One of the most powerful militant leaders in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, Hafiz Gul Bahadur, has given threats to the government of Pakistan that he is going to tear apart the peace pact and turn his fighters
against Islamabad government.
Three years back, Bahadur had signed an unofficial non-aggression accord with the Pakistan army, which couldn’t afford any more militant enemies at the time. The military was already engaged with militant groups of Waziristan region,
namely the Tehrik-e-Taliban of Pakistan (TTP) or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, to put their terrorist activities to a halt.
Bahadur is known to have strong bonds with tarnished militant groups in the tribal areas of Northern Waziristan, including the infamous Haqqani Network as well. He strongly criticised the government authorities for allowing the
United States to conduct drone missile strikes in the Waziristan. Bahadur clearly cited that the council of militant groups under his supervision has finally decided to step against the government and no rounds of further negotiations will be entertained in
the future now.
“We have been showing patience because of problems being faced by common people but now the government has also resorted to repression on our common people at the behest of foreigners,” Bahadur, who heads a Pakistani Taliban faction,
said in a statement distributed in North Waziristan. “We are disbanding the jirga (council) set up for talks with the government. If the government resorts to any repressive act in the future then it will also be very difficult for us to show patience.”
It is believed that Hafiz Gul Bahadur has thousands of fighters under his hand, who can launch terrorism activities on a huge scale across the region on his single command. The government had a round of talks with Bahadur in 2007,
convincing him to enter a non-aggression treaty but it has been strained lately.
The militant Taliban leaders are of the view that the army has breached the agreement and they won’t enter into another one ever in the future.