Dec 11, 2013
Pakistani Taliban Pick Provisional Leader
Posted on Nov 3, 2013
After Friday’s U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, the militant network was left without a leader, but by Sunday, the position was filled for the time being.
Shortly after the Pakistani Taliban confirmed Mehsud’s death, the group announced that Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani had been tapped to take charge.
His promotion is technically temporary, but Bhittani might be in it for the long haul, depending on what Taliban officials decide in meetings over the next few days. Another member under consideration to be Mehsud’s long-term replacement is Said Khan, according to Voice of America, and CBS News reported Saturday that Mullah Fazlullah could also be in the running.
Bhittani holds another prominent position—on Pakistan’s most wanted list.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Information Minister Pervez Rasheed said that proposed peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the nation’s government would go forward.
—Posted by Kasia Anderson.
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