The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has formed an alliance with its off shoots Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and Hizb-ul-Ahrar (HuA) to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan.
The merger of TTP, JuA and HuA was agreed upon and announced on Tuesday in a meeting of militant leaders in Afghanistan.
The alliance is said to have been supported, arranged and facilitated by Afghan intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
Sources say that the merger was being discussed and formulated for quite some time, and several meetings have been held in Afghanistan’s Paktia and Kunar provinces.
According to Mohammad Khurasani – TTP spokesperson, JuA leader Maulvi Omar Khalid Khurasani and HuA leader Mukkarram Khurasani aka Omar Khurasani pleaded allegiance to the TTP chief Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud aka Abu Asim Mansoor.
The three organizations have agreed on mutual cooperation to carry out terrorist activities primarily against Pakistan Army, paramilitary forces and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) with the approval of TTP’s Markazi and Rahbari Shuras.
Furthermore, as per the oath of allegiance which was read out in loud – Mufti Noor Wali will be the Ameer of TTP and all activities inside Pakistan, whereas Ikram alias Turabi, ex-JuA head, has been appointed as head of Amari Shura. He was in Peshawar central jail, and after getting bail from court this year rejoined the JuA.
The development comes as earlier, a United Nation Security Council (UNSC) report revealed a substantial and significant TTP presence in the neighboring country as it is supported by various anti-Pakistan elements within Afghan security establishment.