Afghan Biographies

Fazlullah, Qazi Maulana killed

Name Fazlullah, Qazi Maulana killed
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1975
Function/Grade Pakistan Taliban Leader
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:
Fazlullah-Qazi MaulanaMullah Qazi Fazlullah was born in 1975 into a farming family in the village of Mam Dheray, Swat, Fazlullah embarked on religious education at Mohammed's madrassah (religious seminary) at Maidan, although he failed to obtain his certificate in religious studies. Another source said: He was a student of Sufi Muhammad and married his daughter. He studied in the [hard-line Salafi] madrasa of Panjpir in [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa].

Fazlullah is the leader of the Tehrik-e-Nefaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), a TTP constituent group established in 1992 by Fazlullah's father-in-law, Sufi Mohammed, in the Swat district of Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa.

Muhammad led a rebellion against the Pakistani government in the 1990s. He demanded the imposition of Islamic Shari'a law in Swat and the surrounding Malakand region. After failing to make peace with Fazlullah in negotiations, the Pakistani military pushed him out of Swat in 2009. Until now (20131110), he was believed to have operated out of the northeastern Afghan province of Nuristan.

It was Fazlullah who reportedly ordered the attack on Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old education activist who was shot by the Taliban in October 2012.

Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah currently lives in Afghanistan in Kunar or Nuristan Province and he cannot live there without the Afghan Government’s support. Since his eviction from Swat in an army operation in 2009, Fazlullah has moved to Afghanistan's Kunar Province from where he has launched a number of deadly attacks against the Pakistani security forces, including one in 15. September 2013 that killed Major General Sanaullah Khan Niazi. The Afghan intelligence National Directorate of Security (NDS) is supporting him and NDS also has links with the Pakistani Taliban to put pressure on Pakistan`s government.  As Pakistan has facilitated the Afghan Taliban to live in its areas and attack officials of the Karzai government and US troops, Afghanistan has also allowed the Taliban to live in the country and attack Pakistan.

Militants of Tehreek e Taliban have issued an open warning to target Shia Community in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. (20131106)


Pakistani militant Islamist group the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on 7 November 2013 that Maulana Qazi Fazlullah had been appointed the new leader of the group, following the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) strike on 1 November.

Sufi Mohammad was set free on health grounds. He is also known as the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan. Sufi Mohammad was imprisoned since 2009. He went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion. (20180110)

Mullah Fazlullah was killed in a Drone strike in Kunar province (20180623)


TTP leadership has appointed Noor Wali Mehsud as the successor of Mullah Fazlullah to lead the group. According to reports, Noor Wali Mehsud is one of the close associates of the former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud.(20180704)

Names of TTP Leaders:

  • Baitullah Mehsud (Killed)
  • Hakimullah Mehsud (Killed)
  • Maulana Fazlullah
  • Wali-ur-Rehman (Killed)
  • Hafiz Gul Bahadur
  • Faqir Mohammed (Captured)
  • Dadullah (Killed)
  • Khan Said alias Sajna Mehsud, also known as Khalid Sajna is a senior commander of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. Presently, he is the leader of the group's South Waziristan chapter.




Last Modified 2018-07-04
Established 2013-11-10