Faqir Mohammed. Image courtesy of AfPax Insider.
Faqir Mohammed, the deputy emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, was relieved of his command, according to the spokesman for the terror group.
Faqir, who has led the Taliban forces in the Bajaur tribal agency, served as interim emir for the Movement of the Taliban, and sheltered Ayman al Zawahiri and other top al Qaeda leaders, was dismissed by the group's emir, Hakeemullah Mehsud.
"The TTP [Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan] shura met with its central emir Hakeemullah Mahsud in the chair," Ihsanullah Ihsan, the Taliban's top spokesman said, according to a report in The News. "It felt that the organization no more required the role of Maulvi Faqir Mohammad as naib [deputy] emir. From today, he will be considered a common fighter and will no longer enjoy the status of TTP naib emir."
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