Bahwal Khan, the new emir of the Mullah Nazir group, maintains close ties to al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, and a host of terrorist groups, US intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. Additionally, the US intelligence officials denied that the Pakistani government or military aided in the killing of Nazir.
The Taliban ambushed a convoy near Miramshah, inflicting “heavy losses” on Pakistani troops.
“We will carry out suicide bombings against security forces and the government across the country,” a Taliban spokesman said. The Taliban also threatened two female Pakistani activists who have worked for the well-being of women and children in Pakistan.
Hundreds of Taliban fighters patrolled the Miramshah bazaar after the Shura-e-Murakeba ordered a halt in attacks against Pakistani troops and an end to kidnappings.
Al Qaeda’s role in the formation of the Shura-e-Murakeba demonstrates that the group is still a significant player in Pakistan’s tribal areas.