After the death of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike last week, the US and Pakistan have been waiting to see who takes the deceased terrorist's throne.
The wait is over, as news just broke that Maulana Fazlullah, a.k.a ‘Mullah Radio,’ is TTP’s new chief.
Fazlullah is Swat’s fugitive Taliban leader and was responsible for ordering the armed attack on Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan’s Northern Swat Valley. He had launched FM Radio in Swat, which he used to spew hate and spread intolerance about things such as girls’ education.
After his appointment the TTP has announced its rejection of peace talks with Pakistan’s government.
The government of Pakistan has been planning ‘peace talks’ with the Taliban for several months in an attempt to eliminate terrorist attacks in the country.
After Pakistan’s military launched an offensive against militants in Swat, Fazlullah took shelter in Afghanistan.
Mullah Radio is credited for his extremely violent and oppressive leadership in Swat between 2007 and 2009.
While social media in Pakistan is in frenzy over the appointment of this ‘mass murderer’, it should be no surprise that a ruthless terrorist would replace another.
Here are some Twitter reactions from Pakistan
Maulana Fazlullah, aka Mullah Radio, the man who caused chaos in Swat, named new leader of the TTP. Move likely to alienate some FATA tribes— Ghaffar Hussain (@GhaffarH) November 7, 2013
I find it impossible to believe Mullah radio operate w/o tacit/ overt consent and support of Aghan govt, and elements in US as well.— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) November 7, 2013
Fazlullah, aka Mullah Radio, used to operate a chair lift across the Swat river. Pakistan's already tried negotiating with him in 2009.— Omar Waraich (@OmarWaraich) November 7, 2013