Pakistani Taliban Emir Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud Says TTP Is Branch Of The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan, Travels Through Pakistan's Border Regions

print
December 21, 2021

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. 

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, (the Movement of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP), has released a video featuring TTP emir Mullah Noor Wali Mehsud aka Abu Mansoor Asim visiting different areas in the Pakistani border region, addressing Taliban fighters, and praying at the grave of the slain TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah Khurasani. 

The 52-minute video, titled "Bunyan-e-Marsoos-2 [Molten Lead Wall-2]" and released by TTP's media wing Umar Media, begins with a verse from the Quran 61:4: "Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in his cause in a row as though they are a [single] structure joined firmly."


TTP emir Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud

In the video, the TTP emir travels through mountainous areas in a motorcade of luxurious vehicles escorted by many fighters. According to the video, the TTP chief visited the centers of Malakand Division, Bajaur Agency, Peshawar, Mardan, Khyber, Dara Adamkhil, and Hazara.

"Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is a branch of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and part of this umbrella. If you want an Islamic System in your country and land, then it needs some resources; and unity is biggest of these resources. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is the name of unity. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's manifesto is raising Allah's word so that we can establish Allah's system in Pakistan..." Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud says.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is the Afghan Taliban jihadi organization that seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021. Although Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud's statement that the TTP is a branch of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan might appear surprising, it is indeed the case that the Pakistani Taliban and all Al-Qaeda affiliates owe their bay'a ("oath of allegiance") to the Afghan Taliban emir. Even dead Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri gave their bay'a to the emir of the Afghan Taliban.

"This jihad and struggle was started to eliminate the false system called democracy. However, democracy has not been implemented [in Pakistan] and the Pakistani [intelligence] agencies have established their own system for themselves," Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud says.

"When the Britons played their political game and divided Pakistan and India into pieces, they also divide the force of Muslims into two pieces. There still live 250 million Muslims in India, which is far higher than the population in Pakistan. There was no point of unity; so they could not achieve their goal for which the Ulema waged jihad. Similarly, Pakistan was librated in the name of Islam but the same system has not been established there so far," the TTP emir says.

He adds: "The Pakistani mujahideen practically saw that when they were disorganized, they faced defeat, and they moved back from their goal. True defeat is retreating from one's goal and aim... The Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] fought jihad under one emir and one discipline and eliminated every hurdle and rendered sacrifices. As a result, a system called the Islamic Emirate has been established on Afghanistan's soil."

Addressing a gathering after praying at the graves of former TTP emir Mullah Fazlullah and deputy emir Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud says: "The mere appearance of unity does not benefit us. The appearance of unity also becomes a source of disintegration as the previous structure of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan fell to differences and everyone was following his own path. The reason was that the center was not strong and there was no ideological unity."

"Today, the apparent unity in the Pakistani mujahideen is exemplary. The friends and foe both accept our unity. As a result of that [unity], both the friend and foe give us a patient ear. When we aced disunity, neither friend nor foe listened to us," he adds.


Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud offers prayers at the grave of former TTP chief Fazlullah Khurasani

Recently, the Pakistani government and the TTP agreed to an interim ceasefire from November 9 to December 9, 2021. However, at the end of the month-long ceasefire, the TTP terminated the agreement, accusing the Pakistani army of violating the accord.

"Praise be to Allah, today, the world accepts us. Pakistan and Pakistani intellectuals, agencies, friend and foe accept us," he says and adds: "There live different sects in Afghanistan, but the Islamic Emirate has one ideology and every sect is loyal to them. And when the Ulema and leadership issue an order or policy no one says anything [i.e., no one objects]," the TTP emir says to remind others that the Afghan Taliban organization emerged victorious due to the unity in its ranks.

"Remember, any other so-called system against Islam – whether it be democracy, socialism, communism or, any other – is an unbeliever system; and establishing Allah's system against it is obligatory on us," Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud says.

 "The Pakistan government and its military agencies are a dirty creature that has disturbed the world and the Muslims of the world. They are faithful neither to faith nor to religion and honor. They are loyal only to their interests, no matter how they achieve them. It has disturbed all the Muslims of the world and the current government in Afghanistan. So according to shari'a, it is mandatory for us to help them in the strengthening and stability of the Islamic Emirate to our capacity in the future. This is our duty," he says and urges Pakistani mujahideen to continue jihad against Pakistan.

In the video, a former Taliban commander in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal district, Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, who was released from jail after the Taliban took over Kabul in August 2021, is also seen travelling alongside the TTP emir and attending a gathering at one place.

Replying to a question about the basic aim of his visit to the northern zone, the TTP chief says the visit was aimed at reorganizing the movement, offering condolences to the families of the slain TTP members, congratulating some on their release, meeting their associates, and giving special instructions.

Source: Archive.org (U.S.), December 8, 2021.

The Cyber & Jihad Lab

The Cyber & Jihad Lab monitors, tracks, translates, researches, and analyzes cyber jihad originating from the Middle East, Iran, South Asia, and North and West Africa. It innovates and experiments with possible solutions for stopping cyber jihad, advancing legislation and initiatives federally – including with Capitol Hill and attorneys-general – and on the state level, to draft and enforce measures that will serve as precedents for further action. It works with leaders in business, law enforcement, academia, and families of terror victims to craft and support efforts and solutions to combat cyber jihad, and recruits, and works with technology industry leaders to craft and support efforts and solutions.

Read More