Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani militants have held a
series of meetings aimed at containing what could soon be open warfare
between the two most powerful Pakistani Taliban leaders, militant
sources have said.
Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, also known as
the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and his deputy, Wali-ur-Rehman,
were at each other’s throats, the sources said.
“You will soon hear that one of them has eliminated the other, though
hectic efforts are going on by other commanders and common friends to
resolve differences between the two,” one TTP commander said.
Any division within the TTP could hinder the Afghan Taliban and
al Qaeda’s struggle in Afghanistan against the United States and its
allies, making it more difficult to recruit young fighters and
disrupting safe havens in Pakistan used by the Afghan militants.