Taliban chief key to deal in Pakistan


A FUGITIVE Taliban commander has emerged as the key player behind the movement’s controversial peace deal with Pakistan. Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s one-eyed spiritual leader, who has a $US10 million ($A13 million) price on his head for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks, signed a letter explicitly endorsing the truce announced this month. The deal between Pakistani authorities and pro-Taliban militants in the tribal provinces bordering Afghanistan was designed to end five years of bloodshed.

In return for an end to the US-backed government campaign in Waziristan, the tribal leaders — who have harboured Taliban and al-Qaeda units for more than five years — agreed to end attacks on Pakistani troops, more than 500 of whom have been killed.

So where is Laden? It seems like it is not a peace deal but Pakistan is accepting Taliban Rule inside Pakistan territory. ….

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