Peshawar: Jamrud TTP commander picked up
PESHAWAR: Law enforcement agencies have reportedly picked up the commander of the outlawed Tehrik–e–Taliban Pakistan (TTP) of Jamrud Tehsil, Khyber Agency, from the provincial metropolis. Police, however, denied having rounded up the commander, Qari Yahya alias Mustafa Kamran Hijrat, who was heading the Baitullah Mehsud-led TTP in Jamrud Tehsil. The authorities accused him of hijacking 13 containers of the Nato forces on November 11 last, which were passing through the Khyber Agency for Kabul. The containers were carrying arms and ammunition, Humvees and foodstuff to the Nato forces stationed in the neighbouring Afghanistan.
A senior government official, who wished not to be named, told The News that Kamran had also led an armed attack on private terminals on the Ring Road in the provincial capital, burning to ashes 160 containers.
Kamran is stated to be an Afghan national who also served the Taliban regime as district chief of Nangarhar province. He slipped into the territory of Pakistan after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Like several other Afghans, Kamran, too, joined the banned TTP.