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October 9, 2014

Fazlullah insists TTP didn’t announce allegiance to IS

Peshawar

October 9, 2014

PESHAWAR: Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) head Maulana Fazlullah has clarified that his organisation had not announced its allegiance to the Islamic State IS militant group active in Iraq and Syria.
An audio recording sent by him to some journalists on Monday was meant to clarify a statement issued earlier on Saturday by the TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid. In his email message, Shahid had said that the TTP supported the Islamic State goals and was proud of its victories and was with it in both happy and sad occasions. He had also stated that the TTP would provide fighters to the Islamic State.
However, the Afghanistan-based Maulana Fazlullah in his statement made it clear that the TTP had not announced allegiance to the Islamic State. He rejected the impression that the TTP had shifted its allegiance by aligning with the Islamic State. He emphasized that the TTP was still loyal to the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
Shahidullah Shahid too made an attempt to clarify his earlier statement by arguing that he didn’t indicate shifting allegiance to the Islamic State and moving away from the Afghan Taliban head Mulla Omar. He explained that he had just praised the Islamic State and advised it to set aside differences with other militant groups and show unity.
Meanwhile, the breakaway TTP faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has offered to mediate between the Islamic State, the al-Qaeda-linked Jabha tun-Nusra and other militant groups in Syria and Iraq in a bid to reconcile them with each other. The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan quoted the group’s head Omar Khalid Khorasani as saying that the “mujahideen should also join hands against the coalition formed by the enemy to attack the Muslims in Iraq and Syria.”