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Key Faction Splits from Pakistani Taliban

FILE - Pakistani Taliban patrol in their stronghold of Shawal in Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan.
FILE - Pakistani Taliban patrol in their stronghold of Shawal in Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan.
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A powerful faction of the Pakistani Taliban has announced it is splitting from the main body of the al-Qaida-linked militant group.
A spokesman the Tehreek-e-Taliban faction, based in the South Waziristan region, said ideological differences with the group's central leadership have caused a rift.
Azam Tariq also cited disagreements over the peace talks with the Pakistani government as he announced the group's decision, on Wednesday, from an undisclosed location.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban is a loose alliance of Islamist militants. The group has been fighting against the government since 2007.
The Pakistan Taliban wants to bring its own harsh form of Islamic law to the country. It has also demanded an end to military operations in its tribal strongholds, an end to drone strikes and the release of its jailed fighters.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to negotiate peace with the militants when he took office last year, but talks with the group have stalled.

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by: syed from: karachi
May 28, 2014 5:51 AM
This is a very good sign. A little booting by Pakistan Army and Airforce has broken the myth, which was created by Indian RAW, on the lines of "Mukti Bahini", they created in East Pakistan in 1971, to fight inside Pakistan. Mahsuds are simple living local tribemen, out of them few involved in border smuggling were instigated and paid by RAW to join the Al- Qaida Khawarij.
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by: LaughsAtBraindead from: US
May 29, 2014 12:47 PM
@Syed: Yes, India is also responsible for the illiteracy and poverty rampant in Pakistan alongwith the violence between Shia and Sunni factions worldwide. India's instigation is solely responsible for the fact that most Pakistanis are dumb idiots festering in fundamentalism.
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May 28, 2014 10:26 PM
Very strange story. A common Pakistani knows very well who is behind Taliban,but why Nawaz Govt is acting like a Beggar in front of Taliban.Why Nawaz Govt realising Terrorist Taliban who have confirm record in court as Terrorist. I cannot understan if there is any problem or riot in Pakistan they belame RAW.Who is stopping them to take action againt Terrorist Taliban,the answer is RAW.Good joke, Nawaz Govt is coward in front of Terrorist Taliban and they blame RAW.Just think for a second what is the purpose of Saudi Aid to Pakistan.In my opinion to release Terrorist and kill innocent Pakistani. Give me one example where Nawaz Govt relese innocent Pakistani who is jail for so many years without any proof.I think this is because of RAW.First of all tell Nawaz Govt to organise their home first then talk about Indian Muslims. We are much more happy,satisfied and have secure life in India them Muslims in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
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by: Mr. E from: Missouri
May 28, 2014 6:38 AM
Excellent point.. excellent. Bravo. This is so true, terrorists are just terrorists because they were coherced by Indians.. that totally makes sense.And I'm Caucasian because my umbilical cord talked me into it. So nice to know that you guys have good, properly functioning brains!!.. I expect all jihadist violence to end by next year by the same reasoning as this brainiac above!

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