilk and other terrorist factions and even Taliban leaders who had a sort of soft corner, in some affairs, for Pakistan. The former Taliban leaders had good expectations from Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf and Muslim League, given their soft strategies and mild attitudes towards them. But now after the appointment of Mulla Fazlullah as the Emir, the Pakistani army will get rid of the accusation that they have adopted the policy of discrimination with Taliban.
The point that became explicitly clear now is that Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is no more obliged to go by the directions of Afghan Taliban or Haqqani network. This will be such an absolute sovereignty that will make Taliban more sustainable, powerful and injurious to the state of Pakistan. According to the majority of the Tahreek-e-Taliban’s factions engaging in the regions adjacent to the Pak-Afghan boarders, the situation is now spinning out of Pakistani intelligence’s control. The few Taliban groups that used to stand by the government, sometimes, are either on the verge of extinction or have allied with the more powerful groups. They are in no mood to rest assured of the Pakistani government, while we clearly witness the growing influence of the Tahreek and its scores of foreign allies from Arabs, Uzbek and Chechens who are not at all ready to rely on the government. Rather, they consider the Pakistani army one of the likes of NATO and American forces.