The new group includes Taliban factions from the tribal agencies of Mohmand, Bajaur, Khyber, and Arakzai, and the districts of Charsadda, Peshawar, and Swat.
Maulana Umar Qasmi was a member of Jaish-e-Mohammed before becoming the emir of the Ahrar-ul-Hind, the Taliban splinter group that refuses to negotiate with the government.
The jihadist splinter group has vowed to continue attacks in Pakistan regardless of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s negotiations with the government.
The new group is an offshoot of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan and other jihadist groups. Its spokesman said Ahrar-ul-Hind is based in Pakistan’s “urban areas” and would conduct attacks in Pakistan’s cities despite the outcome of peace talks.