TTP confirms death of Wali-ur-Rehman in US drone strike

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 10:20:25 by

Pakistani Taliban on Thursday confirmed that their deputy Waliur Rehman was killed in a US drone strike and announced to withdraw their dialogue offer to the new government



Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said via by the phone from an undisclosed location that Taliban would take revenge of the killing of their deputy chief.



He accused the government of sharing information with the Americans for the use of drone strikes.



“We believe all drone strikes are carrying out with the consent of Pakistani government and information is also passed on to the Americans by the Pakistani authorities,” he claimed.



“We had sincerely offered peace dialogue to the government but we strongly believe that the government has a role to play in the drone strikes,” he added.




Waliur Rehman was killed along with several other militants when an American spy aircraft fired missiles on a compound near Miran Shah, the headquarters of North Waziristan.


“Waliur Rehman has sacrificed his life for a great purpose. He had served Islam and for enforcement of Shriat and we will continue to fulfill his aspirations,” the TTP spokesman said.


He said the drone strikes have rendered the Taliban dialogue offer as useless and that is why the Taliban central ‘shura’ or council has decided to completely cancel their peace dialogue offer to the new government.


“Now we will now take revenge as talks could not be held when our leaders are being killed in drone strikes and with the help of Pakistani government,” Ehsanullah Ehsan said.


Taliban circles say that slain Wali-ur-Rehman, 42, was a strong supporter of dialogue to end to the bloodshed in Pakistan and his death was believed to be a setback to the elusive peace process.


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