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Commander whose men shot at Malala is new Pak Taliban chief
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:15:57 PM »
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Commander-whose-men-shot-at-Malala-is-new-Pak-Taliban-chief/articleshow/25389204.cms

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MIRANSHAH (Pakistan): The Pakistani Taliban elected Mullah Fazlullah, the commander whose men shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last year, as their new leader on Wednesday, dampening expectations of any peace deal between the insurgents and the government.

The election of Fazlullah, known for his hardline Islamist views and rejection of peace talks, follows the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, the previous leader or ameer, in a U.S. drone strike last week.

"Following proper consultations ... we chose our senior commander Mullah Fazlullah as our new ameer," said Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.

He told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location in neighbouring Afghanistan that the decision was taken after a shura council meeting by senior Taliban figures.



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