Afghan president Ghani calls army chief, confirms killing of Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan

  • Fazlullah known as Mullah Radio, a hardliner who broadcast fiery sermons and hard-line ideology via an extremist radio station
Pakistan

RAWALPINDI – President Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani on Friday called Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and shared news about killing of Mullah Fazlullah in a drone strike in Kunar province of Afghanistan.

Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported this saying that Mullah Fazlullah was hiding there since 2009 and he masterminded scores of terrorist attacks against Pakistan including the tragic incident of Army Public School (APS) massacre.

“Killing of the TTP commander is a positive development. It gives relief to scores of Pakistani families who fell victims to TTP terror attacks including the APS (Army Public School) massacre,” he said.

Pakistan military leadership had always maintained that a cooperative and coordinated approach was the best response to the menace of terrorism, said the ISPR.

Earlier, Afghan Ministry of Defence spokesman Mohammad Radmanish confirmed to foreign media that Mullah Fazlullah, who led the TTP from 2013, was killed in the attack on Wednesday.

US forces had conducted the strike close to the border of Pakistan, targeting the chief of the group, according US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell.

Fazlullah had been a major figure in the TTP even before he became its chief in late 2013.

Fazlullah known as Mullah Radio, a hardliner who broadcast fiery sermons and hard-line ideology via an extremist radio station. The station was shut down when he was pushed out of Pakistan.

Along with masterminding the attack on Malala Yousafzai, Fazlullah was the leader of the TTP when they claimed responsibility for the bloodiest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s history, on 16 December 2014 at Army Public School in Peshawar, which left around 150 people most of them schoolchildren dead.

The US State Department in March announced a $5 million reward for help locating the militant leader, who has also been linked to the 2010 attempted Times Square car bombing in New York.