March 6th, 2012
02:48 AM ET

Deputy commander of Pakistani Taliban demoted

The Pakistani Taliban has removed its second in command from his post and demoted him to the rank of regular fighter, a spokesman said late Monday, accusing him of holding unauthorized talks with the Pakistani government.

A meeting of nine senior Pakistani Taliban members on Friday approved the removal of the deputy commander, Maulvi Faqir Mohammed, said Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the organization.

The decision to relieve Faqir of his duties followed a written demand from the group's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, Ihsan said.

Faqir had been speaking to the Pakistan government without Mehsud's approval, Ihsan said. The spokesman did not disclose what the substance of those discussions had been.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Andreas Moser

    Can he appeal to the Taliban Labour Board?

    March 6, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Well, Jeff Dunham isn't the best ventriliquist...

    March 6, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. leeintulsa

    @banasy: 'salright

    March 6, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Bill

    Why is this news

    March 6, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Greek American

    Hahahahaha Taliban Labor Board, that was a good one!

    March 6, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. chrissy

    lmfao funny banasy! But ya gotta admit hes pretty damn good lol.... If we wait long enough maybe theyll take each other out huh?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Superman

    Now his punishment is no clean turbin, and half a camel

    March 7, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse | Reply

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