According to local sources in North Waziristan Agency tension is building up between TTP Taliban which consists of Mahsud, Orakzai, Afridis of Khyber Agency and Bajaur Taliban. TTP Taliban are involved in criminal activities in the agency like kidnapping for ransom of rich people from different parts of Pakistan and then they brought them to North Waziristan and keep them there until the required amount of ransom money is paid to them by the families of the kidnapped persons. According to local sources recently Hakimullah Mahsud has released some businessmen involved in the oil business whom his men has kidnapped from Karachi some time ago after receiving one hundred thirty six million in ransom money from the families of the kidnapped persons.
There are about fifteen hundred to two thousand TTP militants living in North Waziristan Agency in the areas of Miranshah and Mir Ali Tehsils. Majority of TTP people are living in Mir Ali tehsil. Gull Bahadur people don’t like TTP activities in their areas but because they are fellow Taliban so they have to give refuge to the TTP people in their areas.
Tariq Afridi who belongs to Dara Adam Khel in FR Kohat and an important TTP commander and leader who has now been appointed the head of TTP Khyber Agency by Hakimullah Mahsud a couple of months ago tried to assassinate another militant commander by the name of Mansur who also belongs to Dara Adam Khel and is not on good terms with Tariq Afridi. Mansur has shifted from Dara Adam Khel to North Waziristan Agency due to the military operations in Dara Adam Khel by the Pakistani army. He is now with Hafiz Gull Bahadur people in North Waziristan Agency.
Tariq Afridi tried to assassinate Commander Mansur by using a suicide bomber but when the suicide bomber has reached at the place where Commander Mansur along some of Hafiz Gull Bahadur men was offering after noon prayers. When the suicide bomber saw that his target are fellow Taliban and practicing Muslims and Mujahids he changed his mind of killing Mansur in the mean time Mansur and his friends has also noticed the boy and approached him to inquire that what is he doing in the area. The Suicide bomber told them the whole story that he has been sent by Tariq Afridi to kill Mansur because he is a traitor and an agent of the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI but when he saw that his target are fellow taliban he has changed his mind.
Commander Mansur brought the boy to the house of Halim Khan Wazir house who is the right hand of Hafiz Gull Bahadur in North Waziristan and told him the whole story that how this boy has been sent by Tariq Afridi of TTP to kill him in a suicide attack.
Halim Khan Wazir informed Hafiz Gull Bahadur about the incident and Gull Bahadur called the TTP leaders present in North Waziristan and demanded explanation from them about the failed suicide attempt on Commander Mansur life by TTP commander Tariq Afridi. TTP leaders said that it is their internal mater and Commander Mansur has killed Tariq Afridi men in Dara Adam Khel in 2008 and for this reason Tariq Afridi has made an attempt on Commander Mansur life in North Waziristan Agency. Harsh words are also said to have been exchanged between Hafiz Gull Bahadur and TTP leaders during the meeting. In the end Hafiz Gull Bahadur warned the TTP people that if he found out again that TTP has tried to assassinate any Taliban commander affiliated with his group in the agency then he would not let the TTP people to stay in North Waziristan agency and they would be expelled from the agency they should live like guests in North Waziristan agency and should not take advantage of the hospitality of the North Waziristan Taliban.
Hafiz Gull Bahadur has also banned the local Uthmanzai Wazir and Duar tribes to join the TTP and has said that local who will join the TTP then has to shift with the TTP to South Waziristan agency and there is no place for them in the agency. Due to this ban by Hafiz Gull Bahadur all the local North Waziristani Taliban who were close to the TTP or were affiliated with the TTP distanced themselves from the TTP because they do not want to anger Hafiz Gull Bahadur and wants to live in North Waziristan agency.
There are rumors that tension may increase between the two groups in the agency in the coming few months and in the end the North Waziristani Taliban under the command of Hafiz Gull Bahadur would be forced to ask the TTP taliban to leave North Waziristan agency and shift to their own areas in South Waziristan agency or any other agency in the area of FATA.