Name of Organization   Tehrik-i Taliban Islami Pakistan (TTIP)

 

Formation  

The group was formed in June 2011 in Kurram Agency by an ex-member of Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Fazal Saeed Haqqani, after differences surfaced between him and the head of TTP, Hakim Ullah Masood, following the suicide attacks on mosques and civilians in Kurram Agency by TTP in 2011[1]

 

Leadership   Founder: Fazal Saeed Haqqani
Fazal was a senior commander of TTP and used to kidnap people for ransom money and keep them as hostages in TTP’s training centres, located in different areas of kurram Agency. He was an active member of the organization and was a confidant of Hakim Ullah Masood. From 2002 to 2011, Fazal assisted the TTP in conducting various violent operations within Kurram agency. In 2011, a rift developed between him and TTP’s head Hakim Ullah Masood, which forced him to quit and form his new outfit (TTIP)[2]. Because of his move of leaving TTP over the killing of innocent civilians and mosques, Fazal is considered as a “Good Taliban”, however, his actions since then speak otherwise. Fazal has been active extremist since the creation of his new outfit and has been masterminding the suicide attacks in the region[3]. Information regarding his early life is un available.

 

School of Thought   Sunni

Sunnis accept the first four Caliphs as the rightly guided rulers who followed the Prophet (PBUH). Sunnis believe that the leader of the Muslim Community should be selected on the basis of consensus and on a leader’s individual merits[4]. TTIP apparently aims to promote Sunni ideology in the region, however, it promotes violence and use of arms, which make them an extremist organization[5].

 

Structure of the Organization  

No information is available regarding the structure of the organization.

 

Financial Resources  

No information is available.

 

Status  

Active and operational[6].

 

Recruitment tools & demographics  

No information is available.

 

Ideology  

Like the Afghan Taliban, TTIP is also against US and other Western countries. Moreover, it also considers Shiite Muslims as the enemy of Islam and for the same reason, targets them on regular basis[7].

 

Areas of Operation   TTIP operates mainly in Kurram agency (a tribal area located in Federally Administered Tribal Areas, FATA)[8].

 

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Who they are

Tehrik-i Taliban Islami (TTI) is a breakaway or splinter group of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, which operates in Kurram Agency. It is based in Central Kurram and propagates sectarian violence against the Shia sect. The group has been involved in attacks against civilians including the February 17, 2012 bombing of a market in Parachinar[9]. Although, the reason originally for formation of outfit was as stated Fazal Saeed was detest for civilian killing by TTP and to focus on the ongoing militancy in Afghanistan[10].

History

Fazal Saeed Haqqani raised a militant outfit in Central Kurram during 2005, which joined TTP after its creation in 2007. Fazal Saeed defected from TTP in 2011 and formed his own group by the name of Tehrik-i Taliban Islami (TTI). The group has been established to counter the influence of Shia militias, (Shias are also in majority within Kurram) in a region where hostilities between rival sects are present throughout its history[11].

Organization's Message

The available information points towards the outfit promoting sectarian tensions and violence, while targeting population and armed groups of Shia descent in Kurram Agency[12].

Target Audience

As per the acquired information, the group inducts individuals belonging to Sunni sect in Kurram Agency[13].

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References:

[1] Terrorism research and analysis consortium (TRAC). Tehreek-e-Taliban (Islami) (TTP). Retrieved on; September 11th 2013. Retrieved from http://www.trackingterrorism.org/group/tehreek-e-taliban-islami-ttp

[2] ibid

[3] Good Taliban leader Fazal Saeed. Retrieved on: September 11, 2013. Retrieved from : http://www.nairaland.com/882396/good-taliban-leader-fazal-saeed

[4] Sunni Islam: Development and Basic Tenets. Religious Practices and Beliefs. Accessed online from http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RS21745.pdf  Date of Access: September 11th 2013.  

[5] Good Taliban leader Fazal Saeed. Retrieved on: September 11, 2013. Retrieved from : http://www.nairaland.com/882396/good-taliban-leader-fazal-saeed

[6] ibid

[7] ibid

[8]The battle for Kurram. Retrieved on: September 11th 2013. Retrieved from http://afpakwatch.wordpress.com/tag/fazal-saeed-haqqani/

[9] Rehman, Z. (2012). The battle for Kurram. Zia Ur Rehman Writes. April 25, 2012. Retrieved on: September 11, 2013. Retrieved from: http://afpakwatch.wordpress.com/tag/tehrik-e-taliban-islami/

[10] Khattak, D. (2011). The Significance of Fazal Saeed’s Defection from the Pakistani Taliban. Combatting Terrorism Center (CTC). July 01, 2011. Retrieved on: September 11, 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/the-significance-of-fazal-saeed%E2%80%99s-defection-from-the-pakistani-taliban

[11] Ibid.

[12] Rehman, Z. (2012). The battle for Kurram. Zia Ur Rehman Writes. April 25, 2012. Retrieved on: September 11, 2013. Retrieved from: http://afpakwatch.wordpress.com/tag/tehrik-e-taliban-islami/

[13] Munir, A. (2011). Explaining Fazal Saeed’s ‘defection’ in Kurram. The Express Tribune. July 08, 2011. Retrieved on: September 11, 2013. Retrieved from: http://tribune.com.pk/story/205270/explaining-fazal-saeeds-defection-in-kurram/