TTP militants raid house,attempt assassination of sacked Punjabi Taliban chief

The TTP had recently removed Muavia from his position as “punishment” for accepting the government’s offer to hold peace talks.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: September 3, 2013 2:11 am

Members of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) allegedly raided the house of sacked Punjabi Taliban chief Asmatullah Muavia in the suburbs of Miramshah in North Waziristan Agency in what has been described as an assassination attempt,a media report said Monday.

The TTP had recently removed Muavia from his position as “punishment” for accepting the government’s offer to hold peace talks and hence rejecting the decision of the umbrella organisation.

Muavia had said the Punjabi Taliban had its own shura (decision-making council) and that the TTP had no authority to remove him.

An intelligence agency intercepted phone calls of people involved in the search and an alleged assassination plan of Muavia,intelligence officials were quoted as saying.

According to the TTP spokesman,the decision to remove Muavia was taken at a meeting chaired by TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud at an undisclosed location. The meeting directed all the militants not to contact Muavia.

After this meeting,TTP militants raided the central office,the residence and other hideouts of Muavia but he had already moved to an unknown location,unnamed officials were quoted as saying.

Muavia is accused of providing chemicals to TTP from textile mills in Punjab,which were later used as explosives in the Marriott Hotel,Islamabad,bombings in 2008.

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