Alliances for power in South and North Waziristan Agency
It seems that Taliban are engraving their foothold firmly in North Waziristan Agency. This was observed and conveyed by FRC sources present there. New alliances and partnerships are in the offing. In this connection, it is said that commander Saeedullah alias Aryana has made alliance with TTP which is a popular and influential Taliban commander in North Waziristan Agency. Earlier he served as the deputy of Sadiq Noor Duar who is also an important and powerful Taliban commander and a top lieutenant of Hafiz Gull Bahadur Wazir who is the overall Amir of North Waziristan Agency. Reportedly Aryana has separated from Sadiq Noor group when he was expelled from Sadiq Noor group along fourteen of his close aids in April 2011. Aryana alliance with TTP has strengthened the TTP greatly because he has brought with him dozens of local Taliban militants from TTP. More impetus is provided by the joining of other militants belonging to local Wazir and Duar tribes of North Waziristan Agency.
Local people of North Waziristan have started owning this group because they are fed up with attitude and deeds of commander Hafiz Gull Bahadur group. This group has a large number of local Taliban but they are notorious for their infamous activities. They do not treat people with respect and kill any one of rival by terming him as spy of US or Pakistan. According to local people many people killed on the charges of spying for the Americans or Pakistani ISI later proved to be innocent and killed wrongly. This whole situation created a chance for other groups to pop up which was exploited by commander Saeedullah alias Aryana.
There are still more groups in North Waziristan. The Fidayeen Islam group which was formed by late Qari Husain an important TTP commander and cousin of Hakimullah Mahsud who was killed in an American drone attack in October 2010 in Mir Ali is now headed by two young men by the names of Inam Mahsud and Ashiq Mahsud. Both men belong to the Ishangi Clan of the Mahsud tribe and to the family of Qari Husain and the two men are cousins. Hakimullah’s brother by the name of Toofan has also joined the TTP. Two of Hakimullah brothers were killed fighting Pakistani forces in South Waziristan Agency during the military operations of 2006 and 2008 in the Agency.
Wali Rehman Mahsud the head of Mahsud Taliban of TTP has said while giving an interview to FRC correspondent for North Waziristan Agency, Sailab Mehsud, that if the American or NATO forces crossed the border to attack local Taliban militants then TTP would be in the fore front and would fight against the American and NATO forces. He said that Pakistani Talibans are ready to offer any kind of sacrifice for their country and religion. Wali Rehman also denied that Mufti Noor Wali and commander Sajna have been killed in a clash with Hakimullah men in Woos Pass area of South Waziristan Agency a couple of weeks ago. He said that Mufti Noor Wali and commander Sajna are alive and well and performing their duties. He said that TTP enemies are spreading these false rumors to demoralize the TTP Taliban and to divide them in two groups but TTP enemies would not succeed in dividing the TTP. Wali Rehman also said that Osama was a hero of all the Jihadi groups in Pakistan and in the world. His killing by the Americans is not his failure as he is a martyr which is the dream of every Mujahid. He further said that TTP would avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Local Taliban militants in North Waziristan Agency are complains that it has become very difficult from the past few weeks to enter Afghanistan especially after the killing of Osama bin Laden on 2nd May in Abbotabad by the American forces. Taliban militants says that American and NATO forces has established bases near the Pak-Afghan border and it has become very difficult to cross the border and attack the American and NATO forces because as soon as they enter Afghanistan and attack they are spotted and helicopters and planes of the Americans reach the area to target them.